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Zombies take to the streets of Littleton for annual downtown crawl

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By Deborah Swearingen

Dripping in blood and dressed in ripped clothing, dozens of zombies gathered last Saturday at the Woodlawn Shopping Center.

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The dead then hit the streets, creeping through downtown Littleton and shocking those who unknowingly passed by. The horde of zombies ultimately ended its trek outside of the Reinke Brothers store on Prince Street for a celebratory pig roast.

The annual event is a casual crawl. Participants had the option to take their zombie preparations as far as they wanted to. Most, however, took it quite seriously, sporting wound-covered faces and dirt-stained costumes.

“We wanted to do an event and wanted to do it during the day so it’s not freezing. … You could bring your kids and have fun,” said Greg Reinke, co-owner of the Reinke Brothers store and founder of the Zombie Crawl. “That’s why we put a pig roast with it.”

Those in attendance seemed to agree, saying Reinke has succeeded in creating a fun event that draws people of all ages to Littleton.

“It’s a party,” said Peggy Breznay of Littleton.

Breznay attended with her husband, Bill, and their son and grandson from Florida. They joined forces with family friend Ken Hepler of Morrison and his family.

“It’s a family affair,” Hepler said. “Plus a bunch of good friends — friends for years.”

The family spirit was palpable last weekend, and it conveys Reinke’s intentions for beginning the event and continuing to host it. He acknowledges the event is for all and credits the attendees with making it special every year.

“It’s grandma; it’s grandpa. It’s mom and dad. We’ve had city council members. We’ve had mayors. People bring their dogs,” Reinke said. “It’s just a lot of fun.”

Prior to the event’s start, zombies began trickling in and mingling in the parking lot of the shopping center. There were well-decorated hearses to observe, and many stopped to peer in the windows of the vehicles.

Jill Raynor of Littleton watched with a smile as her 6-year-old daughter, Jema, learned the moves to the Monster Mash and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance.

Raynor said it was the pair’s fourth year in attendance, realizing that meant Jema had been coming to the Zombie Crawl since she was just 2 years old.

“This is a big deal,” Raynor said. “We have to come to this every year.”

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042.