Main Street gets a case of the creepy-crawlies

Randy McLellan’s outfit attracted a lot of attention as he took part in the annual Zombie Crawl in Littleton. He donned the special makeup and carried a machete which he sometimes used as a back scratcher. McLellan was among about 400 zombies who took part in the event. Photo by Tom Munds
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Prepare to be zombified.

Downtown Littleton kicks of the Halloween season – which, yes, is a season in Littleton - with the fifth annual Downtown Littleton Zombie Crawl on Oct. 5.

Either the event is catching on or the zombie apocalypse has claimed many more victims, as it draws a bigger crowd each year. Instinctually, hundreds of zombies of all ages gather at Woodlawn Shopping Center at 11 a.m., then stagger down Main Street in a quest to quench their undying need for brains. But instead of feasting on hapless Littleton citizens, they usually settle for a pig roast at Reinke Brothers Halloween store, which naturally opens its Haunted Mansion that day. Greg Reinke rewards their good behavior with prizes and giveaways, which is presumably why they return each year.

The zombies don’t normally find their way to Ketring Park during their journey, leaving it safe for hundreds of visitors to browse the thousands of items for sale at the annual Friends of the Library and Museum Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.