Call it a decay-athon.
The undead will take over Tenth Street Plaza again on Saturday for the second annual Modesto Zombie Walk. All rotting residents are welcome to join.
In keeping with the zombie theme, the family film "Fido," about a boy and his pet zombie, will be shown at the State Theatre right after the walking dead end their trudge through the city's streets.
Organized again this year by Modesto resident Dalila Sevilla, the Modesto Zombie Walk joins a bevy of similar events that pop up this time of year across the country.
Zombie walks are organized in cities coast to coast to celebrate Halloween.
Sevilla said she started the Modesto version after seeing that zombie events are held in other regions.
"I noticed other cities have them and I was surprised Modesto didn't have one yet," she said. "I love doing it. Next year, I'm going to do it again."
Last year's walk attracted about 200 people, Sevilla said many of them youngsters.
"It was a family event, a lot of kids showed up," she said.
The walk will start at Tenth Street Plaza and follow a route through a few downtown streets. Maps will be available so the undead can lumber along at their own pace. Also planned are vendors on the plaza, along with the film at the State.
This won't be a "Night of the Living Dead" feast-for-all, however. The event's Facebook page includes information, as well as Zombie Walk rules for courteous rotting behavior.
Participants are asked, for instance, to not harass or touch people on the streets, to refrain from profanity and respect the space of others, among other things.
Zombies take to the streets Saturday from 2 to7 p.m. at Tenth Street Plaza. "Fido" begins at 7:30 at the State, 1307 J St. Tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the door. For more details, search "Modesto's Zombie Night" on Facebook.