Zombies lived it up for a night, reveling in their own prom and surviving - in their fashion - a paint-ball shooting gallery.
And they were not alone.
Hundreds of witches, wrestlers, werewolves, wenches and others paid the fare, $10 in advance or $20 at the gate, to have a devil of a time at downtown Modesto’s first Summoning, a Halloween street party.
Organizer Chris Ricci predicted at least 2,000 would prowl the closed portion of 11th Street between I and J before the witching hour struck at 2 this morning. Planning started three months ago on this latest event. Ricci also launched X-Fest, Luckyfest, and Fat Tuesday events.
Fawn Petree and Mary Powell of Modesto said it was the Ricci brand they came for, especially in its maiden year. “Chris’ first events are all the best,” Petree said.
It was the zombie prom that drew Norman Cook, standing in line before the event opened in his zombie Batman outfit. He came alone, he said, hoping to scare up a dance partner.
“I love Halloween!” cheered Gaby Hughen of Manteca, dressed as Mrs. Edward Scissorhands. She came to shiver her way through the haunted house.
“We came for the dancing, really,” said cat Priscila Ayala-Genel.
Live bands and DJs were the magic that summoned witch Colleen Litzner and friends from Lathrop. “We’re here for the music and to have some fun,” Litzner said.
Fun could be had posing with an alien or through an “I was probed in Area 5209” sign in a tin foil-plastered section hit with a neon strobe. Performers wrestled in a ring. An “Elvira”-style theater got laughs and airbrush body painting finished the transformation of the willing.