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February 19. 2013 1:56PM

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It's a typical Saturday night: The bar is packed, the drinks are flowing, and everyone is having a good time. Suddenly you spot someone – no, some thing – at the end of the bar with a beer, all rotting flesh and dead eyes. Yes, that's a zombie, and no, it's actually not an unusual sight, or at least it won't be this weekend.

The undead will run rampant in Wilkes-Barre – in Kirby Park and a handful of local bars, and all for charity – during this weekend's third annual Zombie Walk and second annual Zombie Pub Crawl.

Zombie-infested events might still be considered fringe, but they are no longer uncommon. Ask Rick Murman, 27, of West Pittston.

I love this stuff, he said through a silicone zombie mask, complete with chest piece. The outfit, which also came with zombie hands and cost $1,000 off the Internet, has garnered Murman plenty of praise and prize money at local costume contests since he bought it in 2009. It's no wonder: The mask fits his face so well, and the white contacts are so haunting, it looks as though he has, in fact, sprung up from the beyond.

Whether it's a full-blown mask or makeup done at home, zombie enthusiasts are welcome to participate in an entire day of fundraising and stumbling about tomorrow, kicking off with the Zombie Walk in Kirby Park from 1 to 3 p.m.

Who ever thought we'd see the Marines and the undead working together, when one is usually fighting the other in Hollywood flicks?

Yet those two united forces will help provide holiday toys for little ones during the walk, where those attending in costume are asked to bring a toy for the Toys for Tots bin.

The horde will shamble across the Market Street Bridge from Kirby Park, circle Public Square, and make its way back to the park.

Then, at 7 p.m. tomorrow, zombies will meet up at Bart & Urby's on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, make their way to Senunas' Bar and Grill, then Rodano's, then back to Bart & Urby's for an afterlife party. Each bar will have specials, and prizes will be given for best costumes at the after-party. A $5 donation from participants will go to the SPCA of Luzerne County.

This is the second year for the Zombie Pub Crawl, and, while the first year had a great turnout, Bart & Urby's bar manager Carl Achhammer said, it was lacking in creepy-crawlies.

We did have about 30 people show up for the crawl, but only eight of them looked like zombies, he said with a laugh. We're really pushing the costumes this year. We want to see what people can do.

If you go

What: Zombie Walk, the third annual fundraiser for Toys for Tots.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Participants are asked to come at 12:30 p.m. so no one gets left behind.

Where: Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre

More info: 735-3006

What: Zombie Pub Crawl, with prizes for best zombie costume

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Where: Begins at Bart and Urby's, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, continues to Senunas' Bar and Grill, 133 N. Main St., at 7:30 p.m., then to Rodano's, 53 Public Square, at 8:30 p.m., then back to Bart and Urby's for 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 benefits the SPCA of Luzerne County

More info: 970-9570

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