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Zombies, Trick or Treating This Weekend in Barnegat

Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp will host Halloween festivities on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.

A mysterious plague is spreading across New Jersey, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.

In the next few days, some of these "undead" are being called to meet at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp, on Brookville Road in Barnegat.

On Friday, Oct. 12 from 3 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to midnight, the Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp will host a Zombie Outbreak, a Pumpkin Street Safe Trick or Treat, a Ghost Manor Hayride and a Midnight Ghost Tour.

A $10 admission offers full access to all attractions plus unlimited reentry for one night. 

All of the proceeds for the Citta event will benefit Rotary International program such as Polio Plus and Shelter Box, as well as other local groups. 

One of the event coordinators, Jack Gamble, said the event at the camp was an extension of a house display he did at his Manahawkin home every year. 

"It started out with fog machines and black lights, then we started expanding and added a graveyard, and a free standing maze," Gamble said. "People started asking 'what do you charge for trick or treaters,' and we didn't charge anything, so we figured, why not reach out and make it a charitable event."

A self-described "Halloween enthusiast," Gamble said he has attended the New Jersey Zombie Walk in Asbury Park in the past, and is excited to be part of a zombie event in Southern Ocean County.

For more on the Citta event, visit http://operationhalloween.zombieoutbreak.org.

Gamble said so far, about 3,000 tickets have been sold, and he is hoping for another 3,000 in walk in attendees.

Forked River Mom October 12, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Would you recommend this for small children who scare easily? I read about the Pumpkin Street Safe Trick or Treating part, but is it worth it to go if we're not going to take part in the scary parts? Do kiddies wear costumes?
Colleen Platt October 12, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Hello Forked River Mom, It looks like they are encouraging the kids to dress up, and it looks like there are hay rides as well...you can check out their website for more details. Have a good time! - Colleen
Brandt Hardin October 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM
If you love or loathe zombies as much as I do, be sure to check out 20 of the Greatest Zombie Movies of All Time reviewed at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-10-zombie-movies-of-all-time-with.html with some really cool zombie artwork!
3reds October 13, 2012 at 04:57 AM
It's a good time .If you do go with young ones who scare easy just do the hay ride and the other stuff .The Zombie thing is fun and in our group that went though there was an 85 year old couple that went though with me and my two Daughters ages 10 and 12. But my daughters love this stuff and dont scare easy the older couple loved it .So i would say ya go and have a good time with the family for 10 bucks a person where can you have fun for that. Have fun and good luck dont let the Zombies Bite you!!
T.I.D. October 13, 2012 at 08:10 PM
My wife.and.5 year old.just got back. $20.00 at the gate 10 vendors for.treats but also asking for donations.....5 minute hayride...not all it was hyped up to be.

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