Annual zombie walk bans prop weapons

A scene from the 2013 Asbury Park Zombie Walk. (Photo: Chris Spiegel/Blur Revision Media Design)

A scene from the 2013 Asbury Park Zombie Walk. (Photo: Chris Spiegel/Blur Revision Media Design)

Prop weapons will not be permitted at Asbury Park’s Zombie Walk on Saturday.

Organizers made the decision for the safety and comfort of all visitors with “recent tragedies in mind.”

“We’re sorry, we know that many people incorporate props into their costume, but from now on weapons are banned,” a statement said. “If our staff, security or local police see attendees carrying prop weapons you will be asked to return them to your car or leave the event. No exceptions.”

The rule will remain in effect for future events.

On the event’s Facebook page, reaction to the announcement was generally supportive.

“I think this is a really smart, sensible and sensitive move. Yea it sucks a little but it is really is the best move,” Bethan Louise wrote. José Luis Ávila agreed.

“Thanks for considering the frenzy of it all, I will feel more relaxed this way! Safety first, fun second!” he wrote.

But Reina M. Wardlow said the fright is the fun part of the event.

“The guy with the chainsaw scares the bejesus out of me and my daughters, and we will miss him very much. I understand what you are doing here, but it is very sad that it comes to this and it is going to adversely effect your turn out,” she wrote.

Organizers say between 7,000 and 10,000 people will dress as zombies for the walk, which is marking its tenth anniversary.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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