Zombies lurk at Milford fall festival

MILFORD – So you feel pretty safe in Milford? You won’t feel that way Saturday night in the corn fields near Adams Field as zombies take over the orienteering event.

It will happen after the town Recreation Department’s Fall Family Festival, when people will have to find their way through the dark fields while trying to avoid the lurking undead.

The festival starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes food concessions, music, games and storytelling.

The free orienteering activity is for ages 12 and up.

Although there will be glow sticks and some lighting, the fields will be dark to add “to the creepy factor,” said Stephanie Zubricki, the Recreation Department’s programs coordinator.

“Zombies are huge right now, and it’s a free activity and a fun way to introduce orienteering,” she said

For the orienteering, there will be various stations set up where people will have holes punched in their maps, but first they must avoid zombie infection.

Zubricki said her department has talked about having a fall festival – “just something fun and affordable” – for a past few years, and they wanted to avoid competing with the Pumpkin Festival, which is on Columbus Day weekend each year, and decided to team up with the Conservation Commission.

Face painter Judy Maloney has donated her services to make zombie volunteers look appropriately horrible, and she will also paint the faces of festival attendees for a fee.

There will be a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, sausages, cider and other soft drinks.

There will also be a scavenger hunt, scary stories from drama teacher Roberta Woolfson.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at kcleveland@cabinet.com or 673-3100, ext. 304.