University of Indianapolis puts on spooky zombie sequence for Southport

SOUTHPORT, Ind. - University of Indianapolis students are getting the chance this Halloween season not only to learn more about putting on a good, scary show, but they’ll have the opportunity to provide a fun night of zombie madness to the community.

According to Southport city officials, zombies and other creepy creatures will invade the south side on Oct. 25. From 5 to 9 p.m. on Southport Road, students and volunteers will be dressed in their Halloween finest to get everyone in the mood for the season. Attendees can find the scary creatures up and down Southport Road from McFarland Road to Madison Avenue.

“This destination event is a chance for us to bring back a good old-fashioned Halloween party to the neighborhood,” Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth said. “Because of its popularity in today’s culture, we chose the zombie as the central character for this Halloween-season event.”

The zombies, ghosts, ghouls and witches are being portrayed by students from Dr. Samantha Meigs’ experience design classes at the University.

“Yes, you can actually study how to put on a themed Halloween event in college,” she said. “These students are some of those who will go on to design props, sets and costuming for plays, movies and museums as well as do period research. So while this is a chance to have some fun, it’s also course credit.”

Dr. Meigs said the evening will be appropriate for all ages, but there will be a couple of sites considered PG-13 and proper signage will be posted in those areas.

The evening is designed to create a fun, haunting experience for spectators, most of whom will be driving by slowly in their cars. Roughly 30 students and volunteers will take part in the event.

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