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Is ZombieTown USA free?

YES.  ZombieTown USA  is a free event.  The festival will includes a large selection of vendors, exhibits, live music, movies, performances, and zombie themed events in Downtown Altoona.  Admission is FREE.

Please Note:  In addition to the festival activities downtown, many of our partners are hosting special events throughout the weekend which may charge admission.

Events that require admission or registration include:  Zombie Fun Run, Dead@5 Concert at the Railroaders Memorial Museum, JABA Paranormal Ghost Hunts.  Please visit our event page for pricing and tickets.

Who does ZombieTown benefit?

ZombieTown USA does not benefit one organization or business. It is a collaborative effort, designed to create opportunities for local businesses, non-profits, artists and musicians.

ZombieTown USA is organized by NOVA6 Marketing, DABC, GAEDC, and the Railroaders Memorial Museum with help and support from Q94, WTAJ, Altoona Mirror, Explore Altoona, Blair County Chamber and our community. The goal of the event is to bring our community together in a fun and different way as well as promote local art and culture, Blair County attractions, and the Downtown Altoona Historic District.

Do I have to wear a costume?

No, but what fun is that?  We encourage you to wear a costume and embrace the apocalypse. 🙂

Will there be alcohol at the event?

Yes.  ZombieTown USA will be selling alcohol at the event.  Alcohol will be available during the evening concert at Heritage Plaza as well as at local bars and restaurants in Downtown Altoona.  Railroad City Brewery and Bill Sell’s Bold are conveniently located on 11th Avenue, near Ground Zero.

Alcohol will also be available at the following special events:  Dead@5 Concert at the Railroaders Memorial Museum Friday evening.

Where does the parade start and what time?

The Halloween parade starts ar 4:00PM and the staging is at 3:00PM.  The staging area is beside  808 Green Ave, Altoona, PA 16601. 

The parade will make it’s way down green Ave then continue onto 11th ave ending at 15th street.

Is ZombieTown an all age event?

YES.  ZombieTown USA is a horror themed event, but kids of all ages are welcome. Parents please use discretion.

Friday evening at the Railroaders Memorial Museum.  Parental advisory explicit lyrics.  This is more of a mid to late teen and above recommended show.

There will be a kids activity zone for younger children that may be frightened by some of the patron’s costumes.  The Hallowee parade on Saturday afternoon (Oct 7) is a family friendly walk through Downtown Altoona.  Everyone is welcome to show off your best monster walk and be a part of the event.

Do I have to pay to see bands?

No and Yes.  There will be free, live music on Saturday, from 11am – 9pm in Downtown Altoona.

The Dead@5 Concert on Friday night at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum has a $5 entrance fee.

Can I take photos and videos?

ABSOLUTELY YES. Please take lots of photos, videos, and selfies during ZombieTown. Just be sure to tag us at #zombietownusa on social media so we share.

What is DABC?

DABC (Downtown Altoona Business Community), is a nonprofit group dedicated to creating a renaissance in the heart of Altoona with a specific emphasis on:

  • Small business attraction, development, and growth
  • Retention of area graduates
  • Preservation of our architectural heritage
  • Increasing cultural diversity

Thank you to DABC for all their hard work. A VERY special thanks goes out to Judy Coutts, DABC President, for taking a crazy zombie idea and bringing it to life.

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