Zombies invade Riverside State Park Oct. 21

The ‘scariest half-mile’ hike returns for its sixth year

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to get in the Halloween spirit with the sixth annual “Haunted Zombie Hike” in Riverside State Park near Spokane.

The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Rd., Nine Mile Falls.

Brave participants will trek through the haunted woods and get scared out of their hiking boots. Admission to the Haunted Zombie Hike is $10 for adults and children over the age of 10 and includes a flashlight. Admission for children under 10 is $5, and kids receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet. Parental discretion is advised for young children. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed on the trail.

The event is a fundraiser for the Riverside State Park Foundation, a non-profit organization formed to support the park. A Discover Pass will not be required for vehicle access to this event; the Foundation is covering the cost.

About the event: At this outdoor version of a haunted house, participants hike one-half mile through the woods, while volunteer “zombies” and hair-raising displays provide the scary atmosphere. Participants should be prepared to walk over uneven terrain and wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. During the event, participants can enjoy a hot beverage or food at one of the trucks and get warm by the bonfire.

Touted at the “scariest half mile of your life,” the Haunted Zombie Hike is sponsored, in part, by Z Nation, a television show on the SYFY Channel. For more information, contact Lara Gricar, (509) 465-5066 or lara.gricar@parks.wa.gov.

About Riverside State Park: Riverside State Park is a 12,000-acre camping park located on the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers. The park provides a variety of recreational activities, including miles of hiking, biking, off-road and equestrian trails, water sports, interpretive activities and more. For more information, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/573/Riverside.

Photo by Morf Morford

Photo by Morf Morford

Riverside State Park Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization that exists to educate and engage people and groups to enjoy, advocate for and sustain the irreplaceable benefits of recreation, history, beauty, natural resources and cultures of Riverside State Park now and for generations to come. Learn more about Riverside State Park Foundation at http://exploreriversidestatepark.com/ or visit the Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/visitriversidestatepark.

For more events at state parks, Halloween related or otherwise, visit Washington State Park’s online calendar of events at: http://parks.state.wa.us/Calendar.aspx .

  – Washington State Parks