Ryan Williams got in on the fun with his twins Emaline and Benjamin, dressing up as power rangers for Duluth’s Halloween event Saturday. (Staff Photo: Camie Young)
DULUTH — The daytime was for superheroes, butterflies and princesses.
At Duluth’s Halloween on the Green event Saturday, the scariest character may have been the big bad wolf, or one handsome little devil.
But when the sun went down, the treats were gone and the tricks were on. Zombies roamed the Town Green and ghost tours caused a fright after the children went home that night.
“We love ‘The Walking Dead,’ so that’s what inspired this,” Tiffany Goodman said of her zombie nurse outfit and makeup donned for the evening’s festivities, dubbed “Howl on the Green.”
Goodman said she loves to hang out at the Town Green, but she never expected to see a zombie flash mob, like she did Saturday.
The day and night paired events were intended to embody everything about Halloween, said event coordinator Maggie Waddell, who worked to expand from the typical downtown trick-or-treating.
With a choreographer who worked with Cher leading a dance troupe and makeup artists from the popular show Goodman enjoys — even a mummy aerialist — Waddell hoped to up the vibe in one of Gwinnett’s town centers.
“We want to be an event town,” she said “We want people to get excited about Duluth.”
Duluth resident Ryan Williams decided to get in on the fun during the family-friendly event earlier in the day, dressing as a Power Ranger to match his 4-year-old twins Emaline and Benjamin.
“I’ll feel foolish for these few days (for them),” he said through a mask.
Jessica Phon brought her family back to the Duluth event this year, driving from Mableton to meet up with family and enjoy the holiday event with her 3-year-old daughter Valentina, who dressed as a flying unicorn but took off the head covering as the temperatures rose Saturday afternoon.
“You get your money’s worth with the costume,” Phon said of allowing her daughter to dress up before Thursday’s trick-or-treating.
Kelly Hansard watched as her sons had their faces painted to augment their tiger orange shirts.
“It’s cool. The kids are loving it,” she said.