The Asbury Park City Council made it official on Wednesday: Zombie Walk lives in Asbury Park.

John McGillion's application for a special event was unanimously approved for the walk to take place along the boardwalk on Saturday, October 3 starting at 4 p.m. according to the Asbury Park Sun.

Asbury Park Zombie Walk (Townsquare Media NJ)

The resurrection of the event comes after Jason Meehan announced that the 8-year-old event would end this year with a funeral event because of the expense and the number of hours required to plan the event.

“A lot of communities would want the Zombie Walk in their town but we are looking to prevent that,” McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac’s told the Sun. “We’re looking forward to taking it over and getting involved. It’s a tremendous asset to the City of Asbury Park.”

McGillion told the Asbury Park Press that the deal for him to own the Walk is not done yet but "everything is preceding as if the contracts are going to be signed."

Meehan, who recently became a father, will continue to be involved with the walk, according to McGillion.

There will be several changes for this year's walk, according to the Sun:

  • The walk ends a block further on Cookman Avenue
  • There will be entertainment at Merchants Park
  • No ceremonial judging and trophies at Press Plaza

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