The undead will have to get their fix elsewhere this October: The Saugerties Zombie Crawl, held each fall since 2010 in the village center, will not take place this year.
“We will definitely be back next year and it will be a free event,” said Ted Titus, who organized the 2014 and 2015 events.
Participants complained about the $5 admission fee last year, which covered the cost for liability insurance, EMTs and police presence, which was required by the village. “It just got too costly to hold the crawl this year,” said Titus.
Attendance ran from about 500 the first year to more than 2,500 at its peak, with about 1,200 zombies, and their victims jamming the village last year. It was started by Jamie “Captain Cruella” Moxham
Each year, donations made by crawl participants and local businesses that profited from the influx of business in their establishments helped offset the costs, and went to worthwhile charities — one year it went to help families affected by Hurricane Irene, and another year, the Small World Playground benefited.
But last year, while some merchants continued to help pay for the event, many declined, necessitating the $5 admission fee.