Thursday, July 20, 2017 This Week's Paper

Arts & Entertainment: Zombie Crawl Dinner Tour offers monster munchies and more

If you happen to see a bunch of zombies lumbering along Sixth Avenue on Halloween night, there’s no need to worry that they’re eyeing you for a meal. This month’s 6th Avenue Dinner Tour falls on Halloween night, and organizers are taking full advantage of making it a festive time for anyone who wants to join in and perhaps discover a new favorite restaurant in the process. Costumes are definitely encouraged for what is being billed as a “Zombie Crawl Dinner Tour,” and it all ends with live music and dancing at Studio 6 Ballroom.

Studio 6 owners/instructors Natasha Thayer and Wes Rogers are busy organizing the evening, which includes main-course stops at Wild Orchid and El Guadalajara and dessert at Legendary Doughnuts. “It’s a great way to get to know The Ave and the area, and you’ve got a guide with your group so you can ask questions,” Thayer said.

Tours start at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person, drinks sold separately and tipping is appreciated. Diners can choose between a meat and veggie option, and there are also options for those who dine gluten-free. “If people let me know ahead of time, the restaurants have been really great about it so that everyone can still take part in the tour,” Thayer said. “People can put their own groups together too and let me know and I can arrange an organizer or set up a self-guided tour.”

Since all of the dining stops along the Zombie Crawl Dinner Tour are appropriate for all ages, the tour is also open to all ages. There will be trick-or-treating stops along the way, too.

Of course, cocktails are in the picture for zombies, ghosts and ghouls over 21. Those who wish to imbibe in some special brews will find lots of choices whether it’s margaritas at El Guadalajara or tropical drinks served right in the coconut or pineapple shell at Wild Orchid.

“Then you can come back to Studio 6 and dance it off,” Thayer said. Maia Santell and House Blend will be playing the live music they’re loved for – jazz, blues, Latin, swing, Motown, big band, classic rock and contemporary favorites. For those who want to keep dancing the night away after the band shuts down, a DJ will spin tunes and take requests.

“You can also club hop, because you’re on Sixth Avenue already and parked so you can leave your car there and party all night,” Thayer said.

For those who want to just sit and relax after the dinner tour and enjoy the music, Studio 6 has a very warm and inviting lounge area off the dance floor with comfy couches and ambient lighting.

Thayer advises getting tickets pronto to save your spot and to help the restaurants know how many people to expect, Also “like”, a one-stop shop for what's going on in businesses on The Ave.

Don’t forget that Friday, Nov. 1, is Day of the Dead, which will be celebrated on Sixth Avenue with a Dia de los Muertos procession. The festive gathering will start assembling at 4 p.m. at 6th Ave Photography, 2502 Sixth Ave., and the procession begins at 5:30.