Would-be zombies can meet at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot behind Moxxee Coffee, where there'll be joined by hearses and zombie roller girls for the trek through the East End, mostly along Quarrier Street.
"Last year we had 350 to 400 zombies, and a ton of people in the street watching," Cavender said. "What's cool this year is it goes right through the neighborhood."
Immediately afterward is the Costume Crawl, which Cavender called "a spin on the Costume Ball we had before."
"Tickets are only $15 and you get access to food and drink specials at all six venues, and you get a really cool collectible plastic illuminated cup. You press a button on the bottom and it lights up."
The Bluegrass Kitchen, the Empty Glass, Little India, Frutcake, the Red Carpet Lounge and Tricky Fish all offer specials during the party, which features live music and DJs.
There's a also a costume contest, called Exercise Your Right, where people can vote by text message among five male and five female contestants. "They'll be wearing a 'vote for me' button with the text number," Cavender said. Winners will get $500 in cash or a $500 gas card.
For the first time this year, HallowEast is teaming up with FestivALL as part of that organization's first ever FestivALL Fall. As announced by its director Larry Groce last month, FestivALL Fall combines a handful of traditional FestivALL events -- an art fair, Taste-of-All Charleston, evening concerts -- with existing events like HallowEast and the final weekend of the Light Opera Guild's "Hello, Dolly."
"We were approached in late July, early August, to be part of their event," Cavender said. "We had all our events already set, although we hadn't publicized them yet. They acknowledged HallowEast was a mainstay at the end of October for the last three years.
"It's a cross-promotional effort. In the FestivALL Fall brochure, all the HallowEast events are specifically marked. When two organizations get together, it helps the city. It creates a dynamic all over town."
Reach Jim Balow at ba...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.