October is upon us, which means it's time to embrace all things fall: sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, Hocus Pocus on repeat, and of course, zombies.
There's still about two weeks until the Zombie Pub Crawl takes over Minneapolis, but organizers have planned some zombie-themed events leading up to the night.
Each event during "Zombie Week" will benefit a different local charity.
Dress up your pup
Zombie Week kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 7 with the Zombie Pup Crawl – a canine costume contest.
No, you don't have to dress your dog up like a zombie (although that would be kind of amazing).
"We just like the name," organizers say.
If you want to enter your dog in the contest, register here.
Or you can just drink a beer and look at cute dogs wearing ridiculous outfits. The contest will be held at Bauhaus Brew Labs from 2-4 p.m.
The event is free for all dogs and their humans and is co-hosted by Midwest Animal Rescue and Services (MARS).
Watch all the zombie movies
Watching scary movies is arguably the best part of this time of year (besides fun-size Snickers).
Zombie Week will feature a bunch of them, with screenings happening all over Minneapolis.
The Zombie Film Crawl kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Bauhaus Brew Labs with back to back screenings of Dead Alive (aka Braindead) and Wild Zero – which will be accompanied by a drinking game.
Zombie lovers who already have their ZPC tickets can get a free beer if they wear the wristband.
The week will culminate on Friday, Oct. 13th with a complete Friday the 13th marathon at the Trylon Cinema.
That's 14 hours worth of film, with intermissions. So you'll be in the theater all night long, if you dare.
Creepy bonus: a special appearance by “first Jason” Ari Lehman.
Tickets for most of the movie nights are between $10-14, but the marathon will cost you $40. Proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Heartland of Minnesota, because duh, zombies hate hunger.
Check out all of the movie listings and ticket info here.
Burn off the Halloween candy
Speaking of fun-size Snickers (that tend to disappear before Halloween is even here), you can burn some of them off at the Zombie 6.66K.
Register to run as either a human or a zombie. Humans will get a one minute head start on the zombie horde.
"Zombies are encouraged to chase humans, but you will not be allow to eat their brains, assault, or otherwise impede them. Hands to yourselves, zombies!" the event page says.
The race will be held at the University of Minnesota campus on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m.
Tickets are between $30-70 (it costs more if you want to add additional physical challenges), with proceeds benefitting oral cancer research at the U of M.
The race is open to people of all ages, and all runners will receive a pair of commemorative zombie socks. Find more info here.