Pumpkin People Pave The Way For Saturday's Oktoberfest In Chatham

By: Tim Wood

Topics: Halloween

Michelle Millett, manager of Yankee Ingenuity, takes a photo of the “Trumpkin” created by shop owner Jon Vaughan.

CHATHAM – Pumpkin People have invaded Kate Gould Park and will greet visitors at this Saturday's seventh annual Oktoberfest celebration, scheduled to begin at the park at 10:30 a.m.

The day will feature music, food, games, and a kids' costume parade, all culminating in a 90-minute game of “Zombie Tag.” The event is organized by the Chatham Merchants Association.

Entertainment begins at 10:30 a.m. with the Chatham Band, followed by the Gary Lamb Duo at 12:15 p.m. and Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys at 1:30 p.m.

New this year is a children's costume parade, beginning at 11:45 a.m. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween best, meet at the bandstand and parade around the park. Kids who haven't settled on their costume yet – so many choices! – can make a mask or crown at the craft corner to join the parade.

All day activities include face painting, a crafts corner, pumpkin patch games sponsored by Puritan Clothing, Stella the Fortune Tella, and Cape Fit Hoops. There will also be a cornhole tournament at 1 p.m.; visit oktoberfestinchatham.com to register.

There will be numerous food vendors provide seasonal fare of all types. Beer will be provided by Devil's Purse Brewing Company of Dennis.

Zombie Tag is a family-friendly scavenger hunt style game, explained Jennifer Allard of Mainsail Events and Marketing, who is working with the merchants association on Oktoberfest.

“We are really excited to bring Zombie Tag to Oktoberfest this year,” she said. “This past summer someone suggested we look into it, so I went and played it in Provincetown and had a blast doing it.”

The Zombie Tag game begins at 4 p.m. Put on by Dead Zone Zombie Tag, participants can choose to be either a human or a zombie. Humans must find six out of eight clues spread around Main Street shops, all the while avoiding being infected by a zombie. Humans wear transmitter badges; if they get within three feet of a zombie, the zombie's transmitter turns the human's badge yellow. The infected human must heal itself as a “health station” or become a zombie. Humans who reach all the check points become healers and become immune to zombies. They can also heal other infected humans. At the end of the game, the number of humans and zombies is tallied to see which side wins.

The game is open to all ages, although children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $15 cost to participate. To register, visit oktoberfestinchatham.com.