Death of Annual Delaware Zombie Fest Blamed on Town Leaders

Milton Zombie Fest organizer and theater director Fred Munzert is placing blame for the death of the annual festival celebrating the walking dead

What to Know

  • Zombies won't be taking over Milton, Delaware this year.
  • Milton Zombie Fest organizers say they have canceled the annual family-friendly event due to new regulations put in place.
  • The new rules put extra financial burdens on the event that was intended to be free, organizers said.

The streets of a small Delaware town are usually flooded each October by an undead horde, but it seems there won't be any dead men walking this year.

Milton Zombie Fest organizer and theater director Fred Munzert says the town approved new guidelines that essentially take the street festival off the street and up the event's financial burden. The theater's board decided this month to cancel the event.

Munzert tells The News Journal of Wilmington that the town council and mayor barred the event's stage and vendors from the street and halved its number of approved food trucks. He says it costs about $20,000 to throw the family-friendly festival, which organizers said was going to be free to attendees this year.

Mayor Ted Kanakos didn't respond to requests for comment.

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