Putnam – The final evening of the 2018 First Fridays season promises to provide thrills and chills with the return of the annual Zombie Fashion Show. On October 5th, participants and spectators are invited to partake in a frighteningly fun evening on Main Street in Putnam.

The October First Fridays event remains unique from the rest of the season with the public encouraged to not just attend the festival, but to take a starring role. The spectacle begins shortly after 7:00 p.m. with a “Thrilling” performance by The Complex Performing Arts Centre on Main Street. Then, starting at 7:30 p.m., zombies of all ages will stroll down a putrid runway for prizes. Event sponsor Hot Costumes of Webster will transform lower Main Street into a haunted graveyard for the evening, complete with props and an otherworldly fog. The expanded runway will allow for more moldy models to join in and do their best zombie walk. Enhanced lighting will light the way, courtesy of Steve White of Flash Times Photo Booth and the Zombie Fashion Show will have a killer soundtrack provided by DJ “Scary” Gary O of WINY.

For 2018, the event will feature three categories: Youth (2 – 12), Adult (ages 13+), and Group, with prizes awarded to the top three in each category. Prizes will include gift cards to a variety of local shops and restaurants as well as other surprise items. Entries are limited, and preregistration is required for those interested in participating. Registration is available online at: http://www.discoverputnam.com.

The 2017 event saw record-breaking crowds and 2018 is expected to see even more visitors to this celebrated event. For highlights from last year, visitors are encouraged to visit the Discover Putnam Facebook page for a video of the many impressive zombies who rose from the dead to haunt Main Street: https://www.facebook.com/discoverputnam/videos/302880467187911/.


The perfect way to welcome the fall and Halloween season, The Zombie Fashion show has become one of downtown Putnam’s most popular events, drawing thousands of visitors each year. From mini-monsters, creepy couples, fiendish families and more, The Zombie Fashion Show will have at all. Be a part of the event, or just come to watch – if you dare!





Jennifer Brytowski, Zombie Fashion Show Chair – jennifer@chasegraphics.net