Zombie Prom and fundraiser to swarm NewBo City Market

Zombie Prom
Proceeds from the zombie prom will go to benefit Metro High School. — photo by Zombie Army

Zombie Prom: Get your ’80s On!

NewBo City Market (Cedar Rapids) — Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.

What happens when you combine ’80s fashion, teenage angst and the restless undead with a fundraiser for a good cause? Metro North Rotary’s Zombie Prom: Get Your ’80s On!, a hybrid zombie- and 1980s-themed Halloween costume party and fundraiser for Metro High School on Saturday, Oct. 18 at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids.

In addition to classic ’80s hits played by DJCJ, there will be makeup artists, games, the coronation of a prom king and queen and prom photos. Appetizers (sorry, no brains will be served) and libations will be available, including the signature drink, Tallgrass Brewing Company’s Zombie Monkie porter.

Prom-goers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite zombified 1980s cultural icon or come decked out in rad gore and leg warmers.

“You will see some seriously creative costumes and party it up while supporting a great cause,” said Ryan Koenig, a Metro North Rotary member. “It’s definitely a party.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit Metro High School, an alternative school in Cedar Rapids. Last year, nearly 200 people attended and ticket sales, sponsorships and a grant from Metro North Rotary amounted to about $20,000.

“Metro High School does not receive the funding or attention the other area [schools] receive, yet their work is equally, if not more, important,” said Koenig. “Staff and teachers at Metro are a safety net in our community and are often the difference between a young adult dropping out and graduating.​”

Zombie Prom runs from 8 p.m. until midnight and is open to those 21 and over. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be purchased at the door or through the Zombie Prom website.

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