The ghouls are gathering once again this weekend at the Jersey Shore.
The Asbury Park Zombie Walk returns to the city’s Boardwalk and downtown areas on Saturday. The event is embracing a theme for the first time: punk rock.
Punk-themed zombie attire is encouraged, but not required. Zombie Walk organizers do, however, insist that all prop weapons be left at home, regardless of the costume.
The day starts at 11 a.m. when the information booth, merchandise stand and makeup tent open at the Boardwalk's Fourth Avenue greenspace. It’s free to walk, but makeup artists will charge a fee for contact-free airbrushed zombie makeovers. Masks will also be available for purchase.
Zombie costume contest judges will roam the crowd, and participants must be present by 3 p.m. The "Thriller" dance team performs at 3:30 p.m. on the Boardwalk, then the walk steps off from the Boardwalk in front of Convention Hall at 4 p.m., proceeding south toward the Carousel building.
The procession will then lurch west up Cookman Avenue toward downtown before turning onto Mattison Avenue, then to Main Street, where the walk will conclude at Johnny Mac's House of Spirits. The official after-party and final judging and the awarding of prizes for the costume contest take place at Johnny Mac's.
The Gaslight Anthem reunion tour wraps up at PNC
The Zombie Walk isn’t the only act of Garden State resurrection happening in Monmouth County this weekend. Classic rock revivalists the Gaslight Anthem bring their reunion tour to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Saturday night.
The band, which cut its teeth in the New Brunswick punk scene before capturing the attention of the mainstream with its 2009 sophomore album “The ’59 Sound,” played its first show in four years at Crossroads in Garwood in June.
The band then spent the late summer and early autumn on the road in Europe, the United Kingdom and North America, and the tour wraps up Saturday night in Holmdel.
Go: The Gaslight Anthem with Jeff Rosenstock, 8 p.m. Saturday, PNC Bank Arts Center, Exit 114, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, tickets starting at $35 available; livenation.com
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Kevin Smith opens SModcastle Cinemas with ‘Hollywood Babble-On’ and ‘Tusk’
Red Bank-born, Highlands-raised filmmaker Kevin Smith has been in the motion picture business for nearly 30 years, since he became an overnight director to watch with his 1994 debut “Clerks.”
Smith, based in Los Angeles these days, has come home to not just make movies, but to show them: He’s now the co-owner of SModcastle Cinemas, the re-christened historic movie theater at 82 First Ave. in Atlantic Highlands.
The theater’s SModcastle era kicks off in grand fashion with a double feature of events on Saturday night.
Smith and Ralph Garman will bring their "Hollywood Babble-On" podcast to the theater at 9 p.m., followed by an 11 p.m. screening of Smith's 2014 A24 creature feature "Tusk," with Smith participating in a question-and-answer session after the screening.
Go: “Hollywood Babble-On,” 9 p.m. Saturday, followed by “Tusk” at 11 p.m. Saturday, SModcastle Cinemas, 82 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, $50 for “Babble-On” and $10 for “Tusk,” atlanticmoviehouse.com.
Equality Walks across New Jersey
Asbury Park-based LGBTQ education and advocacy organization Garden State Equality hosts its 13th annual Equality Walk fundraiser this weekend, with opportunities to stand up and march throughout the state.
A kick-off reception begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Cooper’s Riverview, 50 Riverview Plaza in Trenton. On Friday, there will be a march in Asbury Park, starting at 5 p.m. at Kennedy Park, 104 Grand Ave.
Another walk steps off in Atlantic City at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Ocean Casino Resort, 500 Boardwalk. At noon on Sunday, there will be a march in Montclair, departing from the First Congregational Church, 40 S. Fullerton Ave.
Each walk is approximately 1 mile long
Equality Walk events take place in the days before National Coming Out Day on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and happen during the October observation of LGBTQ+ History Month.
Go: To register for Garden State Equality’s Equality Walk, visit gardenstateequality.rallybound.org.
Asbury Park Bazaar in the Grand Arcade
The Asbury Park Fall Bazaar brings together vendors, Oktoberfest-themed food and beer, kids’ face-painting, photo opportunities and live music from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Happening in the Grand Arcade on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, the free, indoor event is all-ages and pet-friendly.
Go: Asbury Park Fall Bazaar, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Grand Arcade, Asbury Park Boardwalk; asburyparkbazaar.com/fall-bazaar-2022.
Oktoberfest at Beach Haus
Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar hosts its Oktoberfest celebration from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The big day will include food and cocktail specials, and $5 pours of the brewery’s Oktoberfest and Pumptoberfest beers.
There will also be live music and the annual stein-holding competition.
Go: Oktoberfest at Beach Haus Brewery, 801 Main St., Belmar; beachhausbeer.com.
Oktoberfest at Twin Lights
One of the newest players in the Jersey Shore craft beer scene, Twin Lights Brewing of Tinton Falls, will host its first Oktoberfest party from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday in its taproom.
There will be live music, games and more activities throughout the day. The brewery’s Oktoberfest beer, a 5.6% ABV German-style lager, is available now.
Go: Oktoberfest at Twin Lights Brewing, 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 4057 Asbury Ave., Tinton Falls; twinlightsbrewing.com.
Paul Reiser brings the laughs to Toms River
Comedian, actor and author Paul Reiser performs Saturday night at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College in Toms River, with support from singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert.
An 11-time Emmy nominee, Reiser has been as busy as ever in recent years, appearing on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Hulu’s “Reboot,” Amazon Prime’s “The Boys” and Spectrum Originals’ “Mad About You” revival.
Reiser, along with Judge Reinhold, John Ashton and Bronson Pinchot, are set to reunite with Eddie Murphy in the upcoming Netflix film “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.”
Go: Paul Reiser with Vance Gilbert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County College, College Drive, Toms River, $35 to $55; 732-255-0500, grunincenter.org.
Italian Heritage Night in Long Branch
On Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Amerigo Vespucci Society will host "Una Bella Serata" ("A Beautiful Evening"), dedicated to Italian Heritage, at the Long Branch Arts and Cultural Center.
One of the oldest Italian societies in the country (founded in 1875), the free event will feature artwork by local artists with Italian heritage, like Carla Valentino, Charles Brunetto and Christina Sodano. The exhibit can be viewed through Thursday, Oct. 13.
There will also be a musical performance by Doug Clarke, and spoken-word performances by Emanuel Di Pasquale and Frank Valentino. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided by Caputo's Pastry Shoppe, Castorino Espresso, DalVero Imports and Long Branch Distillery.
Go: 577 Broadway, Long Branch; 732-222-7000, ext. 2050, longbranch.org/artscenter.
Red Gables in Red Bank
This weekend in Red Bank, on a 21-acre private estate overlooking the Navesink River and McClees Creek, experience an outdoor concert with chef-made food, craft beer and curated wine.
Tickets ($225) include valet parking, a cocktail curated by local bartenders, all-you-can eat food from local vendors, three music acts and a for-purchase bar with beverages like Ramona canned cocktails, wine and more.
Among the local chefs are Jamie Giovinazzo from Eat Clean Bro, Chris Calabrese from Nettie's House of Spaghetti, and Nick Lepore from Burger Buff. Menu options include Thai fish curry, whole roast lamb, and Lahmajoun (known as Armenian pizza or meat pie).
The location for Red Gables will be revealed to ticketholders.
Gabriela Laracca contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Jersey Shore things to do: Zombie Walk, Gaslight Anthem