Phoenix Zombie Walk brought back from the (un)dead

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Just in time for Halloween, the popular Zombie Walk has been resurrected.

The annual trek through the "heart" of downtown Phoenix returned to life Saturday after what appeared to be an untimely death.

The popular 1½-mile Zombie Walk was held every October.

As the event's title implies, participants would don their scary best and dress up as the undead to hit the streets for charity.

But the event got so big, it outgrew itself, and this past May, it was laid to rest by its organizers.

“It is with heavy, un-beating hearts that we announce the cancellation of Downtown Phoenix Zombie Walk,” its organizers said.

[READ MORE: Horrors! Annual Zombie Walk laid to rest; grew too big]

Zombie Walk started as a free, family-friendly event in 2009.Downtown Phoenix Inc., a community development group that launched the annual event, said it “grew beyond our wildest nightmares.”

But now, with the help of co-producing charitable partner Arizona Hemophilia Association and downtown's Warehouse District, Zombie Walk has been brought back to life.

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Admission to the popular family friendly event, which last year attracted 20,000 attendees, was free with a $5 donation benefiting Arizona Hemophilia Association. 

In addition to a new event site, route and co-producer, Zombie Walk 8 also added a ticketed, adults-only pub crawl that pushed the zombie horde into Downtown Phoenix bars and restaurants in search of discounted (and non-human) food and drink.

Sales of commemorative pub crawl wristbands will benefit AHA. 

"We wanted to bring Zombie Walk back but it had to be the right fit," said Downtown Phoenix Inc. President and CEO David Krietor. "This reimagined event highlights the family friendly components that have made Zombie Walk so successful--things like the makeup stations, costume contest and of course the walk--while supporting local charities doing impactful things in our community.

"We're also excited that this year's event will activate our emerging Warehouse District and downtown bars and restaurants."

For the Arizona Hemophilia Association, which is headquartered downtown, joining forces with Zombie Walk will raise much-needed funding and awareness about their organization and those people living with inherited bleeding disorders.

"This is a great opportunity for our organization to partner with a well-established event in our own neighborhood," said Arizona Hemophilia Association CEO Cindy Komar. “We're very excited to help bring this unique tradition back from the dead.”

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