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August 1, 2013

Tattoos and ... a few undead|Inaugural Zombie Walk being held Saturday as part of annual Niagara Tattoo Expo

Niagara Gazette — Don't drag your feet this weekend if you're out on Old Falls Street. If you do, you might be mistaken for the walking dead.

Terror Technologies, a Kenmore-based haunted attractions company, is throwing a pair of real-life zombie walks around the neighborhood of the Conference Center Niagara Falls, where they'll be stationed Saturday as part of the third Niagara Tattoo Expo.

Greg Hinaman, the company's owner and founder, said the experience many people consider terrifying is actually addicting as heck.

"Once you do it and do it as often as we do, you want to keep doing it," Hinaman said. "For those who love Halloween and getting dressed up in costumes, there's a love for this sort of horror. But they also have a good heart, so we give them an opportunity to donate to charity and fill their need for their horror at the same time."

Charity work is a large part of Terror Technologies's current business and Saturday's pair of walks, scheduled for 2 and 5 p.m., are no exception. For those wishing to participate or to be made up as a zombie by some of the area's best artists, it only takes three cans of food or $1 cash.

Every bit of what's raised goes directly to the Food Bank of Western New York, which is just one of the area's organizations Hinaman and company have worked with. They've done fundraisers together with UNYTS and are in the process of finalizing a partnership with the Special Olympics for October.

It's an aspect he's enjoyed about his work, dating back to his time running a haunted house every Halloween in Kenmore.

"I've been in the haunted attractions business for 23 years," he said. "We decided to go out and promote ourselves ... about eight months before 'The Walking Dead' came out, so we jumped on the zombie walks just in time. People love the charity aspect of these events. When we tell them what we do and why, they're always saying, 'Really? This is awesome.'"

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