Niagara Gazette — Hinaman’s company draws its makeup’d miscreants from across the area for the purpose of raising money or other goods for charity. Every penny of the money taken in is donated directly to charity, with Saturday’s proceeds going to the Food Bank of Western New York. He also collected canned food for donation, which helped secure discounted entry to the expo inside.
But it wasn’t long ago fandom of horror films, television and comic books wasn’t considered mainstream. People like Ganci-Rotella, who now calls Grand Island home, weren’t engaging in popular recreation but rather the fringe of society. Now, with “The Walking Dead” doing so well on television and Hollywood blockbuster zombie movies being made, the outsiders aren’t entirely outside the box anymore.
“Zombies are so in right now,” he said. “I’ve been a horror fan for forever. I think it’s weird I’m no longer the weirdo for liking this stuff though. It’s an escape from reality, which is why I think it’s so popular now. I guess I’ll have to find something else to make me weird.”
Shelly Muehlbauer and her daughter, Hope, also made the trip to the walk, though they had less distance to cover. The Falls residents felt their love of Halloween and horror experiences would be great to celebrate while in their hometown. They knew they needed to be a part of the excitement.
“And it’s always fun to scare people,” Hope Muehlbauer said.Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.