Halloween haunt makes for a Merry Christmas for some in Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Whether your excuse is getting in the season for Halloween or taking out some frustration, at Zombie Nation, your head shots equate to a happier holiday for Region 8 families in need.

When many think of October in Arkansas, the temperatures dropping and leaves changing color come to mind.

On Highway 163 toward Harrisburg, October means the dead walking the earth.

"We have around 20 zombies out here this year," John Murray told Region 8 News.

While they give you the gear, "the $25 gives you the guns, the paintballs and the CO2," Murray explained, it's up to you to make it out alive. "Every once in awhile they'll survive...usually they don't."

Murray, with Crashmurray Entertainment, came up with the idea for Zombie Nation last year, saying he wanted to bring the zombie apocalypse to life and make it as realistic as possible.

Zombies like Taylor Henninger come out covered in both paint and bruises from a weekend of taking hits to both the head and the body.

"No matter how much padding you put on, they still find a place to hit you where you don't have any," Henninger joked.

Though it makes for a painful October, they say it's worth it.

"There's a portion of the proceeds that go to Christmas for Kids and the Good Fellows program that Jonesboro Jaycee's puts on in December," Jonesboro Jaycee's president, Keith Sharp said.

Killing zombies in October to help feed those in need and put presents under the tree for less fortunate kids at Christmastime.

"They really do need the help and the kids are going to greatly appreciate the toys under the tree," Sharp said.

Zombie Nation is open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7pm to midnight and on Sundays from 7pm to 10pm.

A $25 cover charge will take you on a haunted hay ride, through the zombie forest (with a paintball gun, 100 paintball rounds and your CO2 tank) and through a chilling corn maze. For an additional $5, you can buy 100 additional paintball rounds.

You can check out their Facebook page for additional information.

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