Zombie prom aims to keep Jefferson City teens safe

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JEFFERSON CITY - Teen zombies will take over the Missouri River Regional Library Thursday for zombie prom.

Teen Services Coordinator Courtney Waters said she plans a Halloween event every year, but this is the first time the library is hosting a zombie prom. 

"We have done a zombie survival training program before," Waters said. "That was really fun and the kids have been wanting to do another zombie program. This one is going to be a little bit different because they're actually being zombies, not learning how to defend themselves against zombies."

She said she expects a lot of the teens to come out in full zombie attire, especially since Jefferson City Public Schools are out tomorrow.

"This should give them a chance to be creative and just have a good time with each other in a safe public space," Waters said.

She said she tries to combine fun and safety in all of her teen library programming.

"The goal with all of our programs here at the library is to bring people in and give them a chance to have fun in a safe space," Waters said.

If teens don't have a costume ready, Waters said, they shouldn't worry.

"We're going to have some make up and we'll be doing some special effects make up with them," she said.

Thursday night's event will have games, food, music and an opportunity for eveyone to show off his or her costume.

"We're going to have a photo booth, which is going to be really cool," Waters said. "And of course, a zombie fashion show to show off everybody's awesome zombie make up and attire."

Waters is dressing up for the event and said she hopes everyone gets into character.

"I'm hoping to see some destroyed prom dresses and torn up shirts," she said. "A lot of our kids tend to get into costumed events here at the library, so I'm expecting them to come out in some pretty impressive make up and costuming."

Waters said she expects students from both private and public high schools in Jefferson City and some from the outlying communities in Cole County.

The Thursday event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second floor of the Missouri River Regional Library.