Fifth annual Zombie Crawl one for the record books

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Updated: 10/27/2012 11:45 pm

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & A zombie apocalypse hit downtown reno Saturday night.

The fifth annual Zombie Crawl brought out thousands of ghouls.

The largest "Thriller" dance in Reno history kicked off the night.

"Everyones been so dedicated and coming to practice and coming here and performing it after a month of hard work it's just been really, really awesome," dance instructor for Reno's Thriller Marla Richardson says.

According to Zombie Crawl organizer Ed Adkins, early 800 creepy crawlers showed up for the crowd thrilling performance.

Then creatively dressed zombies descended on downtown Reno.

"I just love the sense of community everybody comes out and we all get to have fun together," one crawler says.

Organizers anticipated a crowd upwards around 5,000 people and they got it.

"I also like that fact that we get to dress up and be as much of a creep as we want and people love us for it," one crawler says.

And to keep an eye the crowd the Reno Police Department upped enforcement.

18 extra officers and 2 sergeants were on duty for the night.

As well as groups walking in and out of businesses to make sure they were up to code and checking for underage drinking.

All the extra enforcement cost RPD about 10,000 dollars.

"It's something that you have to fund, because it's getting to be such a large event," Lt. Keith Brown with RPD says.

Lt. Brown tells News 4 patrol vehicles will be out all night looking for drunk drivers.

So he recommended crawlers find alternative means of getting home.

Organizers tell News 4 they were pleased with the turn out and it was a well maintained night.

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