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Want to kick-start the Halloween festivities early? Look no further. San Antonio Roller Derby and the SA Zombie Walk give you the perfect reason to dress up all week. SARD preps for Hallow’s Eve this Sunday with Monster Mash-Up — skaters from around Texas will mash it up on the track in a Halloween-themed exhibition. Organizer Tonya Hurting invited skaters from Dallas, Houston, El Paso, and Temple to compete alongside SARD’s 25 existing members.

If you’re wondering about SARD’s origins, stay tuned for a more in-depth story. Not to be confused with the Alamo City Rollergirls, SARD was founded in March 2010 and is part of a two-year plan to become an apprentice league and subsequent full member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

“I didn’t expect to have any bouts this season, but we got a lot of interested skaters pretty quickly,” said Hurting. “We just wanted to skate, so we went ahead and had two bouts. This one’s just kind of a fun bout, because we brought in skaters from other leagues. We’ll be starting back up in February.”

Hurting said the skaters have been split up according to ability for Monster Mash-Up. The result? Zombie-themed troupe Army of Death will be taking on the Vamp-ish Blood Sisters Sunday at 7 p.m. at Car-vel Skate Center, 6807 Bandera. Hurting’s goal was to create two evenly matched teams with enough experienced jammers and blockers on each side.

Spectators are encouraged to dress up, and three costume contests will be held according to age. Categories are kids 10 and under, 11-18, and 18+. In addition, Nightmare on Grayson will unchain a handful of their monsters for the event. Price is $10 presale, $12 at the door, kids 10 and under free. Visit for ticket outlets and more information.  

For those of you obsessed with the undead, one-up the rank-and-file by perfecting your walk, mottled flesh, and bloody gashes starting now! San Antonio Zombie Walk roams downtown on Sunday. The yearly event is a free, fun excuse to dress up as a zombie and walk through the streets with others in similar guise.  Meet at 7 p.m. close to the tower in Hemisfair Park — a giant group of dead people hanging out is gonna be pretty hard to miss. Southtown and the King William District is probably your best bet for cheap or free parking. First-timers: watch the video below to get makeup ideas rolling.

The official SA Zombie Walk afterparty will be at Mineshaft Saloon, 902 NE Loop 410. Free buffet starting at 8:30 p.m., no cover until 11 p.m., and scary karaoke all night long!

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