Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

A pallbearer lends a hand to the Thurston County Economic Development Council during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Scary zombies, spooky skeletons and pinewood caskets filled the streets of downtown Bucoda Saturday as attendees gathered for the second annual Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races. The event is one of many Spook-Tacular festivities scheduled in the next month in the tiny Thurston County town.

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

Port of Olympia racers, right, and representatives from the City of Tenino, left, smile as they walk their decorated caskets through downtown during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Bucoda and its town of 583 residents officially assume the name “Boo-coda” for October. The Casket Races, fast becoming an annual tradition, took place Saturday morning.

“Halloween is a big time for the community,” said Mayor Alan Carr. “It means a lot to bring people down here and show that there’s more to Thurston County than just northern county, and it’s just a way to help bring everyone together.”

The We Love Rainier, WA community group made the 13-mile trip down State Route 507 to support the “Spook-Tacular” with help from members in their own community.

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

Members of the Joe's Place team veer right and secure first place, while the We Love Rainier team veers left taking second during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

“We like to support other small city activities and when we heard about the Pine Derby Race we decided to enter to support our neighbors,” said Sarah Christensen, of the We Love Rainier committee. “We got one of our locals to build the pine box derby for us and with help from the Rainier High School Football coaching staff, they asked five of their boys if they would mind coming out here on a Saturday morning and racing and they’ve got a big love for the community so we’re just out here supporting.”

The Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races had a total of seven entries with the fastest time going to the Joe’s Place team and the slowest time going to the Thurston County Economic Development Council, who brought home the “Dead Last” trophy.

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

The We Love Rainier team smiles as they hoist their casket from the ditch during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

“I don’t think your going to see anything like this anywhere else in Washington,” said Morgan Greene, a representative from Joe’s Place. “A lot of different communities get together and just come out here to have a good time and make friends and a lot of creative caskets.”

Numerous other prizes were also awarded to teams such as “Scariest Casket” and “Best Costumed Team and Cortege,” with all participants receiving a gift certificate for one “Boo-coda Spook-tacular Special Burger,” a side order of tots, fries or onion rings and a drink from one of their sponsors, Eastside Big Tom, located at 2023 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia.

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

The Joe's Place pine box was awarded 'Scariest Casket' during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

This year, the eatery boasts all new flavors of Official Boo-Coda Milkshakes (Boo-Berry, Franken Berry, Count Chocula and Monster Energy). With each milkshake purchased you receive a “Hearsela” Trading Card worth $4 off the Scary Nights Haunted House, located at 403 N. Nenant St. in Bucoda.

The “Spook-tacular” will be running in “Boo-coda” through Oct. 31, with events happening every weekend. For more information, go to www.boo-coda.com.

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

Aslan Meade, of the Thurston County Economic Development Council, smiles while sporting a spooky prosthetic eye during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

Linda Vanell, left, pretends to bite her husband Alan, right, while dressed as a zombie during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

The Thurston County Economic Development Council won 'Best Costumed Team and Cortege' during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

The We Love Rainier team holds up their second place trophy during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

The We Love Rainier team casket is on display during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

The Joe's Place team holds up their first place trophy during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

Zombie racers from every age group pose for a photo during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

Awards for 'Dead Last' and 'Best Costumed Team and Cortege' lean against bloodied prop limbs during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

The Port of Olympia holds up the 'Fastest Time Government' award during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier and his team receive the 'Mayor Cup' award from Bucoda Mayor Alan Carr during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

The Thurston County Economic Development Council won 'Best Costumed Team and Cortege' and posed for a photo with George Sharp during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

Digger Steve Purcell poses for a photo in front of 'Hearsela' a Cadillac hearse, during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

Digger Steve Purcell opens the back of 'Hearsela' a Cadillac hearse, to expose a pine box casket during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

A post-apocalyptic take on 'The Mystery Machine' is on display by the Town of Bucoda sign during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

Pine Box Derby Casket and Zombie Races in Boo-coda

A 'Welcome to Boo-coda' sign hangs on display during the second annual 'Spook-tacular' Saturday morning in 'Boo-coda.'

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