Superhero Crawlers Get Creative


RENO, Nev. -- You might find yourself walking next to Superman or the Joker downtown Saturday night. That's because hundreds of people will be gathering for the biggest superhero event in the area. It's the 7th annual Superhero Crawl and while it's helping businesses see green, crawlers are getting creative.

"You can't find this anywhere else, there's no place like Reno where everyone dresses up in a really goofy costumes, go and have fun," Ed Adkins, crawl coordinator said.

Reno pub crawls are known for its spirited participants. For the Superhero Crawl, people are dressing up as their favorite superhero or super villain, but this time, people are thinking more outside the box.

"That's the best part of it, is you don't just see people like go buy store bought costumes, they just go to places like this and they whip together something really fun," Adkins said.

"People are making their costumes like they did back in the day. I think it's just fun to dress up, it takes some of the stress off your life," Jessica Schneider, Junkee Clothing Exchange owner said.

You might not even recognize some of t them. It's Gianna Cruet and Ben Miller's first Superhero Crawl, so they came in with an open mind.

"I guess I'm just some kind of like Wonder Woman mix or Go-Go Girl that fights crime," Cruet said.

"You got this little anonymity of being in a costume, it brings people out of themselves," Adkins said.

It doesn't have to be expensive, so there's no excuse for not coming up with a costume. All the profits will benefit local businesses and charities.

"It does bring people to Reno, it does fill up our hotel rooms, it does tip our waiters and waitresses," Schneider said. "Even if you don't agree with it, anything that brings people to Reno, we should be supportive of."

The ladies at Junkee took about 15 minutes to put a Powerpuff Girl costume together and it cost around $25, which they say is the average price of a good costume. It's both time and cost efficient.

A third of its profits will go toward Future Kind, a local non-profit that helps under-served youth.

Crawl cups are sold for $5 at Junkee Clothing Exchange until 7:30 p.m. when the crawl begins.


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