Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Walk like a zombie

Public invited to costume up


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer

Like playing dead? Or, rather, the undead? Join like-minded enthusiasts for the first ever Zombie Walk this Halloween weekend, on Friday, Oct. 28.

Not sure? Here's how organizer Karen Brown describes it on Facebook.

"A zombie walk is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. Usually taking place in an urban center, the participants make their way around the city streets and through shopping malls to a public space in a somewhat orderly fashion."

Brown was unavailable for comment by press deadline Tuesday, but a Facebook page dedicated to the walk encourages proper zombie attire, and even better behavior, providing a list of 10 rules to make this inaugural stalking a lively event.

Among them are: Stay in character, unless you are crossing a street and need to hurry. Avoid confrontations and don't touch anyone else.

"If anyone is freaking out or scared, turn and shamble, limp, or stumble in the opposite direction. Avoid confrontations."

Apparently the undead travel light so no guns or booze, and if parts of you fall off, pick them up and dispose of them properly. Zombies don't litter. Use as much blood as you like, but don't bleed on anyone or anything else.

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"Anyone not following rules may be subject to fines, lawsuits, and you could just be arrested," Brown cautions. "Remember, being a zombie doesn't make you immune to the law!"

So far, roughly 30 of the 250 invitations have produced confirmed attendance, but everyone is welcome, even minors, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Unclear on zombies in general?

Here are some of the pointers gleaned from a recent story on the subject in Guns & Ammo magazine.

- You can't drown them, waste of time. Fire is effective.

- They can still react. Not think, but all their other senses work. Hide well.

- There are no pack zombies. They have no social order, which explains their aimless striding.

- They're zombies, not terminators. They aren't unstoppable. Stay calm and keep in mind that they have to touch you to infect you.

- Zombies entered our awareness, with that word, in 1929, in a novel. That same year, the stock market crashed, and the Great Depression began. Coincidence?

Jennifer Liebrum: jliebrum@mtexpress.com

Dead man walking:

Meet at bike path and Fox Acres Road, 7-9 p.m.

Contact Karen Brown by email at karensong75@yahoo.com




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