Sunday, November 02, 2008

Zombie Walk Postmortem

Thanks to everyone who showed up for last night's zombie walk. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I think it went exceptionally well. We had a great crowd and for the most part the bystanders (if not a couple store managers) seemed to really enjoy it. It's great for Silver Spring to have stuff like this. Yeah, we may technically be a suburb, but that doesn't mean we can't have our own identity. If we got people from the city to come out for this then I know we're doing something right.

Now that I've had a little time to digest brains last night's zombie walk, I've started planning how we can make next year's walk even better:

- Costume-wise, I like the idea that some people had of toting dismembered body parts. I'm gonna have to get me one of those for next year. Also, I'll definitely pack some lozenges. All that groaning was hell on my throat. Some of you guys had fantastic costumes, a few of you not so much, but any effort is appreciated. The guy with no eyeballs really creeped me the F out. Maybe we'll have a makeup table available for people who need to enhance their look. I did bring a Tupperware with some extra blood for others, but ended up leaving it on a ledge at the QH when we left. I can't imagine what they thought of that when they were cleaning up at the end of the night.

- We're gonna need a bigger boat. The Quarry House is great, but when the zombiewalkers were merged with the House's regular clientele, the place got a little cramped. Next year we will either have to gather in a larger space, or perhaps the Quarry House would be amenable to temporarily closing that night for an exclusive zombie party.

- Better coordination on the timing. We didn't get any formal announcement out to everyone to start walking. Because of that, the walk was a tad disjointed, with a few decent-sized clumps of zombies rather than a single, well-coordinated mob. Next year we'll make an announcement or have some sort of predetermined signal to get the walk started. Also, I'm not sure when or where it happened, but I think we must have linked up at some point that evening with the DC walk that was going on at the same time. That helped to swell our ranks nicely.

- Some staged zombie confrontations on Ellsworth. We need some plants in the general population who would acts as victims. They'd carry fake blood and guts with them and would become zombified after a pack of zombies falls on them. There were a few people who showed up as zombie killers armed with Nerf guns. Good on them for the improvisation. This led to a humorous interaction when they yelled, "they aren't dying!" and a little girl zombie responded "you can't kill us, we're already dead!". There was also some dude dressed in a S.T.A.R.S. outfit, and if you know what that is, nerd props to you.

- We'll definitely have to set something up with AFI well in advance in order to guarantee we have another Zombie flick to walk to. This year was just a happy coincidence, and really the fact that NOLD was showing was one of impetuses for the organization of the walk. Perhaps next year we get them to show another classic zombie film, like Dawn of the Dead. Maybe even a double feature! How about Dawn of the Dead followed by Shaun of the Dead? Awesome.

In your opinion, what worked and what didn't work? We have plenty of time to plan for next year, so please submit your suggestions, and we'll try to work them in as best we can for next year's event.

For those of you on Facebook who want to be in the loop for next year's event, be sure to join our group.

As I mentioned earlier, I've set up a Flickr photo pool for people to post photos of the walk. Thanks to all who have already contributed. If you've got pics to share, please feel free to add them.

For those of you sick of hearing about it, this will be my last post specific to the zombie walk. Between work and travel I haven't been able to keep up with my normal blogging pace, but I'm going to try and get back up to speed in the next week or so.


Springvale Roader said...

Great idea about having "victims" for the zombies to assault. I did a zombie self-evisceration in college, and it's not hard to do while being extremely effective. It would be really gross, though, and participants would have to bear in mind the reaction of both law enforcement and parents with little kids present.

Still, karo syrup and red food dye and glumpy noodles and chunks of bread are indeed edible, so there's no technical reason that some poor sap couldn't be partially devoured.

Vagrarian said...

I had thought of stopping at one point and hurling up some gummy worms on the sidewalk, but never got any worms....

The audience plants are a great idea, and the announcements of starting times are the best. And there's loads of zombie films...White Zombie...Plague of the Zombies...Revolt of the Zombies...

Springvale Roader said...

Hey Vagrarian, based on your recommendation we went to Goatman Hollow. It was freakin' awesome! I can talk about that here, since it featured an incredible zombie scene.

Adelita said...

Here's a zombie walk video I posted on Youtube:

Vagrarian said...

Oh sweeet! Goatman Hollow is the freakin' best!