Monday, September 26, 2011

Bring Out Your Dead: The 4th Annual Silver Spring Zombie Walk FAQ

We’re just weeks away from the 4th Annual Silver Spring Zombie Walk, and for those planning on participating here's all the information you need to know.

Silver Spring Zombie Walk 2009
Photo of the 2009 walk by Flickr user The Spider Hill

What is all this Zombie Walk nonsense?

From Wikipedia:
A zombie walk (also known as a zombie mob, zombie march, zombie horde, zombie lurch, zombie shamble, zombie shuffle or zombie pub crawl) is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. Usually taking place in an urban centre, the participants make their way around the city streets and through shopping malls in a somewhat orderly fashion and often limping their way towards a local cemetery or other public space (a series of taverns in the case of a zombie pub crawl).

I am a grown-ass man/woman. Why the hell would I want to do something like this?

How often do you get to smear fake blood all over yourself, tear up your clothes, and act really stupid in public, and do so anonymously without fear of repercussions?

Where and when does the walk start?

This year's walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd. Like last year, ground zero of the zombie outbreak will be located near Jackie’s Restaurant at the corner of Georgia and Sligo Avenues. The walk itself won't start until 8:45 or so, but zombies are encouraged to start gathering by 7:30 or earlier for the Zombie Walk pre-party.

Last year’s pre-walk was perhaps as much fun (if not more fun) than the walk itself, as it offered a great chance for everyone to view all the great costumes that had been prepared. There was also many battles staged last year, including one involving a lightsaber-armed zombie-slaying Jesus.

How does one prepare for a Zombie Walk?

Zombies come from all professions and all walks of life, so use your imagination. Just make sure your clothes are torn and there’s plenty of blood. Props such as dismembered limbs, brains, etc. can be a great enhancement to your look.

Here’s some websites with great tips on making zombie costumes:

- Expert Village - How to Make a Zombie Costume (Some great how-to videos here.)

- Zombie Maker - The Definitive Zombie Make Up and Costume Guide

- wikiHow - How to Look Like a Zombie. They also have a page dedicated to the essential art of making fake blood.

- 365 Halloween - How to make a zombie costume with makeup

Check out these photos of the last two years’ events to get a good perspective on what types of costumes people will be wearing: 2008, 2009, 2010

Should I RSVP?

It’s not necessary, but it would be helpful for us to get a rough idea on attendance. You can RSVP via the Facebook event page.

Where can I eat (brains) and drink (blood) before the walk?

There are plenty of bars and restaurants along the Zombie Walk route, including Fire Station 1, The Quarry House Tavern, Olazzo, Piratz Tavern and more. There are also countless places to eat and drink in central Downtown Silver Spring area and the surrounding blocks. (And no, it's not just Red Lobster.)

In addition,  we have invited a number of food trucks to set up shop in the staging area. We already have commitments from Sub Urban Bros, Corned Beef King, and Cravin Cookies & Sweets and expect to have more to report shortly.

Does it cost anything to participate?

There is no cost to participate in the Walk, though you will have to purchase movie tickets from AFI should you choose to attend the movie afterward. Organizers will also accept envelopes stuffed with cash, but that is purely optional.

Movie? What movie?

This year’s official Zombie Walk film will be Dead Snow (or Død Snø, for those who like funny letters), a zombie flick straight out of Norway. Here's a brief plot summary followed by the official trailer:

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

This must have been the biggest Norwegian horror film of all time. For all I know, it is the only Norwegian film of all time. As fans of the Call of Duty series of video games can attest, you can't top Nazi zombies.

Where do I purchase tickets to Dead Snow?

Tickets can be purchased at the AFI Silver box office or online (with no booking charge). Oh, and it will sell out, so get your tickets ASAP. It is also highly recommended that you have your tickets in hand before the show if possible in order to avoid the inevitable line at the box office.

This year there is even a bonus movie, with a late show of Shaun of the Dead (which we screened at the 2nd Zombie Walk) following Dead Snow at 11:59. Tickets for this film can also be purchased online.

What is the route of the walk?

The Walk will start at the intersection of Sligo and Georgia Avenues (near Jackie’s) and will proceed down Georgia Avenue then through the Downtown Silver Spring Area, concluding at the AFI Silver Theatre on Colesville Road.

How can I get updates on the Zombie Walk?

- Check the official website.

- Join the Silver Spring Zombie Walk Facebook group.

- Subscribe to the Twitter Feed. This is the best way to get updates on the walk on the night of the event.

My kid wants to be a zombie, can he/she/it come too?

The Zombie Walk is open to all ages, and we have had plenty of youth zombies at past events. If they scare easily, it’s probably not the best idea to bring them along, though it will be more fun for the everyone else if you do.

Can I dress as a zombie hunter instead than a zombie?

Absolutely - we’ve had a number of zombie hunters each year, some of which were scarier than the zombies themselves. Even better: plan ahead with your zombie buds to simulate zombie vs. zombie hunter battles. Just don’t go around assaulting unsuspecting zombies with cricket bats, please.

Why isn’t the Zombie Walk on Halloween weekend? That seems like the obvious time to schedule it.

Many people are committed to other activities on Halloween night - parties, taking the kids trick-or-treating, etc. Holding the Walk on a different night allows the maximum number of people to participate.

Will there be Zombie Walk merchandise available?

This year, there will be a limited edition Silver Spring Zombie Walk poster available for sale. Designed by the award-winning El Jefe Design, it will be available online and at the AFI Theatre on the night of the event. More information will follow shortly.

Will the anonymity of my costume combined with the anarchic atmosphere of a zombie walk justify my wanton destruction of private property?

Please, please don't break anything. Provided it belongs to you, you can destroy any possession or body part you wish. Last year there was an incident where a few zombies got a little overzealous and took out a store window. Let’s try to avoid that happening again.

This window was an innocent victim of last year's walk...

What can I do to help promote the Zombie Walk?

Tell everyone. Also, on the night of the walk, you can share your Zombie Walk experience on Twitter using the hashtag #sszombiewalk.

I’m going to take a bunch of photos of the Zombie Walk. How can I share them?

You are encouraged to add any Zombie Walk photos to the 2011 Silver Spring Zombie Walk Pool on Flickr.


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