Have you noticed how zombies tend to come out of the
woodwork as Oct. 31 approaches? This Halloween, try gathering a group of your
own undead to lurch and moan for a cause.
Laying the Groundwork
Pull together a committee of fun-loving friends and family
members who go gaga over gory costumes. Pick a day—shoot for a weekend—a time
and a place for your walk. Keep your official event under two hours or so to
prevent your zombies from zonkin’ out and choose a place where people will be
milling around. A local shopping area, farmers market or Halloween fair are all
Have a route planned out. A few miles should do it, but you
should start and end in well-populated areas. Make sure your chosen path is
lined by safe sidewalks.
Get Others in on the Action
A herd of tweens and teens really shouldn’t be staggering
about by themselves, so get your parents and all of their friends in on the
action. Got older sibs? Have them invite their peers. To keep everyone safe,
pick a buddy or two and check in with each other every so often so that no one
Make up flyers and post them on your school’s bulletin
board, in your local library, on telephone polls, in grocery stores—everywhere
you can think of. Create a Facebook group to publicize the event and have your
buds invite everyone they know.
Don’t forget to tell the authorities what you’re planning.
You don’t want mass hysteria on your
hands. You or your ‘rents should dial up your local police number—not 911—and see if you need a parade
or other type of permit (depending on the number of people you’re expecting,
you might need one). If you’re going to crash a local fair or market, let the
organizers know you’re coming.
One more thing: Don’t touch the onlookers! You don’t wanna
get slapped with a harassment charge, so groan all you want, but keep your
mitts (and assorted props) to yourself.
Look the Part
No zombie walk is complete without, well, zombies. You can
be a bride, a student, a cop, a doctor, a celeb, a cheerleader—whatever you
like, just zombiefy it. Think thick white and grey makeup on visible skin,
bloody wounds and teased-up hair.
Do It for Charity
Transforming your zombie walk into a charitable event is
super easy. Charge a small admission fee to everyone who participates—think a
couple of dollars. If you get a big group, that can really add up!
While you’re walking around, have some zombies carrying
signs declaring your intent and the organization you’re raising money for.
Bring along some collecting tins—pumpkin treat buckets are perf for the
occasion—and let onlookers show their appreciation for your seasonal display
and fine acting skills.
Another fun idea? Offer to help others deaden up their look.
Host a face painting sesh before the event starts and charge those who need a
pro to make ‘em over.
Make it a Party
Not comfortable with the walk but still want in on the
action? No prob, just transform it into a party. Take over a local park,
playground or a friend’s big backyard. Have your core group of besties secretly
come as zombies. As the party goes on, convert your guests into zombies just
like you. Have face paint and fake blood available to make the conversion
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