Jane Galletti and Steve Fish of Plattsburgh became the undead during the 2012 Zombie Walk on Oct. 13.
RULES FOR THE UNDEAD TO LIVE BY
Zombies are asked to leave their pets at home.
Zombies should not eat, touch or maim humans
Zombies should not interfere with non-participants
Zombies must not smoke near other zombies
Zombies must let loose and have fun in undead fashion
The mysterious, jaw dropping infection started spreading four years ago with unaware members of the community being caught up in the frenzy. Zombies continue to walk among us and will be bringing some friends as well during the fourth annual Zombie Walk Oct. 19.
The Zombie Walk will begin at the Durkee Street Parking lot, travel via city sidewalks on City Hall Place, Margaret Street, North Catherine Street and finally down Brinkerhoff Street.
The zombies come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and dressed in all mediums.
“Last year we had infant zombies in strollers,” organizer Kimberly Cummins said.
Another parent dressed up their child in what looked like an old lamb costume that they zombified with fake blood and a bullet hole.
“It’s really fun to see people come together as zombies, and people who love the zombie subculture, they get to come out and break down during the walk and get into the character and growl at people,” Cummins said.
Some people have dressed as simply as covering themselves in fake blood and tattered clothing, others have brought out zombies from their imaginations and taken beloved pop culture characters and turned them into zombies. Last year a zombie turned the Man in the Yellow Hat from the children’s book “Curious George” into an undead.
“Two guys last year were zombie trash collectors, they dragged around trash cans that they beat like drums and were sort of the background music to the walk,” Cummins said.
The Zombie Walk is a melting pot for all things zombie and the undead. But Cummins said zombies must not loose themselves in their character too much and forgo human manners.
“We can’t have people touching or grabbing people on the street, the first year some zombies were banging on the windows at a restaurant downtown and that isn’t allowed,” Cummins said. “You can behave like a zombie but don’t trash the city.”
Following the march, at about 7 p.m. the zombies will gather at the Westlecom Stage in the park next to ROTA Gallery at 50 Margaret Street. Cummins said in lieu of the Zombie Prom, the Zombie Walk will lead to a showcase of local talents and entertainment for the whole family.
“Our hope is to give a lot of entertainment for families,” Cummins said. “Then we’ll give a more scary Halloween later at ROTA.”
There will be a book signing by North Country author and illustrator, David Monette for his new novel “The Zombie Axiom.” The novel will be debuted at a release party at 6:30 p.m. at the ROTA Gallery.
There will be 10 to 15 minute performances by fire dancers; JEDI Dance dance corp; Haus of Starrs will perform their fantastic drag show and Chelsea Varin will bring LED powered hula hoops and perform a light show with her former hula hoop class students. Following the outdoor performances, the show will move inside for musical performances inside the ROTA Gallery.
“We really want to showcase the local talent we have here and give everyone a great night,” Cummins said.
The Zombie walk was inspired by a similar walk out in the Rochester area.
“When we started the Zombie Walk it was with members of the Crafty Geek Brigade and we wanted to show people who say there is nothing to do in Plattsburgh how wrong they are, you just need to get out and do it,” Cummins said. “People come out for all sorts of reasons.”
The Crafty Geek Brigade has since disbanded and members of the Lumber Jills Roller Derby team and other community and student-run groups continue to organize the event.
”Our club helps put on the Zombie Walk because we love to get campus involved in community events,” Veronica Miller, co-president of the SUNY Plattsburgh Zombie Defense League said. “We also are fortunate enough to have a great community that is enthusiastic about such a Halloween-oriented event and so Zombie Defense League wouldn’t ever pass up the opportunity to help out.”
Miller said that as a new co-president and a fan of the annual walk she’d love to see an even bigger turn out for this year’s walk. During last year’s festivities, she said the most memorable part was seeing the faces of onlookers.
“We passed by a few restaurants downtown and I’m pretty sure we terrified a fair share of unsuspecting diners,” Miller said. “It amazes me that we can have three hundred or more people gathering as zombies. I can’t wait for the performances after the walk this year.”
Registration will begin at 6 p.m. in the Durkee Street Parking lot and the walk will begin at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the walk go to the Zombie Walk Facebook page.