Zombie Bride Linda Nugent, of Ellington, prepares to eat Nathan’s brains! Linda won Best Overall in the costume contest…with good reason. She never broke character, not even when I went to ask her name!
Hundreds of the living dead walked for a great cause Saturday in Enfield, Connecticut at the town’s First Annual Zombie Walk for Hunger…and I was there with the New England Horror Writers and watched it all happen!
Zombies showed up in costume and were decked out by professional make-up artists (see REALLY AWESOME video of that at Enfield Patch here: http://enfield.patch.com/articles/zombies-walk-to-end-hunger#video-7360046).
The walk kicked off with a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (which was reprised later on in the day), and, after a 8/10 mile trek, they convened at the Weymouth Road firehouse to enjoy raffles, music, food, a costume contest, and vendors.
The event was a huge success—by the time the Zombies reached their destination, they had raised close to $1000 in cash and had filled a pick-up truck bed with food, which was delivered immediately to the Enfield Food Shelf.
I was not immune for long! Zombie Florist Mary Hale, of Enfield, tries to sink her teeth into me at the NEHW booth (um, I was having too much fun to really even try to look scared).
As for the NEHW, Jason Harris, Stacey Longo, D.G. Sutter, Jennifer Yarter-Polmatier
and I talked with lots of zombies. We sold several books, donated copies of both the Library of Horror Press’ Malicious Deviance featuring NEHW writer Stacey Longo’s short “Good Night Francine” and my Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World to the event’s Tea Cup Auction, and generally…let lots of people know we’re out there.
Nathan Schoonover of The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show and A&E’s Extreme Paranormal, who was there to lend a hand (and shot most of the photos below), took some time out to converse with members of the investigators of Paranormal Revelations, a paranormal investigation group based in Northeastern Connecticut.
Enjoy the pix and vids below…for more information on New England Horror Writers, visit www.newenglandhorror.org.
The sign at the crosswalk near the JFK school, starting point of the walk.
Throngs of the undead begin to creep toward town…
Video: Hundreds of zombies are on the move. This video captures the entire brigade, so don’t miss it!
I don’t know who this is but I wouldn’t want to tangle with him, would you?
Mardi Gras Zombie Betty Blackwell, who came all the way from Bridgeport with her husband, Paul, to participate, begins her advance…
…and I don’t think she was too happy about having her undead antics interrupted!
Zombie Walker Rose Myers, left, of Windsor Locks, and Zombie Beetle Juice Janine Rasmussen, of Granby, make their way down the sidewalk.
Zombie Brainiac Sean Spring, of West Springfield, MA, looks like he’s lost something.
Zombie Doctor Jen Clarke, of Simsbury, looks as though she might have been caught in the middle of an operation.
These signs were everywhere…courtesy, of course, of Zombeebobs.com.
Zombie Blonde Dawn Dale, of Wethersfield, struts her stuff.
Zombie Teen Briana Flanagan, of Windsor Locks, dragged one of her feet for the entire mile. Ouch, that girl has guts—in more ways than one!
Flanagan, right, and Zombie BFF Brieanna Minor, of Coventry.
…speaking of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller!” That is just awesome. I’ll bet you the coat really does date back to the 1980s.
A zombie-style bean bag toss on the firehouse grounds.
Zombie Elvis McMahon Fan Bill Chapman, of Higganum. Elvis McMahon happens to be Nathan’s friend’s band. Talk about a small world!
Here we are at the New England Horror Writers booth! Left to right, D.G. Sutter, Jennifer Yarter-Polmatier, me, Stacey Longo, and Jason Harris.
Video: The undead approach the New England Horror Writers Booth.
Shots of our table…
Looks like there aren’t enough brains, so the zombies have to resort to ice cream.
Video: See a couple of crazed zombies attack the ice cream truck!
Daetin Gonzales, of Enfield, Connecticut, rocks the zombie universe as he portrays Harry Wentworth, Ted Danson’s role in the 1982 film Creepshow’s vignette “They’re Creeping Up on You.” Daetin won for best teen costume.
The zombies in the throes of the reprise of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Video: The reprise of the “Thriller” dance.
Horror writer D.G. Sutter, at right: “Who needs brains when there are balloon animals?” At left, his fiancé Brin.
Nathan, left, and NEHW’s Jason Harris take a time-out when things start to calm down.