Spend This Saturday Walking Amongst the Living Dead!

By: Toni Cunningham | October 11, 2012

If you’ve ever wanted to take part in a flash mob or be an extra on “The Walking Dead,” your dreams could come true faster than you can say “braaaaains.”

Thanks to popular culture, zombies have become quite the rage in recent years. Zombie walks have also become socially acceptable forms of recreation. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a zombie walk involves a group of people meeting at a central location, gorified and bloody, ready to roam the streets and, well, act like zombies.

Why would anyone in his or her right mind take part in such tomfoolery, you ask? Well, Metro Detroit is playing host to three upcoming zombie walks, all of which benefit charity. So to answer your question, you get to dress up, act goofy and help a great cause. Sounds like a hoot, eh?

The 5th Zombie Walk Against World Hunger will take place in Royal Oak on Saturday, October 13. The event is hosted by Zombie Walk Detroit and serves as a food fundraiser for Gleaners Food Bank. Last year’s zombie walk raised $5,439.28 and 2,551 pounds of food! See, zombies have hearts too.

After the walk, an official after party (for the undead 21 and up) will take place at nearby Gusoline Alley and prizes will be given away. So grab your nonperishable items and get moving!

The 3rd Annual Zombie Walk Jackson also takes place on Saturday, October 13, and the event will raise money for the March of Dimes. This one features both a walk (for lazy zombies like myself) and a fun run (I’m not sure about you, but there’s nothing “fun” about running in my book). Either way you participate, you’ll be helping moms and babies everywhere.

Last year’s event brought out 300 corpses who helped raise $3,000. This year the organization is aiming to double both the body count and the funds. What are you waiting for? Your costume isn’t going to make itself.

The first ever Take a Bite Out of Utica Zombie Crawl is your third opportunity to participate in a zombie-themed festivity on October 13. The proceeds from this zombie crawl will benefit the Red Cross. A $5 donation will get you discounts on surrounding eateries and bars like Cass Bar & Grill, Muldoon’s and the Locker Room Saloon. Best yet, it will get you a discount at Sinister Haunted House in Utica, as well as a jump to the front of the line.

In case you’re unsure how to zombify yourself, booths will be set up at the Zombie Crawl where you can get your make-up done in exchange for a donation.

Who knew combining zombies, dress up and charity could have such a positive outcome? Now remember to keep to the zombie code of etiquette during each of the aforementioned walks: no grabbing other walkers, pedestrians, etc. Refrain from destruction of property (you’re a charity-giving zombie, after all). Stay in character, and most importantly, have a real ghoul-d time.