Rotting flesh and oozing wounds. Ahh, Zombies!
When the carnivorous creatures attack, there's no stopping them. So you might as well join them.
The annual Omaha Zombie Walk in Benson is Saturday and expected to attract 2,500 to 3,000 zombies.
The Zombie Walk started with 150 or so people its first year. Last year, 1,300 zombies staggered along Maple Street and Northwest Radial Highway, looking for victims (willing participants with large X's marked on them) to gnaw on. View clips on Omaha.com
Now in its fourth year, the walk will benefit the Sienna Francis House and feature an awesome "Rave to the Grave" after-party.
Getting zombified? Here are a few need-to-know details:
Who can go?
The Zombie Walk is free and open to people of all ages, from zombie infants to grandparents. It's not uncommon to see zombie pets either.
What to wear?
In the past, the eerie throng has included a headless zombie bride, zombie moms, a Jesus zombie and celebrity zombies: Billy Mays and Ernie of Sesame Street. Some people spend hours putting on ooey-gooey prosthetics and movie makeup. Some wore temporary tattoos, colored contacts and facial hair.
How to do your makeup?
Essentials: Cadaver-gray base — even on your lips — brown and gray contouring powder, green and purple bruise accents, blood and "dirt" on knuckles from crawling out of the grave. And, the ickier the costume, the better.
For $3, you can get your makeup done by a professional makeup artist at The Waiting Room Lounge in Benson. You can also purchase a victim kit (a blood packet and duct tape to place an X on you). All proceeds will go to the Sienna Frances House.
What if I don't want to be a zombie?
Be part of the militia. Several people will meet at the Louis Bar and Grill, 5702 Northwest Radial Highway, at 5 p.m. in camo gear and military fatigues to fight zombies with Nerf-only guns. Dress the part and bring your own Nerf gun. Zombies who want to get shot will walk across the Louis Market parking lot.
Where to meet?
At 5 p.m., zombies will congregate in an empty parking lot near 63rd and Maple Streets. At 6 p.m., zombie walkers will be addressed by an organizer then the procession will start. The walk takes about 30 to 45 minutes, a trek that normally would take half the time.
What happens there?
It's a simple concept: A group of people, dress as zombies, converge on a central location and walk around for a while like the undead, groaning, shuffling and lurching.
Dozens of spectators line the streets to watch the parade of zombies. An entourage of nonzombified photographers and other people tag along for the walk.
Cars slow down to watch. Some people park in vacant lots and get out with cameras. Reactions vary. Some people will cheer and others get spooked out. One year, a girl cried when her father rolled down the back passenger window so she could get a clear view.
How does a zombie act?
When you're a zombie, there's no giggling, smiling or talking. Facial expressions should be blank — just wide-eyed stares and slack jaws. Don't smoke cigarettes or gab on a cell phone or stop to snap photos. Not cool, zombie man. There are rules to being a zombie. No talking, texting, picture-taking or walking normally. Stay out of the businesses, don't pound on the windows. Don't get blood on the streets and make sure to cross at crosswalks. Zombies only say one word: Brains. Look wounded, bloody and gimpy. Scary is a plus. Depending on your interpretation, zombies can either walk slowly or have Speedy Gonzales speed. But for Saturday's walk, most go with a slow foot-drag or two. Your arms hang by your sides, unless you're reaching for fresh brains.
zombie walk schedule
2 p.m.: Doors open at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Makeup and outdoor activities. Dr. San Guinary will be there. The Zombie Research Society will host a zombie self-defense display, games and other activities.
5:45 p.m.: Zombies gather, explanation of rules.
6 p.m.: Send off, zombies terrorize Benson.
7 p.m.: "Rave to the Grave" celebration, $7 cover features live bands, a Zombikini contest, drink specials, costume contest for best male, best female and best Voodoo-themed outfits. Proceeds from the after-party will benefit the Sienna Francis House.
Band schedule: 7 p.m. Bishops 8 p.m. Filter Kings
9 p.m.: Omaha Zombie Walk costume contest
10 p.m.: Kepie Goulie
11 p.m.: Doc San Guinary's Zombikini contest
Midnight: Nerdron Rave party takes over.
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