Date(s) - Oct 26, 2013
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Olde Town Pavilion
Zombie fans are invited to dress in their most ghoulish attire on Saturday, Oct. 26, and gather in a horde of goodwill and fun in Olde Town Conyers.
The Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts will host “Zombie Walk 2013 Olde Town” as a fundraising event that will follow the Conyers Fall Festival. The zombie horde will gather at the Olde Town Pavilion with registration beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 17 years and younger. Armbands and T-shirts will be provided to all participants.
Zombies will then start the walk from Beasley’s Drug Company starting at 6 p.m., and down Center and Railroad streets and up Commercial Street. Participants afterwards can join Edwards Middle School students in a reenactment of the Michael Jackson video, “Thriller.” The “Thriller” reenactment is coordinated by Edwards Middle School arts teacher Jay Domingo.
CRCA Executive Director Jackie Sprague described the Zombie Walk as family fun, although she warned event participants will be pretending to be the walking dead, which could be unsettling for smaller children.
Sprague explained zombie walks have recently grown in popularity in other cities in reaction to Hollywood’s fascination with hordes of the living dead with movies and television series like “The Walking Dead,” which is filmed in the Atlanta area. She said the filming of television series “The Originals” added to the spooky ambiance of Olde Town.
“We felt it would be a great fundraiser with all of the New Orleans décor right at our front door,” she said. “There’s a voodoo store next door, although it’s just there for the show, and a real voodoo shop that opened down the street. It works pretty well for us.”
The Zombie Walk concludes inside CRCA’s black box theater on Center Street where a fashion show will be held and participants will be judged for the best costume. A showing of George Romero’s 1978 horror classic, “Dawn of the Dead,” will be held afterwards inside the theater. The film is rated R and is restricted to those 17 years old or older unless they are accompanied by an adult, Sprague said.
Sprague said CRCA is also contacting local businesses to participate by handing out candy and beads to children for trick-or-treating.
For more information, go to www.conyersarts.org or call CRCA at 770-922-3143
Also, The Sketching Pad will offer a zombie face painting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. The workshop will be held at The Sketching Pad’s studios, located at 903 Commercial St., Suite 205, in Olde Town.
Workshop participants will learn to create wounds with nose and scar wax, create mottled flesh with latex, and apply makeup and blood to complete the zombie look. This workshop is open to ages 10 and up, and the cost is $20. All supplies are included. For more information and to register, go to www.thesketchingpad.com.