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Monday, October 31, 2005

Night Of The Living Dead

Even Zombies need rest.

It's October 31st. And what makes a Happy Halloween even happier? A sweet Halloween party. And what makes a sweet Halloween party even sweeter? The Living Dead.


This year I organized Hamilton's first-ever Zombie walk, through a popular section of the city. I had no idea that my friends would be this enthused about it. Our success was measured by the screams, the cars that avoided us, the groups of staring, excited teens, honking horns and complete strangers photographing us.

Here come the Zombies!We started right by our old house, with Tracy, the one-armed Zombie bride leading the pack. For someone who doesn't like Halloween, this was like witnessing a miracle and she truly deserves the award for best-dressed. The pack, approximately 12 Zombies strong, made its first attack inside the TD Canada Trust, and was captured on video. One driver trying to pull into the parking lot witnessed our attack, declared "I don't need money that bad!", backed out, and fled in terror.

Zombies had no money to buy nice things.
With a larger, more powerful group of Zombies, we slowly made our way down King St., stopping to do some windowshopping along the way. Most of the stores were closed and offered no one to eat, so we continued until we came across some unsuspecting victims having a rest on one of the numerous benches along the way.

This is not enough food for 20 Zombies. We need the supersized combo!The Zombies were growing increasingly hungry during the long walk to the Snooty Fox. We began attacking random people along the street. Few were spared. Jason was not one of the lucky. The Zombies dug in, and he was turned. But this didn't quench our thirst. Dozens of us pressed against the windows of The Second Cup, our bloody smears and moans scaring many of the patrons enough to seek safety away from the windows and doors. Others laughed at the complete absurdity of it all.

Zombies don't obey traffic signs.The Zombies' numbers reached 25, and suddenly we realized beer would quench our seemingly unquenchable thirst. Holding up traffic, we crossed the street and headed for the bar, Shaun-of-the-Dead-Winchester-style. Before we made it to the door, we swarmed a minivan trying to make its way out to the road. The driver & passenger laughed, but I detected great fear in them. They had no beer, so we went inside the bar. As we entered, a few onlookers took pictures of us, possibly to prove to the police that it all really happened.

Group shot - about half the Zombies.
In the end we had about 40 participants! What a huge success, despite the media not wishing to cover the groundbreaking event (Pun intended). Thank you to all my friends, and their friends, who joined us for the Zombie walk. Without you, it would have been a bust. And thank you to Kev over at the Archies, who first put me on to this idea. And a huge thank you to Toni, and RainyPete, for photographing the entire walk. Pete even took a couple of videos that everyone is dying to see. Pun intended.

For another pic, click here
Bar Zombies here.
Radical Rappin' Rock-Star Zombies? Click here.
For more great pics, links to more pics, and the videos, click here.

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Blogger stillfindingnemo said...

It was a grand success Martini! And fun to boot!

3:46:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

now will you put up your christmas decorations?

11:56:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

And I'd like to take a moment to point out that our zombies, being Canadian zombies, actually paid attention to traffic signs and everything.

7:18:00 AM

Blogger ms. creek said...

lights! i like lots of lights! will you be putting up your christmas lights?

8:32:00 AM

Blogger Rainypete said...

I got the videos up here now.

10:40:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Yes, the Halloween decorations will be put away this week, and Christmas decor will follow.

12:19:00 PM

Blogger TheatreChick73 said...

Oh man what a blast you must have had! I would have died laughing and joined the ranks!

Hope you guys do it again next year!

12:45:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Theatrechick - None of us could ever be considered even close to a thespian, however, we did act the part, and we had SO much fun. It was far better than I had anticipated.

Sorry - I can't seem to comment on your blog, even though I'm a longtime Friendster member.

1:31:00 PM

Anonymous Buddy said...

Dude, that's an awesome idea!!

4:49:00 PM

Blogger ~*Stephanie*~ said...

LOL man that is awesome...Looks like a blast..I could not have sit there with out laughing for sure..

4:50:00 PM

Blogger Kev And Charlotte said...

Wow that looks great- let me know when the next one is!!

So did you recruit anyone on the spot, or was it all pre-meditated?


5:27:00 PM

Blogger Kev And Charlotte said...

next year you'll have to do it in dundas - after all, there's a REAL winchester arms here!


5:37:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Buddy!!!!!! Hi.
It was very hard not to laugh. Some of us couldn't help it.

Kev - almost. A group of about 5 or 6 guys who were probably around 19 or 20 approached us outside the bank, totally in awe. One reached out, as if giving a sign, but I wasn't sure, so I stumbled past him.

That's right - I forgot about that Winchester tavern.

5:59:00 PM

Anonymous MARMAR HATER said...

ok marmar....i am special ed.......your party kicked ass.....even marsh's.......and we all know how big that one is to kick

6:00:00 PM

Anonymous ZOMBIE BRIDE said...

Great party, Marmar!!! Even this Halloween-Hater had a good time. So did Miss Mohawk '69 from what I hear--a little "action" in the bathroom for you, eh, cutie? YAH, BABY!!!!!

6:31:00 PM

Anonymous the real special eduardo said...

nah, that last comment (from marmar hater) wasn't really special ed....i'm the real special ed. your party didn't kick ass, it drop kicked some true zombie-butt. well, except for that chick who was wearing the miss mohawk '79 costume. yeah, right. more like miss mohawk wanna-be '81.

6:34:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Miss Mohawk, please tell me of this bathroom-action! Hmmm, I wonder if I left the video camera running in there...

I think I'd like to do it again next year, but I need to find out who is up for it again.

12:13:00 PM

Anonymous marmar hater said...

um...eduardo....buy special ed....i meant i was being a bit slow......
......and the bathroom action......zombie bride was there.....and it was hot....and i have got the pictures to prove it

2:42:00 PM

Anonymous marmar bashing zombie bride said...

That's true. She DOES have the pictures to prove it. But she's the only one naked in those pictures. (this is getting off the topic of Halloween a bit, eh?)

I'm up for Zombie-walk 2006!! Or maybe we can come up with a different theme. Everyone seemd to love it.

12:12:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

I emailed the Executive Director of the BIA (Business Improvement Area), Dave Dayler and told him about our escapades on the 29th. I know him a little bit, as he is a good friend of my parents. Anyway, he is into theatrical things and always promoting the village, so if he gets excited about doing it in '06 on a larger scale, then we'll try.

But still, I miss the surprise of people arriving at the party in their never-before-seen costumes. Maybe we'll just do a regular party next year.

3:00:00 PM


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