Hay River may soon have its own version of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ or ‘The Walking Dead’, or any other of the many popular zombie movies and television shows.
At least that’s what Wendy Dumas hopes.
Not a self-professed zombie freak herself, but someone who wants to have a spring breakout event, Dumas is organizing Hay River’s first Zombie Horde for May 25. The plan is for a hopefully large group to meet at Diamond Jenness Secondary School parking lot and then to migrate, stagger or shuffle to Don Stewart Recreation Centre.
Currently waiting on a permit, Dumas is dreaming up how to get the event up and walking, so to speak, and taking in ideas from all sources.
“We’ll horde towards the arena as zombies go – we’re not joggers,” she said. “Once we get there, we can have prizes for the best zombie, the cutest zombie, the ugliest or scariest zombie.”
Dumas said with all the hype around zombie movies, video games and shows like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Black Ops’, she decided to create a family-friendly event with an edge.
However, Dumas’ seven-year-old daughter Richelle is decidedly not into the trend, as she expressed audibly on April 19 while her mother talked about a new fake-blood recipe she had discovered.
But before Dumas could plan the event, she had to gauge interest and found plenty. Through social media, she is still gathering ideas on how to make the shuffle memorable.
“It’s something positive in an eerie, scary way,” she said. “Spring can be such a yucky time of year. It would be fun to get people together trying out different costumes. We don’t always have to wait for Halloween.”
The tentative time and date for the walk will be on May 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. That day coincidentally features a full moon.
— Angele Cano