So, there's this little thing called a "Zombie Walk", which hasn't happened in Charleston, like, EVER, so when I found out that there was a charitable walk where you can dress up like the dead, I was all for it!
My friends Joey and Holly came by early on Sunday and we all got ready. I spent a good deal of money on prosthetic pieces, blood, and face paint at the local Halloween Express. I wasn't sure how they would turn out, considering they were a little flimsy and very light in color, but...
They turned out freakin' AWESOME!!! We had a number of folks come up and ask to take our picture and I got loads of pictures of other folks' costumes, too. Here are some of the best!
Fido! For those of you who haven't seen the movie "Fido", you're not only getting what this costume is about, but you've also missed out on a funny zombie movie!
Hah! A S.T.A.R.S. Operative from Resident Evil!
S.T.A.R.S. Guy was cool enough to take some pics with us...
... But, he was kinda cute, I'll admit. :3
A zombie family! :D The zombie kid was ADORABLE!!
Along with a horde of zombies (around 300 to be exact) there were also some zombie hunters in the group to make sure we didn't eat too many brains.
One of the hunters, I realized, was my friend Aaron (a.k.a. "Aaron-san: Badass" or "Big A"), and he was more than happy to pose with Joey!
Ha! One of the funniest costumes I saw that day! The SNL Spartan Cheerleaders as zombies was hilarious! ... I just wish the guy wasn't derping so hardcore in this picture. lol
This couple (who apparently run a tattoo parlor from what's on his shirt) had a pretty nifty getup going, so I had to snag a pic! They were so kind to let me take pictures!
Even zombies need some love! I don't think Big A would shoot me if I were a zombie; he loves me too much! :3
Squee! Shaun from "Shaun of the Dead"!! No, it wasn't really Simon Pegg (though he looks a bit like him)!
Hellboy and his little entourage was there, too! He did a great job on the costume!
Holly, looking particularly disgusting after makeup application, courtesy of me! :P
Another picture of Fido! He was a really cool guy!
Ick! Looks like I'm having some zit issues. Should I go see a doctor?
Joey, looking eyeless and creepy. I really like how his makeup turned out and he kinda stole the show, so I was really proud of the work I did. :D
Another picture of Holly, again looking a little on the gross side with her "facial additions". lol
This is possibly one of the most disgusting pictures of my "flesh wound" that was taken. It looks really gross, but I was stoke at how well it all turned out!
And, yes, before you ask, I did do all of the makeup for me, Joey, and Holly. I'm pretty proud of myself, considering I've never done makeup with prosthetics, spirit gum, or fake blood and I think it all turned out particularly disgusting. I'm not Tom Savini, but with this "first time" and how well it turned out, I could give him a run for his money if given enough practice. Maybe I've found a new calling? :3
Anyway, the Zombie Walk was a charity walk for Pulmonary Hypertension. It was the first time this walk was brought to Charleston and everyone was very surprised at how many folks showed up and how much money was raised; there were approximately 350 zombies/hunters and the walk raised over $3,000 for the charity. I will definitely be going next year; I had a blast!
The walk was good; with a line of 350+ zombies and hunters walking around downtown, we drew a lot of attention. A lot of folks came out of their businesses, wondering what was going on. We scared a few folks, made a good number of them laugh, and the sound of moaning and "brrraaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnssssss" could be heard for miles around... That's not an exaggeration, either.
It was a wave of "brrrrraaaaaiiiiinnnnnnssssss!!!" from the start of the line all the way to the back! No worries, though! No hunters, zombies, or bystanders were harmed in the walk, but there was plenty of brain-flavored pizza had at the afterparty, I'm sure!
Perhaps, next year, even more people will show up and donate for a good cause! If you're in the Charleston area, Google "Charleston Zombie Walk" for more information on when it might be coming around again. Come, have fun, be a zombie, moan, and eat some brains for a great cause!