There are but a few instructions on pulling off a perfect zombie walk. Start by slouching one shoulder toward the ground. Now do your best deadleg, and cock the foot of that leg sideways so that it ever so slowly drags behind your body as you lurk forward, all the while keeping your eyes rolled tightly to the sky and doing the best guttural death moan the diaphragm allows. Good, just like that. It also helps to have some friends (preferably dramatic ones who are big fans of flash mobs and good at applying gory makeup) to join you. Of course, if organizing from the ground up sounds overwhelming, there are plenty of area zombie walks already in existence. Starting out in the early aughts and mushrooming to mass popularity in the past few years, largely in part to films like Dawn of the Dead and World War Z and TV shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead, zombie walks take place in October all over the world in an effort to shock pedestrians out of their daily existence and scare the absolute bejesus out of confused passersby. Locally, there are two to take part in this Friday night.
Show up to Bar Louie (200 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) at 5 p.m. for the 2014 West Palm Beach Zombie Walk registration, where you’ll receive a complimentary zombie-crawl T-shirt, a souvenir cup for the night, $3 drink specials, and a bracelet that’ll get you into all of the participating venues, including Roxy’s Pub, Off the Hookah, and Grease Burger. The crawl begins at 7 p.m. and includes live music, a $1,000 prize for best-dressed, and an appearance by Michael Koske of The Walking Dead.
Farther south, there’s the Delray Beach Zombie Crawl. At 6 p.m., zombie hopefuls will spill into Honey (formerly Delux) nightclub at 16 E. Atlantic Ave., where a professional makeup artist will apply the zombie look for anyone who needs it for a $20 donation. Every zombie will receive a “passport” good for a complimentary drink at a variety of spots along the walk including, Honey, Union, Buddha Skybar, and Il Bacio. Prizes will be given to the best-dressed at the end of the night. Tickets for both zombie events cost $40 and are available at wantickets.com.
Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., 2014