The full moon glistened in the sky on Friday night, the air was muggy, and a strange feeling of uncertainty loomed on the horizon. This was not going to be just another night of drinking in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The evening went awry when a mad scientist named Keegan Hitchcock began taking
patients under her care at the Green Room. Naive humans would walk into the club looking for a drink and end up as one of the walking dead. When the clock neared 11 o'clock, the infection spread to the masses, and the tipsy crowd grew anxious. Finally, the security could
no longer keep the hidden monsters quarantined and let them loose onto
the streets of Fort Lauderdale.
One by one, hundreds of zombies poured out of the venue's doors, preying on unsuspecting bar hoppers and cars stuck in traffic. As the undead terrorized the downtown blocks, one thing became very clear: The only way to cure this outbreak was with alcohol. Unfortunately, it was nowhere to be found. The bars in the surrounding area didn't want these creatures infiltrating -- which angered them even more -- so back to the Green Room they went to dance and drink the night away.
Although a Thriller dance flash mob in the streets didn't take place, there was a slew of hilarious and colorful moments throughout the evening. (View the full slide show here.)
10. Watching local "Mad Scientist," AKA makeup artist Keegan Hitchcock, work her magic.
She transformed dozens upon dozens of humans into the undead that evening, and each one looked gorier than the last.
9. Having to sign a waiver to participate in Zombie Walk 2011.
There is just something amusing and ironic about having to sign your life away to roam around the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale pretending to be undead.
8. The cord-eating girl.
Was it a piece of intestines? Was it an umbilical cord? I still don't know. But it was really vile, and she kept it inside her mouth the entire evening.
7. Zombies eating babies.
This kid was a real sport about being attacked by a group of disgusting beings. He laughed and smiled as his family transformed into a pack of zombies and brought him along for the ride.
It was like a scene out of The Walking Dead as these folks commanded the streets and caused a traffic jam. They crawled onto cars, stuck their heads in open windows, and even tried to hijack a limo. I've never seen so many frightened drivers in my entire life.
5. Occupy Zombie Walk.
Even the undead have political demands.
4. Really committed zombie walkers.
These folks rarely broke character, and in addition to jumping on cars and groaning at the downtown bar hoppers, some even crawled through the dirty downtown streets. Now that's dedication.
3. Chippendale zombie.
Technically he wasn't really a stripper zombie, but he sure had the body and the lack of clothing for it. It's a shame nobody put dollar bills down his pants.
2. Zombie crossover costumes.
Surprisingly there wasn't a zombie Michael Jackson or Amy Winehouse in sight. However, there was a multitude of brides, surgeons, and even Wonder Woman. In my opinion, I think Where's Waldo took the cake for creativity.
1. Zombies taking off their makeup at the end of the night.
As the night came to a close and the temperatures began to heat up inside the Green Room, lots of zombies started to peel their faces off. Literally. Fake skin was flying everywhere, plastic scabs were being thrown like confetti, and if you were lucky, an eyeball or finger landed in your glass. Overheard: "My straw just got stuck in my face."
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