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World Zombie Day? Tell me more!

We know you must have tons of questions! World Zombie Day: London is less than two weeks away and there’s so much to think about. Most importantly….what are you going to wear!

WZD photo by Alex Lane


Hopefully, we can answer most of your questions right now, but if you can’t find the answer please post them on the event page – either one of the WZD team should get back to you or the host of friendly zombies will chip in and give you some advice.

Q) How do I know where to go?

A) Now to get started, the most important thing to do is register. Once you do this you will be on the list to receive the map which tells you exactly where to be and what time. This is emailed out only a few days before the event, so hold tight – it will arrive. Every once in a while these emails end up in the dreaded spam box, so if you’re worried you haven’t received your info, do check there.

Q) What time does it start? It’s on Saturday, right?

A) It’s is on Saturday (10th of October) and we will gather at 12pm. We had a brainless moment on our Facebook page and the date got changed briefly to our unawares, but rest (in pieces) assured, the page now has accurate info.

Q) What will happen during the day?

A) World Zombie Day: London takes the form of a zombie walk through central London. The zombie horde will gather at a set time and place then make their way around a pre-arranged route, stopping at set points. Besides showing off our zombie mugs to the civilians in Central London, we really hope you’ll join us in fulfilling the aim of raising money for St. Mungos’ Broadway. All the money we raise for St Mungo’s will help people recover from the issues that create homelessness.

You can donate by texting BRNZ88 £3 (or £5 if you like) to 70070 or through the Just Giving website

St. Mungo’s Broadway provides a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and work to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.

We’ve also lined up some special treats for you along the walk. Look out for special performances throughout the day by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Anarchistwood, The Creeping Terrors and more!

Q) What will happen during the night?

A) When the night falls, join us for the after-life party at the new 12 Bar (203 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DL). There’s plenty of room to dance and shamble the night away. We’ve got lined up for you a special performance by Vince Ripper and The Rodent Show and DJs til the wee hours (4 AM)! Tickets are only £5 .

DJ’s will be DJ Joyzi (Breed 77/12 Bar Club) playing rock & metal, and Adam Lightspeed (Sin City/Star Scream) playing horror-movie rock.

Vince Ripper and The Rodent Show is a  BONEYARD SPOOK A-RAMA 3D ZOMBIE BAND FOR THE DEAD!!!!!!!  The show also includes sonic performances of classic Cramps and Alien Sex Fiend tracks.

Q) Are kids allowed?

A) Yes! Under 18’s must have adult supervision, but we welcome zombies of all ages and zom-dogs too (as long as you clean up after them if they have a zom-accident. The after party is in a drinking establishment – after 9pm it will be 18 and up only. Keep in mind you might be asked for a picture ID at the pubs and your zombie face might not match your picture ID. If you are refused entry, please understand the doorman is only doing his job.

STRICTLY NO ILLEGAL DRUGS are permitted for any age and no alcohol for under 18’s. Police will be called if this rule is broken.

Q) How long is the walk?

A) The crawl lasts from 12pm till 6:30pm, each stop is an approximately 30 minute walk at a shambling slow pace. The total distance is roughly 1.5 miles.

Q) I’m with the press and/or want to photograph, video, blog the event. How do I get more info?

A) Your best bet is to register and get the map. This will give you all the info of times and locations – and then just show up! We do ask that anyone posting photos, videos, or blog posts mention the charity. We volunteer our time to provide this event for all to enjoy and hope that anyone who partakes will be gracious and considerate by offering World Zombie Day: London the right to use the photos – we always try to credit the photographer. Please also respect a zombie’s desire if they do not wish to be photographed, and do not obstruct anyone’s path intentionally. Please do not profit from the event. That’s not a cool move.

Q) Should I be “in character”?
A) Yes! A horde of moaning, limping zombies is what we all want to see. There are some things to keep in mind though…..This event has historically been one that gathers the beautiful and the morbid into one giant rotting celebration in aid of the charity St. Mungo’s Broadway. Our codes of conduct have been in place for many years and have been put there by us to look out for everyone’s safety. You have been an extraordinarily respectful and considerate undead bunch. We know that there will be frivolity, and that is absolutely encouraged, and it is encouraged for all ages (if supervised).

Some tips:

Keep safe zombies, remember to stop for traffic and keep out of the roads! When crossing, it’s OK to “break character” and cross quickly. Think fast “New Dawn of the Dead” zombies verses the slower “Old Dawn of the Dead” zombies when crossing the street. Blocking traffic is a crime and anyone doing so could be arrested.

And put on a good show! Stay in character but don’t get carried away. You are responsible for your own safety and good conduct. Use the “haunted house” rule in that you are not to touch anyone.Do not attempt to scare anyone who is not a willing participant. If anyone is freaking out, turn and shamble in the opposite direction. Avoid confrontations!

Q) Will it be messy?

A) Fake blood does have a habit of getting everywhere but please keep in mind that this is a “leave no trace” event. No littering, no flyering, destruction of property, or any other illegal activity. This includes smearing fake blood, banging on windows, etc. The organisers will not be held responsible for any damaged property. Pretend the location of the walk is your own neighbourhood and show the utmost respect. This event is a tradition, so we don’t want to ruin it. Remember, the press will be watching (along with the police) and this event could get world-wide news coverage. Let’s put on a good show. 

Q) What should I wear?

A)  Anything can be zombified and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. As you’ll be on your feet and outdoors for most of the day, take this into consideration. There are many “no blood/no latex” makeup tutorials to be found online. If you do want fake blood, here’s a great tutorial on How to make authentic horror movie blood by Mark Gatiss. If you do incorporate fake blood be extra aware not to get it everywhere.  Bloody bathrooms, stained upholstery, and the marking of any walls (indoor or out) is a serious zombie taboo.

Bring extra makeup if you like. It’s always fun to zombify randoms who stumble upon the horde. And be creative! A few more  makeup tips provided by one walker Aga Jackman last year: “Make sure it doesn’t run… use silicone based fake blood, if it’s going to be raining on the day! Before you apply your prosthetics make sure your face is cleaned with alcohol based solution, so no grease! SFX wax does not hold well for long periods of time… use sculpt gel instead.”

Q) Can I bring a fake gun – or anything else that looks like a weapon?

A) Use your best judgement when it comes to planning your outfit. Please do not bring weapons (fake, fantasy, and definitely not real). Your safety is important to us, so let’s try to avoid any scenarios that could result in the police thinking you are a threat to the public or yourself. We have spoken to many police officers over the years about this subject and they have all raised concerns about fake weapons, even brightly coloured toy weapons. The concern is that someone may mistake these items for real weapons and an armed response unit could be called. I know that this does not seem likely in a well-lit environment, but when it gets dark this could be a serious problem, especially with the fake blood.

Looking forward to seeing your decaying faces and keeping this event going, without incident, year upon year! Any other question, ask us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more updates on the day and use #WZD2015 so we can find you if you post about us. And remember to donate! Texting BRNZ88 £3 to 70070.


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