What is a Zombie Walk?

Zombie walks are easy to participate in, simply dress like a zombie and go!

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In the past few years, zombie walks have stormed the nation. What is a zombie walk? It's typically a public event, where people gather in an urban area dressed as zombies. From there the group walks—or stumbles and shuffles and crawls and groans—on a preset path through a city or town. Often at the end point there is a party or celebration once the walk is completed.

In Louisville, the most popular zombie walk takes place in August. Each year, residents of Louisville and visitors alike meet in the Highlands neighborhood. The event originally took place on Michael Jackson's birthday, 8/29. Using the numbers in Jackson's birthday as inspiration, the walk always begins at 8:29 p.m. The Louisville Zombie Walk is now held annually on the LAST Saturday of August. For more info visit louisvillezombiewalk.com.

Want to join in? All you have to do is show up. And, preferably, dress up.

How to dress like a zombie:

Okay, how disgusting you want to get is up to you, but classic zombie makeup typically includes chalky faces, dark circles under the eye area, bloody wounds and latex "bites." Need inspiration? Talk to people at Caufield's, they are experts at costuming. Plus, the Caufield shop is filled with makeup, wigs and more.

Fake blood is a common addition to most zombie costumes. There are tons of recipes online, or you can purchase fake blood at a costume store. Also, thankfully, Actors Theatre shared their recipe for fake blood after many residents asked for their theatrical secret. You see, Actors Theatre has an annual production of Dracula each fall. So when it comes to fake blood, they are making it by the bucket.


When choosing an outfit, it depends on what type of zombie you want to be. There are zombie ballerinas, zombie businessmen, Elvis zombies and so much more. Once you have a character in mind, pilfer your closet for old clothes or head to the thrift store. Whatever you decide to wear will be torn and dirty, so don't use any clothes you plan to wear again in day-to-day life. Rip the clothes, splatter them with fake blood, rub ashes and a few handfuls of dirt into the fabric of your pants, top, and shoes.

It may sound gross, but trust me, you'll fit right in.

If you are aching to zombie and will miss the August zombie walk, don't worry, there are other zombie events in and around Louisville. For instance, there are often zombie runs where some participants act the part of zombies and others pretend to be the survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Keep your eyes peeled...

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