If you happen to see the dead walking along Marine Drive this Saturday, don't worry, it isn't the start of the zombie apocalypse.
No, it's just White Rock's third annual Zombie Walk, a yearly gathering for people to dress up as the undead and roam the streets of White Rock purely for the sake of good times.
The event was founded and organized by White Rock resident Teresa Brauer, who started the walk shortly after moving to the seaside community four years ago.
"I was part of a group in Edmonton that did the Edmonton Zombie Walk and so we came here and found the closest zombie walk was downtown Vancouver," she said. "Being in White Rock we found that going downtown on a weekend with thousands expected to show up wasn't very appealing, so we decided to start one up here."
In that inaugural year, Brauer said she and her husband were fully prepared to be the only two walking around White Rock kitted out as the undead, but to her surprise, around 40 people showed up to join in.
"People showed up and they were of the like mind that going to downtown Vancouver was going to be a little crazy," she said. "A lot of it was also the timing. For Vancouver it was the third weekend in August but a lot of people are still on vacation, finishing up holidays with the children before school starts so we wanted something in the first week or two of school, everybody is back home settled into the routine and ready to have some fun."
As far as she knows, Brauer said this was the only zombie walk south of the Fraser River.
For this year, the plan is to gather in the parking lot of the Washington Avenue Grill and then shamble up Marine Drive and down the pier.
"It's about a 35-40 minute walk, so it's great for the younger children," said Brauer. "Vancouver is a very long walk, so this one is great for families if you have smaller children and the families really get into it."
In terms of how the walk has been received in the past and the types of people it attracts, Brauer said it's all about having a good time and that's been reflected in past walks.
"Everyone's been very accepting, we haven't had any negative response," she said. "People are either honking their horns or waving, laughing and having fun, people ask for spare blood and join up and others look at you wondering what's going on."
Adding to the event's feel-good vibe is the fact that organizers will be collecting donations for the food bank, and all participants are asked to bring one canned food item.
"The food banks are low at this time of year and there are a lot of families that need assistance," said Brauer. "People donate a lot at Christmas time but back-to-school is also very important time to raise awareness for the food bank."
The third annual White Rock Zombie Walk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 7 beginning in the parking lot of the Washington Avenue Grill at 15782 Marine Dr. Participants are asked to meet at around 1:30 p.m. and the walk will commence at 2 p.m. Zombies of all ages are welcome, as it is a family-friendly event and there will be prizes for the best costume. For more information, click here.
"You get to laugh at yourself, laugh at others and just have fun," said Brauer. "Everybody loves Halloween so why not have it more than once a year?"
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