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I didn’t even cry at the Zombie Walk

But I did sort of run away once.  Of course, by sort of, I mean definitely. And by once, I mean three times. But still!

My cousin Krystal is part of a non-profit group called The Mean Mommies of Fredericksburg, and they do a lot of volunteering.  This is the second time they’ve put on the zombie walk but I didn’t go last year.    Although I have my suspicions that The Mean Mommies is just a cover for this group of friends to get together, be loud and drink wine, I can’t deny that they do good work.  More than 800 people showed up to the walk this year, up 200 from last year, and they all brought canned goods and cleaning supplies to benefit the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Hope House, SECA and SERVE. That’s a lot of donations!

My friend Toni and I didn’t dress up, and I was a little nervous about being one of the only living people there, but there was plenty of other live bait around.  As for zombies, they were represented from one extreme to the other, from a little face makeup to full out creep-fest. And I couldn’t believe how some of them stayed in character – really, truly – the entire time we were there.  More than three hours these people moaned and shuffled around the park, occasionally walking up on someone and just staring (no biting, thank goodness) before they moved on.  Impressive!  The other thing that surprised me is all the kids, even young kids, that were totally into the whole zombie deal, not afraid at all.  They were really having fun!

Actually, everyone had fun.  Here are some pictures!  I couldn’t decide, so there are a lot:

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I’m glad I went!  And thanks to Toni for going with me.  She somehow got wrangled into being a judge for all the costume contests, and she was a really good sport.  By somehow, I mean that I said, “Toni will do it!”.  Also, if she wasn’t there I most definitely would have left sooner, because one of those times I would have run all the way back to my car.  All-in-all, it was a fun afternoon of zombie watching and a lot of nervous laughter on my part.  All for a good cause, too.

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  1. okay I am really happy that you went and had fun but I am sure glad I wasn’t with you. I am now going to have nightmares for a week (i hope just a week)…If I had gone with you, you would have thought I dressed up as Forest I would have ran, and ran, and ran until I couldn’t run no more! 🙂

    November 15, 2012
    • Hahahahaha! I didn’t know how I would do myself, and Toni being with me was so great! I would always have zombie dreams if I saw a movie, but now I’m getting used to it. I finally bought seasons 1 & 2 of The Walking Dead and I’ve only had a couple of dreams. My zombie dreams are stressful more than totally scary, though, because I edit out all the gross stuff. That one guy with the ick dripping from his mouth was way out there, though – Toni and I were really creeped out by him. And that was his kid with the knife going through his head – they were quite the pair!

      November 15, 2012
  2. Love the pictures! Thanks for coming and sacrificing toni 🙂

    November 15, 2012
    • Haha! It was fun to sacrifice Toni! The whole thing was fun – next year I’ll be braver and get out there to take more pictures. I was a little zombie shy this time out 🙂

      November 15, 2012
  3. Hee hee hee! I keep hoping to make it to a Zombie Walk, if my family will be kind enough to NOT have a crisis that day 😉 I follow MMC on Facebook, and think the Zombie Walk is possibly the best fundraiser EVER. Good for you for attending — maybe I’ll see you there next year! — Kelly

    November 16, 2012
    • I had forgotten you’re here, too!! there were so many young kids there, I was really surprised. And they were all fine – I was way more creeped out and nervous than they were apparently. The Mean Mommies do some good charity work, that’s for sure – I hope you can make it next year. I’m planning to go back (but still as a living person, haha).

      December 8, 2012
  4. The happy zombie has pink-purple hair! That’s what I’ve always wanted. 😦

    Some of the make-up really is quite realistic, and creepy. That baby’s mask was so cute though. 😀

    The Zombiewalk seems like so much fun. And all for a good cause too. See, zombies are nice. You don’t need to be scared of them 😛

    November 16, 2012
    • I know, she was really cute for a zombie. There were costume themes, groups that came together, and that was fun to see. I loved the baby’s mask, and can’t imagine where they found that!

      I’m getting less scared of the zombies, with doing this and watching The Walking Dead. But I’ll be going along just fine when all of a sudden I’ll get all weirded out again and dream of zombies and image they’re in the front yard… It’s a long term project to overcome the zombie fear, I think 🙂

      December 8, 2012
  5. Love this post. Wow, some of the make up is amazing. I would have cried and ran far far away from this event. You’re a brave one 🙂

    November 16, 2012
    • I did a ton of nervous laughter – some of the makeup was really, really crazy: creepy, realistic, scary, shudder-worthy! It was fun, but I didn’t feel that brave, haha!

      December 8, 2012
  6. I can’t believe you squelched your fear of all things zombie and went to this event! Loved the zombie baby doll. Ha!

    November 19, 2012
    • I thought that was so funny, too! I don’t think I would have done as well if Toni weren’t there – no quietly sneaking off for me 🙂 I think if too many more people had been super realistic, it would have been way harder. But the kids were having great fun and it was a good time.

      December 8, 2012

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