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:
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.