Celebrate Day of the Dead -- Zombie style

Friday, October 26, 2012

Eureka Springs will host its first Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl and Day of the Dead Parade on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. The creeping procession will feature Halloween floats, hearses, doom buggies, spooktacular street performers and Zombie marching bands.

The undead parade will begin at Carnegie Library and slow-crawl to Basin Park. Participants are asked to bring at least two canned good (anything but canned brains) to donate to the Flint Street Food Pantry.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Space Event Hall, a Zombie Invasion Art Show will feature 20 regional artists that have created works of Zombie-themed art. "This event will showcase younger artists who have never had an art show in Eureka Springs," said Jeremy McGraw, Zombie art show coordinator. "I think it will be a show filled with creative people -- this theme really appeals to a younger crowd."

Zombies are encouraged to attend the art show in full gory regalia. "We want Zombies looking at Zombie art," McGraw added with a shudder.

McGraw's event is meant to compliment the Zombie Crawl event by rival Zombie-ologist Jeff Danos. "I thought it was a good opportunity to show my support for Jeff's endeavor," McGraw said.

Another showing of the Zombie Invasion gallery will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Both events are free and will serve refreshments. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.

Other gore-dripping events

On Thursday, Nov. 1, a Zombie Variety Show and Outdoor Movie will be hosted by the Sacred Heart Gallery at the Southwind Stage. The Zombie-themed variety show will begin at dusk and will be followed by George Romero's 1968 film classic, "Night of the Living Dead." Zombies or zombie enthusiasts attending should bring a lawn chair or a blanket and kick back and enjoy the show. Children under 17 should be accompanied by an adult.

A Dance of the Dead Halloween food drive will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Gym, the underground level of The Aud.

Dark electronic mixes of Halloween music, evil electro, 80s, demonic dubstep, paranormal pop and terrifying techno will be some of the blood curdling beats a dancing zombie can enjoy that night. Bloody costumes and zombie-themed costumes are totally appropriate and encouraged.

The event is $5 plus a can of food, or a family rate of $20 -- food donations will benefit the Flint Street Food Pantry. Children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

What the heck is a Zombie Crawl, anyway?

A Zombie Crawl is a parade where people will dress up like Zombies and stagger and creep through town. This event is family friendly, and all ages are encouraged to participate.

Zombie hunters are also needed to round-up the Zombie stragglers and keep the molasses-like procession on the move. Gas masks, military-style fatigues and toy guns would be good. No real weapons will be permitted, and all realistic toys should have an orange tip. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.

For advice on how to Zombify yourself, check out the Zombie 101 guide helpful tips at http://eurekaspringszombiecrawl.com/zombie101.php

To register or for information about these events visit http://eurekaspringszombies.com.

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