It’s that time of year, again. This past Saturday the Zombie Apocalypse descended on Krutch Park for the 2014 Knoxville Zombie Walk. If you like the macabre or if you just enjoy amazing make-up jobs, or if you suspect zombies might just be real, this was the place to be. I was there early, so I’m not sure how many zombies gathered for the actual walk but, clearly, lots of people are into just this kind of thing.
I’ll admit, I’ve never been so much into the whole dress-up thing. I can remember being a wolf once and maybe the random ghost (cheap sheet with holes in it), pirate or cowboy (already had the guns), but once I got a little older I kind of fell out of the whole costume thing. I’ve also never seen a zombie movie, so I’m pretty much unqualified for this assignment.
I did go ghost hunting once with J. Adam Smith and his Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours, so I do have that training experience. He was there along with his tricked-out hearse. I also spent many Saturday mornings as a child watching Scooby-Doo, so I’m bound to have picked up a few zombie tips from that source. Shaggy, Daphne and the Mystery Machine were on hand to solve any other-worldly mysteries.
Some of the zombies stay strictly in character – including some of the scary children – while others laugh and ham it up for the camera. Once the zombie walk is on, it’s all serious with hardly a grin to be found for the camera. It’s an interesting little glimpse into another world, one that probably has a good bit of overlap with Comicon and Steam Punk events.
Today I have far more photographs than words, so I’ll shut up and let you enjoy (?) the sights for another year. Be sure to catch the zombies back in action this coming Saturday as “Thrill the World” rocks Market Square with a zombie-filled rendition of the video from the song.