Zombies invade downtown Asheville!

October 21, 2010, 11:29 am  Posted by Lark
Lark zombies

Lark zombies!

Halloween is almost here so bring out the scary! Halloween is my favorite holiday, and Asheville is home to some great events to celebrate, the best of which (in my humble opinion, anyway) is the Asheville Zombie Walk through the streets of downtown.

A group of friends and coworkers decided we just had to join the shamble. First up, visiting the local thrift stores for that perfect outfit to destroy and cover in fake blood. Some of our finds included a bridesmaid dress, a whole bin of golf clubs, and a great bathrobe covered in teddy bears. We then met up at Lark to zombify ourselves using makeup, fake blood, bandages, and my secret ingredient: gelatin. Gelatin is great for making homemade zombie inflicted wounds. Continue reading to find out how…

getting ready for the zombie walk

Getting ready for the zombie walk.

Here’s how you do it: Put some powdered gelatin in a bowl and mix with water until it is the consistency of pudding. Grab a handful (I find it easiest to apply with my hands) and apply to area of skin where you want the wound, molding it into the shape you want. While the gelatin is still wet, use a popsicle stick to create a tear, rip, or teeth marks in the gelatin. Quick tip: work quickly as the gelatin sets fast. Once the gelatin wound has set and is no longer runny, cover it with makeup that matches your skin, put blood in the rips and tears, and you’ve got an awesome wound! For a more dramatic effect, use gray, purple, and red zombie makeup from a Halloween store to make your scar look more bruised and infected. The gelatin wound will last for several hours, as it will start drying out, shrinking, and pulling away from the skin. To remove it completely, soap and water should be all you need, though baby oil helps soften it up if needed.

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Applying gelatin and makeup for zombie wounds.

After we finished getting ready, it was time for the zombie walk! We shambled our way throughout downtown joining hundreds of other zombies, having a great and ghoulish time! And if you would like to participate in a Zombie Walk, check the events in your city or one near you. Many places now hold annual Zombie Walks, and they’re becoming more popular every year. And if there isn’t a Zombie Walk near you, maybe you could start one!

Enjoy the gallery and videos below of the zombie invasion of Asheville. And vote for your favorite zombie movie at the end of the post!

Thanks to Matt Johnson for the awesome videos, and to Frank Gallaugher, Meagan Shirlen, and Kristi Pfeffer for the great photos! And thank you to ashtoberfest for putting together and hosting such an amazing event!

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8 Responses

    Travis says:

    CREEPY!!!! Love the make up tip!!

    Good Witch—North says:

    Great post! And this is exactly why I love this city. Wish I had been in Asheville that day. Your zombies have to put on make-up to be scary, while in other cities they parade without makeup at much scarier gatherings called Tea Party Rallies.

    ... says:

    Awesome post!

    Gavin says:

    Crazy! While I wish I could have been there, I think it’s a good thing I didn’t bring baby Beckett. He would have been scarred for life. Literally.

    Anonymous says:

    That makeup is RIDICULOUSLY realistic!….Great job! And I LOOoooOOoove the bride and bridesmaid duo. I wish I was able to see the group perform “Thriller” at the beginning! Maybe next year.

    Amber Jordan says:

    That is scary! Your makeup is a little too realistic!

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