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Posted: August 6, 2013

Zombie Walk returning Oct. 5

The walking dead will be roaming over Cranbrook’s downtown streets in search of brains and raising goods/funds for the Cranbrook Food Bank again on Oct. 5.

Last year's Zombie Walk was a great success - with about 100 people dressing up as the undead and taking to the streets of downtown Cranbrook. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW
Last year’s Zombie Walk was a great success – with about 100 people dressing up as the undead and taking to the streets of downtown Cranbrook. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

According to the 2013 Zombie Walk Cranbrook Facebook site, “A zombie walk is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. Usually taking place in an urban center, a walk has participants make their way around the city streets.”

Organizers are asking participants and anyone else to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.

“We’ll make sure they get it cuz Zombies only like flesh and brains brains brains!” the Facebook page suggests.

Zombies will be gathering In the parking lot behind the Koco Beach on 8th Avenue between 1 and 1:30 p.m. to get prepared and take over Baker Street. The walk starts at 1:30 p.m.

Organizers urge participants to go full Zombie.

“We are most interested in people to come who are not shy or afraid of really getting into character of being a Zombie,” the Facebook site explains.

This is an all ages event and is drug and alcohol free. There is no drinking or drugs during the event. Kids 12-years and under will need to have adult supervision.

The official route has yet to be announced, though organizers say it likely will be from the gathering area via Baker Street past the skate board park to Baker Park on 14th Avenue – the same as last year.

“A Zombie Walk is a public event and it is very important that you understand that you are required to adhere to a code of behavior that delineates expectations of the organizers, the general public which includes pedestrians, motorists, stores and businesses, and other people’s property, and of course law enforcement,” organizers detail.

The following Etiquette guidelines must be followed to ensure public safety, compliance with the law, and to secure future Zombie Walks by fostering positive sentiment towards this event. Please follow these guidelines for a safe and fun experience for everyone.

1: Keep Your Bloody Hands To Yourself. Do not under any circumstance wipe, smear, or splatter blood on anything but yourself! It is considered vandalism to deface public & private property with fake blood.

2: Do Not Rock Cars, Climb Buses, or Bang On Windows of any kind.

3: Do Not Litter!

4: Stay on the designated path.

5: Obey all traffic control signs and signals.

6: Do not harass anyone who isn’t enjoying the experience. Not everyone will know what’s going on, or find it as amusing as we will. Don’t touch strangers, ever!

7: No drugs, no alcohol. The Zombie Walk is outside and we do not want anyone getting arrested for public intoxication.

8: If you see someone else breaking Zombie Walk etiquette politely remind them not to and save them from themselves.

During the event if you see damage being caused or people being hurt please report to event volunteers or security staff.

Remember the Zombie Walk is a highly documented event. Do something stooopid and it will probably end up on YouTube for everybody to see (and in e-KNOW). Each individual is responsible for their own actions and behavior.

The Zombie Walk is a community event for the whole family. So be good and have fun.

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