The annual Asheville Ashtober Zombie Walk has been postponed until next year, due to a new round of city regulations and fees made necessary by the event’s massive success last year. But never fear (unless you have tasty brains in your head), because other zombie events are still in the works.
Last year’s Zombiewalk had already been planned (it was, after all, part of World Zombie Day) when vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced her visit, on the same day. The zombie craze had already been burgeoning in Asheville after a couple of previous zombie walks. But last year saw a surge in the number of zombies moaning and dragging themselves through the streets of Montford and downtown.
Where once the walk had been a few dozen of the dedicated undead, it was now a few hundred.
“We looked down the road on Lexington it was like Cecil DeMille; it was insanity,” says organizer Dan Burrello of the zombie mass. “More and more people joined us as we were walking.”
Burrello is a former parks and rec employee, and he wasn’t entirely surprised when the city dropped the news: Hundreds of zombies need a city permit (and insurance, public safety staff and so forth). “They weren’t unfriendly about it,” Burrello says of city staff’s e-mail.
And he knew the walk was “a little bit huge,” he says. “Zombies are monstrous now, they’re big,” he says, referencing Pride and Prejudice with Zombies, among other cultural phenomenon.
So what’s a hungry brain-crazed member of the undead supposed to do in Asheville this year?
Burrello is planning for Friday, Oct. 16 to be Zombie Day in the city. He’s encouraging folks to “come to work, go eat lunch, go to the ball game, as a zombie,” he says. “To show that zombies can live amongst us peacefully.” There’s also a pub shamble that will start at 9 p.m. at Westville Pub — for which it will be no doubt worth rising from the grave.