benson zombie walk

If Wikipedia is to be trusted, this organized public gathering phenomenon that is known as the “Zombie Walk” began as a last-minute cosplay event at the Gen Con gaming convention in Milwaukee back in 2000 as a way to poke a bit of good-natured fun at the Vampire: The Masquerade crowd that seemed to have taken over a goodly portion of the convention. Since then, this Zombie Walk has taken off a life of its own. Okay…maybe “unlife” would have been a better choice of word?

Anyway, every year, in many cities across the country and elsewhere, hordes of people gather together made up as zombies and…do stuff as zombies. Pub crawl, outdoor walking around, even raise money for charities, or just a chance to go out in public with like-minded zombie enthusiasts. Sure, every group has their random trouble-maker, but for the most part, it’s all good fun.

Here in my neck of the woods–that being Omaha, in the mythical land of Nebraska (which is only visible in this dimension during the hight of the Blood Moon…or on Thursdays, whenever)–the annual Zombie Walk is in the early fall and has been held in the Benson Neighborhood. This year, it was October 3rd, and featured a Zombie Cowboy theme. Wherever you’re at, even if you’re the only one to do so, just make yourself up nice, and begin shambling about outside for all the world to see. It’s rather cathartic, really.