A seemingly endless parade of individuals will stagger through the streets of Broad Ripple Village this Saturday evening -- even more than the inebriated crowd that routinely haunts the hotspot during weekend pub crawls.
But you'll notice some stark differences among these folks. Most noticeably will be their tattered, blood-splattered clothing and partially decomposed bodies. Their guttural moans, "BRAINZZZ ... " will replace the laughter and joyful chatter typical of sidewalk crowds lined up waiting to enter the nightclubs. And instead of shelling out money for libations, these walking stiffs will be donating dollars and serious poundages of canned goods for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.
The 8th Annual Broad Ripple Zombie Walk (Oct. 25th) will attract hundreds of "undead" to the Kroger lot (6220 Guilford Ave.) where organizers and volunteers from IndyMojo will corral the "walkers" and assist with the food drive. The largest zombie walk of its kind in the state, it attracted more than 1,000 zombies last year.
Love knows no boundaries when it comes to the living dead getting their ghoul on for the annual Zombie Walk and Zombie Prom in Broad Ripple.
"We love getting involved with the community that supports us, and we just want to give a little back,” says IndyMojo coordinator Kayleigh Dye. Last year the event brought in almost 4,000 pounds of donated food, just in time for Thanksgiving.
IndyMojo has a team of about 20 helping to organize and volunteer for the event. The series of activities includes a Zombie Carnival for kids, musical entertainment and an authentic zombie wedding.
The food drive runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To receive a commemorative IndyMojo Zombie Walk T-shirt, a 5-pound canned goods donation is required. That's roughly the equivalent of 10 cans. Staged in the grocery store lot, the event makes purchasing foods for the drive convenient for anyone who forgets theirs. The walk snakes around the Broad Ripple Village from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and though anyone is welcome to shamble along for free, the food donation is a must to receive a tee.
This year Tricoci University will be a “makeup sponsor” by sending out 10 cosmetology students to help apply bites and injuries to the participants.
Raffle tickets from carnival games will be drawn for prizes, and there'll be additional giveaways of donated gifts from local businesses. Hot Box Pizza and HopCat will feature Zombie Feast items and food specials for the costumed living dead.
Tricoci University will donate the assistance of 10 makeup artists (cosmetology students). They'll be on hand to administer "bloody bites" and "gory injuries" to the participants wishing to amp up their ghoulish appearance.
Another one of Broad Ripple Village’s venues getting in on the act, The Vogue Theatre will host its 3rd annual Zombie Prom from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The Vogue will donate all the night's $5 Zombie Prom tickets (cover charge) to Gleaners as well. According to Entertainment Manager Jason King, the event will be a night to remember. "It will be a packed-out dance club, except it'll basically look like a huge slaughterhouse with blood smeared everywhere, scary Halloween music and horror scenes projected on the stage," King explains.
He says the nightclub will have blood-sprayed butcher paper up around the railings and have a three-projector program flashing horror show scenes across the stage during the event. The pinnacle, as at any such formal dance, will be the crowning of the Zombie Prom king and queen, which King describes as a costume contest that's decided by crowd applause.
"The crowd votes who wins, and the king and queen each get a crown and sash," says King. "But they also will each win three hours of custom ink work (tattooing) that's donated by Untitled Ink here in Broad Ripple."
It's strongly encouraged that the donated tats be zombie-themed works, he says.