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Shamble through Picton with the zombies

Zombies will take over downtown Picton for the seventh annual evening of family fun.

The community is invited to shamble through town next Tuesday night.

“Zombie walking becomes a dramatic performance, some physical exercise and we engage in the community while being allowed to act like a monster,” she said. “Amongst the moans of the undead laughter, smiles and a fun feeling is felt throughout the crowd of walkers. It gives us all a chance to unplug, be silly and get messy!” says Erin Johnston who is organizing this year’s event.

What originally started in the community by Christine Renaud at the Picton Library as a simple idea, has grown to a much anticipated seasonal event – to be held this year on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

“I saw how popular zombie walks were in cities and thought this would be a great way to
get young people out and back to the library,” said Renaud. “The walks were hugely successful with 80 to 90 people coming out.”

Johnston has taken over the organizing of the wlk, noting it has become a fun family event for her children and part of tradition of fall events in October along with the Scarecrow Festival, Thanksgiving and Halloween.”

“It isn’t a coincidence that zombies have become a component to pop culture when things
like technology, science, economics, population surge and politics are making our humanity
feel so precarious.”

“We’re living in very uncertain times,” says Max Brooks, who wrote the book on which the
World War Z film is based. “People have a lot of anxiety about the future. They’re constantly
being battered with these very scary, very global catastrophes. I think a lot of people think
the system is breaking down and just like the 1970s, people need a ‘safe place’ to explore
their apocalyptic worries. They can’t read stories about real plagues or nuclear war. That’s
too scary. That’ll make them turn away. Zombie stories give people the opportunity to witness the end of the world they’ve been secretly wondering about while, at the same time, allowing themselves to sleep at night because the catalyst of that end is fictional.”

While some make up and help will be available, (volunteers welcome) people are encouraged to arrive as zombies.

This year the Zombie Walk leaves from the Picton Library at 7pm.


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