The Town of Morinville’s scariest event just got bigger with a lot more horror as a zombie apocalypse promises to brew up a storm.
On Halloween, as the veil between the spiritual world and the temporal world is at its thinnest, the town is expecting a herd of freaked up, staggering zombies to invade Main Street.
Unearthed from the bottomless pits of gothic tradition, they are lost spirits that wander the night – a 21st century vestige of Haitian voodoo victims that decay but do not die.
Or perhaps they have been resurrected from a nuclear spill and are lumbering through town sniffing out juicy human flesh to eat.
Whatever their taste, this monster mashup of soulless servants starts with a Zombie Walk Makeup Workshop for students 11 to 17 years.
Held at the Community Cultural Centre, wannabe zombie victims can create a personalized look of blood, ooze, cuts, scars and falling flesh using latex and face paints.
Town youth outreach worker Brian Croft along with youth workers Erin Debusschere and Katie Filipowski are the evil masterminds behind this slavish workshop.
“We sat down to discuss unique activities for kids and when we talked it over with them, they got interested in a zombie walk. Youth are really excited by zombies especially with the new Walking Dead on TV. And they are excited to get involved in something they see on TV,” said Croft, the official zombie master.
Fresh student bodies, dressed in costume and ripe for catatonic coma, are encouraged to arrive at the centre at 4 p.m. to learn the secrets of zombie transformation.
“We will become the dead. We will practice walking like the dead and growling and grunting like the dead. And at 5 p.m., we’ll head out down 100 Avenue to go towards the Fish and Game Park for a fire and hot dog roast.”
Croft hopes many students from all Morinville schools drop by the free workshop. Pre-registration is with Community Services at 780-939-7839. Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 29.
On a less chilling note, Community Services has again waved its wand and organized the Goblins’ Family Dance also at the cultural centre on Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“This dance is for the younger kids. After they go out trick or treating, they can stop by the centre for more treats, have a little more fun and warm up,” said community development coordinator Allen Jacobson.
At this tamer ghost and goblin playground, the evening host is DJ Mike Palma, an entertainer Jacobson describes as having solid musical instincts and a varied song set.
“There’s going to be a great light show. The lights will be set up over the speakers and they’ll be flashing into the crowd. And for kids having lights go while they’re dancing is a big thrill.”
This is a costumed event with small prizes set aside for special attire. Tickets are $10 for the family or $5 for single and are available at the door.