About Zombie Walk Houston
Zombie Walk Houston was founded by Amy Lewis (formerly Amy Buresh.. married in Sept, 2010!), inspired by her love of Zombies and other Zombie Walks around the world!
In 2008, Amy built a web site and Myspace account for the first annual Houston Zombie Walk™. This was the only promotion done for the event. Due to our wonderful local supporters (and the best zombies ever!), the event was promoted strictly through word of mouth and social networking. Thanks to the encouragement and support of our zombies - the first annual Houston Zombie Walk™ was a success!
Our first Houston Zombie Walk™, October 25th 2008, garnered the support of 100 zombies and 237 meals raised through non-perishable donations for the Houston Food Bank.
At the second annual walk, on October 23rd, 2009, 300 people showed up (270 in full undead wear) and we raised enough cash and goods for 100 care packages for our troops via our 2009 beneficiary Tillman Troops.
Our third annual walk took place on October 23rd, 2010. We had so much support and help from Tillman Troops and it's founder, Loree Tillman. We had 800 participants that year.
Last year for our fourth annual Houston Zombie Walk™ our beneficary was Friends For Life a true no-kill animal shelter in the Heights. As always the amazing Houston Horde was beyond supportive and over 1200 Zombies participated!
This year we are bringing back Friends For Life to be the beneficiary for our fifth annual Houston Zombie Walk™.
With the outpouring of local support each year, our goal is to strive to make the event bigger and better each year. We hope to one day host the Houston Zombie Walk™ as a huge charity event with bands and vendors, similar to the old Westheimer Festival on Westheimer in Houston.
Wikipedia states that a zombie walk (also known as a zombie mob, zombie march, zombie horde,zombie lurch, zombie shamble, zombie shuffle orzombie pub crawl) is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes.
Usually taking place in an urban centre, the participants make their way around the city streets and through shopping malls in a somewhat orderly fashion and often limping their way towards a local cemetery or other public space (a series of taverns in the case of a zombie pub crawl).
Promoted primarily through word of mouth and online message boards, zombie walks are an underground activity. During the event participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies and to communicate only in a manner consistent with zombie behavior. This may include grunting, groaning and slurred, moaning calls for 'brains'.
The complexity and purpose of some zombie walks have grown and changed with their popularity. An advanced technique to heighten interest and realism, some zombie mobs will "eat" victims to create new zombies, in sight of onlookers.
The better coordinated zombie mobs will establish a route and an easily recognizable signal, so that other participants can plant themselves, appearing as an otherwise ordinary human, along the route in old, tear able clothes, and as the mob shambles along it can discover and devour new victims. As the zombies surround the new victim to loudly feed, concealing him or her from witnesses' view, they tear clothes and quickly apply makeup and fake blood, to create a new zombie, who then shambles along with the ever-expanding pack to find new victims.
Some participants occasionally dress up as soldiers who are called in to contain the outbreak. Some events are staged as spoof political rallies organized "to raise awareness of zombie rights", with participants carrying placards.
Here is a picture of Amy with her niece for the 2nd Annual Houston Zombie Walk™ in 2009!