It was a real priviledge to be asked.
I had never met a Zombie before this event so I wasn't sure what to expect.
I wasn't disappointed.
I enjoyed covering the event so much.
The people were really creative with their dress and makeup.
The vibe was laid back and friendly and the event ran so smoothly.
People loved having their photos taken, they were really co-operative and willing to pose.
Layla Robinson and her team are master event co-ordinators.
I would be happy to be involved with everything she does because she really is quite brilliant, leaves no detail to chance.
One of life's gifted people
There were heaps of entrants lining upt to get their face done on the day.
People just coming out of the public, seeing the event and spontaneously joining in on the spot.
Layla started up the Zombie Walk three years ago, she and her friends do it all entirely voluntarily and the proceeds she makes from the event go to a charity called the Brain Injury Association.
People pay an admission fee to dress up like Zombies, go for a walk around Rotorua as a group, collecting for the event and doing a Zombie dance at the end to the theme to Michael Jackson's thriller dance.
Layla is also the head of a Roller Derby team and they were there behind their stall selling themed cakes to the public.
Here are some green fingers.
No kids were harmed or scared on this event, they all had amazing fun.
It was like being with a huge happy family.
I loved this surgeon Zombie.
The Roller Derby girls and helpers had made up syringes of edible fruity blood that tasted sweet (apparently) and looked very realistic.
People were plastering it all over their faces, dripping with it.
Professional Makeup artists who worked for Weta Workshops were also there putting creepy looking scars and sores on people.
It was really professional.
Here is one of their props, a totally realistic looking work of art that I wouldn't want to meet in my wildest dreams.
Some people went all out with their outfits
|People from Corn Evil were also sponsors and turned up to support the event.|
|Corn Evil is a haunted maze company , google them to see what I mean.|
The crowd well behaved.
It was a great day for it, so lots of people turned up, I would easily say around 300.
One of the most striking things to me was the number of Asian tourists who just loved the event and even got themselves made up on the spot and stayed with the event the whole way though.
It was a multi-cultural experience.
They were taking so many photos and really enjoying the occasion.
It was great to see all the Zombies so willing to pose with them.
The tourists had such good fun interacting with theZombies that I really think that it probably was one of the highlights of their stay.
Where else in New Zealand could they have found such a unique interactive experience for such a reasonable price?
Money raised from the event goes to the Rotorua branch of the Brain Injury Association.
To Be Continued in next Post.
Shots of the Zombie Walk and Zombie Dance,
Watch this space.
Thank you so much to all the people involved for making the Rotorua Zombiw Walk such an inspiring experience.
Creative Quote of the day
The “Blood is really warm,
it's like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming.”
― Ryan Mecum, Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your...Brains