Zombie Pub Crawl

ZPC: We ♥ U

This post wraps up my zombie theme, and then, I’m on to the next one. I want to highlight a really cool annual event that happens every October in Minneapolis: the Zombie Pub Crawl (ZPC). This is an event where thousands of people dress like zombies and wander the area (last year was the Warehouse District) and have a really great time drinking, dancing and listening to great musical venues, while enjoying a night as the living dead. ZPC describes their event as “a cross between Mardi Gras and a George Romero movie.”

Fast Facts:

  • It started in 2005 with a mere 150 zombies in attendance.
  • ZPC is the original zombie gathering.
  • In 2012, they made the Guinness Book of World Records by gathering 8,000 zombies at Midway Stadium in St. Paul.
  • Although over 25,000 zombies were in attendance that year, only 8,000 could be recorded because of specific Guinness record-breaking rules (one largest venue).
  • In 2013, New Jersey took the record with a gathering of 9,000 zombies.
  • In 2014, ZPC reclaimed the record with an impressive total of over 15, 000 zombies.
  • Around 30,000 people are in attendance of this event.

I (along with a few friends and family) was there in 2012, at Midway Stadium, when the first world record was made. I was one of the 8,000 zombies that were tallied.

A world record in the making.

My group and I hung around the big guy (Phil the Zombie) a lot that night. Good times.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, I’ll share a few of my personal photos from that first record-breaking night.

ZPC 1     ZPC 2     ZPC 3

This was a “snap yourself” photo booth. After the event, you could go to the site and download your photos. My group and I were dressed as a wedding party    . . . plus 1 infected wedding guest. The photo booth was the starting point to our night of carousing.

The wedding guest and her "plus 1".
The wedding guest and her “plus 1”.
Me with my son and his love.
Me with my son and his love.
The prom king and queen.
The prom king and queen.
Me hangin' out with Phil while his guts are hangin' out with me.
Me hangin’ out with Phil while his guts are hangin’ out with me.
The lovely bride and handsome groom.
The lovely bride and handsome groom.

All-in-all it was a great night. However, as I sit here typing this, I can’t help thinking about the two regrets I have from that night. #1: I haven’t been back since. I’ve tried the last 2 years and something has always come up at the last minute to keep me from going. Not this year. This year I’m going. #2: That year was my first time dressing like a zombie. And even though I like the rotting flesh technique I used, I now realize, when transforming yourself into a zombie, the rule of thumb “less is more” is not applicable. But now I’ve got some pretty great makeup tips to try out this next time around.

And now, as a bonus, I will leave you with a couple of videos from the greatest zombie game of all time . . . sorry Resident Evil fans . . . it’s simply this chick’s opinion.

Thus ends our zombie-themed week. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Until next time . . .

Happy Haunting!

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