If you were in or around Valley Fair Mall at roughly 4 p.m. Friday and witnessed a horde of the undead shambling towards you, fear not: the end of the world is not nigh.
It was actually all in good fun.
In support of the Friends In Need Food Bank, the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association hosted the inaugural Zombie Walk.
The catch-line: “Bring a canned food item for the Friends In Need Food Bank because real people don’t eat brains.”
A team from the Emerald Pig Theatrical Society transformed normal folks, ranging from adults to infants, into soulless corpses.
To become a zombie, all participants had to do was bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.
It took roughly two hours for a makeup team that included professional makeup artist Kelsea Zielke, Emerald Pig president Sharon Malone, and Kathleen Hatley, one of Emerald Pig's executive members, to perform the ghoulish work.
Zielke figured about 30 people were going to take part.
She was shocked to work on as many people as she did: according to the DMRBIA Facebook page, 350 zombies participated.
A few of the zombie wannabes arrived as early as 1:30 p.m. to have work done on them for the walk, that got underway at 4.
Hatley admitted that the makeup artistry became less elaborate due to the sheer volume of participants who flooded into the mall during the afternoon.
“We had to push them through, but they still looked fabulous,” she said. “They couldn’t pick every detail that they wanted because of the time frame.”
Those who “rise from death” have certain facial features, Zielke noted: “Definitely the veins on the face, sunken look, sunken cheekbones...”
Zielke said when she heard about the walk, she “jumped” on the opportunity to add her talents to the cause.
As ghoulish as it may seem on the surface, the walk was all about “community involvement, community fun,” Hatley said.
The beneficiary, the FIN food bank, received “hundreds of pounds of food and some cash donations as well,” Hatley added.
The “creatures” gathered outside the Save-On-Foods store before travelling together (along the safety of the sidewalk and not the road to avoid a real-life horror show) towards the Dairy Queen location on Lougheed Highway.
Many of the walkers showed the tell-tale signs of being “undead”: the vacant stare, gaping mouth, and, the go-to move for all zombies, the lurching forward of one leg, pulling the other leg behind them, with the foot dragging along the ground.
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