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UPDATED: The 'dead' donated more than a half ton of food to living

'Zombie Walk' to aid Food Pantry, hype Heritage Haunt opening

Posted: October 9, 2009 2:09 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2009 12:24 p.m.

 
On Saturday, Oct. 17, 625 zombies terrorized Main Street in Newhall, all in the support of the local Newhall Food Pantry. 

The generous donations from volunteers amounted to more than half a ton of food, more than enough to fill 12 shopping carts six times each.    

During the evening, "'zombies" in gory theatrical makeup and shredded threads enjoyed parading down Lyons Avenue to the Canyon Theater Guild on Main Street, where many of them busted info formation and performed a ghoulishly choreographed version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."  

Zombies then stumbled down to Heritage Park to haunt the grounds at the Zombie Prom during the annual Heritage Haunt.

A spooky time was had by all.  

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Here's the original alert from Brave New World about the Zombie Walk for the Food Pantry:

It's dusk on Main Street in the Santa Clarita Valley's Old Town Newhall district. All around you, law abiding citizens are going in and out of shops, carrying the day's groceries and heading to their cozy suburban homes for an idyllic evening with the family.

Off in the distance, you hear a low moan. As the moan becomes louder, you see a wave of human shapes coming toward you. Back lit by the autumn sunset, their identities are masked, but when the shambling army comes into view, you realize, horrified, that there is something very wrong with them.......

They are walking dead and they are after living flesh.

The Halloween haunts come early in the revived Old Town Newhall district of Santa Clarita, as the very first Zombie March parades down Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.

Benefiting the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, all "zombies" in attendance must sign up at Brave New World Comics in Newhall and bring a non-perishable food item in order to recieve free admission (a $10 value) to the opening night of William S. Hart Park's Heritage Haunt that same evening.

How the Main Street Zombie March came about is a story in itself. "Since comics and horror tend to walk hand in hand, we knew we wanted to participate in promoting the Heritage Haunt at Hart Park this year," explained Atom! Freeman, Brave New World's proprietor of pretentious punctuation.

"So, I went to the folks at the Haunt and told them my idea for a few friends and I to put on zombie make-up and walk from our shop to the park. When the Haunt and the city said yes, it kind of snowballed."

The event was announced on the social networking website Facebook, and that "few friends" quickly ballooned to 400+. "After that, more and more people wanted to get involved in making MZM Day a success," added Atom.

Students and teachers from Studio Make-Up Academy will be on hand to give zombie participants that just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-ate-some-brains look. In exchange, they are asking for zombie participants to add to the mountain of canned food and cash donations for the Santa Clarita Food Pantry.

Hollywood's Studio Makeup Academy will provide the marchers a chance to truly transform themselves into the living dead for another donation to the pantry.

Promptly at dusk, or 6 p.m. for those who are a little less spooky, registered zombie participants will begin their shambling, shuffling, undead journey from Brave New World, headed south along the newly renovated Main St., to William S. Hart Park.

Once at the park, zombies will receive complimentary admission to Heritage Haunt, the long running haunted house attraction at Heritage Junction.

While everyone gets their zombie on, comics and horror writer Kevin VanHook will be signing his bestselling graphic novel ‘Superman and Batman Vs Vampires and Werewolves'.

Along the way, participants are invited to join the staff and company of dancers at the Canyon Theatre Guild, as they attempt to set a world record for the number of zombies dancing to Michael Jackson's seminal hit, ‘Thriller'.

"When Michael Jackson died, I realized that dancing the 'Thriller' dance was on my bucket list!", says Carol Rock, diehard theatre buff, "The choreographers at the CTG are just amazing. And it's an excellent way to exercise your living parts...even if you might feel dead tomorrow!".

The city of Santa Clarita will be closing a portion of Main St. to facilitate the flash mob style performance, and all zombies are welcome and encouraged to participate. Additionally, the Guild is hosting free 'Thriller' dance lessons.

After enjoying the slow, undead walk to Hart Park, and having their pants scared off at Heritage Haunt, everyone, undead or not, is welcome back to Brave New World for Some Enchanted Evening: ZOMBIE PROM! Zombie Prom will feature live, undead music, and a Zombie Prom photo booth courtesy of Autumn Hull Photography.

"We have so many cool things planned for this event! I know the zombies of the SCV will be out in full force to support the Food Pantry." Said Portlyn, Chief Zombie Wrangler and BNW co-owner, "It's going to be great!"

All proceeds of the Main Street Zombie March will go to the SCV Food Pantry.

Brave New World Comics is located at 22722 Lyons Ave., Newhall 91321.

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