Leave it to those comic book people to mix up horror and physical exercise. In an homage to the upcoming Halloween festivities and to help launch the Haunt at Heritage Junction, everyone is invited to participate in the first-ever Brave New World Main Street Zombie March at dusk tomorrow.
The 'MZM' is a fundraiser and canned food drive to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley food Pantry, whose mission is to alleviate hunger throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.
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," he added. Currently more than 640 people have officially signed up to lurch down the street.
The festivities start as soon as the doors open that day at Brave New World, which is located in downtown Newhall, at the corner of Chestnut St. and Lyons Ave. 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.
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'.
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 Street to William S. Hart Park. Once at the park, zombies will receive complimentary admission to Heritage Haunt, the haunted house attraction at Heritage Junction.
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 heard a lot of people say they'd like to dance 'Thriller' as sort of a tribute,' said CTG Choreographer Musette Caing. "It's an excellent way to exercise your living parts...even if you might feel dead tomorrow."
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!"
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