I know that 99.9% of the people who are coming to the zombie walk are smart people who only want to have a good time. Those people don’t need rules – common sense is enough. However, for the benefit of the other .1% here is a list of rules for the zombie walk:
1. No Vandalism
It might seem like fun to you, but purposefully placing hand prints, pouring blood, or leaving other marks is vandalism, and it can get us in a lot of trouble. Even if the material is water-soluble, someone still needs to clean it up. Yes, the rain will wash it away, but we can’t leave a big ‘blood’ stain in Victoria Park for a week. When the walk is over, no one should know we were ever there.
2. Be Safe
Our walk takes place on public AND private property this year. Be aware of your surroundings, watch out for traffic and hazards, and look out for each other.
3. Be Courteous
Just because it’s fun for us to dress up like zombies and groan and moan, doesn’t mean everybody thinks its fun. In fact, some people, even fully grown adults, are downright frightened by the thought of zombies. And you could scar a child for life with the wrong actions. Have fun, but don’t force yourself on others.
4. Stay In Character
This year the walk takes place in some REALLY public places – downtown and through the Cornwall Centre. Let’s keep the zombie acting, walking, and groaning going as much as we can. And let’s remember that zombies don’t swear.
5. No Weapons – Real or Imagined!
Every year there are a couple of dozen people who come dressed as zombie hunters. I get it – I’d much rather be a survivor in the real ZA than a walker. But this group is getting big enough that it’s pretty much time to get rid of the weapons. Maybe the pink and purple Nerf stuff could stay, but I’d honestly rather it didn’t.
I’m not trying to be a downer, but here’s the facts – there are no weapons of any type – even props – allowed in the Cornwall Centre. That means if you’re carrying something – even a water gun – you won’t be allowed to participate in one of the coolest parts of the walk – actually heading through the mall. It’s also worth mentioning that any weapon – even a fake weapon – is a lot of hassle for the police. If someone sees something that they don’t like and calls the police, the walk is over. Let’s keep the big picture in mind, okay?
There is a lot of work, and a lot of hoops to jump through, in order to put on the zombie walk every year. Even so, we get a lot of things easy because we’re such a good group with no history of problems. Please, let’s keep it that way.
I don’t want anybody to get into fights or act as vigilante’s, but if you see someone doing something stupid/dangerous/illegal, let me know, and maybe ask them to stop.
Be safe and have fun everybody!