World Zombie Day returns this October to spread the infection throughout the world and raise awareness for world hunger!
World Zombie Day started in 2008 after the success of Pittsburgh’s Zombie Fest. Zombie Fest began at the Monroeville Mall in 2006 as a basic Walk of the Dead throughout the mall where George A. Romero filmed his iconic Dawn of the Dead. The main idea behind the original event was to collect donations for the Greater Pittsburgh food bank and to pay homage to the city’s rich history of the undead. As years went by and word spread to the hordes, Zombie Fest grew and World Zombie Day became a showcase of all things zed.
Being a local Pittsburgher, I’ve attended most the Zombie Fests and have always had a killer time. Seeing Zombie Fest grow from a casual gathering to an all day event with vendors, live music, games, and contests really shows how much the undead mean to The Zombie Capital of the World and its culture. The Pittsburgh Zombie Fest even set three Guinness World Records along the way!
Many other cities followed in Pittsburgh’s shambling footsteps and started doing their own zombie walks and festivals with much success thanks to the undead’s current rise in popularity. World Zombie Day has become a worldwide event taking place every October spanning the globe from Pittsburgh to Brussels and back again. This year’s World Zombie Day falls on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Now is the time to round up all of your undead buddies, get some non-perishable food items together, and prepare yourselves for all the gory, good times that will happen at World Zombie Day 2013!
You can find information about the nearest undead gathering place in your city at http://www.facebook.com/WZDHQ.
Below is a snippet from Travel Channel’s Edge Of America from the 2012 Pittsburgh Zombie Fest.