Zombies return to menace downtown Issaquah
October 23, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
Last October, on a sunny afternoon, a regular Saturday turned unordinary as zombies menaced Issaquah.
The undead shambled into the sunset, and Issaquah sidestepped a zombie apocalypse — for a while, at least.
The zombie horde is back.
Expect to see the undead shuffle down Front Street North on Oct. 27 during a Downtown Zombie Walk and then assemble for a flash-mob dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” outside the Issaquah Library.
Unlike the mindless mobs in “The Walking Dead” and George A. Romero flicks, zombies in Issaquah cause more grins than grimaces.
If you go
Downtown Zombie Walk
On the Web
Watch “The Making of Thriller” documentary on YouTube for zombie makeup and costume ideas at http://bit.ly/f7eP2D.
The event starts as regular people stop at the historic Hailstone Feed Store and then — through gory makeup, suspicious outbreak or unexplained cause — emerge as undead creatures.
Inside, participants can undergo a transformation by Illusions by Melanie. The makeup maven, Melanie, is a professional artist for fashion, film, print and TV projects.
Then, a slow shuffle from the feed store to the library starts, as motorists and pedestrians watch in amusement and, in some cases, unease.
Once the “Thriller” routine at the library concludes, undead dancers intend to disperse into the evening. Only, instead of brains, zombies can stumble into downtown establishments for drink specials.
Organizers plan for a larger crowd for the upcoming event than in past zombie treks.
Tom Gotuzzo, a Downtown Issaquah Association board member, joined some friends to start the event in 2010.
“I think we had just gotten done watching ‘Shaun of the Dead’ or something, and we said, ‘Man, it would be cool if we did some kind of zombie walk in downtown Issaquah,’” he said.
The undead horde last year, about 60 zombies strong, lurched to the library for a “Thriller” routine. Zombies ambled into traffic and tapped on vehicle windows. Some unnerved motorists called the Issaquah Police Department.
The event offered a credible glimpse at how a zombie apocalypse might unfold in Issaquah.