Zombies return to menace downtown Issaquah

October 23, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Zombies shamble down Front Street North during the 2011 Downtown Zombie Walk. 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


  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. — “Thriller” practice and makeup at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.
  • 4:30-5 p.m. — Downtown Zombie Walk along Front Street North from the feed store to the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way
  • 5 p.m. — “Thriller” dance at the Issaquah Library
  • 5:30 p.m. — Downtown establishments offer drink specials to costume-clad zombies.

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.

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2 Responses to “Zombies return to menace downtown Issaquah”

  1. jeffr on October 26th, 2012 7:46 pm

    why, why, why, why, why, why are we so infatuated with zombies – it’s old, it’s sad, it’s worse than windows vista. please stop zombies, please stop zombies, please stop zombies.

  2. Alan McSwain on October 29th, 2012 4:52 pm

    @ jeffr, Stopping zombies is simple. A head shot with any firearm of sufficient caliber will do it. You see, you have to kill the -BRAIN-. Oh… And one more bit of advice: Be sure it’s a -real- zombie first, before you squeeze the trigger. Fake zombies have families that get real mad when they get shot. And the Police take a dim view of “Misidentification of Faux-Zombie Killing” as well.

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