Zombies wanted for flash mob

September 3, 2013

By Erin Hoffman

For the past two years, Cindy Klenk has led a zombie takeover of the Issaquah Highlands.

As part of the highlands’ Green Halloween celebration, Klenk, a community resident and Zumba instructor, organizes a flash mob where participants dress up like zombies and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” At 5 p.m. Sept. 8, rehearsals begin again at Blakely Hall for the third annual flash mob.

“I’m doing it because it really is a fun thing that brings the community together,” Klenk said. “It’s fun to be a part of something so large and diverse.”

It’s not just Klenk who will be leading a flash mob. On Oct. 26, the day of Green Halloween, zombie groups around the world will do their own flash mobs at exactly the same time. The flash mobs are all in association with Thrill The World, which aims not only to inspire some scary dancing, but to honor Michael Jackson’s memory by raising funds for charity.

Klenk’s zombie flash mob will accept donations for the Issaquah Food Bank, in addition to contributing to Thrill The World with their entry fees.

“I call it, ‘trading your calories for a party,’” Klenk said.

Anyone who wants to be a part of the flash mob can bring their donations of nonperishable food to the first rehearsal.

“If people can’t afford to donate, I’m not going to prevent anyone from dancing,” Klenk added.

Last year, about 25 people participated, but Klenk predicts an even larger group this year.

“We’re going to have not only our alumni zombies but the friends that they’ll bring, and other new residents up in the highlands,” she said.

Lynne Trowern, who residents might know as the “Wicked Witch of the Issaquah Highlands” at past Green Halloween festivals, has done the flash mob every year.

“My favorite time of year is Halloween,” she said. “I love dancing and putting on a show with all my friends and neighbors, not to mention having fun with all the kids.”

Trowern also predicts a “bigger and better” flash mob this year, because the flash mob will be held at the newly built Grand Ridge Plaza.

In previous years, participating zombies ranged from ages 12 through adults. Rehearsals are every Sunday until the Green Halloween festival from 5-6 p.m. Learn more by emailing Klenk at zumbawithcindy@gmail.com.


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