Zombie hordes happen

October 22, 2013

By David Hayes

In 2009, citizens dining in downtown Issaquah spotted a handful of zombies shambling down Front Street. Since then, the group founded by Tom Gotuzzo has grown into a horde and added a few dance moves to the annual event.

The fourth annual Zombie Walk returns to Issaquah from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said all ages of creepers are invited to join the horde.

Become a member of the zombie horde by meeting at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Come already dressed or get help being made up and join in on a practice run through of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance moves.

Donovan said the “Thriller” dance was added to the second year of the event, which just keeps getting bigger.

“Lots of people are really into it,” she said. “They just like to get made up, do the dance. It’s a lot of fun.”

Choreography is led by Miki Halvorson, of Blue Dog Dance Studio. Adults can also enjoy a bit of liquid courage with a Dead Guy Ale in the beer garden.

Last year, about 70 zombies participated. Donovan expects a much larger horde this go around. A group of Issaquah Highlands zombies will be taking a trolley down to Issaquah after performing in a flash mob of their own at the annual Green Halloween Festival.

The official Zombie Walk stumbles out of the gate at 4:30 p.m., when the horde ambles its way down Front Street, attracting the attention of motorists, diners and passers-by.

At 5 p.m., the combined mob dances at the corner of Sunset Way and Front Street to the choreographed “Thriller.”

To accommodate the larger group this year, Donovan said westbound Sunset Way will be closed during the performance. Eastbound Sunset Way and Front Street will remain open.


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