5 Tips For Surviving The Zombie Pub Crawl

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, the rotted flesh is falling from the faces of the masses lumbering down Washington Avenue looking for a beer buzz.

In other words, it’s time to get yourself prepared for the now ubiquitous Zombie Pub Crawl. It stumbles in this Saturday.

This year, the zombie army is expected to be so large as to necessitate triage in both Minneapolis and St. Paul locales. (They’ll even have a shuttle bus for the zombies who are wearing their dual-city wristbands. Zombie transit!)

It’s expected to be so large that two headlining acts are set to keep the zombies at bay while the society of the living plots their next move to combat the impending zomb-pocalypse; organizers hope that 2 Live Crew and Andrew WK can hold the undead’s attention.

It’s expected to be so large that the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to verify what looks to topple the previous record for most zombies in a single gathering. Over 4,000 were included in a head count in Jersey, but we have it on good authority the crowd may have been sneaking in a few extra (severed) heads. (Which also means this is the first time a portion of the crawl has been cleared for 18+ baby zombies.)

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What began seven years ago with a mere handful of zombies has blossomed into a full-blown pandemic of blood, gore and brew.

I chatted with Claudia Holt, one of the pub crawl’s organizers, from the safety of our Hazmat bunker. She offered me the following tips for surviving the Zombie Pub Crawl long enough to catch another screening of Dawn of the Dead this Halloween.

Tip 1: “Eat something!” And preferably not brains. Zombies need sustenance if they’re going to stumble around like Night of the Living Dead for, um, the entire night of the living dead. Holt says the crawl will have food trucks in Mears Park as well as throughout Minneapolis.

Tip 2: “The deader, the better!” While this is not a fashion show, it sort of is. You won’t win any awards for having the sickest costume, but you may get a few pulpy high fives. You can pick up your wristbands at Ragstock outlets, and Holt suggests it might be a good idea to garnish your costume with some of their vintage options.

Tip 3: “So long as they still have legs, zombies like walking!” In other words, they hate waiting in line. So Holt says pick up your tickets/wristbands in advance, bring cash and take advantage of the beer specials.

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Tip 4: “Have an attack plan!” Says Holt, “How are you going to see all of your favorite bands if you’re not well informed? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and check vita.mn for lineups.”

Tip 5: “Even zombies can have manners!” A blurb in the ZPC’s FAQs mentions the unfortunate mess left in one Chipotle bathroom, and I remember seeing more than just a little blood spattered about along Washington Avenue last year. Holt reminded, “Just because you’re dressed like a zombie doesn’t mean you get to act like a jerk. Don’t break stuff or ruin stuff that doesn’t belong to you.”

See you on the other side, mortals.

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  • Zombierdumb

    You want to know how I know you are a d-bag. Because you dress up like a zombie and go on a pub crawl….

    • me

      Just because no one invited you to go with doesn’t mean you should pout and call others names….

    • JamieinMN

      Don’t be so j…..

  • brittany

    i may be dumb but what is the point of teh zombie pub crawl?

    • me

      To have fun. For those that have a sense of humor, anyway. Why do people dress up for halloween?

      • Real Talk

        Because Halloween has been going on for decades, you can dress up as anything AND you get free candy for doing so.

        So tell me again, why people do a zombie pub crawl? You feel some emotional connection with zombies? Why not a vampire pub crawl…….just seems so random and contrived!!

        • me

          Yes, why not a vampire pub crawl? I bet you could get one going if you put some work into it.

          Halloween had to start somewhere – it was created by someone.
          Why not start a zombie crawl? A chance for grownups to have some fun. No sillier than painting your face in the colors of some football team.

      • brittany

        Ok i wasn’t sure i had’nt heard of it before

        • me

          It hasn’t been going for long, but is catching on. Another fun one is Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept 19th.

    • JamieinMN

      To raise awareness of zombies and their existence……..

  • mo

    looks like the wall street protesters

  • fo

    Oh Zombirdumb – have another vinegar and water and find some fresh movies to quote.

  • mohair

    a bit of fun that’s all, some ppl (zombidumber) are to clever to get it.

    how’s those vikes doing zombidumber? 0 and 4 your say,,,,

    • Real Talk

      Yeah the Vikes suck monkey balls…but anyways….

      The part i am stuck on is the Zombie part? Where did that come from? Why isnt the SuperHero Pub Crawl and everyone dresses up like their favorite superheros?

      Do you have to have some sort of affinty for zombies or be a zombie aficionado to participate? That is to say…is this like a Star Trek conference, where one would need to appreciate Star Trek to enjoy the conference…….or can literally anyone show up?

      • me

        Anyone can show up. You don’t have to be an ‘expert’ in the mythology – or even be big on zombie movies. You don’t have to dress up, but it would be fun. How often do you get to dress up in costume and show off your blood and guts? Part of the fun is to show off your creativity to others.

        The people that started it like the zombie theme. It could have just as well been superheros (although a bunch of random people in tights might not be as fun to see), vampires, werewolves, etc. I know some people were joking about combining Star Trek and zombie costumes. Go as zombie trekkies. Perhaps an undead Spock.

        • JamieinMN

          Ummm, you’re better off dressing up or someone, WILL dress you…..in BLOOD!

      • itsmycrawlandillcallitwhatiwantto

        Zombies are popular. You are more than welcome to start a SuperHero Pub crawl and if it is awesome let me know.

  • Sam

    Expect to be soaked in blood, whether or not you want it. Drunk people + squirt guns/water bottles/etc filled with fake blood = a huge mess everywhere.
    Worse are the zombies who are drunk enough that they don’t realize that they shouldn’t _actually_ attack people. I expect that there are going to be a good number of ambulance rides this year.

  • Ferris Lind

    I was at the Zombie Pub Crawl last year .. Just an excuse to get drunk .. and act dumb . Lame . and Pointless ..

  • JamieinMN

    If you don’t know of it by now, you don’t deserve to go.

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