It's that time of year again. Zombies, lamebrains, zed-heads, whatever your undead moniker-of-choice may be – they are here. Some show up on the streets, on the movie screen, or even participate in 5k obstacle courses. (Zombies need aerobic exercise, too, you know.) So, here's a roundup of zombie-related events to help you get your fill of all things zombie in Orlando.
5K Obstacle Course
(Nov. 17) - Runforyourlives.com
will be putting on the marathon of the living running from the dead. The website describes it as an "overly intimidating game of flag football." These flags will represent your health. The course will incorporate 12 man-made and natural obstacles. The marathon takes place in Clermont, but a 30-minute ride to take part in a one-of-a-kind zombie-run should be totally worth it.
(7 days a week at 11:00 a.m., 1:15 p.m., & 3:30 p.m.) - Adventure Attractions
gives the general public its time to shine against the risers from the grave. This paintball experience is a zombie-phile's dream. None of that first-person video game tomfoolery. On a 15-acre outdoor stage for an hour and 40 minutes, your mission will be to "find the antidote before the big drug company's mercenaries do and before infection spreads." Damn drug companies, always up to something.
Dia de los Muertos & Monster Factory Exhibit at CityArts Factory
- (Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6 – 10 p.m., and the exhibit will run through Friday, Nov. 9) - The third annual Day of the Dead event will feature the work of local artists, three haunting murals, Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams, live music, food trucks and the official procession with sugar skulls and puppets. A zombie flash mob will be doing the neck-jerk to Thriller with the Yow Dance Company. Costumes are welcome. Food-truck zombies too.
Spooky Empire's Zombie Walk
(Oct. 26, 4 p.m.) - Once again the expo of horror is staging the walk on International Drive. From 12 p.m.-2 p.m. on Friday there will be an AYCE at Cafe Gauguin for $15.95. Ha, AYCE. There will also be special FX makeup artists on hand to keep you looking dead. Check out the walk
from last year.
Zombie films at the Enzian Theatre
- Italian film director Lucio Fulci's (aka the ‘Maestro Of Gore’) Zombie
will be shown on Oct. 20 at 11:59 p.m., an almost midnight showing of the seafaring zombie flick. On Nov. 7 at 8 p.m., enjoy the free outdoor film of Zach Snyder's Dawn of the Dead
, while answering trivia questions and being rewarded with Jello-shots.
- Technically not a zombie-driven event. But, for those of you that are getting ready for the apocalypse, which might be at the hands of the flesh eaters, take a tour of the underground shelter
) at Al's Army and Navy Store in Altamonte Springs. The survival shelter contains a flat-screen tv, air condition, microwave, and leather couch. Not sure if the couch is made of real leather. Going price for these life savers: $59,900.
Undead. Living. Bitten. It's all labeling. Just have fun, before it's too late.