It's dusk on Main Street in Los Angeles’ Santa Clarita Valley. In the beautiful Old Town Newhall district, all around you law abiding citizens are going in and out of shops, carrying the day's groceries and heading to their cozy suburban homes for an idyllic evening with the family.
Off in the distance, you hear a low moan. As the peculiar moaning becomes louder, you see a wave of human shapes coming toward you. Backlit by the autumn sunset, their identities are masked, but when the shambling army comes into view, you realize, horrified, that there is something very wrong with them.......
They are walking dead and they are after living flesh.
Or, maybe it’s just Brave New World’s Main Street Zombie March!
Join the award winning comics and pop culture superstore, Saturday, October 19th, for their annual Main St. Zombie March. The MZM, as the event has come to be known, is a fundraiser and canned food drive to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, whose mission is to alleviate hunger throughout the area and make certain that no child in the Santa Clarita Valley goes to bed hungry.
“Zombies are pretty scary, but not knowing where your next meal is coming from is downright terrifying. Having the support of Brave New World every year helps us achieve our goal of feeding those in need in the Santa Clarita Valley year round," said Carol Rock, Board President of the SCV Food Pantry.
“We’ve found that zombies, while allegedly undead, have not lost their giving spirits and are usually generous when it comes to donations,” she continued. “We can always use peanut butter, tuna, canned veggies and fruits, pasta and, of course, grains!” How the Main Street Zombie March came about is a story in itself, and the staff of Brave New World is excited to have been asked to bring the undead to downtown Newhall once again. “The success of previous years’ events have been so overwhelming!”, says Portlyn, the Brave New Proprietress. “We've been thrilled to donate over 3 tons of food to the SCV Food Pantry, and are really looking forward to seeing what our incredibly generous zombies will donate this year. We would truly love to break our own record for both attendance and donations!”
Brave New World is thrilled to be partnering with Heritage Haunt at the historic Heritage Junction adjacent to Wm. S. Hart Park. This year, the Haunt are graciously providing free admission tickets for the first 100 registered zombie participants to make a donation to the Food Pantry, as well as discounted admission to all MZM participants.
Who: Anyone is invited; this event is for the entire family of all ages.
What: Exactly what it sounds like. It's a bunch of people...dressed like zombies...walking. Seriously, though, haven't you always wondered how it would look to see a bunch of zombies overrunning your town? This is meant to be a fun event that will give you the feel of being in your favorite zombie movie/show/comic. They've been going on for years in other cities and they've raised A TON of food for charities. In 2009 we did this and about 600 of you Zombies, and raised over a TON of food for the Newhall Food Pantry!
WHERE: Brave New World Comics Store
October 19th - Registration for the Main St. Zombie March will begin at noon on the 19th, at Brave New World. Zombies can drop off their donation, line up for professional makeup application (space is limited, and an additional donation is requested!) Starts at Brave New World Comics and grab the giveaways and goodies provided by SkyBound Entertainment, the company responsible for the runaway hit comic book and television series The Walking Dead. All participants, undead or otherwise, will be required to register for the event, as well as sign a standard waiver of liability and pick up a copy of the 'Zombie Code of Conduct'. In exchange for their registration and donation, each participant will also receive a $5 wooden nickel to spend at Brave New World.
Promptly at dusk on Saturday, October 19th, or approximately 6pm for those who are a little less spooky, registered zombie participants and their Zombie Wrangler counterparts, along with volunteers from College of the Canyons, the Girl Scouts, and the Southland Ghostbusters, will begin the shambling, shuffling, undead journey from the safety of Brave New World, south down Main St. toward Hart Park and the Heritage Haunt. Those who make it out alive, are invited to return to Brave New World Comics, at the corner of Lyons Ave. and Chestnut St., for Some Enchanted Evening: ZOMBIE PROM, featuring live music, tricks, treats, and Zombie Prom pictures courtesy of AutumnRain Photography. Along the March route, participants are encouraged to be on the look out for zombie friendly businesses in Old Town Newhall. Local witnesses are encouraged to line the streets of Old Town to watch the parade of pretend carnage.
Brave New World can be reached at 661.259.4745
For those that want to have makeup provided by a professional makeup artists, registration starts at 12:00 Brave New World. If you come already Zombified, you should be there by 5:00 to allow time to get registered, and enjoy the entertainment provided.
How: Bring at least two cans of non-perishable food items, give a $7.00 donation to the Historical Society, sign the paperwork and receive your wristband that gains you access to Heritage Haunt and the Zombie Dance Party!
Why: Besides the obvious fun reasons, this event will be collecting canned food items to benefit the food pantry and helping to preserve our local history.
What will be happening for the articipants of the Zombie March
So add October 19th to your calendar, as it will be a lot of fun for a great cause.
¨ ¨ We have invited a Gourmet Brain Catering Truck, but it’s hard to say if they will show, or
want to share their brains with so many Zombies!
¨ Music and a whole lot of Zombies having a good time
¨ When you reach Heritage Haunt, Awards for the Best Zombies will be presented by Elvira at
the Zombie Party Stage!
¨ Visit all of the Heritage Haunt Mazes !
All of that being said. Start planning your costumes now! We're looking for lots of creativity. There will be contests for best costumes. Please show up in costume, but if you can't, we plan on having some professional Makeup Artist on site who can hook folks up with some make-up for tips.