The undead should mark their calendars for Oct. 28, when the Durham Zombie Lurch rises from the dead to celebrate a 10-year anniversary of stumbling down Durham sidewalks on a quest for brains.
The family-friendly, sort-of parade, which returns after a break last year, starts with the Revenant’s Ball kickoff party, where undead, werewolves, vampires, mummies, zombies, revenants and others are welcome, said organizer Debra Hawkins.
This year, organizers worked hard to create a route and events that would be accessible, safe and fun for all ages, she said.
“We definitely want it to be a fun, family opportunity,” Hawkins said.
The ball will be held at Sam’s Quik Shop, 1605 Erwin Road, on its recently renovated, deck from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. with a costume contest for children, live music from the Cajun band Cajammers, a food truck and vendors. Reigning Beaver Queen BeaverJuice will cut the ribbon to start the lurch.
The route will head down Main Street to the “Terminal” after-party at Bull McCabe’s, 427 W. Main St. Zombies are asked to stay on the sidewalk, mind the crossing guards and watch out for their fellow lurchers.
From Sam’s, zombies will travel through Brightleaf Square, inside Morgan Imports, over the Parker and Otis deck to the larger Brightleaf parking lot, and down along West Village on West Morgan Street.
Participants should not bang on business windows or distract drivers, Hawkins said.
If any of the undead get tired, or it rains, they can jump on the Bull City Connector and go straight to the after-party. They can also take it to return to Sam’s up until 9 p.m., when the free bus service ends.
For novices, zombie dress can be as simple or complex as desired. Some go all out, painting on layers of pale and peeling makeup. Others rip up a shirt, stick some twigs in their hair, or pair some white makeup with a Halloween costume.
The after-party at Bull McCabe’s will run until 8:30 p.m. with live music from Bull City Brakemen, costume contests for adults (one for Dia de los Muertos zombies and one for themed zombie) and the recognition of a zombie king or queen. Zombies can also dine from Mama’s Hot Chicken food truck and participate in a raffle drawing.
Zombies who bring canned food or money donations for Porch-Durham, which provides food to school children in need, will receive an “I Love Brains” pin or sticker courtesy Duke Brain Sciences Awareness Week.
Hawkins is also setting up a GoFundMe page for donations to help Durham Zombie Lurch organizers file for nonprofit status to pay for liability coverage and possibly security and crosswalk help.
To stay updated on all things zombie, like The Durham Zombie Lurch’s Facebook page. http://bit.ly/2ebo3N3
Correction: A previous version of this article said the Durham Zombie Lurch will be held on Oct. 27. The Durham Zombie Lurch will be held Oct. 28.
If you go
What: The Durham Zombie Lurch (Yes, it’s family-friendly, but some people go all out for their undead costumes so you may want to have a discussion about make believe before you go.)
When: Oct. 28; Revenant’s Ball kickoff party starts at 4:30; Lurch starts at 6:15 a.m.
Where: The route starts at Sam’s Quik Shop, 1605 Erwin Road. and ends at Bull McCabe’s, 427 W. Main St., where the after party begins.
More info: http://bit.ly/2ebo3N3