A zombie walk is an organized public gathering of people who dress up as zombies, and yes you guessed it walk as a zombie would. How does a zombie walk? Well, very slowly. Zombie walks are also known as zombie mob, zombie march, zombie horde, zombie lurch, zombie shuffle or zombie crawl. The zombie walkers make their way around the streets and through shopping malls to a public space (or a series of taverns in the case of a zombie pub crawl) in a somewhat orderly fashion.
Zombie walks are a fantastic spectacle, and you really should take part if you get the chance. They are normally annual events, which makes them rather special. Promoted primarily through word of mouth and online message boards, zombie walks are great fun. During the event participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies and to communicate only in a manner consistent with zombie behavior. This may include grunting, groaning and slurred, moaning calls for brains.
Zombie behavior is a hot topic of debate. Purists who draw their definitions from the original Romero Living Dead films claim that a zombie would never have the ability to call for 'brains' and furthermore that a zombie needs only living or freshly killed flesh for its sustenance, and not the brain in particular, but hey that's their perogative.
The complexity and purpose of some zombie walks have grown and changed with their popularity. An advanced technique to heighten interest and realism, some zombies will "eat" victims to create new zombies, in full sight of onlookers. Clearly that's not for everyone. The better coordinated zombie walks will establish a route and an easily recognizable signal, so that other participants can plant themselves, appearing as an otherwise ordinary human, along the route in old, tearable clothes, and as the mob shambles along it can discover and devour new victims. Yay. As the zombies surround the new victim to loudly feed, concealing him or her from witnesses' view, they tear clothes and quickly apply makeup and fake blood, to create a new zombie, who then shambles along with the expanded zombie pack to find new victims.
Some participants occasionally dress up as soldiers who are called in to contain the outbreak, or survivors who are trying to defend themselves from the onslaught of the zombie horde. Some events are staged as spoof rallies "to raise awareness of zombie rights", with participants carrying placards. Some zombie walks have been staged as "hunger marches" with the intent of raising awareness of world hunger and collecting items for food banks.