Asheville Zombiewalk

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Want to be the fresh Braaaaaaaaaains behind the Asheville Zombie Walk?

First of all, the Asheville Zombie Walk is not cancelled. So calm down. The event just needs new talent and ideas.

The Zombie Walk is turning 12 years old this year, and the current producers have been involved for about seven of those years. We are being called in different directions, so we are looking to turn the event over to energetic people excited to bring it into a new era.

It’s fun. It’s one of the last free, zany things that keep Asheville weird.

And it needs you.

We want the Asheville Zombie Walk to go on for many, many years. We’ve seen too many cool, free Asheville events fold during recent years. But the zombie walk continues. That’s what we want. And we need your help.

We don’t want to get into too many of the details here, but if you’re even mildly interested, you should send us a message. If you don’t think you can financially afford to take over the walk but would love to run it, you should send us a message. If you think it sounds too hard, drop us a line. If you don’t think you have the time to produce it, but are still interested, you should message us. You may be pleasantly surprised.

So, good luck future Living Dead Wranglers. Asheville needs you. Let’s shamble on.

Jim and Sarah


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Asheville Zombiewalk 2016: Everything You Need to Know

We’ve heard your call, Asheville. And we’re giving you what you want: an actual Zombie WALK! Help us spread the zombie infection during the 11th annual Asheville Zombiewalk in downtown Asheville.

Here are all the details we’ve released about this year’s event, all conveniently stored in one easy-to-bookmark link:

AZW_Teaser 2016Event Details

Asheville, prepare to become lunch. Zombies are on the move again!

Put on your most gruesome makeup and your walking shoes! Zombies will not only be gathering, but will be walking through downtown Asheville. We welcome everyone to shamble safely with us along the streets.

WHEN: Sunday, October 9 at 5:30pm

WHERE: Gather in Aston Park, at the corner of Hilliard and S French Broad Avenues.

*PARKING*: Aston Park does not have sufficient parking for this event. Plan to park elsewhere and walk to the park.

From there, zombies will be safely guided 10–12 blocks down sidewalks, obeying all traffic directions, to an end point downtown. Zombies are then free to disperse and infect all of downtown with their undead spirit. Also, don’t miss the official afterparty, described below.

Asheville Zombiewalk Disclaimer

Please read the following. All Asheville Zombiewalk 2016 participants are assumed to have read and agreed to this and its consequences:

By attending the 2016 Asheville Zombiewalk, I understand that my personal items are my responsibility, and the Asheville Zombiewalk is in no way responsible for lost, missing, stolen, or damaged items.

I also understand this is a public event. I, my family, or my friends may be photographed by anyone, including but not limited to zombie walk participants, press and media, passersby, photographers, or members of the Asheville Zombiewalk. My image may be used for future promotions of the Asheville Zombiewalk.

The Asheville Zombiewalk 2016 is allowed to gather under the constitutional right to peaceful assembly. This is not a permitted event. All city and county laws and regulations must be obeyed. Any criminal activity may result in my arrest. Participating in the Asheville Zombiewalk does not make me immune to laws and their consequences.

I assume all the foregoing risks, accept personal responsibility for any damages I incur including injury, permanent disability, or death. I agree to hold the Zombiewalk not responsible for all claims, costs, expenses, and liabilities, including attorney fees for injury to person or property arising in connection with my participation in the walk.

Use Your Braaaaaains and Be Safe

We have a favor to ask of you, Asheville: Let’s have a peaceful, safe event.

The Asheville Zombiewalk has always been an apolitical event for zombies of all ages, and this year’s walk is no different. Given recent events in our city and around the state, we’re asking this year’s participants and spectators to show Asheville and the world that we’re here for good ol’ fashioned undead fun—nothing more sinister than that.

We’re rotting flesh. We’re not deplorable people.

The Asheville Zombiewalk requests all participants to please be safe, use common sense, and avoid illegal activities during the walk. It’s fun, it’s a spectacle, but the law still applies to our “walkers”. (See disclaimer below.)

Don’t Miss the Afterparty!

Are you looking for a family friendly alternative for after the Zombiewalk that does not include a downtown bar? Head to the Byrish Haus & Pub (formerly Patton Public House), 1341 Patton Avenue, from 7:00–11:00pm. They will have food, live Halloween music, fun games, and more on their large, fenced back patio. Bring towels for picnic-type event seating and come in costume for a chance to win valuable prizes!

Volunteer with Us, Please

Q: Why did the zombie cross the street?

A: Because it was participating in the 11th annual Asheville Zombiewalk along the streets of downtown Asheville!

But we need your help to get the zombies safely from one side of downtown to the other. We’re looking for a few volunteers to act as zombie crossing guards during the event. You will have a crossing sign and a whistle, and be responsible for helping your zombie hoard cross safely at traffic lights along the route.

This is an important job—you’ll not only be guiding the zombies through the route, but keeping participants from wandering into traffic and getting hurt.

Join the Asheville Zombiewalk Shuffle Patrol today! Contact us at There will be a crew after-party for all volunteers!

About the Asheville Zombiewalk

The Asheville Zombiewalk is committed to remaining fun for the whole family. And it’s always free. We look forward to seeing a great group of zombies of all ages. Everyone is invited to make yourself look rotten and bring your fellow horde.

If you have any questions, comments, or complaints about the structure of this year’s event, please see our personalized response to you.

More Information

Follow us on Facebook at and RSVP for the event:

For questions or interviews, contact

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Our Favorite Scavenger Hunt Photos from 2015

We were delightfully surprised by the number of great photos we received from participants in this year’s Asheville Zombiewalk scavenger hunt! Unfortunately, we could not give prizes to everyone. But we can highlight our favorite photos.

Here is a selection of our favorite funny and spooky photos submitted from the 2015 scavenger hunt:

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Big Zombie Thanks to Everyone Who Made this Year a Success!

Thank YouThe Asheville Zombiewalk is truly a community event, and we could not have done it this year without the help of a long list of great people!

Every piece of the puzzle was important – from providing sponsorship to helping with our makeup. Thank you all for your help with the 2015 Asheville Zombiewalk!


Britt and Walter, 40 Fingers and a Missing Tooth (contest judges)

Alt Media Pros (media sponsor)

Amazing Pizza Co. (food truck)

City of Asheville (venue)

Asheville Blog (media sponsor)

Asheville Raven and Crone (prize sponsor)

Alex Bardos (tech)

Matt Belitsos (sales)

Sherri Bell (contest judge)

Jake Bible (contest judge)

Joshua Brooks (zombie)

Costume Super Center (sponsor)

Casey Cowden (logistics)

Derek Croley (martial arts demo)

Croley’s Premier Martial Arts (sponsor)

Dark Ride Tours (prize sponsor)

Kristi Deville (choreography)

Daniel Dockery (event emcee)

John Eisenhauer (tech)

Marcia Grillo, Blinkin’ Pig (videography)

Anthony Hardin (photography)

Hit and Run Studios (prize sponsor)

The Hop (ice cream stand)

Indulge Images (photography)

Laura LaVoie (sales)

Malaprop’s Bookstore (participating location)

Melt Your Heart (food truck)

Multiverse Asheville (media sponsor)

Piglet the Sphinx Cat (sponsor)

Karl Plutugler (photography)

Devyn Ray (zombie)

Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. (prize sponsor)

Robbie Reilly (makeup)

Josh Rigsby (medical)

Ryan Scott (makeup)

Sly Grog Lounge in the Downtown Market (participating location)

Sam Stewart (actress)

Stuff Monsters Like (sponsor)

Mercy Suarez, Baby Rabiez (makeup)

Twin Leaf Brewery (video location)

Amy Williams (makeup)

ZaPow! (logistics)

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If you don’t see your name above, we’re sincerely sorry for the oversight, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate you.

Special thanks go to everyone who liked our page, tweeted the hashtag #avlzombie, told their friends, or posted a link about the event. The Asheville Zombiewalk is nothing if no one has heard about it.

And for all who just came, dressed up, and had fun!


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Congratulations to the 2015 Asheville Zombiewalk Scavenger Hunt Winners!

We were so excited about the massive zombie turnout at this year’s Asheville Zombiewalk in Pack Square Park! We loved seeing everyone from zombie kids to Zombie Horse Guy come out, shamble around, and revel in the season.

As part of this year’s festivities, we released our hoard of zombies upon downtown Asheville to engage in a photo scavenger hunt. Participants were asked to find a number of items on our scavenger hunt list, then email their batch to us.

We could not have anticipated the dozens of teams who participated and submitted their funny, quirky, spooky, and creative results! With such a great turnout, and so many great submissions to choose from, we had to look at each carefully. Here are this year’s scavenger hunt winners:

Adult Prize

Going zero to 60 in 4.5 brains. Awarded to the first single participant or team to successfully submit photos for 10+ of the 15 items listed.

WINNERS: Alex and Michelle Neff


Family Prize

The early zombie catches the brains. Awarded to the first family team to successfully submit photos for 8+ of the 15 items listed.

WINNERS: Britany, TJ, and Kaily


Most Creative Photo

Going above and beyond downtown in the name of the Zombiewalk. Awarded to one participant or team whose 10+ of the 15 photos best represent the spirit of the Asheville Zombiewalk.

WINNERS: Lee Banks and zombie baby


Prizes for this year’s winners were sponsored by: Asheville BlogHit and Run Studios, Asheville Raven and Crone, Dark Ride Tours, Really Big Coloring Books, and Stuff Monsters – your source for stuff monsters like.

As we said, we received a number of really great photo submissions. Stay tuned to the AZW blog for a highlight reel of our favorite spooky and funny photos.

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2015 Costume Contest Judges

So you want to be an Asheville Zombie superstar? You want to strut your gruesome stuff on the big stage? You think you got what it takes to win against the best of the best Asheville Zombies? Well, then you’d better impress these people.

The Asheville Zombiewalk is excited to welcome several celebrity judges for this year’s costume contest. Learn more about each of our judges below.

Jake Bible

Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror and sci-fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres.

Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega series for Severed Press, as well as the YA zombie novel, Little Dead Man, the Bram Stoker Award nominated Teen horror novel, Intentional Haunting, the ScareScapes series, and the Reign of Four series for Permuted Press.

Sherri Bell

Sherri, a local transplant from Vulvaria with three hundred confirmed zombie kills under her belt, will be joining us as guest judge on behalf of Orbit DVD. A LARP addict and all-round darling weirdo, check out her nerdlesque with The Girly Girl Revue October 24 at The Mothlight.

Cupcake and R2D10

Cupcake and R2D10 (aka Britt Tyler and Walter Beals) make up 20 of the Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth juggling troupe. While we can’t claim that they anything about zombies, they can definitely juggle better than your grandma.

Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth has performed a many programs and shows across the region, including the 2010 Oddity Faire w/Primus and Gogol Bordello, Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, Diana Wortham Theatre pre-show for Momix, Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival (LAAFF), Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and TEDx Asheville. They’ve also performed for America’s Got Talent at The Chicago Theatre.


Click here for more information about the 2015 costume contest and parade, and to register to participate.

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The Asheville Zombiewalk Needs YOU to Volunteer!

The Asheville Zombiewalk is only as great as our community support. Come help us as we celebrate our 10th event this October.

We are currently seeking volunteers for a variety of positions before and during the event. Click here for a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available. If you have a few hours free between now and October, or if you want to be a dedicated member of our Zombie Hoard Event Staff, WE NEED YOU!

We invite all the interested undead to our first volunteer meeting of the season:

Tuesday, March 24, at 6:00pm

Atlanta Bread’s south location, 484 Hendersonville Road

Everyone with an interest in the Zombiewalk, with having a role in this year’s event, or even with ideas for the 2015 Zombiewalk is invited.

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About the 2015 Asheville Zombiewalk

The 2015 Asheville Zombiewalk will be held on Sunday, October 11th in downtown Asheville. The event started in 2006, so we’re turning 10 years old this year, and we expect the event to be the best one yet! This year’s Zombiewalk will feature some new activities and some stuff we’ve never done before, including a big “Thriller” Dance Off, downtown scavenger hunt, costume contest, face painting, and more.

Details about venue and activity specifics will be announced as we get closer to the event date. In the meantime, please follow us on social media for all our updates as they’re announced:


Email if you have any questions.

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Save the Date for 2015!

Calling all zombies!

Help the Asheville Zombiewalk celebrate our 10th birthday with an event to remember. Join us on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in downtown Asheville for a kid-friendly event featuring a costume contest, scavenger hunt, “Thriller” dance-off, and – of course – makeup artists.

We’ll be releasing more bone-crunching information as we get closer to the event date. For now, stay tuned to the AZW blog, RSVP on the Facebook event page, and tweet your excitement with the hashtag #avlzombie.


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