Whether you want to eat or be eaten, there’s room for you in a zombie run. And if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can put one together yourself! Here are…
Whether you want to eat or be eaten, there’s room for you in a zombie run. And if you’re feeling really
ambitious, you can put one together yourself! Here are some tips go get you started:
Participants: Focus on Mobility, Visibility, Breathability
As a participant, especially if you’re dressing up as a zombie, make sure you can move, see, and breathe
in your costume. As much fun as Zombie bigfoot sounds, a full body suit with mask is going to make it
near impossible to run after all those tasty humans. Most night run organisers will require appropriate
shoes, hi-vis, and/or a bright headlamp. Integrating the required safety gear into your costume will help
you get into character. Incorporate them by going as a builder, a security guard, a fire fighter, or a
spelunker or climber. If there’s a historical theme, try a miner! Many LED Headlamps are designed to
work with helmets, like this one, which is also weatherproof.
Makeup is generally a much safer idea than using a mask–here’s a lot more makeup and safety tips from
some people with lots of experience! Zombie Runs are especially popular around Halloween, and many
of them sell out well in advance. For tips on how to find a zombie run near you, check out my previous
If there aren’t any Zombie runs near you, why not try organising your own?
Create the right atmosphere by writing a backstory for your Zombie apocalypse. Who was responsible for
the outbreak? A Death Cult? Rogue Scientists? Alien pathogen from a meteor strike? What about the
time period? Is it modern-day, or perhaps a steampunk setting? Adding narrative depth can really set the
mood and help your participants get into character! Holding your event after dark and renting smoke
machines can turn virtually any space into a spine-tingling house of horrors! Make sure you look into
protecting the health and safety of all the participants, by requiring suitable shoes, headlamps, high vis, or
weather dependent gear.
The trickiest part of putting on a zombie run is figuring out how to pay for it! Even if you can secure
sponsorship for marketing and supplies, and your space is donated, you'll probably need to charge at
least a nominal fee for all the extra expenses that come with running an active event, and disposing of the
litter that accumulates! Waiving the entrance fee for volunteers willing to help with setup or takedown is a
great way to keep from having to do it all yourself! Encouraging people to bring non-perishable food as
part of their entrance fee is a great way to give back to the community, as well. Here's a great
introduction to organising a zombie run.
All this horror sounding a bit….horrific? There are plenty of great opportunities out there for a great,
active charity outing, without all the gore, like St. Ann’s annual Midnight Walk, full of neon and glow sticks,
no fake blood required!
There’s also Midnight Bike rides for charity, all over the country, and all over the world! Get out there and
make a difference!