HALIFAX - A little girl with pink ribbons in her hair and blood dripping from her mouth held her father’s hand and smiled up at his scarred face as dozens of groaning zombies shuffled around them.
About 100 people staggered through downtown Halifax Sunday afternoon for the annual Zombie Walk, which saw everything from undead prom queens, golfers, a family and doctors startle people in the Public Gardens and along Spring Garden Road with their gruesome face paint.
“Mom gets to wash me off and she doesn’t know yet,” Makenzie Green, 8, said with a grin as she looked down at her arms and pink dress streaked with red.
Her father, Michael Green, dressed as a zombie construction worker, said they had come from Bridgewater to participate for the first time because of Makenzie’s love for zombies.
Green said Makenzie loves the Walking Dead TV show, and modelled her pink outfit after Penny from the series – and she never gets scared.
Organizer Maully Keefe said the eighth annual event Sunday had a smaller turnout than usual due to rainy weather and Father’s Day, but said it’s always fun “to try to bring some spontaneity, along with a reason to dress up and get bloody.”
“I think it’s neat and I think it’s fun,” said Jeff Scott as he watched the group walk along the Public Garden trails.
Friends Marie Cromwell, 30, and Patricia Berdkin, 29, came as zombie hula dancers with colourful leis and grass skirts.
“It’s a creative way to express yourself in an innocent, fun way,” said Berdkin, who said her costume took about three hours to make.
She said she used latex paste to make it look like grey skin was peeling to expose purple skin around one eye.
“When else are you going to be able to dress like this and saunter down Spring Garden Road?” Cromwell said.
Shelly Farguson had no idea what was happening when the crowd moaning “braaains” wandered past her family in the Public Gardens, but said “we may have to do it next year.”
Upbeat music drifted across the grass from the bandstand as the hordes of undead roamed by.
“Where else can you go to capture big band music in a traditional Victorian garden, and zombies walking through the park in broad daylight? Absolutely Halifax,” laughed her husband Lane Farguson.