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Duncan to host its first brain-eating contest as zombies mass downtown

Georgia O’Brien was among those done up in ghoulish makeup for the Mexican traditional festival El Dia De Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) at Charles Hoey Park Nov. 2. On Saturday, downtown gets ghoulish again with the debut of the Duncan Zombie Walk. - Andrew Leong/file
Georgia O’Brien was among those done up in ghoulish makeup for the Mexican traditional festival El Dia De Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) at Charles Hoey Park Nov. 2. On Saturday, downtown gets ghoulish again with the debut of the Duncan Zombie Walk.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Reports of zombie attacks have been cropping up across the continent recently, and it appears Cowichan is not immune.

A mass gathering of the undead is scheduled for Saturday evening in downtown Duncan.

But event organizer and zombie Scarlet Carnage says the Duncan Zombie Walk is a family affair.

"It's a zombie mob. They accept anyone and everyone — zombies don't discriminate."

The walk starts at 6 p.m. in front of the Cowichan Valley Regional District's Ingram Street office, and will shuffle through the streets of Duncan on the way to zombie events at both the city square and Charles Hoey Park stages.

There's a brain-eating competition, zombie pin-up contest, and prizes for best family, best costume, and more.

"The city square stage has the Cookie Monsters performing, and that's going to be more of the family area," Carnage said. "At the Hoey Park stage Zuzu's Petals are going to be playing, and that's where we'll have the pin-up contest."

Carnage had a few dress-up tips for aspiring zombies.

"Use lots of fake blood, or strawberry syrup if you don't have fake blood around — it's sticky, but less staining," she said. "As long as you cake your makeup, it will protect you a little bit. Also, ripped, dirty clothing is always a good thing. You don't see too many zombies in nicely tailored and pressed Armani suits. If you're going to wear an Armani suit, definitely roll around in the dirt a little first."

For more information, visit the Duncan Zombie Walk Facebook page.

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