Saturday’s third annual Zombie Walk through Fort Langley had some hiccups.
Arguably the biggest one was location.
The stationing area, originally Fort Langley Park, had to be moved to the front of Langley Fine Arts School, due to a scheduling conflict with a crew filming the TV series You Me Her.
Also, the walk’s original start time of 3 p.m. was pushed up to 2 p.m.
Despite these challenges, about a dozen zombies shuffled through the village during the third annual event.
The Red Canvas art gallery hosted the walk Oct. 17, and Laura Murphy from Red Canvas along with artist Hayley Spearn were on site to make people look gruesome.
Murphy, an artist herself, used the zombies’ faces as her canvas Saturday afternoon.
“You have to make art somehow,” she said.
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The undead started shambling from the front of LFAS just after 2 p.m. Just before the walk, four members of a dance crew showed off their moves to the sounds of the Michael Jackson classic, Thriller.
Each year, Murphy and her fiancée/business partner Curtis Zondag organize the Zombie Walk, just because it’s a unique community event. It isn’t a food or fundraiser, just a way to get people together for some pre-Halloween high jinks.
“It’s just for fun, all silly,” Murphy said, noting that next year, she and Zondag are contemplating supporting a local food bank “because zombies don’t need to eat anymore, so they can bring their leftover food.”
Murphy hopes that next year, sponsors will jump on board, and hopefully have a place that can be rented out so vendors can participate.
The zombies walked past the Fort Langley cemetery, to the Fort Pub, and back.
“It’s a pop culture thing, right now,” Murphy said. “People love being zombies and we want to make people laugh and have fun and enjoy Fort Langley on a day that wouldn’t necessarily be busy.”
Zondag said the Zombie Walk is fun for all ages, as demonstrated by a couple of young lads nearby who were passing time, waiting for the walk to start.
“They’re playing catch with a severed hand over there!” he laughed.