365 Things to Do in Memphis #143: Walk with the Undead

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 22nd 2016 2989 0

Updated May 2017

Bring Out Yer Dead! Once a year, the undead rise and walk the streets of downtown, ready to feast on the brains of the unsuspecting as part of the annual Memphis Zombie Walk.

Assignment #143 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to put on some make up (or a duct tape X) and join the menacing horde.

The 11th annual Zombie Massacre is happening on Friday, May 26, 2017 on Beale Street and South Main. So, zombify yourself anyway you like (or put a duct tape X on your shirt to become a zombie victim), grab a canned food or money donation for the food bank, and head downtown.

Here’s how it works: Everyone will meet up at Handy Park. If you get there early (around 3:30 p.m.), there will be event organizers on hand to help do your make-up. Note that the make up lines get long, so it’s best to come already zombified if you can.

Kids are welcome and dogs are, too, as long as they’re on leashes and you come prepared to clean up after them.

If you want to help out with applying makeup, loading donations, traffic control, or leading the walk, look for a Horde Herder in a yellow shirt at the event and tell them you want to help.

Watch the video for more info/rules/regulations:

– wear something you don’t mind getting messed up or stained
– come with at least some of your “look” completed to avoid lines to get zombie-fied
– BRING WATER and come hydrated, it’s going to be sweaty
– if you want to be “attacked” wear a duct tape X (watch the video here for more info)
– be considerate of other zombies and non-zombies
– don’t forget your donation

For those of you doing your make up at home, here are a few helpful make-up tips from event organizer D.P. Craig on how to look your zombie best:

If you’d like to participate, but don’t want to get made up, you can always get eaten. Just make a big duct tape X on your shoulder, wear clothes you don’t care about and stand along the walk’s route. Be patient, and I promise someone will come turn you into a zombie.

As always, it’s free to participate in the Zombie Massacre, but the organizers will be accepting donations for the Mid-South Food Bank at the staging area.

Go there:

Memphis Zombie Massacre

May 26, 2017
7:30 p.m. step-off
Handy Park

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Lindsey says:

    Thanks for the write-up, Kerry!

  2. Brandon says:

    I think Jack O's Hotel Memphis is appropriate here-

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