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Organizers Hope To Break Zombie Walk Record At Laurel Mall

September 3, 2018
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Organizers Hope To Break Zombie Walk Record At Laurel Mall

It’s Hazleton’s chance to lurch into the record books.

The Walk of the Undead at the Laurel Mall on Nov. 3 will seek to set a world record for most participants in a march of zombies.

Men, women and children are invited to don their rattiest clothes and practice vacant stares for the walk, which also will raise awareness about domestic violence.

“Scaring is caring,” said Terry Barr, one of the organizers, who lost a relative in a domestic attack.

The march, at a time still to be determined, will be part of Hazle-Com, a daylong event at the mall that plays on the name of Comic-Con conventions held around the globe. Hazle-Com will include magicians, actors, directors, professional wrestlers, face-painters, producers, special-effects technicians and costumed characters or cos-players.

Barr and co-organizer Apache Gonzalez dreamed up Hazle-Com after June 9 when they hosted Cos-Play for the Cause at the mall to benefit a women’s shelter and service center. After Cos-Play, Gonzalez challenged his partner to think bigger.

By seeking a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, they will chase after a mark set at the Monroeville Mall in Allegheny County where George Romero filmed his 1977 zombie classic, “Dawn of the Dead.” Monroeville Mall has lured in as many as 1,342 plodders for its zombie walks. The record for an outdoor gathering is 15,458, set at a zombie pub crawl in Minneapolis four years ago.

Barr of D.J. Concert Productions in Hazleton hopes at least 1,500 zombies will converge at Laurel Mall, but he would like to attract as many as 2,000 to make the indoor record harder to beat.

Gonzalez, a part-time Hazleton resident and graphic designer with art department credits on movies and television programs including “Daredevil” and “Gotham,” wants to invite a representative of Guinness to see the undead at the Laurel Mall.

In any case, he and Barr plan to take video to document the number who join in.

Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat and District Judge James Dixon already have said they will attend, and the organizers offer invitations to families, school teams, clubs and first responders. Gonzalez hopes makeup artists will help children with face paint at the mall, but said it would be nice if adults create their own costumes. Comic book artist Will Torres, who contributes to The Walking Dead magazine, is scheduled to appear.

“A lot of people want to be part of it,” Gonzalez said.

Barr recited a list:

Undead.

Living Dead.

Walking dead.

Grateful Dead.

“Put them all in,” he said.

Anyone wishing to be a part of it can email cosplayforthecause@aol.com or call 570-751-6404 or 570-861-8297.

Contact the writer:

kjackson@standardspeaker.com; 570-501-3587

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