By Vanda Urbanellis
The rain, the wind and the cold didn’t stop the living dead from taking over the streets of Downtown Toronto. Zombies stumbled in by the hundreds, gathering in Nathan Phillips Square on Oct. 26 for the eleventh annual Toronto Zombie walk.
“Rain or shine, it doesn’t really matter. You’re supposed to be dead,” said Ashley Reghier, a five-year participant in the walk.
The event was kicked off with the ceremonial head toss. From there, the zombies took to the streets, crawling and moaning their way through the downtown core. People of all different ages came out and dressed up, plastering their faces with makeup and fake blood.
In past years, the event had always been just for fun, but this year’s apocalypse was different. Those who participated walked for a cause, helping to support the Heart and Stroke foundation and the CPR Makes You Undead campaign – an educational program helping to educate people about simple life saving tactics.
The event hosted venders, booths and featured live performances from the Canadian musical, Evil Dead, and the horror-punk/ska band The Independents. Both the zombies and the humans seemed to be enjoying themselves.
“This was our first time and it was definitely on our bucket lists,” said Breanne Godsall, a first year Ryerson Student.