Time to grit the teeth and file the nails for the Clonmel Halloween walk!

'Living Dead' is the theme for annual event on Monday October 31st

Time to grit the teeth and file the nails for the Clonmel Halloween walk!

The annual Clonmel Halloween Walk takes place on Monday 31st October and is set to be full of surprises again, with a ‘Living Dead’ theme running through it this year.

Initiated five years ago by Clonmel Borough Council in conjunction with the Gardaí as part of their Halloween safety policy, this event is now well established in the annual cultural calendar and is eagerly anticipated.

Coordinated by Theresia Guschlbauer of 2canDO Arts, the artistic team behind the project is set to be bolstered by the addition of two new artists, fire dancer Dee Dempsey of Fire Fatale and Clonmel's Derek Harvey, well known for his outstanding make-up work.

With dancers and performers from various walks of life aged 7 to 65 involved in workshops, rehearsals and preparations, it will be once again a real community event designed to catch the imagination of all.

Last year close to a thousand people attended, making the Halloween Walk one of Clonmel’s most popular family events.

With a Living Dead theme, the event will again feature sideshows presented by local performers throughout the route, as well as involving children and communities from the RAPID areas, teenagers from local dance and acting schools and adult performers from the wider Clonmel and Cahir drama network.

Altogether over 50 people will be seen in short scenes, sketches and songs drawn from famous films, plays and musicals.

People are invited to get into the Living Dead spirit and dress as gory characters or make one up.

To help with this, there will be a public art-making session on Saturday 29th October from 11am to 2pm during which parents, children and members of the public can help make masks, decorations and dressing for the finale venue, which this year will be situated at the Kickham Barracks. Practical advice on costumes will also be available.

Assembly for the walk on Halloween night will be at Market Place in front of the former SuperValu store from 6.30pm onwards, where face-painters will help with last- minute touch-ups.

A DJ will provide seasonal music and performers will warm up the crowds with some lively entertainment and public interactions.

The walk will head off at 7pm on a joyful journey along Emmet Street, Parnell Street and Dillon Street, culminating at the Kickham Barracks Plaza with a finale of entertainment, fire dancing, hot apple juice, treats and the very popular costume competition.

The competition aimed at children, families, teenagers/young adults and community groups will celebrate the best and most original homemade outfits, so now is a good time to put your creative caps on and get sewing, glueing and making, or come to the Living Dead art-making session to get some help and inspiration.

For enquiries or to register, text 086-8225054 or follow the Facebook page Clonmelzombiewalk.

With stewards, Civil Defence and Gardaí in attendance, the event is an ideal way to spend a fun and safe Halloween night in the company of friends, family and a few fearsome, scary but harmless Living Dead!