Let’s do the Time Warp
Initiated by the Borough Council three years ago as part of its broader safety policy, the annual Clonmel Zombie Walk on Halloween Night is growing in stature and community support. With over 100 people from the community aged 7 to 65 involved in workshops and activities, it has caught the imagination of a wide range of people and interests.
Costume and lantern making, make-up clinics, chandeliers construction and street performance are some of the workshops that were on offer and which were taken up by RAPID communities and others groups and individuals in the town.
This year the walk will have a Rocky Horror Show theme, with tunes and characters from the musical interspersed along the way: so if you don’t have a costume yet pull out fishnet tights, bodices, wigs and polyester pants from the closet, add a bit of white make-up, eyeliner and fake blood and you will be ready.
Alternatively, you can get your make-up done on Halloween night (Thursday), as once again a make-up table manned by trained volunteers will be on offer from 6.15 onwards in front of Superquinn, where the assembly takes place. A DJ and a singing warm-up by a cast of young performers will add to the party atmosphere; at 7pm, an MC cum Marshall will take over and bring the assembled public, led by the Mayor and drummers from Banna Chluain Meala, on a journey ‘into the darkness’ along Emmet Street, past the Garda station, up Mitchel Street and then rejoin O’Connell Street.
The walk is expected to take a bit longer this year, with some surprises along the way to keep it exciting. It will end at the Gordon street car park where a mock zombie wedding, dance numbers, a costume parade and Hip hop, as well as warm drinks and treats, await those who will have stayed the course. A costume competition with many prizes will also take place, with the event culminating with a Flashmob Dance number from the Rocky Horror Show at about 9pm.
This will be followed by a Teenage Scary Disco, which is expected to finish at approximately 10pm. People are advised to dress scarily and warm; bring torches, rattles and lanterns. With many stewards, the Civil Defence and Gardai in attendance, the event is an ideal way to spend a fun and safe Halloween night in the company of friends and family.