Initiated four years ago by the Borough Council with the Gardai as part of a broader safety policy, the annual
Clonmel Zombie Walk takes place on Halloween Night, which this year falls on Friday night, October 31.
The walk has grown in stature and community support every year.
With over 100 people from the community aged 7 to 65 involved in workshops, rehearsals and preparations it has caught people’s imagination, with close to 2,000 attending last year. Costume and puppet-making, make-up and sound recording, sideshow constructions and drama rehearsals are some of the activities taking place in the run-up to the event, and which involve different communities.
This year the walk is inspired by the 1984 Ghostbusters’ movie. Characters from the film will welcome people and lead the walk, interspersed along the way with tableaux and scenes from ghost stories. People are invited to get into the spirit of the movie and dress as their favourite ghost, and if not then make one up.
If you don’t have a costume pull out an old sheet, wedding dress, pyjamas or nightie from the closet, add a bit of white make-up (or cold cream), baby powder, eyeliner or charcoal and a tad of fake blood for good measure. Bring a torch, a rattle or practice a howl and you will be ready for the night.
Assembly will be at Market Place in front of Supervalu from 6.30 onwards and if you don’t feel too confident on the make-up front you can get it done there, as a team of make-up artists and trained volunteers will be on hand to help.
A DJ will provide the warm-up to the walk, which will head off at 7pm and bring people on a ghostbusting journey along Emmet Street, Mitchel Street, O’Connell Street and finish in the Gordon Street car park. The walk is expected to last approximately half an hour.
The finale will include spooky community sideshows and a special lighting design for the medieval walls, as well as entertainment and treats for those who have stayed the course. A costume competition for best homemade costumes will also take place, with many prizes in the child/teenage/family and community categories. A finale with special guest The Drive will complete the evening’s programme and the event promises to be another very special celebration.
If you’d like to make a ghost to bring along or help decorate the car park, there will be a free family puppet-making workshop in the library on the Wednesday (October 29) prior to Halloween from 2 to 4pm. Places are limited so booking is essential, call Lyn at 086-3856720.
With stewards, 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, and a few fearsome yet friendly ghosts!