OTTAWA, November 1, 2012 – The downtown core wasn’t the only part of Ottawa getting in on the zombie action on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Westboro claimed ownership of its own legion of ambling “undead” with its second annual Family Zombie Walk, part of the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area’s Wickedly Westboro event.
The zombie walk got underway at the Real Canadian Superstore, shuffling and groaning its way down Richmond Road towards All Saints Church.
The family-friendly event brought out skillfully costumed adults and children alike.
A community-wide scavenger hunt organized by 15 BIA merchants added to the day’s fun, with prizes donated by local merchants.
If dressing like the walking undead wasn’t your kind of fun, the last weekend of the community’s farmers market was open in the park at Richmond Road and Golden Avenue, offering a variety of fresh, late-season produce.
What tempts people to join a zombie walk? The reasons are many, but all who participate will agree it’s just a “bloody” good time.
“I think in a way it is socially subversive,” said Jason Chalmers of [Fair] Trade Ottawa, who, along with a group of his colleagues, was dressed as a zombie banana.
Together, the individual bananas formed a bunch, adding some much-needed colour to a dark, drizzly morning.
“It’s also fun,” said Adrienne Harding, also of [Fair] Trade Ottawa.
The Family Zombie Walk was sponsored by the CIBC Banking Centre at 103 Richmond Rd., where staff happily decked themselves out in true Halloween fashion.
“It’s our first time doing this, so it’s pretty exciting,” said branch manager Jennifer Holmes.
Later that day a collection of nearly 2,000 zombies – possible containing some from the Westboro walk – slowly made their way through the streets of downtown Ottawa for the increasingly popular annual Ottawa Zombie Walk.
– STEPH WILLIEMS, EMC OTTAWA WEST