The following are frequently asked questions many new Zombies have posed in the past. We've collected all the most important questions and answers here for reference. New questions will be added as they become necessary.
What's a Zombie Walk?
Zombie Walks are events that can be coordinated by as few as one person (obviously a Zombie enthusiast) and attended by a potentially unlimited number of people, and have the simple goal of having fun dressing up as Zombies and walking around their cities and towns, simulating a mock Zombie Apocalypse. These Halloween-inspired events take place annually in many cities across the United States, and in other countries across the world; some of the largest cities in the United States including New York, Seattle, Phoenix, and more. Each host their own Zombie Walk that sometimes boast up to a hundred thousand or more zombies in one gathering. Where the event originated from is unknown, but the popularity of Zombie Walks continue to spread; San Antonio, Texas is just one of the latest victims!
How much does it cost to join, and where do I sign up?
We don't want your money or your personal information. There are no costs or fees required aside from what you decide to spend on your own costume, and/or parking the day of the event. Don't let anybody scam you into believing this is a pay-for event! Because this event is not formal by any means, there is no registration of any kind -- just show up at the announced time and place and join the undead horde.
Where will the Zombie Walk held?
The San Antonio Zombie Walk is not a stationary event at any one location since it is a walk, after all. The staging area is directly at the base of Hemisfair Tower in downtown San Antonio, and this is where all Zombies should go until it is time to be unleashed upon the city. Once we shamble off to the Alamo (also in downtown San Antonio) and gather for photo opportunities there, we will eventually return to the base of the Hemisfair Tower; Zombies are encouraged to return here for last minute photo opportunities, final meet 'n 'greets, etc. but you can leave at any time.
What time is the Zombie Walk held?
The San Antonio Zombie Walk usually begins to head off toward the Alamo at 6:30 in the evening, when traffic has died down and the weather is cooler. Early arrivals can socialize until the event begins and take or pose for pictures with other people; depending on how late you show up, you can either latch on to the end of the mob, or try and meet up with us at the Alamo itself.
How long does the Zombie Walk usually last?
Due to the disorganized nature of the event, there really is no established schedule for Zombie Walks. The walk usually begins at 6:30 when a large enough mob of Zombies has arrived, then lasts about an hour or two as we walk to the Alamo, stop for picture opportunities there, and then return to the base of the tower. Because of the increasing popularity of the event, more people are showing up and that means a longer walk -- last year, the front of the procession was passing the end as it was still getting to the Alamo!
Are there any rules for the Zombie Walk?
Generally, there are only three major rules to obey for a Zombie Walk:
1.) Obey the law!
2.) Be courteous (No fights, arguments, obnoxious behavior, etc.)
3.) Try to leave all personal and political agendas at home (no religious or politically motivated speeches, etc.)
Obeying the law should go without saying, but we've said it anyway just in case. The San Antonio Zombie Walk does not encourage or condone criminal behavior, and will not be responsible for any citations, arrests, convictions, and/or injuries of anyone at any time. Rule 2 is an extension of rule one -- please don't litter, make a mess, loiter in traffic, harass pedestrians, etc. The Zombie Walk will continue to be welcomed in San Antonio only as long as we be eat brains responsibly; if too many store owners complain about bloody hand-prints or cracks on store windows, or people complain about being kept in traffic for 10 minutes/injured/etc, then we won't be allowed to host the walk anymore. Finally, rule 3 in turn is an extension of rule 2; we're out to have fun, not listen to angry political debates; it's all really common sense.
Okay, so I'm interested in attending. What should I bring/wear?
The only thing you really need to bring is yourself, your costume, and a good pair of walking shoes. Costumes can be relaxed, but shouldn't be overly revealing or obscene (no exposed genitals), and walking shoes are encouraged because the event requires walking at least 1 mile (or more if you decide to wander around downtown before or after yourself). You can bring drinks as the weather requires; wear a mask if you want, but remember that it gets hot and sweaty inside of them after an hour in 85 degree weather.
Where can I park?
Depending on how early you arrive or how far you are willing to walk, there are several parking garages in the area. The closest parking lot is the Hemisfair Tower parking lot itself, a small 2 level pay-to-park garage. Parking here is limited and therefore first come first serve, but other parking areas exist in the area for varying prices; please remember that most or all of them are pay-to-park as well, and most "free" parking is probably off-limits to the general public (IE: The Social Security Building). Consider car-pooling! It's good for the environment and easy on your wallet! Also, It's never a good idea to leave valuables or any other objects in view, and to of course lock your car; never park in dark or poorly lit areas regardless of where you go.
Can I bring or invite others?
Without a doubt, yes. The more the merrier, so spread the word far and wide; forward this site link and/or our Facebook page link to anyone you think might be interested! Our goal is to eventually have at least 100,000 participants!
Can I take pictures?
Yes. Many people have submitted their photos to the gallery on our Facebook page, which is at 330 pictures and growing. Videos of past events are regularly posted on YouTube!
I don't have a costume, or I don't know what kind of Zombie I want to be.
Never fear, as Zombie costumes are fairly easy to make! You can make a serviceable zombie costume out of a you-rip-it white tee-shirt and blue jeans bought from Goodwill or the Salvation Army for $4, a can of red spray paint or hand paint purchased from a hardware or arts and crafts store for $3, plus $3 worth of make-up from a Dollar Tree, all for a total of $10. Previous notables have included Zombie Michael Jackson from Thriller, Shaun of the Dead, Zombie Jesus, a Flood victim from Halo, Hazmat and Military operatives, and a pair of Newly Deads (Husband/Wife Zombie)!
I'm attending the event with a friend/family member that is dressed as a Zombie, but I don't want to be a Zombie myself. Am I required to participate?
Nope! Participation is 100% voluntary. Be sure to let other zombies know that you're only a spectator and not a participant, especially if you intend on just taking pictures -- you don't want to accidentally become the victim of a feeding frenzy. Given the volume of fake blood being tossed around at times, it's probably a good idea not to wear something precious to you or that will stain easily, either.
Where will this year's after-party be hosted?
Check our Home page and Facebook page for updates on after-party information.