Saturday, July 3, 2010

Zombie Apocalypse in Fremont or The sum was far greater than its parts

Fremont put an urgent call out for Zombies to gather for the annual "Red, White and Dead" parade. Fremont gathered 3,894 last year but lost the Guinness world record to England by a wee 132 undead brain eating participants. 

McKinley, Kaya and Simone prepped to help win back the title.

By the looks of the blood spurting, lurching, hungry Zombies that showed up...they might well have reclaimed the title for the most Zombies in one place at one time.   

It was just another fun outing for (from left) McKinley, Jeannie, Simone, Kaya, Andy, Russ and David. 

Russ prepping for the creepy parade. 

 I get uncomfortable when Naomi picks up a stick and calls it a shooter.  I do realize she is playing a bad guy for the fun of exploring that character and those feelings but am a bit uncomfortable seeing her even pretending to be violent.  When we came upon this scene and other "shoot them up" zombies, I was tentative and didn't know how to interact.  The girls had no problem. They embraced the zany street theatre and pretend fights and jumped right in.  The young "masters of improvisation" took over this Emergency Vehicle for a while.  They loved being ghouls for the afternoon.


"Brains, brains, ugh, I need brains!" -McKinley  "Ummm delicious green brains." -Kaya  
"I don't know.  I'll go first but those brains look downright runny." -Simone

"We'll seal the back. No one escapes the Zombie's Emergency crash mobile." - McKinley

"The sum was far greater than its parts." - Russ. 

Zombies of all ages and...

...from all walks of life.


The head-less man was our favorite costume. 


McKinley and Russ stayed in character much of the time...even as we headed home.   Simone had the best view from her perch on David's shoulders.  Naomi sat on Kaya's lap on the stroller. It was a bit much for her but she hung in there and told me later that it's okay to be scary.