The Adelaide Zombie Walk is back again for 2017, bringing thousands of gory ghouls, ghosts and gravediggers back into the dwindling late afternoon light. It's a day of fantasy and fun for kids - and many who aren't so young. A chance to dredge the detritus from the worst of your dreams and come as your own scary charismatic character. And if your dreams aren't as bad as mine, then just pick an icon from your favourite macabre movie.
I love to come early to Rundle Park and watch people getting ready for the walk. Hordes of scarily dressed people converge on the park in the mid-afternoon, where makeup stalls will apply finishing touches such as liberal squirts of fake blood. Be sure to grab a Foodbank SA wristband from a Savers store in advance so that your "transfusion" is free. You may need to queue if you buy one on the day, or you will miss out on other special offers.
Most people mingle through the crowd before the walk, taking photos and admiring the incredible artistic lengths that other people will take for special effects. You will also find a variety of market stalls and plenty of food trucks at Rundle Park, so you won't need to wait for the sun to set before you feed. Please remember this is a free family friendly event, so no alcohol is permitted and Rundle Park is a dry zone.
The food trucks in Rundle Park include old favourites Orexi home of the Greek Souvlaki, Cafe 2 U, Okonomiyaki Adelaide and Just Chips. If you have a sweet tooth (or kids) don't despair - there's a sweetener to suit everyone: ChurrOZ Adelaide, Golden North ice cream, Crepe Bar, Slush Happy and more.
There are lots of fun things to do in Adelaide's Rundle Park before and after the Adelaide Zombie Walk 2017. People can arrive from 3pm and get properly made up and visit the Blood Splatter Tent before mingling with the crowd and enjoying the live entertainment. A series of best dressed competitions start from 5pm, or wander the market stalls, and check out the Zombie Bus.
The Adelaide Zombie Walk heads off on its mournful meander in Adelaide city from 7pm, following Rundle Street and along Frome Road before returning to Rundle Park down Pirie Street and East Terrace. From there the celebration kicks into top gear as DJ Josh throws a superb after party in the park.
For all you need to know about the The Adelaide Zombie Walk head over to their web page, or just follow them on Facebook. It's all that easy - but please don't forget to bring something for Foodbank SA.
The Zombie Walk is a free event supporting the local charity Foodbank SA. It takes a lot of time and effort to set up, and the organisers would love for you to reward them by bringing a contribution for the charity. Either non-perishable food items or cash is good, and will be gratefully received on the day by the volunteers at Foodbank SA.