The zombies are coming: 9th annual march will benefit local human service organizations

Zombie March!
Time to practice that whole ‘shuffle-and-groan’ look. — photo by Brendan Riley

9th Annual Zombie March

Happy Hollow Park — Saturday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m.

Brace yourselves! The 9th annual Iowa City Zombie March, a fundraiser for human service agencies in eastern Iowa, is set for Saturday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. at Happy Hollow Park.

The Zombie March was founded in 2006 by Shawn Beatty, a teacher who had a particular interest in zombies and helping others. Beatty’s goal for the march is to bring together a group of diverse people that want to help strengthen the community and raise money and awareness for charities.

Participants are encouraged to dress up like zombies, while taking into consideration this year’s theme: “Broadway musicals.” Zombie makeup assistance will be available beforehand, starting at 3:30 p.m. at Happy Hollow Park.

Proceeds from the Zombie March will support Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families, which helps those in need, as well as victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The march will also support Table to Table, which works to keep edible food from going to waste by collecting it from donors and distributing it to those in need, as well as the Humane Society of Johnson County.

This year, zombies will march from Happy Hollow Park to downtown Iowa City. Afterward, participants will head to The Mill for an after-party featuring live music by Torchlight Parade and I Cry Wolf, as well as a costume contest starting at 6:30 p.m.

March participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item or monetary donation.