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Great Braaaaaains Think Alike: Zombies Walk In Cities Around The World
October 29, 2012
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Halloween is three days away, but the undead aren't waiting for the 31st to show their decaying faces.

As the scariest day of the year approaches, zombie walks are taking place all over the world - this past weekend there were events in Bogota, Colombia and Singapore, with crowds of people donning makeup and dragging themselves through the streets.

The zombie walk phenomenon started in Canada back in 2003.

That was the year Toronto held its first zombie walk (there was a "zombie parade" in Sacramento in 2001 to promote a midnight film festival, but the Toronto event is the first actual zombie walk).

Thea Munster organized the first walk (which featured only a handful of participants), and helped to grow it into the huge event it is today.

In 2005, the zombie walk tradition spread to Vancouver, with over 400 participants playing undead. And from there, the idea began to infect the rest of the world.

For more on the history of the zombie walk, you can watch 'Dead Meat Walking: A Zombie Walk Documentary.' Check out the trailer for that below:

Toronto's 10th annual zombie walk was held October 20 this year, while Vancouver's latest walk happened on August 18 and Halifax also had its own zombie walk on August 12.

Here's a shot from this weekend's Singapore walk.

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It was the first zombie walk ever held in Singapore. Organizer Gillian Ang said she decided to organize the event after seeing a similar walk in America.

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"I saw it in San Diego Comic Con, they had a zombie walk there, and I thought it would be fun to do it in Singapore," Ang said.

About 100 people joined the walk in Singapore, while the Bogota march was much bigger - about 2,000 walkers in all.

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And the Bogota walk also had a political theme: it was intended as a protest against violence in Colombia.

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Another city that held its first ever zombie walk this year is Belgrade, Serbia. The walk was organized as part of the Festival of Serbian Fantastic Film, and it took place on October 20th.

Check out a few pics below.

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Even the City of Lights has a zombie walk. This year's Paris march took place on October 13, and surprisingly, it wasn't all that romantic.

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One other city that held a zombie walk ahead of Halloween is Cape Town, South Africa. Check out some of the impressively disgusting make-up from that event below.

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If you're a zombie fan, you don't want to miss this Wednesday's show. We've got the godfather of zombie cinema, George A. Romero, in the red chair. Want to know how he feels about the modern zombie craze? Tune in to find out...

And if you're in Toronto and you want to go a little deeper into zombiedom (and scary movies in general), TIFF Bell Lightbox is running a retrospective called 'Living Dread: The Cinema of George A. Romero.'

It kicks off Halloween night, when George himself will be in conversation with festival programmer Colin Geddes at the Lightbox, followed by a screening of 'Creepshow.' Check out the full details right here.

To get you fired up, here's a shot of George in Toronto in 2009. Luckily he escaped infection.

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