Nova Scotia

Halifax Zombie Walk to be held at former Spring Garden Road library

Officials with the Halifax Zombie Walk won't have to rack their brains looking for a new location, even though they had to scrap the event's planned start and finish locations.

The walk recently had its original and finishing locations turned down

The Halifax Zombie Walk will be held next month at the site of the former public library on Spring Garden Road. (The Associated Press)

Officials with the Halifax Zombie Walk won't have to rack their brains looking for a new location, even though they had to scrap the event's planned start and finish locations.

The walk, which is scheduled for Sept. 25, was supposed to begin at Cornwallis Park and end at Victoria Park. However, city officials told the organizers in early August the sites were unavailable.

"It sort of left us scrambling," said organizer Maully Keefe.

Blessing in disguise

The Halifax Zombie Walk had submitted its application for a permit in March and believed the locations would be fine.

However, the unavailability has turned into a blessing. The walk will start and end at the former public library on Spring Garden Road.

"We couldn't possibly have a better location," said Keefe, noting the site is a sort of "burial ground" for the former library.

On the walk, people dress up and act like zombies. This will mark the 10th anniversary of the event, which has grown in recent years as zombie culture has risen, along with the popularity of television's The Walking Dead.

Keefe says the free and family-friendly event attracts between 100 and 300 people.

'It's kind of a farce'

For the walk, people will gather at the former library site and then go on a walk of the city, which includes strict rules such as no jaywalking and no yelling at young children or seniors.

"The point isn't to scare people. The point is, you know, it's kind of a farce. It's kind of a fun joke," said Keefe.

She says people are drawn to zombies because of the intrigue of whether human life would survive an apocalypse.

"People seem to gravitate towards it. I think it's an excuse for adults to get really messy," said Keefe.

In the event any zombies show up at the originally planned location of Cornwallis Park, she says a sign will be there to point them in the right direction.