Last year, the event was a glorified pub crawl. In previous years, the event took over the Biltmore Square Mall and the streets of downtown Asheville. Past events included costumes contests, bands and more.
The event started several years ago as a simple gathering of maybe a dozen or so people who just wanted to get together, paint their faces, act dead and scare some tourists. They rose from Riverside Cemetery and walked the sidewalks through downtown. At some point, sponsors found the event, pumped it up, got police to shut down city streets and literally thousands of zombie walkers shambled through downtown. It was an impressive site.
But that was a one-year deal that took place about three years ago. Perhaps it’s time that the event return to its humble roots. Why can’t loyal zombie walkers simply pick a time and a spot on Halloween to gather and shamble? Seems pretty simple to me.