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Walkers Among Us: The New Jersey Zombie Walk, Asbury Park, NJ

I think its pretty safe to say I have a thing for Zombies

Between my signature cookie, The Dapper Zombie and my love for AMC's Walking Dead I'd say I def have Zombie fever!
Between my signature cookie, The Dapper Zombie and my love for AMC’s Walking Dead I’d say I definitely have Zombie fever!

Last weekend a Guinness World record breaking amount of zombies descended on the crazy, cool city of Asbury Park, NJ and I couldn’t have been more excited to witness it. I have fallen in love with Asbury’s gritty, artsy, quirky originality… it has quickly become one of our places to hang out… so a city wide zombie walk? Obviously!

This was Asbury’s 6th Annual Zombie Walk and this year, they beat the Guinness World Record with 9,592 walkers walking! WOW! As a fan of zombies and of the Walking Dead (which returns this Sunday- yes!!!), I could not wait to witness this event in person… KF and I leashed up the dogs, and took a sidewalk spot on Cookman Ave to watch… As the sun began to fall from the sky the zombies began  their walk…

As we walked across the footbridge from Ocean Grove, I couldn't help noting the perfect weather for a Zombie Walk.
As we walked across the footbridge from Ocean Grove, I couldn’t help noting the perfect weather for a Zombie Walk.
A few zombies came through before the official start of the parade... love the normal clothing/ makeup only thing.
A few zombies came through before the official start of the parade… love the normal clothing/ makeup only thing- almost as creepy as full costume
Loved these Day of the Dead ladies!
Loved these Day of the Dead ladies! (See our Day of the Dead inspired cookies here)
All zombie participants are encouraged to stay in character... this lady was great!
All zombie participants are encouraged to stay in character… this woman was great!
A zombie doctor and rollergirl
A zombie doctor and rollergirl.
the view down Cookman Ave
Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Ooops! Its hard to stay in character with such adorable dogs watching the parade... loved their makeup and the irony of this shot.
Ooops! Its hard to stay in character with such adorable dogs watching the parade… loved these besties’ makeup and the irony of this shot!
Back to scary stuff- zombie police officer!
Back to scary stuff- zombie security guard! Ahhhh!
These zombie kiddos got a lot of attention! Wow!
These zombie kiddos got a lot of attention! Wow! Super creative and a little crazy! The person next to me said “it’s so wrong, its right!” Zombie parade perfection!
Zombie surfer walking by a zombie mermaid- so perfect for Asbury!
Zombie surfer walking by a zombie mermaid- the perfect ode to Asbury Park!
A zombie bride & groom... brides were very popular
A zombie bride & groom… in fact zombie brides were very popular! I mean, how often do you get to wear a big white dress right? 😉
Also popular, zombie doctors... I found these guys so scary that I backed up when I saw them coming...
Also super popular, zombie doctors… I found these guys so scary that I backed up when I saw them coming…
...but their makeup was so amazing I stepped back up to get this shot. Amazing! Amazing character acting as well!
…but their makeup was so amazing I stepped back up to get this shot. Amazing! Amazing character acting as well!
Speaking of acting, this zombie did this crawl walk the entire way and it was a lot more freaky looking in person! Very exorcist!
Speaking of acting, this zombie girl did this crawl walk the entire way and it was a lot more freaky looking in person! Very exorcist! (P.S. I like their matching pants!)
I was so into it, KF insisted I take a photo with a zombie... just as he said it this Dapper Zombie in a white dinner jacket walked by. We asked him to pose, he growled for real and we took the shot. Hope was not happy!
As the parade wrapped up, KF insisted I take a photo with a zombie… just as he said it this amazing, real life “Dapper Zombie” in a white dinner jacket walked by. We asked him to pose for a photo, he growled for real and we took the shot. Hope was not happy and I was a little alarmed myself! Amazing!
The parade comes to an end in Press Plaza. There I found this amazing zombie version of Tilly, Asbury Park's mascot.
The parade comes to an end in Press Plaza. There I found this amazing, super scary zombie version of Tilly, the Wonderbar mascot that has seemingly become a mascot for all of Asbury Park. Also note the amazing “ALIVE INSIDE” signage hung on the roof in the background.
The ___marching band kicked off the finale with an instrumental cover of Thriller and then the band played the full version...
NYC’s Lesbian and Gay Marching Band kicked off the end of festivities with an instrumental cover of Thriller and right after, the So Watt Band played an amazing, live full version!
...and the zombies, led by this amazing prom queen began to dance! This is Thriller... Thriller night...
The zombies that had gathered here, led by this amazing zombie prom queen began to dance! But not just any dance, Thriller! “This is Thriller… Thriller night…”
...and they got into it!
…and they got into it! “Creatures crawl in search of blood . To terrorize your neighborhood…”

After watching the group Thriller dance (so FUN), I vowed to take part in this fun event next year. Who’s with me?

On our way home, I heard a strange sound behind us...
On our walk home, around the corner and down the street, I heard a strange sound behind us… Ahhh! (right after I snapped this shot we all started cracking up)

What a great event! Not only did the Asbury Park Zombies break the world record but many zombies donated blood and MoveForHunger.org collected 3,000 pounds of food! I couldn’t help but taking some inspiration from the parade home with me…

Let's see what zombie cookies pop up next!
Let’s see what zombie cookies pop up next!

I hope some of these photos inspire you to decorate some Dapper Zombie cookies of your own (see our video on how-to-ice him at SweetDaniB TV) or wait for our latest Zombie cookie how-to’s coming up soon! If you are a zombie fan, don’t forget to tune in Sunday night for the Walking Dead for more inspiration! We can’t wait for next year’s NJ Zombie Walk! For more info on this spooktacular event, click here. This is shaping up to be a great October! Mwwhaahaa! Xo Dani

 

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DFiori

DFiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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