Shambling around in weathered clothing and sporting various degrees of bodily gore, downtown San Jose was again visited by the undead for the fifth annual Zombie-O-Rama. Organized by SLG's Art Boutiki, Zombie-O-Rama is San Jose's biggest zombie walk that's held on an August Wednesday (the 21st in this case).
Zombie-O-Rama consists of zombie film fans gathering at the Parque de los Pobladores to mingle, get their zombie makeup perfected, and catch up on the upcoming Halloween haunts later in the year. The costumed zombies then shamble around downtown San Jose freaking out the normal pedestrians who may notice this zombie walk. As each zombie walks around downtown, he/she may encounter local restaurants offering discounts to them such as Psycho Donuts offering a pair of zombie ball donuts for $1. As the sun sets and after a bit of food, drink, and scaring people, each zombie walks back to the Parque for some final costume contests and entertainment before watching a zombie film (“Zombieland” this year) for free courtesy of the San Jose Downtown Association's Starlight Cinema program that host free outdoor screenings in the summer.
This year's zombie walk was tamer compared to previous Zombie-O-Rama events. Zombies patrolled downtown San Jose in small groups instead of touring the area as a large horde—likely to avoid complaints from merchants not participating in Zombie-O-Rama. So it was a peaceful zombie invasion this year. But the zombie participants got to show off their horrific work in the costume contest for various prizes by local vendors and enjoyed a fun movie outdoors.
What is your favorite zombie movie?