FAQ

Who are you guys and what is this zombie walk thing?
The zombie walk is basically a flash mob, but not really. It’s hard to explain. The event is organized by Anthony Menez and Josh Bishop. We’re not a real organization. We’re just a couple of guys who love Halloween a bit more than Christmas. You can contact us by emailing info@richmondzombiewalk.com.

Why are there rules? Do we have to follow them?
Yes, if you want to join in on the fun, you have to follow the rules. We have been fortunate enough to not have any problems in the past.

Does the Richmond Zombie Walk have a rain date?
No. Zombies walk rain or shine. We have dodged a couple of storms in the past. This year will be no different.

Is it free to participate in the Richmond Zombie Walk?
Yes, it is free to participate in the Richmond Zombie Walk, but if  you can, we ask that each participant make a $5 donation for the American Cancer Society.

Do you donate to other charitable organizations?
No. The only one is the American Cancer Society.

Do you make any money on the Richmond Zombie Walk?
No. The time, effort and money that goes into organizing the Richmond Zombie Walk and other related events is a labor of love. 100% of our donations goes to the American Cancer Society. True, we sell Richmond Zombie Walk stuff online at Zazzle.com, but any profits made there goes to the American Cancer Society too.

Would you be willing to help out other charitable efforts?
Perhaps, indirectly. All of our efforts and 100% of our donations go to the American Cancer Society. Contact us with your questions.

Do you have official merchandise?
We have official Richmond Zombie Walk stuff online at the RVAZombieWalk Zazzle Shop. Those items will not be available at the event. However we will be selling this year’s event poster illustrated by Abigail Larson at the pre-walk meetup/staging area!

Will you turn me into a zombie?
In good time. You wait your turn!

Can I be a sponsor for your event?
We never had any official “sponsors” in the past, but we do work out trades. Donate some prizes for the costume contest, make us Richmond Zombie Walk Stuff to give away or make a donation to our charity of choice (the American Cancer Society) and we’ll give you a shout out on our website and give you a good plug here and there. Let us know and we can work something out.

Can I come and sell my stuff at The Richmond Zombie Walk?
In short, no. You wouldn’t walk in a restaurant and start selling your own food would you? If you would like to contribute to our efforts, contact us.

Can I bring my kids to the event?
Please! We do everything to make the Richmond Zombie Walk a family-friendly event as participants and for spectators. We have entire families participate every year.

Can I bring my pets to be in the walk?
No. We cannot be held responsible if anything happens to your pet (or because of your pet) during our event. So please, leave your pets at home.

Can I be a zombie attack victim for your event?
Every year we have a maximum of 2 zombie attack victims. These slots always fill up early. So contact us if you want to participate as a victim and we’ll give you the details on how that works.

Can we come as zombie hunters and pretend to kill zombies?
Yes and no.
Yes, we have zombie hunters appear at the walks. They often co-ordinate with their friends who are zombies in the walk to stage some zombie slaughter. If you want to do that, feel free.
No, you cannot come as zombie hunters and expect any of our zombie participants to play dead when you shoot them. If you are a zombie hunter at the event, DO NOT attack unwilling zombies and for the love of brains DO NOT bring a weapon that is not easily discernable as fake. Zombies, zombie hunters and hunters turned into zombies during the walk are all subject to the event rule. See Event Rules

What happens at the pre-walk meetup/staging area?
At 1:00pm on the day of the event participants will gather at Byrd Park’s Boat Lake to go over the rules for the event, get judged for the costume contest and to mingle and get as many photos ops as possible. We will also be collecting your $5 donation at the pre-walk meetup. From there we should be heading out to the starting point around 2:30-ish.

Can I walk from the pre-walk meetup/staging area at Byrd Park’s Boat Lake to the starting point in front of Kroger on Cary Street?
The distance between the two locations is about a mile. So please plan to get a ride to the starting point. If you don’t you’ll be out of breath running to get to the starting point in time.

Why is pre-walk meetup/staging area so far from the actual starting point?
We wanted the staging area to be in a public area that would allow a gathering of a few hundred people without disrupting traffic for a couple of hours. We found the Boat Lake area of Byrd Park to be the best place.
We found our actual starting/ending point (The sidewalk in front of Kroger on Cary Street) to be the most convenient for participants to find parking.

What if I just want to meet everyone at the starting point in front of Kroger on Cary Street?
You can do that too. We will have a zombie wrangler at the starting point to fight off the swelling horde to prevent any false starts. You can also leave your $5 donation with the zombie wrangler as well.

So what’s the exact route for the walk?
The starting point is on the sidewalk in front of Kroger on Cary Street in Carytown. We’ll walk on the Kroger side of Cary Street down to The Byrd Theater. We’ll cross the street to The Byrd Theater side, then walk back on that side through Carytown up to Kroger.

How long does the Richmond Zombie Walk last?
The pre-walk meet up/staging area part goes from 1:00 p.m. to about 2:30 p.m.-ish.. Then the actual walk starts about 3:00 p.m.-ish. It takes an average of about 45 minutes to crawl down to the Byrd Theater and back. Everything should wrap up at about 4-4:30 p.m.

Does the Richmond Zombie Walk go anywhere else in town?
In years past after Carytown, we’d go downtown, Broad Street and the VCU area. Unfortunately in doing so we’d lose more and more zombies with each location change mostly because of fatigue. After dragging yourself up and back through Carytown, most zombies’ dogs are barking. So now we only walk through Carytown.

Is there anything else going on after the Richmond Zombie Walk?
We never plan anything officially. Unofficially we head over to New York Deli in Carytown immediately after the event for happy hour.