When you casually walk into downtown Benson on Saturday and see the undead shambling around — which you definitely will see — don't freak out.
Before you start shouting “Zombies! Save yourselves!,” remember that Saturday is Omaha's annual Zombie Walk, which will feature lots of regular folks dressed as zombies.
It's always good to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse — or the fake zombie apocalypse — with a week of zombie fun. Among our “preparations” are a zombie kit, video games, a new season of AMC's “The Walking Dead” and a movie marathon.
Assemble your zombie preparedness kit
If (or when) the zombie apocalypse happens, you need to be ready. Your kit should probably include survival basics such as canned food, a sharp knife, duct tape and a water purifier. Since there will be zombies, a gun might help you survive (say, the Mossberg Just-In-Case kit, which includes a 12-gauge shotgun), along with some ammo (try Hornady's Zombie Max ammo, a real-life ammunition that's especially made to combat zombies).
If you're really looking to go wild, try the Z.E.R.O. Kit (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations). It costs $24,000, but has all the goodies: guns, backpacks, Kevlar gloves, 400 batteries and a science kit to try to find a cure in case you are “infected.”
Even the CDC is encouraging zombie preparedness. The government organization says that being prepared for a fictional zombie outbreak will help you be prepared for real disasters like hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and floods.
Play “Resident Evil 6”
If you have the urge to take out some zombies, your best bet is the latest game in the “Resident Evil” video game franchise. In the game, you take on the role of three different characters: Jake Muller, Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy. All three have been involved in the long-running zombie-infested series.
Zombie Walk Omaha
Began in 2008, the zombie walk raises thousands of dollars for charity and, just as good, provides lots of fun for families and those who like the nightlife.
Show up as a zombie, an innocent bystander or a zombie hunter (say, Shaun from “Shaun of the Dead” or Ash from “Evil Dead”) and join in on the shuffling, shambling walk. (If you don't want to do your own makeup, donate to a professional artist at The Waiting Room Lounge or Pizza Shoppe and have them do your makeup.)
At night, the party moves into The Waiting Room for live music and two contests: a best zombie contest and the Zombikini contest.
Zombie author book signing
Before you get your makeup on for the big zombie walk, brush up on your zombie knowledge. David P. Murphy, the author of books such as “Zombies for Zombies” and “The Doomsday Survival Handbook,” will be signing copies of his books at the Bookworm, 8702 Pacific St., at 1 p.m.
“The Walking Dead” premieres at 8 p.m. on AMC
(Spoiler alert!) Now that they've left the farm (and not everyone made it...), what's going to happen? The finale of season two left the survivors with some startling information, but the promise of a new home. And, as we know from the last two seasons, just about anything can happen.
Since it's a Sunday, you might as well spend your day of rest doing a “The Walking Dead” marathon. AMC will air old episodes starting on Saturday, and Netflix has the first two seasons of the show on its instant streaming service.
Watch a zombie movie marathon
Either assemble your own or watch AMC's Fearfest marathon from 9:30 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. It includes George A. Romero's “Survival of the Dead” or watch some of our favorite zombie movies:
“Night of the Living Dead” — George A. Romero's classic original launched the modern zombie mythology.
“Shaun of the Dead” — This film is a perfect parody and tribute to zombie films on just about every level.
“Dawn of the Dead” — Zach Snyder's sort of remake of Romero's 1978 film of the same name (they're both set in a mall, but that's about it) is action-packed and makes our skin crawl.
“28 Days Later” — They may move fast, but the infected in this movie are still zombies. And that they're fast is even scarier.
“Zombieland” — Another comedy, this one's less parody and more of a lighthearted look at surviving the zombie apocalypse. There's plenty of funny lines, but the movie still has some freaky and moving moments.
Brush up on zombie lore/defense tactics
Take some time to thumb through the pages of some of these zombie books to educate yourself — and you'll have a little fun, too.
“World War Z” — Written by Max Brooks, this book is an oral history of a (future, fictitious) zombie war that documents how it affected all kinds of people.
“Zombies for Zombies” — Billed as “advice and etiquette for the living dead,” this book from Murphy is a funny take on how to handle your new life as a zombie.
“The Zombie Survival Guide” — Also by Brooks, this book is a very serious guide to surviving a zombie outbreak. It has really good advice if, in fact, something like this were to actually happen.
“Book of the Dead” — This book by Jamie Russell is a complete history of zombie cinema starting with Haitian voodoo and 1932's “White Zombie.”
Zombie music day
Take a break from listening to Nicki Minaj and Coldplay and instead do a zombie music day. We suggest anything by White Zombie, the Misfits or any horror punk band. Here's a short playlist to get you started:
» “Living Dead Girl” by White Zombie
» “Until It Sleeps” by Metallica
» “I Want You Dead” by The Undead
» “Undead” by Hollywood Undead
» “Wait and Bleed,” Slipknot
» “Dig Up Her Bones” by The Misfits
» “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
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