Halloween horde hungry to help wildlife

LOOK OUT, SCREAM AND SHOUT: Shane Mole (back left), Amity Pearson, Sharmaine Fogarty (front left) and Kylie Bamford invite the public to attend tomorrow's Mount Gambier Zombie Walk which will begin at 5pm from Vansittart Park. Picture: MOLLY TAYLOR

By Molly Taylor

THE LIMESTONE Coast’s annual Halloween horde of walking dead will stroll Mount Gambier’s central business district this weekend to raise funds for Friends of Native Wildlife SE.

The 11th Mount Gambier Zombie Walk will be held tomorrow with event founder Kylie Bamford revealing a horror healthcare theme, with the zombie plague required to register their attendance, sanitise their hands and socially distance to meet COVID-19 requirements.

Ms Bamford said first established the event when she relocated from Adelaide to Mount Gambier and continues to support different Limestone Coast-based causes each year.

“It has always been a big thing in Adelaide and I am good friends with the founders who have always given us guidance over the years,” she said.

“When I moved down here, I wanted to meet my freaky people and have something for Mount Gambier to do and celebrate.

“Some people still find us disgusting, but others really love it.”

Ms Bamford said the event allowed people to express themselves in their own way.

“We have one lady that comes every year and has never been a zombie, but is always artistic with her design,” she said.

“We see all sorts of creatures on the night.

“In the last few years, it is something, especially with families, I have noticed grow in numbers.”

Tying in with the world-wide pandemic, Ms Bamford said the aim was to have a horde of healthcare worker zombies, fresh corpses and anything out of the ordinary.

“We do not mind if you do not want to come as a zombie this year, we just want you to come and be safe,” she said.

A COVID-19 safe plan was been developed for the event, which allows for up to 150 people.

Timed to coincide with Halloween, the event will start tomorrow at 5pm with participants exiting from Vansittart Park to walk across to and along Commercial Street, finishing at the Cave Gardens.