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Zombies take to the streets for walk in Charlottetown

Lindsey Ross, right, and her sister Amelia Lockert shamble along in front of a zombie horde, descending on Charlottetown on Oct. 19, 2019 for the Red Island Apocalypse Zombie Walk.
Lindsey Ross, right, and her sister Amelia Lockert shamble along in front of a zombie horde, descending on Charlottetown on Oct. 19, 2019 for the Red Island Apocalypse Zombie Walk. - Michael Robar
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

On Oct. 31, 2015, four creatures shambled along a beach in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam. Their bamboo and palm leaf farmer hats low, hiding their faces. 

As they approached their victims, they tilt their hats back, revealing deceased and rotting faces. 

At least, that’s what it looked like when Charlottetown artist Lindsey Ross, two of her sisters and her dad held their own zombie walk on their visit to Vietnam.

“People loved it. Lots of pictures. We gave a lot of people good scares," said Ross.

This year, Ross helped organize the inaugural Red Island Apocalypse Zombie Walk on Saturday, Oct. 19 with Helena Wood, owner of Mosaic Management. 

The event was sponsored by the city and started with a meet and greet on Victoria Row in the afternoon. 

Thriller P.E.I. performed, raising $168 for the Upper Room Food Bank, before joining Ross and about 40 other brain-eaters on the stage for a group picture, where Ross led a chant before the walk started. 

“What do we want?” Ross asked the would-be zombies, to which they responded, “Braaains.” 

Despite loving the walks and scaring people, Ross is a bit of a scaredy-cat herself. 

“For the record, I hate scary movies. I can’t even watch the Walking Dead. It’s too scary for me. I just like the art part of it," she said. 

It’s no surprise she’s drawn to the art, as she runs and produces her own visual art at her self-titled company, Lindsey Ross Art. 

Her skills even got her featured online during her time in Vancouver.

“I was often top three on Buzzfeed, which was my goal. I’ve toned it down today because there’s kids and I have to be able to talk today. I usually do a stitched mouth and stitch-closed eye," she said.

As for her her 2015 Vietnam inspired zombie walk, surprisingly, she said her father came up with the idea. 

“Actually, I think it might have been my dad’s to be honest, because we had done pretty spooky makeup the year before and I think he really wanted to try it," she said.

While Ross organized a zombie walk in Charlottetown in 2012, she didn't have the initial idea this year.

“Helena (Wood) reached out to me because she knew I was a zombie enthusiast," she said. 

Wood came up with the idea for Red Island Apocalypse back in the spring. 

Next year, the plan is to coordinate events across the city throughout the month of October under the Red Island Apocalypse banner, she said. 

“I’m obsessed with Halloween in general, so I figured if we could make Halloween a month-long event, why not do that?” 

To see what’s planned for next year, follow @redislandapocalypse on Instagram or check out their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/redislandapocalypse

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