Zombies invade Tampa

October 17, 2012 by  

A large group of zombies was spotted in Tampa, Florida, last Saturday, October 13. Halloween is still two weeks away, so it seemed rather early for the walking dead to be roaming the streets. As it happens, they were scaring up contributions for charity.

Hundreds of revelers, who were dressed in rags and made up to look like cast members of AMC television’s series ‘The Walking Dead’, shambled around south Tampa taking part in the ‘Soho Zombie Pub Crawl’. This is the second year for the event, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida. Make-A-Wish grants ‘wishes’ to children battling life-threatening illnesses.

The zombies rambled in and out of the trendiest restaurants and bars in south Tampa, including such hot spots as Irish 31, Soho Tavern, and The Lodge. Participants like Will Crabtree said the crawl was fun and aided good causes, adding he likes the idea of helping people and enjoying himself at the same time.

The organizers aimed to raise $10,000 for Make-A-Wish and had collected almost that much in advance ticket sales. Tickets went for $25 for a general admission, $50 for a VIZ (Very Important Zombie) ticket that included free shots and drinks, and a Zombie Six Pack for $120.

This is the kind of event where organizers could benefit from printed brochures telling revelers which bars and restaurants were participating. The brochures could also feature a map to the various venues, with the participating bars perhaps also contacting a print company for promotional materials.