Zombie Street Fashion


On Saturday night, I staggered over to downtown Minneapolis for the 5th annual Zombie Pub Crawl, a celebration of creative horror makeup and playful kitsch. I'd gone to the Crawl once before, in 2007. On that outing, it was enough to just show up in (blood covered) street clothes and zombie makeup. This year, however, featured some fabulous new directions in themed zombies. Thanks to the excellent work of my friend and photographer Leah Shaffer, I'm able to bring you a sampling of the Twin Cities' finest in zombie couture...

What do we want?
When do we want 'em?


Technically, she was a cavewoman cannibal. But she looked like a zombie.


There was also a scarecrow, a cowardly lion, Dorothy and two flying monkeys.


Sister Mary Brains prays for your undead soul.

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Santa promised Leah a dead puppy for Christmas.


This may well have been the creepiest costume of the evening.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the dead presidents: Teddy Roosevelt, JFK, and Thomas Jefferson.


The buck stops with Zombie Harry Truman.


And, finally, Leah as a Zombie Viking and me, as Zombie Julia Child.


Good work, Twin Citians! As usual, I'm impressed by your creativity and general awesomeness.

All photos by Leah Shaffer, except for last shot, which was taken by Neal Spinler. Photos used with permission. Please credit the photographers if you re-use.


    1. Yes, that. :)

      Also, it gave me the opportunity to moan in falsetto about “Sweeetbreaaads!”

  1. I call for more photo-gallery articles! I loved the few that went up on BBG, and it would be great to see more like this here on MotherBoing.

  2. Awesome! I missed it this year but have several friends who participated. Fantastic event! Good to see boing-boing covering stuff like this!

  3. Word to the wise. You will most likely be drunk when you get home and your first idea will be to crash and sleep. If you remember, shower first. I woke up to a pillow covered in silver makeup and red dyed corn syrup.

  4. Great to have you contributing Maggie.

    I almost came down to the Zombie pub crawl, but my lady friend wasn’t feeling well and I spent all afternoon killing Nazi Zombies and didn’t get out to buy fake blood.

    I image I could have gone as a survivor, but I don’t know bars policy on bloody blunt instruments.

  5. This is a dangerous exercise- The danger from zombies is real! If you’re walking around like this, you’re distracting us from the real danger!

  6. my first day as a math ta was nothing compared to my friend john’s. he met a star from some b zombie film, working on a sequel. “we always need more zombies.” i may have an in.

  7. Why are zonbies so pervasive in our culture right now? What do they represent to people – what is it they really fear, but can enjoy watching destroyed by the dozens in a movie? Do they represent all the worst in society? Are they slavering stand-ins for mindless consumers? Are they stupified by boredom, can you pick them out by their failure to think rationally?
    Maybe they’re just really, really stupid people. After all, they want brains.

  8. “What do we want? Brains! When do we want them? Brains!” Yes, we are both totally cool and super brainy in Minneapolis. So much so, that we are sure to point out that those are lyrics from our much beloved local musicians, DanceBand. To see the “stagger slide” and rock out to the geek funk beats, visit Facebook and scream along. “BRAINS!”

  9. ZPC V was awesome. Minneapolis knows how to zombie it up and drink like champs, that’s for sure. Here are some more photos of the chaos on the streets in Cedar/Riverside and the West Bank:


    I did my best impression of Frank from Dead Rising. My favorite was the team of zombie Batman, zombie chef and zombie old-man-with-a-walker but, alas, I was too close to get a good shot with my 85mm.

  10. Oh Gratz Gratz Gratz! Maggie I’m so darned proud. . . if ONE dead guy walks it’s just a zombie. . .

    If TWO dead folk rumble it’s a movement, even if only a pair of bags of rotting organs.

    But if a CITY full of undead erupt? Flocking to Bars?

    I’m in. Good job, Tongan Girl! I’m so happy you;re the first islander immortalized here @ BB!

  11. Thank you for covering this local event. I went, I was undead, I returned to the land of the living. I’m kind of curious as to why you didn’t link http://www.zombiepubcrawl.com. I guess BB is a place for tidbits and snippets, but you might consider reporting a little bit more on the crowd (frat boys!), numbers (thousands), history and the different subcultures within the Zombie crawl.. humans, medical experiments (umbrella corp.), historical figures (undead prez!), characters from movies (Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Forest Gump!), mythical characters (Smurfs, oompa loompas), zombie hunters, etc. Thank you for rep’n Mpls!!

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