5 Questions With New Jersey Zombie Walk Founder Jason Meehan

by Ed Magdziak • September 27, 2013 • Events, Jersey Folk, MonmouthComments (0)1839

It’s almost time for the 6th annual New Jersey Zombie Walk in Asbury Park! Next Saturday October 5th the undead will gather in the seaside town in search of fun….and fresh brains. This year the NJZW will be looking to reclaim the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Zombies. We’re sure they can do it!

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We asked New Jersey Zombie Walk Founder Jason Meehan a few questions;

This is your 6th zombie walk. How far ahead do you need to plan? When one walk is over are your already thinking about the next one?

Haha.. yes actually! That’s usually exactly how it works.. we’ll get through the event, and the next few days afterwards start talking about ways to improve it and make it even bigger and better and bloodier the next go-around. Preliminary ideas hatch just about a year before the next walk.. then planning picks up in the spring, gets rolling over the summer and is hot and heavy by the beginning of fall!

You are hoping to recapture the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Zombies back from Minneapolis. What would it mean to you to to regain the title?

The decision to reclaim the record that was taken from us wasn’t easy.. in the end it was all about the message that it would send out to the world. New Jersey is STRONG, DEDICATED, RESILIENT, and a force not to be underestimated. The Zombie Walk is like my (really really large) extended family. We’re going to scream out loud and clear that THE JERSEY SHORE LIVES!

What makeup requirements are needed to count as a registered zombie for the record? What do walkers have to do to be counted?

According to Guinness World Record guidelines, a person must be wearing a tattered or bloody piece of clothing.. as well as white, black and red makeup to qualify as a zombie.

The New Jersey Zombie Walk Facebook page just passed 15,000 fans. Congrats! What is it about zombies that you think people find appealing?

I think people, New Jersey natives especially, just have a tremendous love for Halloween – getting dressed up and scary, and being out and about in character to share in the fun that the event creates. I think the zombie culture as a whole is widely appealing to every age and demographic due largely to how the concept of a zombie can be used in a multitude of ways. From a horror movie icon, to a dramatic TV show element, to the backup dancers in a music video… to the villain in a silly iOS video game! EVERYONE loves zombies, not just horror fans!

Hurricane Sandy devastated many shore towns, especially in Monmouth County. What activities are you arranging for walkers to help with relief?

We are offering FREE makeup to qualify for the Guinness World Record attempt in conjunction with Move For Hunger as a massive food drive. Bring food, get free makeup! We’re also hosting a blood drive with the Central Jersey Blood Center the day of the walk near the Stone Pony. Lastly, profits from sales of all Zombie Walk souvenir merchandise (shirts, posters, buttons, etc.) will be used by the NJZW to make a donation to Hurricane Relief efforts and local boardwalk restoration.

 

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