ZombieWauk gets community into spirit of season
By Long Hwa-shu For Sun-Times Media October 20, 2013 5:08PM
Creepy dolls created by Mark Allen of Racine are being sold by his wife Stephanie at the annual ZombieWauk. | TINA JOHANSSON~FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Updated: November 22, 2013 6:24AM
Downtown Waukegan was a scary place to be Saturday, especially at night.
Zombies were walking up and down Genesee Street to scare people or to be scared. A chilly rain added to ghoulishness of the night. It was the annual ZombieWauk, a pre-Halloween celebration sponsored by the Waukegan Main Street Association.
The around-the-clock event from 1 p.m. brought a steady stream of people, many dressed as zombies with their faces painted with bleeding wounds, their clothes torn and in disarray. As befitting a downtown heavy with galleries and a building housing artists, the fest apparently brought out the creative and artistic talents of those participating.
Kendyl Woods, 10, came looking like a headless chicken with feathers still unplucked and her feet wearing a pair of yellow gloves to simulate chicken feet. The costume was designed from head to toe by her mother Lisa in collaboration with the daughter.
“We thought it would be fun to have a headless chicken for the walk,” said Jerry Woods, the father.
Brianna Cantu came with her red German shepherd, Max Power, his body decorated to show bare ribs — a walking dead dog. Riding on the dog’s back was a headless horseman.
“We’re here to support the Waukegan Animals Getting Saved,” said Cantu.
To promote the cause, Margaret Schabel, dressed like Mary Poppins sans an umbrella, was asking people to have pictures taken with their dogs by sitting on bales of straw shaped like a sofa. With friendly persuasion, a few dog owners did what she asked — sitting pretty with their dogs, some also dressed to scare.
But there were more scary scenes. Mike Dodge, 11, walked down Genesee Street, a deathly look in his face and his shirt ripped. Carrying in his hand was a doggie bag containing what appeared to be a piece of mashed-up cake mixed with broken glasses.
“I’m practicing for Halloween,” he whispered.
Walking down Clayton Street from Genesee was Jerey Lensing from Chicago Heights in the company of two others, all with bleeding gushes on their heads and necks.
“That’s exactly what I’m doing, to scare people,” said Lensing, formerly of Waukegan, wearing a stained pajama top that badly needed washing. So were the faces of the trio.
Ian Dustan, 7, son of Jaime McCaffery, was a wearing a pair of glasses attached with a movable mustache. He was also carrying a bag of IV solution.
Asked what zombies are, he said, “Dead people rising from dead.”
Rhoda Martinez apparently didn’t want to scare people. She came dressed like a bumble bee with wings and a head with bugging eyes. “I thought it would be cute,” she said.
The event, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, featured among others the screening of Frankenweenie, the reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and face painting, all at the public library. There were a pet parade, a pumpkin chucking contest, an art walk and the showing of “I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt” at the Three Brothers Theatre.
Lousy or not, participants of the ZombieWauk got plenty of fun by scaring people or being scared.