Dead Love: Bozeman Zombie Walk and the Zombie Convention

If you build it, they will come. And if they are zombies, they will keep coming and coming and coming.

According to Jessi Sparkman, the ever-so-lovely corpse bride who found a way to energize the Bozeman undead enough to get them to parade around town, around 500 zombies staggered through the streets last weekend and hundreds turned out to watch them do it. “The sheer number of zombies was just fantastic,” reports Jessi who has raised the gory group for the second year and plans to continue to do so. “I’ve always had a soft spot for horror movies and Halloween in general,” says Jessi. “When I was 14 there was a family that put on a haunted house at the fairgrounds here. They rented all three buildings that were connected at the fairgrounds and made a spectacular haunted house out of them. The amount of detail that went into it was amazing and I’d always wanted to do that. When they moved, no one did the Haunted Horror anymore …”

When Jessi turned 22, she decided to create a horror of her own. Renting three buildings and constructing a haunted house was cost prohibitive, so she did what the ghoulishly glamorous Thea Munster did in Toronto, she started a zombie walk and, of course, the zombies complied, coming out of hiding to drag themselves gruesomely and gleefully through the streets.

“What’s next?” says Jessi. “Total world domination.” Actually, she’d settle for a band, more costumes, maybe a Northwest United States Zombie Convention.

Zombie Convention? I’m all for that. Let’s do it in Vegas.

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice

photo by Nick Wolcott

  • boldlow

    The Slice just proves that zombies are a force to be reckoned with – a convention in Vegas? Imagine what the staggering zombie hordes could do should they put their muscle behind a cause? whew!