Halloween is one of my favourite holidays, which is problematic for two reasons. A) The question of what to wear takes over my life to the extent where my mind becomes a silver screen, filled with projections of questionable costumes. B) I’m deathly afraid of monsters.
Let me expand on my second point. Have you ever watched “Scary Movie” with your friends, laughing at all those silly things the characters say? Did you thoughtlessly watch “Shaun of the Dead” in the dark while filing your nails and deciding what to cook for lunch the next day? Well, I haven’t. I watched “Scary Movie” once at a friend’s birthday party and I spent the majority of the night clutching a broken comb as a weapon while staring at the door. As for “Shaun of the Dead”, I cried into my pillow after watching it because I desperately wanted to pee but was too afraid to leave my bed.
In other words, it’s safe to say I am positively terrified of monsters… zombies in particular. And that is why I decided to become one for a day…
Say what? Let me explain my logic. Our sense of survival helps us conquer fear in two ways – through fight and flight. When I heard that “World Zombie Day” was taking place in central London on October 11, my instinct was to do the latter. The idea of voluntarily diving into a sea of corrupt flesh simply did not appear to me, although studying politics in Moscow has helped me get used to corruption of many sorts.
But my fear quickly gave way to curiosity. “If you can’t beat them, join them!” I told myself, half-joking. Would I really find zombies so frightening if I was one of them?
Eager to find out the answer to that question, I messaged Tom – one of my crazy friends, whom you may remembers from the story of how I hitchhiked to France with a pimp and a Mexican. To my slight dismay he immediately agreed, which meant I could no longer back out. Oh, shit.
Are you curious how I got on? I captured this life-changing experience on camera, so watch the video below to learn how to become a zombie for a day…
All in all, I am sad to report that attending this parade did not cure my fear of zombies in the slightest… But I did have a great time and would definitely attend again – and spend a lot more time on my costume, because some of the zombies I ran into were spectacularly spooky.
To improve my zombification skills, I have decided to dress up as a zombie French maid this Halloween. The costume makes little to no sense, but let’s face it – Cady was right when she said:
In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.Mean Girls
How do you feel about zombies? Would you voluntarily become one for a day? And what are you dressing as this Halloween?