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The Hamilton Zombie Walk and Charity Food Drive is an annual, all-ages walk through the streets of Hamilton, Ontario!

Photo by Aaron Allen
Organized by Horror in the Hammer, The Hamilton Zombie Walk is a free, family-friendly, and all-ages event with its roots firmly in the city's art, film, and horror-fan community. Traditionally, The Hamilton Zombie Walk begins at Gore Park (how appropriate) before moving to a different location within the city. As a community-minded organization, Horror in the Hammer uses the Hamilton Zombie Walk to raise food donations for local charity.

What's a Zombie Walk?

A zombie walk is an organized gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes and play-act as zombies, usually on a walk through a public urban center and city streets. Zombie Walks have become popular all over the world as the popularity and public awareness of zombie movies and entertainment has grown. Most of the year, we're told to stand up straight, keep clean, and do as we're told, but zombie walks offer participants the opportunity to let their hair down, get messy, and release some of the inner monster within.

Zombies gather for the 2009 Hamilton Zombie Walk
Hamilton Zombie Walk History

The first Hamilton Zombie Walk took place on October 27th, 2007.  It was organized by small group of Hamiltonians not affiliated with Horror in the Hammer. Turnout was small and few plans were subsequently made to continue the walk in 2008. Jennifer Emily, then a Hamilton-based photographer and horror fan, founded Horror in the Hammer in 2008, in part, to keep the Zombie Walk tradition alive.

Since 2008, Horror in the Hammer has proudly organized the Hamilton Zombie Walk and used the event to take a bite out of hunger in the community by raising donations of nonperishable food items for charity. We've also organized after parties with live music and film screenings to entertain Hamilton's horror and Halloween fans.

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