RULES

ZOMBIE WALK RULES & CONDUCT

The Hamilton Zombie Walk is a free, independent event in the city of Hamilton, ON. We maintain a good relationship with the city that allows us to host the Hamilton Zombie Walk each year without the need for police, road closures, or other municipal requirements. To keep the walk free and independent, we ask that all participants read and practice our official rules and conduct. Let's keep the annual Hamilton Zombie Walk and Charity Food Drive fun, safe, and hassle-free.


1.) YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU

By participating in The Hamilton Zombie Walk, you take on full responsibility for your own actions. If you choose to disregard these rules of conduct or the law, you will have to take full responsibility and potential penalties. The Hamilton Zombie Walk, its organizers, its sponsors and partners, and Horror in the Hammer are not liable for your actions. You're a zombie that eats brains, so use some common sense.

2.) RESPECT THE SPACE OF BYSTANDERS AND FELLOW WALKERS

We all love to shock and put a little scare into people, but please respect the space of other walkers and bystanders who may not be interested in our event. Do not attack, maul, or touch those not participating in the walk without their permission. Because the walk is also a family-friendly event,  respect the space of your fellow walkers, especially those with little ghouls and pets. Keep your hands to yourselves -- unless they fall off from flesh rot.


3.) STAY ON THE SIDEWALK

We know the walking dead might find Hamilton's mixture of one-way and two-way streets confusing, so all Hamilton Zombies are asked to shuffle, crawl, and limp on the sidewalk but stay off the road. The best way to get hurt, cause an accident, or sour our relationship with the authorities is to walk on the road and disobey pedestrian traffic laws. Keep to the sidewalks or no brains for you!

4.) FAKE WEAPONRY MUST BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED AS FAKE

Do you know how many movie makers we know who have been stopped by cops because their prop guns look too real? Don't let the same thing happen to you. Do not bring replica or air / airsoft weaponry to the walk. Toy guns are allowed only if they feature those obnoxiously bright orange caps on the end. No one wants to spend the night of the Hamilton Zombie Walk behind bars because the police thought you were going on a rampage.



5.) NO AUTHENTIC WEAPONS ALLOWED

It should go without saying, but authentic weapons of any kind including firearms, knives, and swords are strictly prohibited. Keep the walk safe and legal for the living and the dead. If it could hurt someone or yourself even accidentally, leave it at home. 


 6.) STAY OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY

Do not go into stores or private establishments in character for the purpose of extending the walk's reach into private locations. I know Dawn of the Dead taught us that zombies love malls, but the Hamilton Zombie Walk is too big to shamble through Jackson Square without running afoul of security. If you want to stop into a store to get some food, drink, or other items, that's fine as long as you remember that the moment you leave the sidewalk you're no longer part of the zombie walk. Stay out of character on private property.

7.) KEEP BLOOD OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY AND CITY INSTALLATIONS

In 2011, we had a minor problem with walkers leaving bloody hand prints on windows of private property and on historical places such as Dundurn Castle. It bears repeating that bloodying windows could be considered vandalism. Horror in the Hammer and the Hamilton Zombie Walk do not want to clean up your mess. Inevitably, some blood will inadvertently end up on the sidewalk or in bus shelters, but keep the excretion of bodily fluids to a minimum and off private property unless you want to end up collared like a zombie slave in Fido.


Let's keep The Hamilton Zombie Walk fun for everyone!

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