Man, when I was a kid, I was weird. I far preferred watching movies to watching sports, and I liked horror movies best. Because horror comics and magazines aimed at kids sold well then, I wasn't seen as a total freak, but I was definitely a geek. I liked The Spectre better than Spiderman or Superman,
Halloween was the holiday where my interest in monsters and the macabre was indulged in by everyone else, and I fit in. I almost always went as a monster of some kind.
So for this Halloween post, I'm sharing photos of kids who like to dress up as something horrible. Specifically, zombies.
Of course, I mean the contemporary definition of zombie: one of the mindless flesh-eating undead. It's a more menacing definition than the "mindless undead slave made by voodoo" zombie that I grew up with!
Heeeere's ZOMBIE KIDS! Photos by Angela Rocco.
Finally, for the last picture, the photo with the biggest "awwww" factor:
About the pictures and the photographer who took them: These pictures were taken at zombie events (namely Zombie Fest) here in Pittsburgh by an event volunteer, Angela Rocco. When I had a camera stolen at a past Zombie Fest, she contacted me, then generously sent me all the photos she had taken. She had hundreds, all well shot; they were better than mine. (Not surprisingly, it turns out she's a professional photographer.)
Then at Horror Realm this year, I had the de-stinked pleasure of getting to know her and her husband, Doug Appel, a bit better. Both are talented performers (she's an actress, he's a musician) that appear on the horror-hosted program The It's Alive Show. His musical chops impress me, and her comedic skills blow me away--she always makes me laugh on the show as the nosferatu Hellga. Both were very friendly.
When I was poking around for photos of kids in costume for this post, I found all these pictures on a zip drive that had formerly been on a (now dead) computer of mine. Eureka! (I reeka too--all us undead do!) I had some GREAT material! Kids who wanted to be seen as zombies-- that says Halloween to me! (I think the event was in October, if not the 31st.)
So "THANK YOU!" Angela! Remind me to buy you and Doug a drink when next I see you.