South Florida Zombie Crawl to Fill Midtown With the Bloody Undead

From the disturbing causeway face-eating incident in Miami to Maryland's homicidal housemate, the word "zombie" probably appeared in more headlines this year than ever before. And the zombie mania isn't over. Now that Halloween's almost here, the undead are about to walk again -- specifically, in the first-ever South Florida Zombie Crawl at the Shops at Midtown.

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On October 20, attendees can get all dolled up in their goriest getups and hit Fountain Plaza for food, drink, and debauchery. The ticket cost, ranging from $30 for general admission to $300 for a VIP pack for two, ncludes sample food and alcoholic beverages including mixed drinks, beers, wine cocktails at 18 participating businesses in the area.

The lineup currently includes Five Guys, Giraffas, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Machiya, Maidenform, Mercadito, Moloko, Muscle Maker Grill, Ricochet, Sakaya Kitchen, Sweet Point, The Cheese Course, Vintage Liquor and Wine Bar, Wine Vault, World of Beer, and Yogurbella.

The concept was created by the Shops at Midtown, and event rep Samantha Fass said they dreamed it up as a fun way to showcase everything the Midtown tenants have to offer. "Halloween is the perfect occasion to demonstrate the great atmosphere and lively environment of Midtown Miami," she said.

Attendees will be free to roam the streets unhindered, stopping to feed as they see fit. The participating businesses will have "Zombie Crawl Safe Zone" tags, so the hungry masses know where to go to feed on flesh (or cheese samples, whatevs). In addition to food and drink bites, many of the stops will be featuring zombie specials, too.

While zombie attire is not technically required, they advise that you'll "look way out of place" without it. Duh. Besides, what's the fun of a zombie crawl without fake blood and black eye makeup? As far as pulling your getup together, Fass offers this advice: "Get creative and have fun!"

The crawl is reportedly expecting an impressive turnout, so a mob of zombies should rule the streets of Midtown on the night in question. Breathers, beware.

Registration begins October 20 at 6 p.m. at NE 34th Street and Buena Vista Avenue, and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. Participants will be given wristbands designating ticket type and age. Those under 21 are allowed to attend, but must still pay full ticket price and can't drink alcohol. Each zombie with a wristband gets one sample per person, per participating place. The roving party ends at 11:30 p.m., but the following will stay open as "zombie safe zones": Hurricane Grill and Wings, Machiya, Mercadito, Ricochet and Wine Vault. Tickets can be purchased at southfloridazombiecrawl.com.

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