Columbus Zombie Pub Crawl 10/19/2013


On Saturday October 19th, an undead horde will converge on the Short North district for the Columbus Zombie Pub Crawl.  This motley crew will shamble from bar to bar, having a grand time in the process.  Best of all, all of this takes place a good week before most of the other Halloween type events occur.

I’ve joined this band of the walking dead for the past couple years and it’s always a good time.  Don’t know anybody else who’s going?  That’s no problem.  Just put on your “dead face” and show up.  You’ll be rubbing elbows with other zombies before you finish your first drink.  You’d be hard pressed to find a more welcoming group of dead people.

The Facebook page for the event is here and you can follow on Twitter @cbuszombiepub.


Zombie Pub Crawl IV 10/20/2012 Columbus, OH


The Midwest Haunters Convention, HighBall Halloween, & Columbus Zombie Walk are all huge events which get a lot of publicity.  However, this evening I’m going to share with you a lesser known event which should be right up the alley of any self-respecting Halloween, Horror, or Zombie Fan.

On Saturday October 20th, an undead horde will converge on the Short North district for the Columbus Zombie Pub Crawl IV.  This motley crew will shamble from bar to bar, having a grand time in the process.  Best of all, all of this takes place a good week before most of the other Halloween type events occur.

I joined this band of the walking dead last year and had a wonderful time.  Now, it may come as no surprise to you that I’m always on the lookout for an excuse to “get my spooky on”.  However, there were certain things about this event which made it extra nice.

First and foremost were the people. I didn’t know a soul (and don’t even live in Columbus) but I was never without someone to talk to for the whole night.  You’d be hard pressed to find a more welcoming group of dead people.

The other fun part about the evening was watching the reaction of all the “normal” people as a throng of zombies suddenly appeared in their favorite watering hole.  I wish I had a dollar for every person who I heard say “Oh, I wish I’d known about this.  I would have put on a costume”

Well, now YOU have heard about it.  If this sounds like your cup of tea, come on out and join in the fun.

Don’t know anybody else who’s going?  Like I said, that’s no problem.  Just put on your “dead face” and show up.  You’ll be rubbing elbows with other zombies before you finish your first drink.

The Facebook page for the event is here and you can follow on Twitter @cbuszombiepub.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you think you might attend or have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Zombie Buffet 5K 10/13/2012 Columbus, OH

Do you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse?  On October 13th, you’ll have your chance to find out, as the Zombie Buffet 5K comes to Columbus, OH.

The Zombie Buffet 5K is a unique road race that pits Runners against Zombies in a mad dash to safety.  The event narrative is a virus has broken out and the uninfected are in the midst of an orderly evacuation when something goes horribly wrong and the infected get loose in the Evacuation Zone. As a runner your only chance at survival is to run to the safe zone without becoming one of the infected. This will not be easy as you have 3.1 miles to run with dozens of zombies throughout the course as well as dozens more in hot pursuit.

I first heard about the Zombie Buffet 5K this past spring and immediately fell in love with the concept.  I liked the idea so much that I dragged my 42 year-old body out and started training.  Within a couple short months, I went from not having run any real distance since high school, to banging out 5 kilometers every other day.  Now I’m ready to test my mettle against the walking dead.

I assure you that I have no hopes of winning this event but I’m damn sure going to do my best to avoid being infected and hope to cross the finish line intact.  How could any self-respecting Halloween fan not love this?

When you register you can choose to be either a Zombie, a Runner, or register for the Infected Lottery and leave your fate to luck. The path you choose controls much of your experience in the Zombie Buffet 5K.

As a runner you have two health flags and only one goal – cross the finish line with at least one of your flags still intact. Fail to achieve that goal and lose both of your flags and you will become one of the Zombies and join in the pursuit for the remaining runners. This is how the infection spreads

As a Zombie your goal is entirely different – collect as many runner flags as possible.

Each wave of the Zombie Buffet 5K consists of a combined 400 participants and will have two winners: the first Runner to cross the finish line with at least one flag intact and the Zombie who collects the most flags. Additional prizes are awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place runners.

The Zombie Buffet 5K has something for people of all ages, with runners divided by age group as follows: 11 to 13, 14 to 16, and 17 and up.  There will be prizes for all categories.

All participants will receive a Zombie Buffet 5K tee-shirt, dog tag, bumper sticker, silicone bracelet, sponsor swag, access to the after party, and most importantly training for the actual inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Team “Monster For Rent” consists of only myself at the moment.  However, if any of you monster fans care to join in, I’d love the company.  Don’t care to run?  Come on down and be a zombie.  There are only so many chances in a year to get all ghouled up and cut loose, it would be a shame to miss out.

Any any rate, time is short.  Slots are filling up fast and the organizers are encouraging people to get their tickets now, in order to assure a spot.  For the full story, check out the event page

Finally, if you’re already planning on attending and happen to be reading this, please leave a comment below.  With luck, we can toast our survival at the after-party.

Zombie Prom 2012 (Columbus, OH)


A zombie invasion is crawling into Columbus this fall. Join PetPromise, Inc. on Friday October 26th for Zombie Prom 2012 at Flannagan’s in Dublin (6835 Caine Road, Columbus, OH 43235).

This event features music by Ohio Pro DJ, a 50/50 raffle contest, special event souvenirs, cupcakes from the Tremont Goodie Shop, and more! From 8-10 pm, Valerie Haulk will be on-site to capture pictures of the undead. At 11 pm, the Zombie King and Queen will be announced, so dig out your best zombie costume and join this inaugural party!

Individual tickets can be purchased online for $20 each, or 2 for $35. Sponsors can reserve a private 6-person table for $220, which includes 6 prom tickets, 6 event souvenirs, and a bottle of bubbly. All proceeds go to PetPromise and the building of the first cage-less animal sanctuary and adoption center in central Ohio.

Purchase tickets:

More information may be found on their Facebook event page.



     Today I want to tell you folks about a small business from my hometown of Rochester, NY.  As a good number of you folks are either Halloween or Zombie enthusiasts, I believe you’ll appreciate hearing about Fright-Rags.

     Fright-Rags was created by Ben Scrivens and produces the most kick-ass horror t-shirts you’ve ever seen.  A big fan of the genre, he found that the shirts on the market were either of very poor quality or less than impressive in design.  He started his business back in September, 2003 to fill that void.  With just 3 designs, a web site, and a credit card, he took his shot. 

     Since then, Fright-Rags has grown by leaps and bounds.   He now has a dedicated printer who does all the shirts, professional artists that bring his ideas to life, a programmer that helps with the site, and even someone to help fold shirts.  Fright-Rags shirts have been sent to every state in the US, and to countries all around the world. They’ve even been in Hot Topic stores across the nation as well as many mom n’ pop stores and online shops.

     Ben still fills all the orders, answer all the emails, and coördinates everyone’s efforts so he can keep it a well-oiled machine and get people their shirts.  This guy has a passion for the genre as well as a desire to produce a high quality product.  Take just a minute and check out his designs.