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Lodi Zombie Walk returns — with a scientific spin

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Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:30 pm

In just two days, the streets of Lodi will be crawling (and shambling, and in some cases, dancing) with the undead.

The Zombie Walk is back, and this year, it’s getting scientific.

The World of Wonders Science Museum will serve as one of the home bases for the zombie invasion on Saturday, and they’re getting in on the fun with “The Science of Zombies.”

As far-fetched as a zombie invasion seems, it might actually have a basis in fact.

“In human beings zombie-like behavior can absolutely exist,” said Jen Young, education coordinator for the World of Wonders. “Klüver–Bucy syndrome is a rare behavioral impairment that can display multiple zombie-like behaviors such as putting random objects in their mouth, visual agnosia (inability to visually recognize objects), loss of fear, abnormal anger responses, memory loss, distractibility, seizures and even dementia.”

In nature, a fungus in Thailand infects carpenter ants and they begin to exhibit zombie-like behavior, including infecting their fellow ants, he added.

“Pretty creepy stuff,” he said.

Along with learning about real life “zombies” and zombie-like behavior, the museum will also have a zombie apocalypse emergency kit on display.

“The CDC has used this model of zombie apocalypse emergency kits to help the community prepare for emergencies such as disease outbreaks or natural disasters,” Young said.

The WOW will also have Halloween-themed activities like a dry ice cauldron and more.

But the fun isn’t confined to the museum. It will spill out onto Sacramento Street, where the Zombie Club will host the traditional “Thriller” dance and live shows. A DJ will make sure that monster-appropriate beats play throughout the evening.

A Rick Grimes lookalike will visit the walk, and there will be a photo booth area. Amateur and professional makeup artists will help the walking dead get that fresh-out-of-the-coffin look.

A mini haunted house will help zombies get in the spirit of the holiday — and perfect their scariest screams.

Then, the zombie horde will begin its yearly shamble through Downtown Lodi. They’ll head south from the museum, loop up to School Street through the alley between Lodi Avenue and Walnut Street, and then shamble north to Five Windows Beer Co.

The Zombie Parade is free to everyone, but all of the other activities, from museum admission to the afterparty require a special bracelet.

The bracelet has more benefits than getting walkers into the World of Wonders and the mini-haunted house.

It will also give zombies discounts at a variety of Lodi businesses: Flakos Tacos, Mazatlan Cafe, Porters Pub, Thai Spices, IDOL Beer Works, Five Window Beer Co., California Al’s and King’s Closet Thrift/Vape Store. Some of the discounts are for this month only; others run until the end of the year.

The proceeds from the bracelet help the Zombie Club pay for permit fees, security and other costs associated with the annual event.

An after party for zombies 21 and over only begins after the Zombie Parade at the Six Shooter Saloon. It will feature costume and dance contests, drink specials, more than $500 in prizes and other surprises.

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