Wyoming October 08, 2017
The Bizarre Festival In Wyoming That You’ll Want To Attend Year After Year
When you think Wyoming festivals, you probably picture cowboys, mountain men, rock climbing, or other outdoorsy, Old West-themed celebrations. However, one festival in the town of Cheyenne doesn’t follow the traditional formula. Once a year, the walking dead wreak mayhem creeping and crawling through the capital city, and you just gotta see it.
Since 2010, the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players have been hosting the Zombie FEST, welcoming the walking dead into the city with open arms.
The festival typically takes place in late summer or early fall, around August or September, with proceeds benefitting the Cheyenne Little Theatre.
Zombie FEST is a day of horror and fun the whole family can enjoy.
Though many relish the opportunity to get their dead on...
...some prefer stepping into other roles such as zombie hunters and killers and ragtag survivors of the zombie apocalypse.
The festering festivities kick off with a zombie walk through downtown Cheyenne. Everyone ends up at Depot Plaza, which serves as zombie-central for the day.
The festival is packed with loads of zombie-centric activities including a zombie hunt, an undead fashion show, bingo, an indie film festival, and a walking ghost tour of downtown Cheyenne.
You can also attend talks and presentations on topics such as pop culture and zombie defense training given by zombie experts and minor movie celebrities.
There's a Zombieland for kids, too, where they can participate in fun activities including face painting that transforms anyone into a gruesome corpse.
Just like any festival, there are vendors' booths featuring food, jewelry, clothing, and artwork...
...but the people manning them at Zombie FEST don't look like typical merchants.
Even the walking dead like music, so several live bands set up to play on the plaza throughout the day.
Zombie FEST even has its romantic moments. The day ends with a zombie prom, the perfect place for forbidden love to bloom.
Don't feel bad if you missed Zombie FEST this time around. Put it on your calendar for next year. The great thing about zombies is that they look even gorier after 12 months of "ripening" - all the better to win next year's fashion show.
What other weird, quirky festivals have you attended in Wyoming?