Published on September 3rd, 2013 | by Delaney Haight1
Crypticon Zombie Tag Heads for Tacoma
You are lying if you tell people you don’t have a plan for the apocalypse. Don’t tell me you’ve never “thought about it” like “it isn’t a big deal”, because I don’t believe you.
I know when zombies strike, I’ll be driving towards the Port of Tacoma to steal a boat and cruise the Sound and beyond with a rag-tag group of survivors, stopping every now and then to brave the undead for fuel and snacks. (I refer to this scenario as “Zombie Boat,” and it has it’s own theme song that sounds similar to a beloved ABC show from the late seventies. You can guess which one.)
If you really haven’t planned through the end of days, or perhaps just want to switch up your survival training routine, Metro Parks Tacoma has an option for you: on September 14, Zombie Tag will happen in Wright Park, hosted by Crypticon Seattle.
At this 21+ event, Wright Park will feature a roped off area with four safe zones for the “survivors” (that’s you!). The survivors will have to run from one safe zone to the next while dodging zombies and other gory obstacles.
In order to stay alive, survivors will wear three flags that they must keep on their person. If the zombies remove all three flags, the survivor joins the team of zombies, complete with full-on zombie makeup provided by Crypticon.
Similar to “Human Vs Zombie” games played nation-wide on college campuses, you can keep zombies from catching you by stunning them with rolled-up socks. The game ends when there is only one survivor left who has not been turned into a zombie. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own Socks), and all sock bombs will later be donated to the Tacoma Rescue Mission.
Although to participate you must be 21 or over, spectators of all ages are welcome, and I say it should be encouraged that our youth prepare for the inevitable end by learning how to evade zombies as early as possible.
If the promise of an afternoon filled with fun and terror doesn’t instantly draw you in, know there will also be Hilliard’s craft beer garden complete with local food vendors for the spectators.
It is free to come watch, and participation costs $15. Zombie Tag caps at 50 participants, so registering early online is highly recommended. Prizes, including a pass to the next Seattle Crypticon, will be handed out after the event.
Learn more and register for this event at: metroparkstacoma.org/zombie