Local,Maryland,People,Kytja Weir

Robbins is a web designer for a government contractor, but he's also the co-founder of Silver Spring's annual Zombie Walk.

Is this year's Zombie Walk really going to happen? Yes, it is on. Between sidewalk construction on Georgia Avenue, the hassle of getting permits and insurance policies for the county ... It was on the brink. And I was contacted by enough people asking what was going on that we decided to work with people in the community to have a Zombie Night and not necessarily a "walk" down Georgia Avenue.

How long have you been a zombie? This will be the fifth year that we've done an event here in Silver Spring, but I have been fascinated by zombie movies and such for many years.

How did you decide that Silver Spring needed a Zombie Walk? It was a conversation between a couple of bloggers, myself and the guys who run Silver Spring Singular. We were talking about where you would go in Silver Spring in case of a zombie apocalypse. So I threw out the idea: Maybe we should have a zombie walk? And it sort of caught fire. It just so happened, the night we wanted to do it, AFI was playing "Night of the Living Dead." And so we decided that we would just walk down the street, end at the movie. It surprised a lot of people. It went from about 150 people the first year, to 700 or 800 the second year, to 2,000 the past couple years.

What does it take to be a great zombie? Blood and gimpiness ... because zombies lumber. I'm a fan of "28 Days Later" and movies like that, but really zombies don't run. So you have to have some sort of zombified gait. You have to have exposed flesh, muscle, tissue, that sort of thing, and lots of blood. And preferably brains mixed in somewhere there, too. - Kytja Weir

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