Run for your lives – Doncaster is all set for an invasion of killer zombies tomorrow night...and no-one is safe!
Cusworth Hall will be staging its very own chilling night of the living dead as more than 50 zombies attempt to hunt down a fearless collection of brave runners, prepared to do battle with the undead in the historic building’s grounds.
It might all sound like something out of a horror film – and visitors to Cusworth from 6pm tomorrow can look forward to a real fright night – but the fun challenge will see more than 400 people of all ages tackling a 5km obstacle course, all the time attempting to flee from costumed actors dressed up as zombies.
And organiser Gary Crompton, who has staged similar events , is hoping for a spook-tacular night of ghoulish goings-on that will quite literally have people running for their lives.
He said: “These kind of events started in America and have spread over here and have become very popular.
“It is not about making it around the course in the fastest time – it’s all about escaping the zombie apocalypse.
“The grounds of the park will be absolutely infested with zombies and runners will have to try and avoid being caught. It is all a bit of fun for Halloween and we are looking forward to a good turnout.”
All places for the run have been booked up in advance, with people from 10 to 70 taking part – cheered on by crowds who can watch the fun unfold as darkness falls.
The first set of runners will set off from outside the hall at 6pm but the fun will get under way at 5pm with live music, food and drink and stalls.
Mr Crompton added: “I think people will have a lot of fun – and we’ll hopefully be making one or two people jump along the way.”
The fun will continue on Saturday and Sunday with The Haunting of the Hall, when visitors will be able to take part in a live action walk through story entitled The House Of The Dolls, which will see more costumed actors putting the wind up those taking part.
Admission is £4 and the event runs from 5-9pm on Saturday and 6-10pm on Sunday.
A horror film favourite that just won’t stay dead...
Zombies are fictional undead creatures regularly encountered in horror and fantasy works.
They are typically depicted as mindless, reanimated corpses with a hunger for human flesh and brains. Although they share their name and some superficial similarities with the zombie from Haitian folklore, their links are unclear.
Many consider George A Romero’s seminal film Night of the Living Dead to be the progenitor of these creatures while works by Richard Matheson, HP Lovecraft and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, all draw on European folklore of the undead.
The popularity of zombies in movies was further boosted with comedy film Shaun of the Dead.