Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

An Old-Fashioned Zombie Party

The Heinz History Center and The ScareHouse team up for Pittsburgh's first ever "Best Zombie" contest.


Photo by macwagen on Flickr
 

In the course of my duties, I’ve had occasion to cover The ScareHouse (where their make-up artists kindly transformed me into a zombie). I’ve made a few trips to the Sen. John Heinz History Center. And I’ve even slogged out to Evans City to bask in a bit of zombie history at the Night of the Living Dead filming site.

But I did not anticipate the opportunity to combine those topics into one piece. Guess I underestimated the History Center’s ability to put together a ridiculously cool party.

See, NOTLD was filmed way back in ’68 (quick reminder to clear your calendars for all of 2018, as I fully anticipate a year-long, citywide 50th anniversary party; Pirates brass, put a zombie night on the promotions schedule or else.) And the recently-debuted exhibit “1968: The Year That Rocked America” just opened at the History Center, covering the events and impact of that turbulent year; presentations and artifacts range from an intact helicopter used in the Vietnam War and the Mexico City Olympic torch to a full set from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”, another Pittsburgh production with a ’68 birthdate.

Plus, of course — not too far from Janis Joplin’s bell bottoms — an homage to NOTLD.

So to celebrate, they’ve got a good ol’ fashioned undead bash planned for tomorrow night. (And yes, Pittsburgh is the only city where zombie parties are ol’ fashioned.) That’s where our creepy pals at The ScareHouse come in — starting at 7 p.m., they’ll partner with Lawrenceville dead-chic emporium House of the Dead to host the first-ever “Pittsburgh’s Best Zombie Contest”.

Yes, if you get yourself nice and corpse-y, you could be crowned the Zombie King or Queen of Pittsburgh, a title that carries privileges (a pair of 2013 RIP ScareHouse tickets), goods (swag from House of the Dead) and the unimaginable clout that comes with being named the monarch of the world’s zombie capital. (I assume you can walk right into the AMC studios and tell them how to resolve a few “Walking Dead” plotlines, and maybe spend the night in Monroeville Mall, but I can’t confirm that.)

After undead royalty is anointed — by The Bunny, or so we hope — the original Dead will be screened, complete with popcorn, alcoholic beverages and ’60s-era candy (just to complete that drive-in snack lineup.) Show up early enough, and they’ll even throw in a free docent-led tour of the “1968” exhibit.

So dust off that Halloween costume, call that friend that took a stage makeup class and head to the Strip. You can even hit a bar or two afterwards — this is Pittsburgh. Zombies are expected.

Oh, and early warning — the 15th annual History Uncorked is coming up in early March; the party is always a sellout, and a ’60s theme makes it can’t-miss. Get your tickets now.

Go inside The ScareHouse:

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Mobile Service To Connect Hungry Pitt Students to Free Food

PittGrub app will send folks in need to events with leftovers.

What's It Like When You Go from Laborer to Being The Boss?

Pitt's Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence has been teaching business strategies to startups and century-old companies for 25 years.

The 400-Word Review: The Equalizer 2

An unnecessary sequel to the Denzel Washington action flick arrives for a quick beat-em-up fix.

The 400-Word Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The sequel to the 2008 ABBA musical is far from perfect, but might have enough charm to keep you on board.

You're Going to Be Upside Down a Lot on New Kennywood Coaster

Kennywood has revealed its replacement ride for “The Log Jammer” which will be located in a new portion of the park entitled “Steelers Country.”

Restaurant Review: Poulet Bleu

Richard DeShantz steps it up with a move from Downtown to Lawrenceville and shows Pittsburgh how to make French dining fun.

Pittsburgh to Host Nation’s First Black Beer Festival

Day Bracey and Ed Bailey of Drinking Partners Podcast and Mike Potter of Black Brew Culture online magazine will bring 12 black-owned breweries to Pittsburgh in August for Fresh Fest.

Coming Clean: Why We Aren't a Green City ... Yet

Pittsburgh is no longer a smoky city, but that doesn’t mean it has cleaned up its act. Pittsburgh's air quality still ranks among the worst in the nation. What steps are being taken to reduce Pittsburgh's ongoing dependence on fossil fuels?

Ultimate Comfort Food: The Joy of Dumplings

Why our dining critic thinks dumplings might be his ultimate comfort food.

Our Seven Favorite Dumplings in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, of course, is best known for the pierogi. Our love of dumplings extends beyond that, however. These seven dumplings are our favorite restaurant versions of their various styles.

The Tailor's Dumpling: Kreplach

A Pittsburgh chef and his family continue to craft a family recipe with roots in Poland.

The Pittsburgh Region's Top Dentists 2018

Our annual list, which contains 376 dentists across 11 specialties, as determined by topDENTISTS.

A Weekend Mission of Mercy in Pittsburgh

More than a thousand people come to PPG Paints Arena once a year for free dental care, thanks to an ambitious, all-volunteer effort.

Jump Into the River: Open Waters Beckons Strong Swimmers

It takes a strong swimmer and the right timing to dive into the three rivers. for those up to it, the difference between the pool and open water is profound.

Pirates Are Still a Long Way From a Hollywood Ending

Despite an 8-1 winning streak going into the All-Star break, the Bucs are in desperate need of a sequel, not only to win back some credibility with fans, but also to convince their owner not to sell off more pieces of the team.