Photos of the 2nd annual Zombie Car Wash
As I pulled my car into the first stall at The Classic Coin Wash at the corner of Lansdown and College, I immediately felt like I was in a horror movie. Within seconds, hoards of zombies swarmed my car, pulling at the door handles trying to get in, growling and moaning, slamming bloodied hands onto the windows.
One ambitious Zombie half-scaled the side of my car, slamming her fists onto the sunroof.
No, this was not a nightmare — nor was it the set of The Walking Dead — it was "Bloods'n'Suds," the second annual Toronto Zombie Walk fundraiser. For $10, you could get your car, bike, or other mode of transportation washed, and for an extra 5 bucks, you got the full blood treatment: a zombie attack. I'm not sure I actually saw anyone opt for the "wash only" option, and for good reason: who would visit a zombie car wash and NOT want the thrill of being trapped in your car during your very own zombie attack?
Kids and adults alike seemed to delight in the blood treatment.
"That was totally freaky!" exclaimed one woman as she climbed out of her car post-swarm to allow the undead to get onto the washing part.
The organizers were also selling official Zombie Walk merchandise, and offered to gore-up passerby's on the spot. Some even joined in the zombie washing fun.
Surprisingly, zombies are just as efficient at washing cars as they are at hunting for brains, as evidenced by the squeaky clean cars leaving the Classic Coin Wash; although traces of blood-tinted water did pool underneath even the cleanest cars.
All proceeds from the event went straight to the costs related to the permits necessary for the actual walk, which is taking place on Saturday, October 22. Last year's walk (http://www.blogto.com/city/2010/10/toronto_zombie_walk_2010/) drew over 6,000 participants.
First and last photos by the author. All other photos by Scott Snider.