Walking dead due at Clinton golf course for Halloween

The MR21 virus has infected Whidbey Island and everyone’s turning into zombies! Join the walking dead at Island Greens for an unforgettable Halloween adventure.

Zombies and military characters are needed. Anyone is welcome to join the undead by attending a pre-event meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Island Greens golf course. The fun goes down from dark to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27. Island Greens is located at 3890 French Road in Clinton.

Michael Zuercher, superintendent and manager of Island Greens, said he is having a blast putting the event together.

“Last night, we were up till like 4 in the morning building zombie walls and special effects and I actually scared myself. It’s pretty freaky up there!” Zuercher laughed.

Only wanna-be zombies that attend Wednesday’s meeting will learn the whole story. In short, participants will dress up and act like the infection is really happening. People must lead the uninfected into a safe zone — but only if they can brave a barn packed with creepy audio, lights, fog machines and things lurking in the dark.

“We’re pretending like MR21 has taken over the city. I’m going to be a member of FEMA and we’re going to pretend like we’ve got to take people safely through the golf course. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s going to be really unique,” Zuercher said.

Zuercher has been working hard on the special effects. As a musician, he recorded the frightening audio himself.

“It’s going to be really fun,” Zuercher said, emphasizing that rain won’t be a problem and could even make the event more entertaining. He changed his original plan to cope with the likely rainy weekend, “and now it’s even better than it was before.”

As to why Zuercher came up with the idea for the event, he joked, “Because there’s not enough zombies in the world.” His other reasoning is that Island Greens is meant to serve the community so he plans to put on community-wide events for every holiday. A Christmas event is in the works, but for now, it’s all about terrorizing.

“When you put the audio, the lights, the fog machine together, it’s just creepy. It’s pretty insane. It just kind of grew and now it’s like, I just went down there and turned on all the lights — oh, God!” Zuercher laughed.

For more information about the impending zombie apocalypse, call 360-579-6042.

“It’s a completely unique event. It’s going to be a lot of fun and everybody’s going to have a great time. I’m going to blow everybody’s mind, I’ll guarantee you! Then I’m going to laugh about it,” Zuercher laughed.