The good news is your dates are here, the bad news is they’re dead.
It’s year six for the Philly Zombie Prom and producers Robert Drake and Dave Ghoul are expecting more than a thousand zombies in the house. The zombie prom is part of a trio undead celebrations, including an annual zombie crawl held on Easter in celebration of the world’s most famous zombie on his big day.
Why is Philadelphia such a hotbed of zombie love?
“I think being in the birthplace of America has fueled the love of the undead - the city is bursting at the seams with spirits and things that go bump in the night .. so why not zombies? Plus, in a city that loves cheese steaks and scrapple - it makes perfect sense we'd have a strong craving for braaaains,” Drake said.
This year’s prom takes place Saturday, September 29 at the Trocadero and features live music, a dance party, and like any prom, a crowning of the king and queen.
I asked Drake if, after so many years of dancing with the undead, he’d picked out a theme song for the apocalypse.
“To many, a theme song for the apocalypse might be something like REM's It's The End Of The World As We Know It," he said. “But for the undead in Philly .... I'd have to say our theme song is All You Zombies by Philly band The Hooters. Seems practical.”