I spotted Waldo in Silver Spring, Maryland last weekend at the second annual Silver Spring Zombie Walk. Well, undead Waldo.
When I was in elementary school, I used to complain about stomach aches all the time to get out of math class.1 And when I say all the time, I mean all the time. The school nurse knew me. She could even recognize my footsteps and my knock. Anyway, being an extremely patient and sympathetic woman (perhaps she didn’t like math either), she always let me stay. I would hop up onto the spare cot with a Where’s Waldo book and spend the next half hour searching through the pages.
So after stumbling across downtown Silver Spring with a vicious zombie horde,2 I found myself seated next to undead Waldo for a special screening of Shaun of the Dead! It was like a dream (nightmare?) come true!3 Here he is at the bar before the walk:4
The great thing that I discovered about Halloween in the city (versus good ol’ Fredericksburg) is that festivities go on for at least a week preceding the actual day! This meant that after the zombie walk on October 24th, I still had a whole week of events to look forward to! Highlights included a screening of Nosferatu at AFI with a live orchestra providing the soundtrack, trick-or-treating as Charlie Chaplin, and a Halloween in Paris party at Bistro Napoleon, where I spotted one of my favorite costumed pairs of all time:
Fantastic, right? Happy Halloween, and don’t forget to mail me your leftover candy!
- What can I say? Math gives me a stomach ache ;) [↩]
- Yes, I dressed as a zombie too, complete with slashed throat and blood-smeared face. [↩]
- I think I alarmed him with my enthusiasm. [↩]
- If you love Waldo as much as I do, you’ll be thrilled to know that the DC Defenestrators staged live-action Waldo searches in the city recently. The fun never ends! [↩]