A zombie apocalypse takes over Southcentre Mall
Southcentre Mall was invaded by zombies of all ages Oct. 25 for the annual Thrill the World ¬– a worldwide simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Thrill events take place in major cities around the world. Each year the goal is to set a new world record for the number of people dancing to Thriller. The current record was set in 2009, the year Jackson died, with over 20,000 people across 33 countries participating.
Patricia Organ, 9, and Emma Organ, 6, have been participating in Thrill the World alongside their parents for two years. The tradition is becoming bigger than their Christmas traditions.
"Our favourite part about the dance is the 'booty bounce' and being on YouTube," says Patricia.
Thrill Calgary is a non-profit company that promotes physical activity for Calgarians in a fun and safe manner.
TJ Madigan, director at Thrill Calgary, has been involved with Thrill the World since Calgary joined in 2009.
"Our goal with [Thrill Calgary] is to challenge people of all ages and promote a healthy lifestyle. We ask Calgarians just to bring a non-perishable item that we donate to the Inter-Faith Food Bank," says Madigan.
Anyone can join the dance and you can learn the step-by-step dance for free by looking up Thriller on YouTube. The only thing Thrill Calgary asks is that you donate, be on time and bring some friends.
Photos by Angie Lang
Published November 16, 2014
(left to right) Emma Organ, Trina Organ, Glen Organ and Patricia Organ have taken family fun to the next level by creating a horrifying undead zombie look that would even scare the Addams Family. Zombies all gathered on Oct. 25th to try and break the world record.
(Left) Robyn Klooten, an undead ballerina, has participated in the unique zombie flash mob for five years.
(Center) Undead Dorothy and Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz will freeze you in your place and make your nails curl with their undead spin on the classic characters.
(Right) Thrill Calgary Director TJ Madigan joins in on the zombie fun scaring Southcentre shoppers.
Over 100 people danced to Michael Jackson's Thriller while many shoppers at Southcentre Mall crowded around to watch.
Kendra Cline shows off her undead medical patient costume to the crowd as blood drips from her mouth down to her chest.
Drew and Anna Harrison stand quietly as undead twins startling mall shoppers as they walk by. This is their third year joining Thrill the World.