by Sarah A. Peterson
Three days before October’s Blood Moon lights up the night, zombies will be taking over Fresno’s Woodward Park for an entire day (Saturday, October 24, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.) of good old-fashioned bloody mayhem. A portion of the proceeds from Candles & Wine Productions’ Zombie Survival Crawl will benefit SmileTrain, an organization dedicated to helping children with cleft lip and palate.
Kings River Life caught up with Candles & Wine founders Joseph and Anglia Greenwood to get the scoop (of brains) on this year’s zombie apocalypse.
KRL: Is this the first Zombie Survival Crawl, or have there been others?
Joseph & Anglia: This is the second; we did the first one last year.
KRL: How was the idea for the Crawl born?
J&A: We were watching The Walking Dead, and a conversation arose about doing something exciting with zombies. The idea came up of an event where people are experiencing something with all of the elements of surviving in a world full of zombies. So together we brainstormed, and thus the event details evolved.
KRL: What events/attractions lie in store for zombies and their victims?
J&A: The main attraction is the Zombie Apocalypse Run, in which survivors struggle through an obstacle course full of broken electronics, burnt-out furniture, and body parts, while zombies try to take their flags and eat their brains.
Equally exciting is the Laser Tag Zombie Hunt, where survivors armed with laser tag weapons blast a horde of the undead. There is also a Haunted Horror Exhibit and a Halloween Festival featuring food and craft vendors, a DJ, costume party, bounce house for the kids, and much more.
KRL: When was Candles & Wine Productions founded? Is it Fresno-based?
J&A: Candles & Wine came into being after we got married in July of 2014. Around August of that year, we started working on the Zombie Survival Crawl as our first project together. Since then, we have produced, directed, and starred in a comedy variety show called Sick Wit It! Recently we completed our first season of 13 episodes.
We are Fresno-based but also worldwide on Candles & Wine Productions TV, our streaming broadcast network.
KRL: How did Candles & Wine become acquainted with SmileTrain?
J&A: Our son was born with a soft palate, which was repaired when he was six months old. After the surgery, he was able to eat solid foods and smile beautifully, making a huge difference throughout the rest of his life.
SmileTrain is an organization that performs cleft lip and palate surgeries for children worldwide, especially for those born in third-world countries. We vowed to support SmileTrain on its journey to improving children’s lives, one smile at a time.
KRL: What other events has Candles & Wine Productions hosted/participated in?
J&A: We attended a Zombie Prom last year, which was a lot of fun, and we are planning several events for next year.
KRL: What are your favorite zombie films? What is the single best zombie movie of all time?
J&A: The Walking Dead series is by far our favorite. We cuddle up together and watch it faithfully whenever it comes on. Our favorite zombie movie is Warm Bodies; we like that in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, true love still survives.
KRL: What are some of your favorite Halloween memories?
J&A: Our first Halloween together was beautiful; we decked out our house and front lawn with creepy things, complete with strobe light and animated winged skeleton. The whole family gathered around to watch scary movies and pass out candy. And even though it rained, it was a great night for us, as Halloween is our favorite holiday!
Check out even more great Halloween events in KRL’s Halloween Fun in the Valley article and watch for more Halloween related articles this month.