A couple dozen zombies shuffled into Whirled Pies in downtown Eugene during the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene’s annual Fall Festival on Oct. 15 as part of a flash mob. The group is part of a worldwide fundraising event called “Thrill the World,” where people dress up like zombies and perform to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Eugene’s group raises money for ShelterCare, which provides emergency services, mental health care and support for individuals suffering from brain-injuries.
The “Thrill the World” event is also a yearly global attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous dance to Thriller. According to the Guinness World Record website, the record for the largest thriller dance was set on Aug. 29, 2009 with 13,597 people. The final performance, for the record, is on the Saturday before Halloween.