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Lamb: A chance to paint the town undead

If, as Sir Elton John declared two weeks ago, "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," then it's time to bring out the dead. Or rather, the undead. That's right, there will be a trail of (fake) blood between the bars of downtown Fargo tonight as ...

If, as Sir Elton John declared two weeks ago, "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," then it's time to bring out the dead. Or rather, the undead.

That's right, there will be a trail of (fake) blood between the bars of downtown Fargo tonight as the second Zombie Pub Crawl shuffles from one stop to another.

The event is an opportunity for people who like to get dressed up to creep out a chance to get their gore on and gross out.

Zombies, or as the politically correct may call them, "mobile deceased," are meeting in Island Park today at 3 p.m. From there, they march to Duffy's, then up and down Broadway for the next six hours until winding down - or passing out - at the Aquarium for a zombie post-party.

Crystal Aakre is the "braaaiiins" behind this operation. A veteran of the Minneapolis Zombie Pub Crawl, she's offering help with pre-crawl preparations. Her tips:

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• When doing your make-up, don't wear too much white.

"You'll end up looking like a ghost, or a mime," Aakre says.

A mime? Now that's creepy!

• Don't wear anything you want to keep, because being a zombie is a bloody mess.

"Last year I threw away my costume because the next morning it was stuck to my floor," she says.

Last year Aakre was dressed as a prom zombie. Typically, women tend to trash dresses to portray the undead, while men like shredding suits.

This year, she's hoping to see a Barack Obama zombie or a Paris Hilton zombie, which should be easy since the starlet is already pasty white and apparently brain-dead. That's hot.

If you're looking for some zombie inspiration, here are some other possible undead ideas:

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• Joe Biden would be a good zombie since he has a habit of sticking his own foot in his mouth.

• Dress in kitchen whites for a chef zombie, the flambé zombé.

• Or, during the Stanley Cup playoffs, dress as famed Pittsburgh Penguin, Sidney Cro-zombie.

• You could be the redundant, yet rocking Rob Zombie zombie.

• Or the preppy zombie at the mall, the Abercrombie zombie.

• Pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the statuesque blond icon who made women feel bad about how they looked by going as Barbie zombie.

• For those nonaggressive zombies who prefer civil disobedience, consider Mahatma Zombie.

If you go

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  • What: Zombie Pub Crawl
  • When: From 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., or until the last zombie is standing
  • Where: Starts 3 p.m. in Island Park
  • Info: The pub crawl is free, but drinks aren't. The post-crawl party at the Aquarium is $3 for zombies, $5 for the non-costumed living.

Online

• To find out zombie makeup tips, check out: http://zombies.tomwalsham.com or www.zombiefargo.com .

Readers can reach Forum columnist John Lamb at (701) 241-5533

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