Zombies in South Florida stay active. The Green Room hosted a "World War Z" zombie dance party last month, and the club's Fort Lauderdale Zombie Walk is planned for Oct. 18. The Miami Zombie Run and the Zombie Charge obstacle course are set for October, as well, and the Run For Your Lives 5K had the undead racing through Hialeah this past April.
But it's AMF Pembroke Pines Lanes, at 1904 N. University Drive, that has been tending to the reanimated creatures' desire to bowl. Six weeks ago, the alley launched its first zombie bowling league. Members can dress as zombies or not, but they meet Wednesday nights at 9:30 to shoot for strikes.
On Sunday night, AMF's second zombie league will begin its 16-week season. Bowlers can register four-person teams at 6 p.m., and pay $12 per person every week to receive a zombie-head ball and a 10-game voucher at season's end. The first game will start at 6:30 p.m.
Mike Linder, DJ LinderSmash at the Green Room, organizes the Zombie Walk. He thinks the recent increase in zombie-themed events is partly due to live-action adaptations of "The Walking Dead" comic books and the "Resident Evil" video games.
"I think it's more an obsession about the apocalypse," Linder says. "In the '70s and '80s, there was all the obsession with nuclear war, the nuclear apocalypse, the Russians. … I think people are just obsessed with what happens when society collapses. At least for me, that's what it is."
Linder says he and some friends have planned escape routes and possible shelters in case a zombie virus infects the world.
"I'm not a doomsday prepper," he says, "but especially living in Florida, you have a need to hoard supplies."
Although he's never been part of a zombie bowling league, Linder thinks AMF's promotion sounds like a bright idea.
"There's not much else in the way of zombies right now, especially with 'The Walking Dead' off season," he says. "[Zombie bowling] sounds like fun, but I don't know at what point you would want to stop dragging your leg and get in the right position."