Photos and Video: "Thrill the World"

A group of zombies reenacts the infamous dance from Michael Jackson's hit music video 'Thriller' in the streets of downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday afternoon.

The creepiest and scariest holiday of the year is still four days away, but don’t’ tell that to a large group of zombies who flooded Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday afternoon.

“Thrill the World” is an international event that brings both hardcore and moderate fans of the mega hit “Thriller” by Michael Jackson to reenact the popular music video in the streets of cities worldwide. 

Carlo Albano, 27, is a 5th grade teacher at Live Oak Elementary School and he was all dressed up in the infamous red jacket and cap the King of Pop wore on the big stage.

“It’s fun and it’s a good community event,” he said. “We’re teaching it to our fifth graders also for our Halloween parade.”

As for Nicole Mattacola, it took her around an hour to get into her costume and explained why she wanted to get in on the action on Saturday.

“Just wanted to shake the dust off these old bones,” said Mattacola.

Some of the youngsters also took part in some of the fun and Grace Laurin, 8, from the San Lorenzo Valley area was one of the many to have fun. When asked what was her favorite song, she simply answered, “Thriller.”






Karen Kefauver October 28, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Great photos and video, Juan Reyes. You captured the Spirit of Santa Cruz (and Halloween!) I had fun as a spectator, too. Here are my pics on public Facebook album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151116061737293.440073.532117292&type=1&l=f0503ffbdf
Amber Gillespie October 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Thanks for all the photos! Even though we had a really small group this year it was fun!
Juan Reyes October 29, 2012 at 08:53 PM
@ Karen: Thank you very much, it was great to be there and watch!! @ Amber: Your welcome, this was my first "Thrill the World" event that I've ever been too and it truly was a fun spectacle to see.
Pam October 30, 2012 at 08:05 AM
the lady in pic 6 looks w/ the dark hair and little black hat, looks like someone I use to work w/ at Applied Tech. Does anyone know if her name is Linda Hurd.
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