Satanic Panic: A burlesque show in Chicago for fans and followers of the occult

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(Photo by Split Sugar Photography)

You know how you’re always talking about wanting to try something different?

Satanic Panic — which is scheduled to take place March 24 at the SAIC Ballroom in Chicago — will bring together performers from the burlesque world and fans and followers of the occult for a macabre show with social commentary.

The premise revolves around trashy talk show host Gerald Rivers (played by Dickson Detroit) and his exposé on Satan worshipping, with panelists debating its impact on society in front of you, the studio audience. Satanic Panic was created by burlesque performer Red Rum, who appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2015 and has been involved in the burlesque scene for six years.

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Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl turns 10

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Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl participants in 2013. (Photo by Natasha J. Photography)

The Zombie Pub Crawl has been reppin’ the living dead since before it was even cool.

Members of the pH Comedy Theater started the tradition in 2007 – that’s three years before AMC’s “The Walking Dead” premiered, for the record – as a fundraiser for their show season and educational programs. The Zombie Pub Crawl caught on because people like day drinking and dressing up in costumes and now the annual bar-hop is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary April 29 in the Andersonville neighborhood.

“It’s grown since the early days,” said ph Comedy Theater executive director Brett Mannes, by email. “… I do think ‘The Walking Dead’ gave it a bit of an energy boost for a few years. It certainly inspired some costumes.”

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Atlanta Zombie Run to be held where ‘Walking Dead’ films Kingdom scenes

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(Photo couresy of Zombie Run)

Zombie Run is giving you the opportunity to run The Kingdom, so to speak.

The 5K race that pits runners against zombies will take place April 29 at Atlanta’s Fort McPherson, which is where “The Walking Dead” films its Kingdom scenes. The Kingdom, for those who don’t watch AMC’s zombie drama, is a community of survivors led by King Ezekiel that found shelter in an abandoned school.

In real life, Fort McPherson was an active U.S. Army military base from 1885 to 2011. Tyler Perry bought 330 acres of land on the property in 2015 and turned it into a film studio, which is used by “The Walking Dead.”

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Zombie survival game in England a 13-hour, overnight experience

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PLZ Survival in Southwest England places participants in the zombie apocalypse, where the key to survival is stealth and smarts. (Photo by Kenneth Cox)

Wanna play “Walking Dead”?

PLZ Survival is offering a 13-hour, overnight experience in Southwest England called VacanZ that places you in the zombie apocalypse. The interactive competition takes place nightly April 14-16 in Plymouth, Devon and is set in a future where good and bad communities have formed in the fight for survival, just like in the hit AMC zombie drama.

Participants are placed in groups from the very beginning with friends and/or strangers. The goal is to make it until the end without being infected (touched on the arm).

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St. Patrick’s Day haunted houses? Sure, why not?

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St. Patrick’s Slay is coming to Dark Hour haunted house in Plano, Texas for the fourth year in a row. (Photo courtesy of Dark Hour)

You can add St. Patrick’s Day to the list of holidays getting the haunted house treatment.

There are a handful of haunted houses across the US that will be open for the Irish-centric holiday, just like many do around Christmas time and Valentine’s Day. It’s just one more step in making haunted houses relevant outside the traditional Halloween season.

Really, it’s not too much of a stretch to give St. Patrick’s Day a haunted house spin, especially when a horror film franchise has already somewhat paved the way. The “Leprechaun” films took the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed leprechaun character and turned him into a grotesque monster who kills anyone who gets between him and his gold.

Here’s a look at the haunted houses that will carry on the proud tradition of maniacal leprechauns St. Patrick’s Day weekend:

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