The Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk in Seattle's Fremont attempts to take back the Guinness Book of Records by drawing over 6,000 costumed people on Saturday, July 2.

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There’s something alluring about zombies — that white skin, those sunken eyes and most of all, those bloody lips.

They’re taking over Seattle’s Fremont district Saturday.

“Almost every city in the country has a zombie walk now,” said Ryan Reiter, Fremont’s zombie walk artistic director. “It doesn’t cost much. And when more people do it, the more fun it is.”

Last year, Fremont scored a Guinness World record with the most zombie walkers, numbering 3,894, but New Jersey trumped that record last October with 4,093. This year, Fremont organizers hope to take back the crown, by drawing more than 6,000.

They are luring folks in with makeup artists on site, two beer gardens, bands and food trucks. There’s also going to be a “Thriller” dance.

“It’s artistic expression and a chance to be part of something,” said Reiter, who plans to dress up as a zombie version of Uncle Sam. “People want the opportunity to celebrate and interact more with the community, rather than just sit on Facebook.”

Roselyn Do is one of those people. She got hooked. The 23-year-old Seattle real estate agent dressed up for the first time last year, and plans on going again.

“I was really surprised how many families there were,” said Do, who dressed up as a gangster zombie last year. “It’s a fun way to spend the weekend, because when people ask what you did during the weekend, you can say, ‘Well, I was a zombie.’ “

She adds, jokingly, “You can also get cool points with guys.”

It only took Do 25 minutes to go from real estate agent to certified zombie, buying oversized clothes from Value Village. She also had a smart idea, forgoing the makeup and using a facial mask instead.

Makeup artist Carmen Wilson will be at the walk, helping people get zombie-ready. She says zombies really only need two minutes — first applying white for the complexion, adding black for the sunken eyes, then drawing in black for the laugh lines and chin.

“I used to do more stage makeup, but costume makeup is a lot more fun,” said Wilson, a special effects makeup artist. “Plus, the zombie is such an easy costume, and it’s so easily portrayed.”

David Amdal, a Fremont business owner, was trying out the makeup for the first time, before the walk.

“I’m just an onlooker, but I find it fascinating,” said Amdal, in his 50s. “It completely eludes me why people want to look ugly or repulsive. It’s completely opposite of what we usually want, to be attractive.”

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Marian Liu: 206-464-3825 or mliu@seattletimes.com