Motherhood is a full-time job — and can leave you looking dead tired.Case in point are the Mombies, a group of 50 suburban mothers who become bloody, rotting zombies and perform choreographed dance routines every Halloween. The terrifying troupe from leafy Fairfield, Conn. — with members ranging in age from 25 to 65 — shroud themselves in secrecy leading up to the holiday.“We don’t share the songs, we don’t let people see us practice,” founder Terry Davis told The Post. ‘They also don’t release the location of their performance in advance, but it is livestreamed so fans can watch at home. “But we always start with a little bit of [Michael Jackson’s] ‘Thriller.'”The walking maternal dead run the gamut from teachers, nurses and doctors to businesswomen, lawyers and stay-at-home moms — but none have previous dance experience.“We are truly ordinary moms,” Davis said.Each year, they vibe to songs like “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO and MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” with the help of a professional choreographer and practice their routine for six weeks.“Learning a dance that most of us find quite challenging becomes such a key part of the whole bonding experience,” she said. “It’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m still going left, you’re going right.’ Sometimes we’re laughing until our sides split.”The dancers all select their own costumes — which include ripped clothing and teased hair — and gather in small groups to “Zombie-fy” each other’s outfits and work on their makeup.“It becomes this collaborative effort of women getting together with fake blood and scissors,” she said. Davis first came up with the idea for the ghoulish getdown in 2016. “The question back then was ‘How do I make Halloween more cool for the kids?'” Davis said.“‘How do we show these kids that their moms can actually be fun?””That year, Davis and a group of 35 “neighbors, friends, friends of friends, moms on the baseball team, moms that I knew from school” — pulled off a flash mob in their neighborhood — no easy feat for busy mommas. “Moms are just in the middle of everything, so it’s hard to get away, but we did it,” she said. “We didn’t advertise it because it was a flash mob, so we had to keep it very quiet.”They had to come up with excuses as to why they were leaving the house — which included Zumba sessions, girls’ nights out and book clubs — to attend rehearsals.That first year, their dance went viral and they realized “we were onto something special that really was resonating with people.” That’s when they decided to do it for charity. The following year, the video of their performance had “millions” of views online, Davis said.“We all said right away, ‘This has to be for a great cause,'” Davis said. They decided to support metastatic breast cancer, not just because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but because some of their members were survivors of the disease or going through treatments for it. Spectators are asked to donate to The Cancer Couch Foundation, which was founded by Davis’ friend Rebecca Scalera, a mom of two who passed away in 2019 from the disease.To date, the mombies have helped raise over $180,000 for the nonprofit, which is now run by Scalera’s husband, Tom.This year, one woman dancing is undergoing chemotherapy treatments, and even rehearses from the hospital. “She doesn’t miss a practice unless she’s at chemo, and then, she takes her laptop,” Davis explained. “And her oncology nurses have been learning the dance in the background.”
28 Ekim 2023 - 15:25
Dancing mob of Mombies — zombie housewives — come out for Halloween thriller
Mombies, a group of mothers from Fairfield, Conn. dressed as zombies, perform a choregraphed dance together each Halloween to raise money for breast cancer research.
28 Ekim 2023 - 15:25