This Gave Me A Thrill(er)

To put it mildly:

I am not a fan of Halloween.

So as usual, on Halloween evening I was at home, blinds closed, lights out, waiting for it to be over.

The only light was my television and the local evening news.

And this came on:

With a video showing this:

A group of people costumed and made up as zombies were dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video.

There were on the flight deck of the Midway, a massive aircraft carrier that was commissioned in 1945, decommissioned in 1992, and opened as the USS Midway Museum in San Diego in 2004:

Hence, “Thrill the Mil” – as in, military.

It was very cool.

I love stuff like this.

People – some of them clearly not professional dancers; of varying ages – some of them clearly not young; all gussied up and dancing for the sheer pleasure of it. 

Dancing for fun, with other people, because they can.

Dancing for the full six-minute song, and that is a real workout.

Dancing for the military, and that is a worthwhile reason.

Was it possible?

Possible that I’d found something to like about Halloween?

I knew nothing about this – no surprise there – and I wanted to learn more.

Since then I’ve learned that this was the first “Thrill the Mil” event, organized by Thriller San Diego: 

“Thriller San Diego is San Diego’s hub of rehearsals and performance opportunities for the iconic zombie-themed dance in Michael Jackson’s internationally renowned Thriller music video.”

According to the Thriller San Diego website, “We are a community group built solely by volunteers!”  They offer classes and videos to learn the dance, and the dancers can be booked for events – “private events, we ask for a $100+ suggested donation.”

I found some good information in this 2019 article, as well:

At the time, Thriller San Diego had been performing for seven years, and it grew…

“…from small pockets of friends performing random bouts of bloody dance sequences to an organized group of teachers and dancers dedicated to teaching San Diegans the moves to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

“Thriller SD has more than half a dozen instructors teaching wannabe-zombie-dancers the moves to Jackson’s most iconic dance.  The classes are free, with a suggested $5 donation, and take place all over San Diego.”

This is very cool.

Elsewhere I learned that Thriller San Diego is part of something much larger:

According to their website:

“Thrill The World is a global community project that inspires others to break down barriers by connecting people of all religions, races, political persuasions, and economic backgrounds.  The organization contributes to the growth of humanity by encouraging others to step up as leaders, visionaries, and creators.  Role models around the world organize local dance groups to join other nations at the same time, performing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller while raising money for charity.  

The website also says,

“Thrill The World was created by Ines Markeljevic, proving to you that you CAN dance!

“Thrill The World is an event run by fans who receive no monetary benefit…”

I love stuff like this.

On Thrill the World Day – October 30, 2021 – two worldwide dances were scheduled for 10am and 10pm GMT, and when I say “worldwide” – it is.  Here are just a few images from Thrill the World Day 2020, with groups ranging from two or three to much larger – and all equally lively.

I mean, undeadly: 

Back in San Diego…

Thriller San Diego did, indeed, participate in Thrill the World Day on October 30.

Not content with that, those sneaky zombies somehow got aboard the USS Midway Museum for that afternoon scare on Halloween.

They rose from the dead…

And danced their undeadly dance…

And like the song says…

You try to scream
But terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze
As horror looks you right between the eyes
You’re paralyzed!

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