The last time I went Yelping, something strange was afoot.
It all started with a chimichanga (deep fried cheese in all its glory!) and drinks at Wings, Edinburgh’s one stop chicken shack shop which has an epic selection of toppings, combos, rubs and sauces that’s a hot favourite for those who’re obsessed with chicken. It’s got a small but delicious menu for vegetarians, a good booze selection and amazingly fun seating areas (there’s Pin Up Girls & Dr Who tables for starters!), not to mention a super chilled out and laid back atmosphere.
After wolfing down my dinner, I got whisked away on a magical mystery tour of Edinburgh, ending upon an after-hours adventure in the extremely entertaining (and totally terrifying!) Edinburgh Dungeons, and that’s where it all got a bit strange…
I got pounced on and turned into a zombie!
For this extra special event, I got all dolled up to look like I’d just died and gone to Yelp hell. Thanks to the incredible make up stylings of Fantoosh Face Art, Lynn transformed me from living the dream to the living dead in less than 20 minutes. I have to admit, I LOVED rocking this look! She may be a fast worker, but don’t be fooled by her small stature and speedy hands, she had so much knowledge on the best tips n tricks, and all kinds of fun gloopy blood and gunk for your teeth which was, quite honestly, totally mind boggling… And she’s not even a zombie specialist! With a background in the arts, Lynn has painted a huge variety of creative designs for various parties and events. After seeing her work at the event and looking through her online gallery, she’s totally transformed my idea of what face painting is. The sky’s the limit when it comes to design and body art really is an art. It’s 100% not just for kids!
Although I have visited Edinburgh Dungeons before, I have to admit it was quite a few moons ago. I do recall having a lot of fun, going on trial as a witch (that’s right, I got pulled up in court and sentenced by a judge when our group was taken on tour!), going on a super atmospheric water ride. Needless to say I was super creeped out by all kinds of gory torture implements… And don’t even get me started on the haunting stories! But this was my first time back since. How could I have forgotten about this place?! It’s so sinister, and it’s great to walk into a room that has a ton of atmosphere without anything disturbing happening whilst you’re in it. And when there is actors in the room, it all gets amped up and your heart starts pounding – I love it!!
It’s great to know that they have a major show for each season, meaning there is something new to see more often than you think. Currently their feature is Deadly Diseases, which delves a lot into Edinburgh’s struggles with the plague (ewwww!) and other horrible ways that would have ended you back in the day. I never realised that each one of the Dungeon branches focussed specifically on their local area’s history; here you will learn all about Scotland’s most renowned cannibal Sawney Bean and such, where as in London you’ll get their infamous Jack The Ripper for instance. Being obsessed with all things horror and go bump in the night, y’all know I’m going to be hitting up as many of these joints as soon as I can!
The most interesting thing I learned during the event is that none of the actors who work there stick to the same character. Every day they switch it up, and each person brings their own creeps and quirks to the role. I am in awe! Imagine going into work and not knowing who you were going to be that day. How cool is that?! And to top it all off, they throw Late Nights where you can come in after dark for a tour. Don’t worry, that ticket price comes with a boozy beverage too, which is just as well because I’m sure you’d need it!
So, with a belly full of cheesy goodness and being all dolled up to the undead nines, I got to live out my dream as a B Movie pin up zombie. We climbed in cages, hung from chains, and totally owned the heck out of the Torture Chamber. Aren’t these photos BRILLIANT? Certainly different to anything I’ve ever done before! After we were done tearing the place apart, this wonderful crew of yelpers decided to do a spur of the moment Zombie Walk up some of Edinburgh’s spooky closes and Royal Mile, before we all went for a drink in the local pub. I am in love with these people!
What can I say… the whole thing was totally Spooktacular!
Big thank you to Edinburgh Dungeons, Fantoosh Face Art, Lauren McGlynn for shooting us all, and Yelp for dreaming up and organising this event – I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at a photo shoot (even though I’d make a terrible zombie!)
Hope to catch you at the next Late Night event – I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be KILLER