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News Flash: Zombie invasion expected at Santa Barbara County Courthouse!

2018 Thriller
P.J. Heller/World Dance For Humanity
Zombies perform “Thriller“ at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens as part of the "World Dance For Humanity" event, which is returning in person after a year off due to the pandemic.

But don't worry. It's the return of the local version of a global dance event.

Halloween weekend is at hand. After a year off due to the pandemic, a global in-person dance event is returning. “Thrill The World” features people dancing around the world simultaneously to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

Hundreds are expected for a Saturday afternoon version of the dance on the South Coast.

The non-profit group “World Dance for Humanity” has been gearing up for the 3 p.m. event at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse’s Sunken Gardens with a series of popup “flash mob” street performances around the community this week.

Janet Reineck, who’s the founder of the non-profit, says that more tha 100 people are already signed up, with many planning to come in zombie costumes to the event.

Everyone is welcome to watch, and join in the dancing. The World Dance event in Santa Barbara has sponsors, and has raised more than $13,000 so far for education programs at the Westside Boys and Girls Club, and for school programs in Rwanda.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.