Like many other little girls, Amiliah Goodrich grew up playing dress up, never thinking that years down the road she would take her childhood playtime and turn it into becoming the unofficial queen of Halloween.
This years Cambridge ZombieWalk had so many outstanding participants, but perhaps none greater then Goodrich who won Best Costume with her rendition of a zombie mistress, complete with her zombie pet “Fido,” played by her friend Ian O’Brien. The pair not only dressed the part, but their performance, that was kept up throughout the entire walk was entertaining to say the least.
But for anyone who knows Goodrich, it shouldn’t really come as any surprise since she has won five costume awards this Halloween season, including all three zombie walks (Cambridge, Guelph and Waterloo) in which she has attended. Included in the five awards and perhaps the one she’s most proud of, was the premier of the horror film Devils Night in which she won best costume.
“It was crazy because I learned of this Devils Night premier all last minute, so it was kind of a rush to throw something together, then to get there and win best costume and meet the director/producer was really amazing, I was so thrilled,” Goodrich said.
For all who attended the zombie walk in Cambridge and saw firsthand the detail in her zombie mistress outfit it would lead you to believe that the costume had to be rented or made by a wardrobe designer, but it was all done by Goodrich who does all her own costume designing from the planning stages right through to the actual construction.
“The costumes I do are alterations, I reuse things from thrift stores then repurpose them for what I’m making,” said Goodrich.
The creativeness that goes into the costume design and construction is nothing short of spectacular. In the other two zombie walks, she and her friends went as the cast from the Wizard of Oz, but of course zombiefied.
“It just seemed natural as all the characters in the Wizard of Oz are searching for some kind of human organ, like the Tin Man who is searching for a heart and the Scarecrow who’s searching for brains, so it just seemed like something that would be fun to take to the next level,” said Goodrich.
In an era where we try to stifle our inner child and keep it locked away it’s nice to see Goodrich still gets to play dress up, even if it is just once a year.
We at the Citizen can’t wait to see what you have planned for us next year, Amiliah.