Ghouls and guests attend Walker Stalker Con in Nashville

*Note: This article was written for MTSU Sidelines on April 13, 2016. To read the original article, click here.

Story & Photos by Emily Austin // Staff Writer

Walker Stalker Con hit Nashville for the first time on Saturday and Sunday, bringing fans closer to the cast of The Walking Dead.

Held at the Music City Center, fans had the chance for photo-ops, autographs and meet-and-greets with some of their favorite actors. Guests included Tom Payne (Jesus), Emily Kinney (Beth), Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Josh McDermitt (Eugene) and many more. Unscheduled guest Chandler Riggs (Carl) also showed up on Sunday, greeted by screaming fans upon his arrival. Although the wait times to meet these celebrity guests were long, by the look on the fans’ faces after snapping a photo, it was certainly worth it.

“We’re from Canada, actually,” said Tammy Mungar who attended with Chris Board. “We traveled here specifically for this convention.”

Swarms of people stood outside in the chilly air early in the morning, hoping to be among the first people in line to get into the convention. Walker Stalker Con gave the experience of a lifetime for the apocalyptic obsessed. Vendors sold many different kinds of merchandise including original artwork, shirts, swords, masks and even 3D action figures that could be made in the likeness of congoers. As the convention continued throughout the day, the crowds got bigger with many dressed as walkers or characters from the show such as Carl, Beth, and the newest villain, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan.)

Panels at the convention allowed fans to have Q-and-As with celebrities not only from The Walking Dead, but also Bates Motel, The Vampire Diaries and others. Horror legends Kane Hodder (Jason) and Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) also made appearances alongside stars from Gotham and Breaking Bad. Musical guest Kateyln Nacon also performed, who uploaded videos of herself singing on her YouTube channel before becoming Enid on The Walking Dead.

Walker Stalker Con gave the chance for anyone to help with the convention by volunteering. Those who filled out the form on their website could help out with panels, photo ops, line control and more. After the convention was over, they were even able to have the celebrities sign their volunteer shirt for free.

“Working Walker Stalker was one of the best experiences of my life,” said volunteer Laurel Wood. “The fact that I got to work Chandler Rigg’s line was like a dream come true, really. I enjoyed seeing all the types of people who attend and volunteer as well. People travel from all over the place. It’s like a huge family of Walking Dead fans.”

Fully immersive, real-life activities were also a favorite where fans of the show could truly dive into the world of zombies. Called “The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1,” survivor groups of seven were dropped into a small town on the night of the outbreak for about 30 minutes. Those who chose to be walkers got their makeup professionally done and performed as ghoulish zombies. The “Zombie Apocalypse Experience” was also available, which is a live action experience where people are given Tactical Laser M4s to kill off hordes of zombies.

Check out our photos from the convention below:

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Jay Bonansinga is the author of The Walking Dead novels that follow a unique storyline that differs from the comics and TV show at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Fly Cargal as Carol and Kerry Keitzman as Beth in The Walking Dead at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Chris Board and Tammy Mungar traveled from Canada to come to Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Anita Laster and Alexis Jarrett dress up as walkers at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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The Walking Dead’s newest villains called The Saviors, Paula (Alicia Witt) and Dwight (Austin Amelio), attend a panel at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Entertainer Mark Moses plays as Big Country Zombie at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Dale’s RV, first seen in Season 1 of The Walking Dead displayed at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Tom Panel who plays Jesus on The Walking Dead does a panel with FanFest staff at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Austin Nichols (Spencer Monroe), Tovah Feldshuh (Deanna Monroe), Jordan Woods-Robinson (Eric), Daniel Bonjour (Aiden Monroe), Michael Traynor (Nicholas), Katelyn Nacon (Enid) are characters from the town Alexandria in The Walking Dead at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Steven Seda as The Saviors leader Nega from The Walking Dead at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Starboard Sky sells unique steampunk jewelry and trinkets at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Artist Rob Prior paints Daryl Dixon played by Norman Reedus at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Rich Zwehydoff dresses as a walker at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Kristie Kidd gets her makeup professionally done to play as a walker in “The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1” at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)
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Katelyn Nacon performs a few songs along with Jordan Woods-Robinson at Walker Stalker Con at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. on April 9, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines / Emily Austin.)