published : 2023-10-28

Connecticut Moms Transform into 'Mombies' to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Research

Fairfield neighborhood comes alive with ghoulish dance routine on Halloween

Connecticut moms dressed as zombies, dancing in ghoulish costumes during their annual neighborhood performance in Fairfield, Connecticut. (Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

As Halloween approaches, a group of moms in Fairfield, Connecticut are preparing for an extraordinary performance on October 31, all in the name of raising money for breast cancer research.

Known as the 'Mombies,' these moms, who hail from various professions including nurses, doctors, lawyers, and accountants, gather in secret for several weeks leading up to Halloween.

Together, they select a theme, choreograph a dance routine, and create ghoulish costumes that befit their zombie personas. The mashup of music they dance to never fails to include Michael Jackson's iconic 'Thriller.'

For these moms, participating in the 'Mombies' dance routine is more than just a fun activity. Many of them are breast cancer survivors themselves, and the camaraderie and support they find in this group is truly touching.

Kate Garin, a 39-year-old accountant and mother from Fairfield, shared, 'It's incredible how strong these women are and how amazing they are. It's a bonding experience, and we're having a lot of fun while raising money.'

Group of moms rehearsing their dance routine for the 'Mombies' performance. (Taken with Nikon D850)

Each year, the 'Mombies' have managed to not only showcase their dance moves but also raise significant funds for cancer charities. Their efforts have raised over $170,000 for the Cancer Couch Foundation since 2017.

The Cancer Couch Foundation, founded by Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, is dedicated to accelerating research and treatment for metastatic breast cancer.

However, the 'Mombies' don't just focus on the performance aspect; they also put a lot of effort into perfecting their costumes and makeup. With the help of talented members skilled in the art of makeup, they transform into authentic-looking zombies.

In fact, they've even discovered some clever tricks, such as using coffee grinds to create a 'dirty' appearance on their costumes. The moms collaborate and help each other apply the makeup, making it a true team effort.

The 'Mombies' routine remains shrouded in mystery until Halloween night. Their performance is a surprise for the Fairfield Beach neighborhood, as they emerge from ordinary homes turned into frightening zombies.

Kate Garin, an accountant and breast cancer survivor, sharing her experience and the importance of the 'Mombies' dance routine in raising funds for cancer research. (Taken with Sony Alpha A7 III)

The spectacle attracts not only trick-or-treaters and the local community but also captures the attention of passersby, who wonder about the identities of these dancing zombies.

Kate Garin's daughter, Victoria, a competitive dancer herself, expressed her pride in her mom's involvement, stating, 'I think that when the moms come together, they create an amazing performance that's super fun to watch.'

The Cancer Couch Foundation and the 'Mombies' are a testament to the resilience and determination of breast cancer survivors and their commitment to making a difference in the fight against this devastating disease.

Through their dance routine and fundraising efforts, these moms are not only honoring the memory of Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, but they are also raising awareness and funds to advance research for metastatic breast cancer.

To donate to this year's 'Mombies' dance routine and support their cause, visit the website