THE living dead staggered across Huddersfield town centre.
But the zombies were hard at work raising money for charity.
Around 60 walkers, dressed in zombie makeup and clothing, strode the streets in The Huddersfield Halloween Zombie Slouch – the first organised zombie walk in Yorkshire.
Shoppers and workers stared with a mixture of amusement and bemusement as the zombies – including undead dogs and ghostly babies – marched the streets in an event to raise money for Friends of the Earth.
Relatively unknown in Britain, zombie marches – where participants dress and act like zombies – are popular in the USA and Canada.
Prizes were awarded for the most original zombie, cutest zombie couple and most terrifying zombie.
The walk, organised with Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership, was followed by a zombie-themed party featuring horror films and live music at The Parish pub, next to Huddersfield Parish Church.
Simon Skelling, Slouch organiser and Kirklees education and outreach officer, said: “I got the idea from America. It’s a massive phenomenon over there.
“It’s about bringing something new, unusual and exciting to Huddersfield. It’s Yorkshire’s first ever zombie walk – and that’s official. Normally they’re informal, but this is a properly organised event.
“Hopefully we can have the walk every year.”
Zombie walker Peter Bateson, 27, from Birkby, said: “I love dressing as a zombie. It’s probably the most exciting thing Huddersfield had to offer today.”
Fellow zombie sloucher Daniel Bairstow, 24, from Bradford, said: “I’ve come 10 miles on the bus dressed like this!”