HALLOWEEN horror came to the streets of Huddersfield as Mexican zombies dragged their dead bodies around town.
Dozens of fancy dress enthusiasts decked themselves out in gory gear for the fifth annual Zombie Slouch in Huddersfield town centre.
This year the parade took on a Mexican Day of the Dead theme with participants dressed up in a Latin style.
Participants gathered at St George’s Square and trailed their moaning corpses along John William Street, on to New Street down Ramsden Street and back to the square.
The parade, which raises cash for Survival International – a charity that fights for the rights of tribal people – left some shoppers mystified while others laughed and began to follow its progress through town.
Stand out zombies included a three- piece Mariachi band complete with sombreros, a zombie couple and their zombie baby and several walking dead Mexican Banditos.
At the end of the event the Zombie King and Queen were crowned and given prizes and Kirkgate pub The Parish hosted a zombie horror band.
The event, popular, in North America, was the brainchild of Simon Kelling, whose day job is as a museums and outreach officer for Kirklees Council.
Having started in 2007, it has grown in popularity and attracts people from across West Yorkshire.
Before the Zombie Slouch fitness fans enjoyed a five kilometre Zombie Run around Greenhead Park, led by the Holmfirth Harriers.
l In Mexico the Day of the Dead (El día de los muertos) is held to celebrate the memories of dead loved ones.
l It begins at midnight on October 31 and lasts until November 2 (All Souls Day).
l In most regions of Mexico, November 1 honours children and infants whereas deceased adults are honoured on November 2.
l Festivities vary by region, but one of the most common customs is the making of elaborate altars to welcome departed spirits home.
l Vigils are held and families often go to cemeteries to fix up the graves of their departed relatives.
l Traditional foods are made including pan de muerto (bread of the dead), which can conceal a miniature skeleton.