The dead rose from their graves Saturday, and took a little stroll around Fort Langley.
The Fort Langley Zombie Walk, organized by the Fort Langley Studio, a new local art gallery, attracted several dozen people in zombie makeup.
About 40 people had been expected, but the numbers were higher than that when the participants began lurching down Glover Road at 1 p.m. The walkers included everyone from kids decked out in greenand-grey makeup to teens to a few folks with grey hair. There were a number of zombie families on the walk.
The Studio put out the call for zombies a few months ago, and also had makeup artists on hand to give some early arrivals a pallid look.
Many people showed up sporting home-made zombie looks, some with facial prosthetics.
"It's fun, it's Halloween," said Curtis Zondag, the co-owner of the gallery with Laura Murphy.
The gallery just opened this summer, and this is one of their first public activities.
Zondag said it didn't seem right that only places like Vancouver should have a zombie walk.
"This side of the river needs more large activities," he said.
Starting at the gallery at the corner of Glover Road and 96th Avenue, the horde of the shambling undead headed north to Mavis Avenue, crossed to Church Street, and made its way back to the gallery.
Most people knew they were coming, although there were a few who looked alarmed when they saw the zombies gathering, Zondag said.
As for why so many people would want to dress as mindless monsters, Zondag said it's just a bit of escapism.
"People just like to step out of themselves," he said.
The walk coincides with a show of spooky artworks at the studio, in a partnership with Urban Art.
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