Walking through Brisbane CBD, I turn the corner onto Adelaide Street only to stumble upon thousand of youths with glazed expressions, ripped clothing, pale skin and lazy, slouched movements heading towards me, very slowly.
No, it's not university students making their way to a 2 for 1 offer at Starbucks, but Brisbane Zombie Walk.
The walk is an organised public gathering of people dressed up in zombie costumes. Why? Because we can!
It is free and open to all ages. All you have to do is dress up and give your best zombie impression.
The walk starts from Wickham Terrace, goes through the city, finishing at Centenary Place on Ann Street, Fortitude Valley.
I asked Walk Organiser, Cara Westworth, what it is that attracts her to zombies.
I have always had a fascination with the undead, particularly zombies. I can't say exactly what the appeal is, they're definitely not as sexy as vampires or as mysterious as werewolves but there's something about zombies that just seems to appeal to everyone. Maybe it's the fact they're unrelenting in their search for human flesh that thrills and terrifies us? Personally I love how easy yet effective it is to dress as a zombie and how it repulses and delights people to see you covered in fake blood and gore."
The walk began in 2006 and by 2007 had managed to gather 500 participants. This number has increased dramatically over the years with last year pulling in approximately 5,000 zombies.
This dramatic increase in numbers has resulted in the walk organisers requiring to provide authorities an estimate of how many people will be attending the 2010 walk. They have therefore asked people to register their interest. Registration is free and very quick and will help make sure the walk is safe and fun for all involved. You can register here
Whilst the main aim of the event is for everyone to have a bit of fun, they are also hoping to raise $10,000 for the Brain Foundation of Australia. Get a team together and get family and friends to sponsor you. There will be prizes up for grabs for the people who raised the most money.
After the walk there will be an after-party at a Fortitude Valley bar with dedicated areas catering for different musical tastes. Whilst the walk itself is open to all ages, the party is 18 only.
Dig out some old clothes, make use of that old make-up lying in the bathroom cabinet and find your inner zombie.
So what is Cara's dressing up suggestion?
"I'm all for simple costumes, sometimes you just need to take it back to the basic and make yourself look like a corpse and not worry too much about how much blood and gore you use. But then again I'm into my old school zombies where they were reanimated corpses that rise from the grave, not the bloody, flesh-crazed monsters you see in films these days."
The walk will start at 3pm sharp so get there a good half hour early. For a map of the route click here