Mike Race of Palm Bay dresses as a zombie clown while he and other Zombie Walk participants walk along West New Haven Avenue during the Zombie Walk held in Downtown Melbourne on Saturday.
Melbourne, Florida (Florida Today) -- There were teen zombies, zombie families and child zombies. There were zombies in prom dresses and one in a clown costume.
Several hundred "undead" walked New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne on Saturday while shoppers and patrons seated outside the city's bars and restaurants looked on, snapped photos or returned zombielike grunts and growls.
Photo Gallery: Pictures from Melbourne's Zombie Walk
A zombie walk is similar to live-action role play, according to the organizers' Facebook page. People dress up to be zombies or survivors, maintain their character, and walk through a preplanned route resulting in a post-apocalyptic scene, according to the page.
For this second zombie walk to hit downtown Melbourne in recent months, organizers upped the ante with contests for best couple, best-sounding zombie and more.
Horror movie fans Gracie Clark, 17; Tabitha Weeks, 17, of Titusville; and Jeff Smith, 21, of Melbourne wore ripped T-shirts and blood made of corn syrup splattered on their arms, faces and clothing. They welcomed peoples' stares.
"It's just for fun," said Clark, who walked in the last one and recruited Weeks and Smith to join her. A thespian, Clark said the event gives her a chance to practice her drama skills.
Across from Matt's Casbah in the parking lot of Ambulatory Surgery Center, a dozen "survivors" descended on the zombies passing by with fake swords.
"I will kill your soul!" said one survivor.
Saturday's walk was billed as a charity event, with participants asked to donate canned goods for area food shelters.
Rahmin Wright, 29, eagerly videotaped many of his zombie friends.
"It's an out-of-the-box type venture, and role-playing is one of America's favorite pastimes," he said.
Alicia Davis, 23, did not know Wright would be bringing her to the zombie walk.
"I like it. It's more interesting than some charity events," she said.