Halloween in Perth city centre will be scarier than usual this year due to the outbreak of a zombie virus.
Perth residents are being ordered to attend the quarantine zone outside City Hall to be tested for the Z virus.
The quarantine zone will be manned and operated by a special zombie outbreak response team.
The special Halloween event, being dubbed Horrorween, will be held on Friday October 30 between 6 and 9pm on King Edward Street.
The evening will include fun rides, a Castle Horror 666 Maze, Zelfie time to get a selfie with a member of the undead plus zombie shooter game screens.
Attendees can also take part in the Zombie Run around Perth and enjoy live music on the main stage with the Rocky Horror Tribute Show and top ska band The Porkpie.
The event will hope to capitalise on a growing number of zombie-themed events. The horror icons popularity has skyrocketed over the past few years thanks to the success of TV series such as The Walking Dead and films including World War Z and 28 Days Later.
Luckily the Fair City is no stranger to zombies after Perth was taken over by the undead last year courtesy of a feature film.
Perth’s normally sedate Tay Street was transformed into a scene of horror as blood-soaked zombies stumbled from alleyways during the filming of a post-apocalyptic scene for the film Plan Z.
And last month rampaging zombie hordes took over the Carse of Gowrie when teams of runners took part in the area’s first Zombie Run. Participants had to complete a gruelling five-kilometre obstacle course while being menaced by the undead.
However, this year’s Perth Horrorween zombie virus is expected to have been brought under control by the end of the Friday night.
The carnival atmosphere will then continue on the Saturday evening with a family Halloween night between 5-8pm.
The Grand Halloween Parade will begin at 5pm from Thimble Row, following which the main stage will go live with Halloween music and dance routines from the Perth Dance academies.
Perth and Kinross Council’s enterprise and infrastructure committee convener, John Kellas, said: “We anticipate that Perth and Kinross Council’s Halloween spooktacular Horrorween weekend will be a fantastic fun event for young and old alike and a strong driver to attract visitors from far and wide to Perth.
“This will help deliver a positive financial and community benefit to the local area. The event has received overwhelming support from local businesses and has the backing of families with young people of all ages who are busily preparing to get involved.
“It’s hoped Horrorween will help increase trade over the weekend and introduce new customers to our local businesses through exposure from the event.
“I am looking forward to everyone getting into the spirit of the occasion and seeing some fantastic costumes.”