In anticipation of the Hamilton Zombie Walk on Oct. 19, scaremongers Horror in the Hammer held their first-ever Zombie Beauty Pageant on Saturday at the Staircase Café.

Contestants, including more than a few children, donned gory makeup and ghoulish duds in competition to see who's the spookiest of them all.

How glamourously gruesome was the afternoon? Flip through the phantasmagorical photo gallery above to find out.