Groaning zombies will not be lurching along Brighton's streets this year after an annual march was cancelled.
The Beach of the Dead parade will not go ahead in October due to spiralling costs and safety fears.
Organisers said the popular event had become “a victim of its own success” after more than 6000 groaning corpses turned up last year.
Kate Amer, who led the first march in 2008, blamed an increase in stewarding and medical costs and event insurance for the decision to cancel this year's parade.
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She said: “It just costs too much and takes up too much time. Last year it all went way over the £2,000 budget.
“We just didn't expect the sheer amount of people that turned up. It was ridiculous.
“We have had to go back to the drawing board because otherwise it would be too unsafe.”
The march founder added the event will “probably” be back next year - but only if she can find a way to attract new funding.
She said: “I hope it will be on next year but I can't say yes or no.”
A rival march has already been organised by the Caroline of Brunswick pub on Ditchling Road, Brighton, on October 26 at 3pm.
Zombies will parade around The Level and along Marine Parade before ending back at the pub for a spooky party.