Last Saturday, on the eve of Halloween, a mass of people made up as the living dead descended upon Asbury Park, N.J., for the third annual New Jersey Zombie Walk. Their goal? To shatter (or eat?) the previous record of participants set by a gathering of 4,026 undead in Ledbury, a town in Herefordshire, England.

They beat it — by the rotting skin of their teeth — with 4,093 counted participants. 

"City officials and event staff perched on the rooftop of the convention hall estimate that the actual number of zombies in attendance was MUCH higher," the website excitedly reported. "We’ll be reviewing photos over the next few days to try and approximate a more accurate death toll for this year’s zombie walk."

While Guinness is eyeing the count, it's interesting to note that a zombie walk in Seattle is also laying claim to the record. Back in July, event organizers reported 4,233 official registered zombie walkers — and also announced that they had shattered the total held by Ledbury. 

Either way, zombie-fests are sure to be all the rage going forward — especially as the creatures supplant vampires as the monster du jour. I've no doubt that records will keep being broken until the real "Walking Dead" put an end to everything and destroy us all.

At least we'll have our costumes ready.  

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

New Jersey Zombie Walk breaks Guinness record
"World's Largest Gathering of Zombies" staggers past previous record set by Ledbury, UK.