Thousands of goths came together for a celebration of all things macabre in Yorkshire for the Whitby Goth Weekend.
This weekend saw the seaside town filled with Halloween, horror, historical, fantasy and sci-fi costumes for the biannual event which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Whitby has become one of the spiritual homes of Steampunk, Cybergoth, Romanticism and Victoriana fans who flock to the portside town twice a year.
It was chosen to host the festival, which has been running since 1994, partly because it is where Bram Stoker was inspired to write classic horror novel Dracula while staying there in 1890.
It is also home to several Gothic landmarks such as Whitby Abbey, which is thought to be the inspiration for Dracula’s castle.
Among those to attend Whitby Goth weekend was Death himself who is seen here mingling with crowds
This macabre looking pair take a stroll through the graveyard in St Mary’s Church yard in the town
Sara Wilkinson dressed in this dark steampunk attire with cobwebs and bats painted on her face for added melancholy
This brightly dressed pair take a break from the event outside the Duke of York pub in Whitby
This woman took time out from celebrating the art of darkness to pose for a picture on the seafront
The Whitby Goth Weekend may have a dark name but it certainly didn’t stop revellers having fun in a bright arcade
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This woman clasps her goblet firmly while sporting an elaborate dark veil and captivating headrest for the weekend
This devilish attendee is seen speaking on the phone while wearing his black and red attire at the weekend event
Bram Stoker found some of his inspiration for Dracula while staying in the Yorkshire town of Whitby, which hosts the event
This gentleman came prepared for anything – adorned with both a cane and his trusty dueling pistol – while his female companion, sporting an umbrella and handbag, perhaps has more practical concerns in mind
Spooky! This lord of bones and his lady friend chose a striking black and pink theme for the weekend event
The Whitby Goth Weekend was founded in 1994 by Jo Hampshire and has grown to worldwide popularity
It’s not all doom and gloom: Attendees at Whitby Goth Weekend are not required to cut out colour from their wardrobe
Though many do prefer to express their tastes with the bold and simple contrast of black and white
Located on Yorkshire’s east coast by the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has a proud maritime heritage
This attendee proves that the simplest touches of colour can make an otherwise monochrome outfit really stand out
This group of festival-goers visited a nearby graveyard to soak in the rich Gothic history of the Yorkshire town
This gentleman seems unconcerned by the menacing spider making its way across his painted face – though his skeleton companion doesn’t share his relaxed attitude
Whitby Goth Weekend is a celebration of darkness in many respects – but attendees revel in the chance to smile and meet people with similar tastes at the lighthearted and welcoming event