Hundreds of people dressed up in rags and put on ghoulish makeup, then lurched through the center of Mexico City for the zombie walk that is staged every year on the approach of the Day of the Dead and Halloween.
In another macabre event in the region during the past week, people toured a darkened cemetery in La Paz, Bolivia, while actors portrayed the famous people buried there.
Some 172 inmates overpowered guards and escaped from a prison in Arcahaiea, Haiti, leaving one guard lying dead inside.
In Venezuela's capital, tens of thousands of protesters filled major streets and plazas to demand the resignation of socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Polls say a majority of Venezuelans blame Maduro for triple-digit inflation, a free-falling economy and shortages of food, medicines and other basic goods.
People also took to the streets in Brazil to condemn violence against women following the brutal gang rape of a woman on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro by suspected drug dealers.
Elsewhere in Brazil, brown tidemarks could still be seen on the trunks of trees lining the banks of the Doce River almost a year after a dam holding back mine waste broke open, unleashing a tsunami of mud that killed 19 people, buried towns, and polluted hundreds of miles of rivers and forest land.
In an effort to combat prejudice and violence against transgender people, fashion stylist Ronaldo Fraga selected transsexual models to show off his creations during Brazil's Fashion Week.
Photo gallery edited by photographer Rebecca Blackwell in Mexico City.
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This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings