Board up the house – it’s time for a zombie party.
Zombie-themed parties are kind of a big thing right now, and not just for Halloween. People are also throwing zombie bashes for birthdays, Walking Dead viewing parties, or for no particular reason at all (besides the fact that they’re obsessed with zombies). Both kids and adults are getting in on the action.
There isn’t one single formula for hosting a zombie apocalypse party. On the contrary, it can be pretty much whatever you want it to be – both in terms of style and the amount of expense and effort that goes into it. Whatever you have in mind, keep reading for a roundup of zombie party ideas that will have people beating down your door.
Whether you decide to send out paper invitations or an email invites, try to incorporate some clever zombie puns into your wording. Here are a few examples of phrases to use:
Report For Quarantine on Saturday, October 25
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Brains)
Can You Survive the Night?
Join Us For the Season Premiere of The Walking Dead
One important detail to include on your invitations is whether people need to dress up. Requiring guests to get into zombie costumes can be a lot of fun, but it might also scare some invitees away. If you are going to ask people to dress up, consider pointing them to an online tutorial that shows them how to do it cheaply and easily.
Regardless, as the party’s host, you should definitely wear something befitting the occasion. For a Walking Dead party, this could mean dressing up like Rick Grimes or Daryl Dixon. For other types of zombie parties, find a costume that fits the tone (gory, funny, cute, etc).
DecorationsDecorations set the tone for your zombie party. They can create an atmosphere that’s creepy, goofy, cutesy, or whatever you’re aiming for. Here are a few specific ideas:
- Set up some zombie-themed props (gravestones, skeletons, and so forth) in your front yard to greet people as they arrive.
- Literally board up your windows to make it look like you’ve barricaded the house from a zombie attack. You can create your own fake wooden boards by drawing on long strips of cardboard.
- If you really want to go all out, use a projector, fog machine, or other equipment to create spooky special effects.
You don’t have to go out and spend money on store-bought props. However, if you know in advance that you want to host a zombie party, be sure to take advantage of post-Halloween sales to stock up on supplies.
Sound like too much work? Depending on how much you have planned, you might want to ask a few close friends to come over the night before to help decorate. Put some music on, break out some drinks, and make it a party-before-the-party.
Food & DrinkZombies are all about eating human flesh, so make your treats gory (but not too gory if you’re serving youngsters). Every year, food websites come out with new horror-inspired recipes. Here are a few that are perfect for a zombie party:
- Puff Pastry Intestines
- Meat Hand (meatloaf shaped like a hand)
- Brain Cupcakes
- Watermelon Brain
- Fresh Meat (red velvet Rice Crispy treats)
You can make the drinks fit into your zombie theme as well. Here are some ideas:
- Serve green punch labeled as “Zombie Serum.”
- Remove the labels from wine or liquor bottles and replace them with your own, zombie-themed labels.
- Serve drinks in novelty cups featuring blood, brains, zombies – you get the idea.
There are a few different types of music you might want to consider for your zombie party:
- Creepy atmospheric sounds that complement your props and decorations
- A playlist of popular music featuring zombie themes (Michael Jackson’s Thriller, The Cranberries, White Zombie, etc.)
- “Normal” party music
Of course, you don’t have to stick with one style of music. You could, for example, play creepy sounds while your guests are arriving, then switch to standard party fare after everyone has settled in.
For specific recommendations, check out our big list of zombie-themed songs.
Games & Activities
A lot of the fun of a zombie party comes just from seeing the decorations and costumes. You don’t necessarily need a lot of activities to keep people entertained. But if you’re looking for more to do, here are some ideas:
- Have zombie movies showing continuously (obviously, if it’s a Walking Dead party, the airing of that show will be the main attraction).
- Break out a zombie-themed board game (there are a lot of good ones available).
- Play zombie movie trivia.
- Play charades with a list of words related to zombies.
- Pick another party game and zombify it.
Many traditional kids’ games can be zombified in one way or another. You can also buy or make a zombie piñata stuffed with zombie candy. Seriously, how awesome is that?
As always, games are more fun with prizes, even if they’re just trinkets. Fortunately, there tons of zombie-related gifts in all price ranges that you can pick up to reward guests.
To add a touch of drama, you could announce at the start of the party that guests have to win at least one game to “survive” the zombie outbreak. Then, give out prizes with a “survivor” label to game winners. At the end of the night, pass out morbidly funny “zombie” gift bags to everyone else.
How Do You Celebrate the Zombie Apocalypse?
These ideas barely nibble at the surface of what’s possible at a zombie theme party. What things have you tried? What things have you always wanted to try? Leave a comment below!