A zombie theme party makes for a great Halloween party.

28. October 2023 - Alexander Schmidt

Zombie Theme Party – The Halloween Party of the Living Dead




With staring eyes, tattered clothes and rotten grimace, mouth open to bite, this is how zombies stagger through movies, series, games and our collective imagination. An ideal party theme for Halloween. 7 tips for a successful zombie theme party…

“Spirit of the dead” is what the word zombie originally meant, but what we understand by it today is not the spirit of a dead person, but rather their will-less, decomposing body roaming around. In the voodoo faith in Haiti, there is the idea that a knowledgeable voodoo priest is able to transform a person into a zombie, a living dead person who is subject to his will and, like a remote-controlled robot, does whatever his master tells him to do.

In the first half of the 20th century, the figure of the zombie also became known in the USA and first appeared in horror films and stories. A particularly formative film for today’s widespread image of a zombie is “The Night of the Living Dead“* by George A. Romero from 1968. This film added two features that still characterize the “modern zombie” today: first, you become a zombie by contracting a disease instead of black magic, and second, zombies feed on human flesh and are a biting threat to all mankind.

This modernized zombie has long had its place in pop culture and the horror genre, whether in movies like “28 Days Later” or “World War Z“, series like “The Walking Dead” or games like “Resident Evil” or “The Last of Us“. From these, we also know the topos of the “zombie apocalypse”: the world as we know it is coming to an end. A terrible idea – but as a fantasy also wonderfully entertaining!

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And therefore the theme “Zombies” or “Zombie Apocalypse” is also a super motto for a Halloween theme party!

6 Tips for a Zombie Theme Party

What do you need for a zombie theme party? Do I need to create a zombie virus for it? Are the guests their mutual buffet? Who cleans up after the apocalypse?

These and similar questions must be going through your mind since you decided to unleash the horror and invite to the celebration of the living dead. Never fear! Here you’ll learn everything you need to know.

1. Prepping for the End of the World – Preparation and Checklist

"Rocker zombie with Halloween pumpkin, a guest at a zombie theme party"

Halloween is the perfect occasion for a zombie party

Prepper, these are people who are well prepared… And namely for the end of the world! Or at least the collapse of civilization as we know it. They have converted their basements into bunkers, hoard food and weapons and attend one or the other survival training. One thing you have to give them: if the zombies really come, then the Prepper with the best chances to survive.

Fortunately, planning a zombie theme party isn’t about the whole thing, yet good preparation is definitely an ace up your sleeve! What can be enormously helpful: a party checklist with the most important To Dos.

The most important questions to ask when preparing are:

  1. Will the zombie theme party indoors or outdoors? Or partly, partly?
  2. Which locations would come into question for this? If you have several options: which of them fits best to the theme zombie apocalypse?
  3. What do you have and what do you need decoration?
  4. What about culinary catering? Should each guest bring something? Is there suitable zombie food?
  5. What about music? Do you prepare a suitable playlist or maybe there is even live music?.
  6. What else needs to be purchased and what can you possibly borrow from others (e.g. extra chairs, crockery and cutlery, decorations, music system, etc.)?

2. Welcome to the Apocalypse! – The Invitation to the Zombie Theme Party

"With the right makeup instructions, you can quickly turn into a zombie to shine at a zombie theme party."

You can also look good with zombie makeup.

With an original and stylish invitation to a theme party, you’ll increase the likelihood that your guests will also go all out with their costumes and, if applicable, the food they bring.

Whether you make a card yourself, buy one, or send your invitations digitally anyway, a thematically appropriate design and witty text look good either way.

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For inspiration, here are two suggested formulations:

Dear …………..,

You’ve probably seen it on the news: Hordes of infected undead are on the loose, lusting after human flesh. You are hereby invited to join our group of survivors and celebrate one last big party.
But beware: among us could also be one or two zombies…


Dear …………..,

Do you already notice the first signs of this new virus that has infected mankind? I for my part suddenly feel an incredible appetite for raw meat. I wonder if it has something to do with the bite I got the other day in the supermarket from that maniac who suddenly attacked me? My complexion has become a bit paler since then and in some places the skin is already coming off in shreds…. Well, it should result similar to you, so you are cordially invited to the big zombie theme party on …

3. Mad Scientist Laboratory or Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland – Location and Decoration

"Zombies want to dance too, so good music is one of the most important ingredients for a successful zombie theme party!"

Zombies have very special moves...

Unlike vampires, who prefer to dwell in castles or crypts, zombies know no preferred habitat. You can find them basically everywhere; once they exist, of course. So what is a suitable location for a zombie theme party? What kind of decoration creates a zombie-like atmosphere?

One possibility would be to set up a party cellar as the laboratory of a mad scientist. After all, someone has to bring the zombie virus into the world, and the association is guaranteed to fall on fertile ground with “Resident Evil” players.

Set up a few test tubes in holders, as well as measuring cups with different colored liquids. Hang medical and general science posters on the walls and put a Biohazard sticker on the door.

Another idea is to stage a world in which the zombie apocalypse took place a long time ago, a postapocalyptic Wasteland like in The Last of Us. Your own living room is less suitable for this, but you can certainly lend a “lost place” flair to a party cellar or an outdoor location. Overturned and broken furniture (e.g. from bulky waste), artificial or preserved moss and artificial cobwebs help. If you want, you can even scatter some flour as a “dust layer”, but it’s better to clarify with the guests beforehand if someone is allergic to it.

4. Bone Pale and Grayish Bluish – Beauty Tips for the Zombie of Style

"Zombie costumes can also be extremely unusual and surreal. With this you are guaranteed to be the star of any zombie theme party."

With a fancy costume you will be the star of any theme party.

One should not be fooled by their stare and their, well, let’s say “limited” expression possibilities: zombies, of course, also attach importance to their appearance! Even rotting skin needs care and the gallant staggering and shuffling of the undead has to be learned…

But seriously, one of the most important ingredients for a successful zombie theme party, if not the most important, are good costumes. Fortunately, there is a wide selection of them in costume stores, as well as on the Internet.

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But you can also improvise a zombie costume yourself. Old clothes, which you wanted to give to the clothing collection anyway, you can simply tear a bit and decorate with artificial blood. For face and arms there are very good zombie makeup tutorials, for example this one:


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5. “Lord, Give Brains!” – The Zombie Theme Party Menu

From zombie cookies to eyeball snacks - the buffet should be deliciously creepy

The menu of a zombie is admittedly somewhat monotonous: human flesh, human flesh, human flesh…. And prepared raw and without finesse. Quite apart from the legal difficulties, we advise against implementing this one-to-one at a zombie theme party, if only for culinary reasons.

Instead, you can prepare very tasty food and drinks that look like zombie treats, but leave out the cannibalism part and some are even vegetarian or vegan:


6. Hissing, Snarling, Groaning – The Soundtrack of the Living Dead

No party can do without music and the main criteria for music selection are quite clear: 1. good mood, 2. danceability, 3. to the taste of (most) guests. For a theme party, however, another criterion can be added: namely, to find songs that fit perfectly to the motto.

A complete playlist of only zombie songs will probably be rather difficult to put together, but for kicking off the party or sprinkling one in every now and then, it’s a good idea.


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Here’s a list of music with a zombie theme or vibe:

  • The Cranberries: “Zombie”
  • Stephanie Mabey: “The Zombie Song”
  • Rodrigo Garcia: “The Walking Dead Theme Song”
  • Goblin: “Dawn of the Dead Soundtrack”
  • Misfits: “Astro Zombies”
  • The Cramps: “Zombie Dance”
  • Unearth: “Zombie Autopilot”
  • Borgore & Sikdope: “Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse”
  • Wednesday 13: “I Walked With A Zombie”
  • Horror Pops: “Walk Like A Zombie”
  • Faith No More: “Zombie Eaters”
  • Cannibal Corpse: “Pit Of Zombies”
  • Ghost: “Ghuleh / Zombie Queen”
  • White Zombie: “I, Zombie”
  • Social Distortion: “Road Zombie”
  • Weezer: “Zombie Bastards”
  • Vic Mensa, 93PUNX: “Zombie”
  • Kirby Krackle: “Zombie Apocalypse”
  • Single File: “Zombies Ate My Neighbors”

Have fun at your zombie theme party!

Do you love theme parties? Do you already know our ultimate theme party list with 111 party themes? You can also find inspiration and ideas for Halloween and especially for Halloween parties here on “Abenteuer Freundschaft”.

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