Children's birthday parties are always a fun opportunity to flex your creative muscles as a parent and give your child a celebration they (and their friends!) won't soon forget. Planning a party around a theme that your child loves is always a good idea—it's basically a guarantee that they'll have a great time, and it's an easy way to make sure details like your decor, attire, and food all coordinate well together.
If your child happens to be big into zombies, you're in luck. Hosting a bash with that creepy theme just got a whole lot easier, thanks to these nine genius party ideas that will help you plan everything from the food and decor to the fun activities.
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Send Spooky Invites
Get your guest list buzzing with excitement with help from an eerie zombie party invitation, like this bio-hazard-themed style from Zazzle. Be sure to include important information, like the location of your party, the timing of the celebration, and whether adults are welcome along with their children (or if there will be on-site adult supervision). You can also use your invitation as an opportunity to make requests of your guests, such as a "no gifts" or ask that they abide by a certain dress code (like apocalypse attire).Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Set Out Warning Signs
Set the scene from the moment guests get to your home with the help of these zombie warning signs by Marilyn Clark of 4 You With Love. Print them out and attach them to stakes (wood paint stirrers from the hardware store work too!) to decorate your yard or line the path to the party. You could also hang them indoors around your party space, or use them to designate which doors in your home are off-limits.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Decorate with (Faux) Body Parts
"Planted" by Kate from Sew Woodsy, these zombie hands creeping out of pots are a fun way to creepy out your party guests just a little bit. Made from hands she found at the dollar store, they can be planted and set anywhere from the front porch to the center of your party table. If body parts are a little too creepy for your crew, consider placing faux gravestones in your garden or sticking glow-in-the-dark cobwebs around your home instead.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Play Zombie Games
No party is complete without a few spooky games! Encourage a bit of creepy fun by planning zombie-themed activities for party-goers to partake in. Younger children will love easy games like zombie freeze or musical zombies, while older kids can up the ick factor with a "body part" scavenger hunt or brain toss made using pink water balloons.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Set the Table for a Zombie Feast
When Marie Dannettelle of Sweets Indeed was asked to create a dessert table for a client, she paid attention to every detail. Fans of the show The Walking Dead will appreciate the clever design and nods to the series, but even those who have never seen an episode (or younger kids) can appreciate her survivalist table design and thematic dessert selections, which include goodies like cream puffs that ooze "green guts."Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Bite Into Brains
When it comes to the menu for your party, the grosser the better—in appearance, at least! Lean into the zombie theme by serving up foods that seem super icky but taste amazing, like pasta "intestines" or the deliciously disgusting brain cupcakes made by Rosana Pansino. Other ideas include "bloody" meatball subs, finger hotdogs, eyeball cake pops, and more.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Serve Up a Sip
The antidote to a zombie infection? A delicious drink, of course! Delight guests with this bright green zombie punch from Play Party Plan, complete with gummy worms, floating candy eyes, and more. If you don't want to go all-out with a signature sip, consider shopping your supermarket for drinks that fit your theme, like a pre-made green smoothie mix, "bloody" cranberry juice, or even "radioactive" lime Gatorade.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Craft Crazy T-Shirts
Reinforce your zombie theme with t-shirts for each guest. You could make them ahead of time, like Vanessa from Tried and True blog did with the above vinyl, which flips atop a kid's head to reveal a playfully gruesome zombie face. Or, use t-shirt making as its own party activity and have each child tie-dye their own "blood red" shirt to take home with them post-apocalypse—we mean party.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Give a Parting Gift
Thank guests for coming—and keep them safe from zombies—with a thematic and useful parting gift of hand sanitizer. Kate, the blogger behind Never Done With Fun, created a zombie antidote label you can print off and stick to any store-bought bottle for easy (and clever!) gifting. Couple the bottles with a few more gifts, like glow sticks for zombie hunting or green popcorn "zombie boogers" for a fun token of a great birthday bash.