Fun Zombie Activities for Kids

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Watch your zombie party guests "live it up" with these fun games and activities!

Zombie Freeze

Play this game that is very similar to freeze dance. Instead of dancing, however, have kids walk around like zombies as the music plays. When the music stops, instead of freezing, they have to lie down and play dead.

Zombie Crawl Race

Set up a starting line and a finish line. Have all the zombies lie down behind the starting line, flat on their tummies. Tell the zombies they have lost their legs and must crawl/drag themselves to the finish line. The first zombie to cross the finish line wins the race.

Brain Toss

Make a batch of pink water balloons. Use a marker to draw lines on the balloons to make them look like brains. Separate the players into pairs. Each pair of zombies has to toss a balloon back and forth, trying not to drop and splatter the brains. Have the pairs take a step back from one another as the game progresses, to make it more difficult to catch the brains. The last team of zombies left with an intact balloon wins the game.

Brain Relay

Use the same type of water balloons like the ones made for the brain toss game. Divide players into two teams. Give each team a bucket of brain-water-balloons. Players must race, relay-style (and walking like zombies), to carry the brains from the bucket back to the team. The first team to gather all of their balloons wins.

Red Light, Walking Dead Light

It is a zombie twist on the classic schoolyard game of Red Light, Green Light. One player is the human. The human stands at the finish line with his back turned to others. The rest of the players are zombies. The zombies stand behind the starting line. When the human says “red light, walking dead light, one, two three!’ the zombies move forward (in zombie motions). When the human is done talking, they rapidly turn around. The zombies freeze. Anyone who is caught moving when the human turns around is out. A zombie who can reach and tag the human while their back is turned is the winner.

Don’t Be a Zombie

Before the party starts, make a list of things guests can’t do while playing this game. Assign one player to be the zombie. If the zombie catches a player doing one of the forbidden things, that player also becomes a zombie (and helps catch others as the game progresses).

Some suggestions for things players can’t do:

  • Don’t say "zombie."
  • Don’t get caught eating brains (pick a party snack food at your party to be the brains).
  • Don’t use a certain colored napkin.
  • Don’t go into a certain room (pick a room or place such as the kitchen or the porch).
  • Don’t dance.
  • Don’t sing along to the music.

Players can do all of these things as long as the zombie doesn’t catch them doing it.

Celebrity Zombies

This is played sort of like the game of charades, but players can use words to play this game. The idea is that everyone in the world has been turned into a zombie. Place the names of several famous people into a hat or bowl. Players take turns pulling a name out of the hat and then imitating what that person might be like as a zombie. They may speak, but cannot say the name of the celebrity they are trying to describe.

Zombie Tag

In this game, one player is the zombie; the rest are humans. The zombie stands in the middle of the play area. Designate two safe zones on either side of the play area. The humans must start in one safe zone and make their way to the other safe zone without being tagged by the zombie. Any players who are tagged by the zombie must freeze in place. All of the humans who made it to the safe zone must try again to cross back to the original safe zone. Along the way, a human can tag a frozen player to set her free but must be careful not to be tagged in the process. Free players can make their way back to the safe zone for the next round. Players who were not set free become zombies, too, and help the first zombie tag humans as they run across. Keep playing until everyone had been turned into a zombie.

Musical Zombies

It is a walking-dead version of the classic game of musical chairs. Instead of chairs, however, set up a row of gravestones (find them in Halloween stores or make your own out of cardboard). Play some music and have the kids circle the row of grave markers, walking like zombies as they do. When the music stops, the zombies must lie down in front of a grave. The zombie left standing with no gravestone is out of the game. Remove a gravestone and start the music again. Play continues until one zombie remains. He is the winner.

Body Part Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is always fun for party guests, but for a party full of zombies, what could be better than a hunt for body parts? Before the party, hide several body parts around the yard or play space. Give the zombies a list of body parts they must find. Set a timer and challenge them to find all of the body parts before time runs out.