Zombie Apocalypse 2012 Halloween Decoration Ideas

October is upon us once again.  This is my favorite time of year – when the leaves turn majestic hues, but still remain on the trees.  They’re much less beautiful when the need to be raked up.

Of course, there are a few other reasons to love this time of year, too – football is back (with real refs!), every treat imaginable now comes in pumpkin flavor, and every zombie fans favorite holiday is right around the corner!

Since this is a site about zombies, we’ll just focus on the Halloween part.  Specifically, here are a couple ideas to help you celebrate a bit more creatively this year.

 

Lawnpocalypse!

Just putting a few zombie lawn gnomes in your yard is sooooo 2011.  No, just like all outdoor decorating holidays, you need to out-duel your neighbors in a nuclear arms race for turf supremacy.

So, this year, it’s gnome zombies vs gnome survivors in an epic battle on your lawn!  Shit just got real.

These nifty guys are being sold by thorssoli on Etsy, and are an obvious answer to any zombie threat that might come your way.

Now all you need to do is set up an outdoor speaker playing sounds from a Rambo movie or something similar, and set up a few landmines.  That will show those trick-or-treaters you mean business!

Okay, so according to my legal team, you should probably leave out the landmines.  And I won’t even suggest replacing them with trip wires and a siren, or a laser grid.  That would be improper of me.

Instead of those, I’ll just suggest a warning sign:

 

Party like it’s the end of the world!

Now that your outdoor decor is covered, it’s time to move inside for a rocking zombie-themed party.

And I’m talking about an adult party here.  Look elsewhere for the kid’s games.

So, first things first – you’ll need some music.  In keeping with the theme, how about some Rob Zombie?

Next, you’ll want to exalt the guest of honor, alcohol!

To zombie up the staples, you can use these zombie beer openers, and zombie wine bottle stoppers.

Also, consider a rum punch, seeing as how zombies and Haitian sugarcane plantations are inextricably linked, and of course rum is made from sugarcane.  And could there be a better way to serve such a punch, than in a zombie punch bowl?

Yeah, okay, it says it’s a cookie jar, but that’s a minor technicality once there’s punch in it.

Oh, and don’t forget the brain shaped ice cubes.  Yep, you read that right.

If your friends are a bit of a rowdier crowd (mine are), you might want to check out these shotgun shell shot glasses.  These are just all around cool.

 

I have to be honest with you though – when it comes to food I don’t recommend getting creative.  Nothing should be green, slimy, or gelatinous unless you’re serving jello shots.

Stick with things you can prepare in a large batch to serve a lot of people.  Pasta, chicken wings, chili, tacos, kabobs, etc can all be prepped ahead of time and finished last minute, or cooked the day before and just reheated.

Don’t over-complicate the food.  Save that energy for clean up.

 

Lastly, you’ll need some sort of entertainment.

Unfortunately, zombie strippers aren’t for everyone.  Maybe that’s a good thing, considering how the vampire stripper thing went in From Dusk Til Dawn.

Maybe something just as fun, but a bit less risque?

Well, you can transform any standard card-based drinking game into a zombie card drinking game.  Pretty basic, but I have a feeling zombie beer pong would get very sloppy very quickly.

And if you’re a bit more geeky…

The always popular Munchkin line of card games has a Zombies version, for 3-6 players and takes 1 hour to complete according to the box (probably more if you’ve been drinking).

Or, for 2-4 players there’s a Walking Dead board game, in which you can play as survivors or zombies.  And of course you could supplement this by hosting your own marathon of the TV series.  Season 1 and season 2 are available to stream right from Amazon, and with season 3 scheduled to premiere on October 14th, you’ll be able to catch up any stragglers mid-season.

Are you excited yet?

Are Zombies Real?

Are zombies real?Zombies are, according to Voodoo practitioners, corpses reanimated by powerful sorcerers called bokors who use them as slaves or thralls.

To horror-fiction movie fans, zombies are lumbering beasts hungry for human brains.  Braaaaaains! Om nom nom!

But, are zombies real?

Zombie-like behavior is definitely real.

For instance, look at the Cordyceps fungus, which hijacks the brain of it’s host and guides it, in order to locate the best real estate for sprouting and releasing it’s spores.  Nasty stuff.

Another example is the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which infects rats, causes them to become bold and seek out cats.  The cats, in turn, eat the rats and the parasite breeds in it’s intestines and is passed in cat scat, which infects new hosts.  It’s estimated that 50% of the human population is infected.

If you missed this horrific news story, a man in Florida high on a drug known as bath salts chewed off a homeless man’s face.  Both men were naked, and when confronted by police, the attacker growled at them and continued gnawing.

Informational Writings

Wade Davis, a Harvard ethnobotanist, claimed to have discovered a powder in Haiti, created by bokors, which poisoned victims and temporarily paralyzed them.  This was featured in the April 15, 1988 issue of Science Magazine, in an article called Voodoo Science.  He also wrote two books on the topic, The Serpent and the Rainbow, later made into a horror movie by Wes Craven, and Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie.

In May of 2011, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a comic book, and preparedness blog post for a zombie apocalypse.

The CDC really knows what is important – not whether or not zombies are real, or whether the apocalypse is coming – but being prepared for any emergency that might affect you and your family.  Keeping those you love safe is the greatest responsibility you have in times of crisis.

I recommend you take these steps to prepare yourself for zombies:

  1. Prepare or buy an emergency supply kit
  2. Create a disaster plan
  3. Start building useful survival skills

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