Hosting a Zombie Apocalypse Halloween Party

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Zombie Infestation Zone SignAlthough this is a Halloween post, its roots go back to December 2012 – specifically December 12.

Chances are 12/12/12 was just a normal Wednesday for you, but it also was:

  • the last sequential date we’ll see for 88 years;
  • the day most people expected the Mayan apocalypse to occur (technically 12/21/12, but why quibble over a few days?); and
  • my birthday!

Specifically it was my 43rd birthday, and what is 4 x 3?  That’s right numerology buffs and amateur doomsday prophets, it’s 12.  You could almost smell the apocalypse in the air.  So my wife, cousins and I decided to celebrate the portentous date of doom shambler style, with a Zombie Apocalypse Movie Night!

My cousins brought the movies, but Retro Planet provided a lot of the fun. So I share this event with you, should you dare to host a Zombie Apocalypse party this October 31st.

First, the appetizers.  I just had to get the Zombie Brain Gelatin Mold and Heart Gelatin Mold.  Talk about zombie essentials!  For the brain, I stayed traditional and went with lime green gelatin, rather than the anatomically accurate—but even more disgusting—gray version Rebecca made the previous Halloween.  The gummy worms added a certain sophistication, don’t you think?

Zombie Halloween Party Table

For the Zombie brain, I used a much more appetizing green gelatin, and added gummy worms.

Next, the beverages.  We filled a huge punch bowl with sangria and chilled it with help from the Cold Blooded Fangs Ice Cube Tray.  But my cousin trumped that by bringing a container of genuine CDC-approved zombie virus, which also tasted remarkably like sangria.  That zombie virus has a kick, let me tell you.

Zombie Sangria

A punchbowl filled with Sangria and Fang ice cubes.

For table decorations, I went with the Glow in the Dark Zombies and spread them around the appetizers.

Glow in the Dark Zombie Figures

A closer shot of the glow-in-the-dark Zombies I placed around the appetizers.

Finally, we needed appropriate beverage containers to enjoy our blood and virus mix.  The Zombie Pint Glass Set was the perfect choice.  The zombie glasses made great parting gifts for my party guests, too.

But just when I thought our party couldn’t get any “zombier”, my cousin unveiled the piece de zombie resistance:  zombie arm bread!  This delectable appendage is made up of a loaf of crusty Italian bread “skin” with hearty sausage for fingers and arm bones.  Add cheese, top it with marinara, pop it in the oven and you’ve got a slice of zombie hell – er, heaven, on a plate.

Zombie Arm Bread!

Bread and sausage… a Zombie arm!

And of course, we tore that zombie bread apart while watching some of our favorite zombie apocalypse documentaries:  Night of the Living Dead, Zombieland, and Shaun of the Dead.

Now, you shouldn’t wait 88 years to hold your own Zombie Apocalypse Party.  Halloween’s right around the corner, so start planning.  I’ve even included my cousin’s zombie arm bread recipe to give you a leg – or an arm – up!

What will your zombie Halloween party look like?  What are your favorite zombie flicks?  We just want to pick your brains . . .


Zombie Arm Bread Recipe


  • 1 large, wide loaf of Italian bread
  • 10 hot turkey sausage links
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup roasted peppers
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the sausage according to directions.
  3. Quarter two of the sausage links and set aside.  Slice the other eight links into ½-inch pieces.
  4. Cut open the Italian bread lengthwise (not all the way through) and lay out open-face style.  Spread sauce on each half.  Lay out sliced sausage on one half, and roasted peppers on the other half.  Sprinkle one cup of mozzarella on each half.
  5. Place bread in oven and bake 10-15 minutes, until cheese just begins to melt.  Remove from oven.
  6. Close the halves.  Insert five of the saved quarter sausages into the front part of the arm, arranged like fingers.  Either insert the remaining sausage in the back part of the arm to simulate bones or serve separately.
  7. Slice arm into 1- to 2-inch slices and serve.

 Thanks to Carol Ann, Mary Lou, Pete and Maurice for making the Zombie Apocalypse fun, and special thanks to Pete (zombie chef extraordinaire) for the great recipe!

Last updated: Oct 07, 2013
Filed under: Retro Food and Recipes, Retro Party & Event Ideas Tagged with: halloween, home parties, recipes