Next came decorations. Obviously if it's the end of the world, you're not going to have a lot of coordinating decor to work with. It seemed more important to "board" up the windows. At first I was going to paint cardboard into a wood grain pattern, but I'll be honest, I lack artistic ability. So I found some wood grain contact paper at the dollar store & covered the cardboard with that instead. To give the illusion of nails, I bought some brads, but used double-sided tape to stick the boards up over the windows. The guests were told to knock twice on the garage door to gain entrance to our zombie safe zone, so I put a sign over the front door to discourage them from trying to enter that way. It was an homage to the writing on the hospital doors in the first episode of The Walking Dead. We put the fake boards up early in the afternoon and enjoyed watching people drive by slowly, trying to check out why our windows were boarded up. My husband & I giggled thinking about people assuming we were a burned out meth house or something. I saved the boards b/c they are going to be very handy next Halloween! I just need to come up w/ a better way to secure them b/c double sided tape will only hold up so long and tacks would cause too much damage to our window trim. Since we couldn't completely do without using electricity (what's a party w/out karaoke, anyway?!), we only used what was necessary. We used two small lamps & a ton of flameless tealights in the living room/kitchen area. The tealights were scattered throughout the house, including bathrooms, to discourage folks from turning on lights. In the garage, we only used a clamp light, which was secured to the Quarantine Cam so that everyone's pictures would turn out alright. I think eventually the actual garage light got turned on, but the rest of the house remained poorly lit so as not to attract zombie hoards.
cakes my cousin Felicia makes b/c she's a fondant sculpting genius, but I didn't do too shabby.
The guests were told to dress as either a zombie or a survivor. They were all brought into the garage and "scanned" in our homemade photo booth, which was dubbed the "Quarantine Cam". Yes, we broke the rules and allowed zombies and survivors to co-mingle, but we couldn't very well keep them separated. Where's the fun in that?! My husband was a "nooner" zombie. His back story was that he went home for a nooner & was bitten by a zombie, and therefore turned before he could put pants on. I was one of many survivors. I made trophies so that guests could vote for best zombie & best survivor costumes. The best survivor won a trophy w/ a plastic apple. The best zombie won a trophy w/ a barbie head on top, which I painted up to appear infected w/ the zombie virus. There was also a prize for the winner of the game my husband put together called Shout About Zombies. That prize was a little container of bath salts.
|Shout About Zombies prize|
|The back label I made for the bath salts|
And now it's time to start putting together the 1st Annual Ugly Sweater Day for the Operations department at work. :)