A Zen Garden Party: Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies is one of my family’s favorite games, so much so that we’re planning our next Halloween party around it. Both of my kiddos play the game on their iPads, and to be perfectly honest, my daughter is better at it than I am! My hope is to create a life-size version of the game for our friends and family to play with us in the middle of our cul-de-sac this Halloween.

Check out some of the fun ideas I’m working on for this upcoming party…

Crazy Dave and the Zombie

With a little help from my trusty projector, I’ll bring Crazy Dave and one of the zombies to life…well, not exactly to life, but they’ll look really cool on our living room wall.

Anybody wanna play?

This reminds me of the game itself, and I think it will serve as a good way for the kids to develop a “strategy” before we play the life-size game outside. 

Too cute to be scary!

These little guys can wreak some serious havoc in the game, but in this case, they’re just too cute to be scary.

Helium filled red balloons with a “scary” face drawn in black sharpie and a double sided cutout of a zombie tied to the balloon with red ribbon…super easy, and guests can take one home after the party!

If you want to have them ready well in advance of your party (to allow plenty of time to draw the “scary” face), blow them up yourself (no helium) and hang them from your ceiling. You’ll get the same effect…with less stress the day of your event. After the party, attach each balloon to a balloon stick, and the kids can still take one home to enjoy!

Plants vs. Zombies party decorations

Sunflower, meet Zombie

I plan to construct several plant and zombie table decorations of varying sizes. I like both of these examples, but I also want to include some smaller, polymer clay plants sitting in clay pots for our snack table. These could be given away to the kids at the end of the party as well.

Plants vs. Zombie Tall Nut Party Decoration
Plants vs. Zombies Bok Choy Party Decoration

Boy Choy, meet Tall Nut

Both of these little guys are made quite simply from paper bags. I’ll check our local supermarket for larger bags, but they typically have advertising all over them, so I may have to go with the smaller lunch bags.

The tall nuts will likely be used as props during our life-size game. The bok choy is constructed around a stuffed lunch bag, using two different varieties of green tissue paper.

Let the Games Begin

Now it’s time to bring out the big guns…well, maybe not too big. These mini marshmallow shooters would work well for an indoor game (click on the picture to visit a website with good ideas for indoor games), but I’m thinking we’ll need more “oomph” if we’re going to play a life-size version of Plants vs. Zombies in our cul-de-sac!

Time for Target Practice!

This simple structure is made from PVC piping. Cut out few zombie heads and hang a bell from the bottom of each so guests know when they’ve hit the target.

Zombie Goodies?

Sounds kinda sketchy, I know, but the kids will love these zombie goodies! I’m debating on what to include with our goody bags this year. I really like the ideas I found associated with the second photo (the plain green bags-click on the image to visit the website). We might even have time to let the kids plant their own herbs to take home, which is a great suggestion I found on the site linked to the photo above. I had originally thought of creating a zombie survival kit, but some gardening tools, seeds, and maybe a perler bead plant keychain sound even better. Who knows? Maybe I’ll do both!

Plants vs. Zombies Party Cake

Zombie Cake, Anyone?

I love this cake idea, and I know our local bakery can do something similar with minimal effort. All I’ll need to do is add some plants and a few zombies…maybe even some lawn mowers…and we’ll be good to go! Laminated cut-outs on toothpicks should do the trick. Simple and super cute!

Warning: Zombies Inside!

I haven’t looked into getting one of these yet, but if I can’t find something similar online, I will make my own (using my trusty projector again) for our front door.

Zombie Necessities

I definitely like the idea of the small plastic cones for the kids (we’ll also be using them for the adults who will play our life-size zombies later), as well as the “Hypno Shroom Extract.”

Not sure about those zombie teeth, though… ick …although the kids would undoubtedly love them!

Additional Resources

I hope you’re inspired by these Plants vs. Zombies party ideas. Most of the photos above are linked to their original sources, so be sure to click on those and check them out. Below are some additional party supplies you may find appealing (these are affiliate products, and I receive a small commission for any items you purchase through these links). Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.