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My daughter is the chapter president of Phi Thatta Kappa (or something greek like that) at the local community college and she asked if I had any fun ideas for a fund raiser for next fall. She was thinking this was a great opportunity for us to do a big haunted house but not really wanting to give up my own yard haunt and knowing there would be no way to pull something off in the short time between school starting and Halloween, I suggested something much simpler...a zombie prom or dance. She loves the idea and I have a lot of ideas but would love to hear what the demented minds here come up with for decorations. Remember, this is a group of college age Honor Society students which means energy is high, funds are low. I'm having a hard time finding the time to work on my own props so my time to help or teach a bunch of newbies is even more limited. We will need props and decorations that aren't too juvenille yet not too complicated or time consuming either.
OK gang.......let's hear what you got!
 

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Well i guess the obvious first choice would be to make some zombie pvc figures for the yard and some groundbreakers with tombstones. It would just depend cost wise on what type of masks you use for the zombies, or you could buy some cheap $5 skulls and make your own zombie heads. It would be a fun project you could work on together.
 

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If you can get some big drums or possibly even garbage cans, paint them yellow and put some warnings on them.

Maybe even a line:

If this canister is compromised.
Call the U.S. Army Immediately
1-800-555-5555


Then have one tipped over with goo coming out, or painted.

Can't have a zombie party without decontamination! Heck, you could even use them as stands inside the dance. If you want to get really fancy, have Plexiglas tops with buckies / bluckies inside that have been corpsified. As is in Night of the Living Dead 2, if im not getting my movies mixed up.
 

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Ran across this picture and I like everything about it:



The zombies and tree are cardboard cut-outs. I'd stiffen them up with a dowel or PVC on the back. I also love the lighting scheme. The blue foreground (or is that black-lighting?) and the orange background. If they could find a way to do the orange back-lighting that would rock! The light misting fog is cool too. Looking at the ground, these tiny hills could be made with foam boulders. Scatter some carpet pieces and that could do the trick.

If you could do the entire perimeter of the dance floor with this it would pull off a great look for a pretty small price. You could get several zombie styles by projecting outlines of zombies on the cardboard and tracing the outline.
 

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A severed ice hand in the punch bowl
Jello brains served for dessert
Food areas decorated with severed body parts

Since money is an issue, most if not all the party props would have to be made. Many can be made out of foam & decorated very cheaply. Dress suits can be bought at thrift stores & distressed. Scars & wounds can be made from plain jello, a little makeup, & some fake blood.
 

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Ran across this picture and I like everything about it:



The zombies and tree are cardboard cut-outs. I'd stiffen them up with a dowel or PVC on the back. I also love the lighting scheme. The blue foreground (or is that black-lighting?) and the orange background. If they could find a way to do the orange back-lighting that would rock! The light misting fog is cool too. Looking at the ground, these tiny hills could be made with foam boulders. Scatter some carpet pieces and that could do the trick.

If you could do the entire perimeter of the dance floor with this it would pull off a great look for a pretty small price. You could get several zombie styles by projecting outlines of zombies on the cardboard and tracing the outline.
LOL ! Hey Terra. I am planning on doing these cut outs in thick foamcore with orange back lights and heavy fog for the area at the side of my house. Front yard is graveyard.
This year a zombie theme.
I am trying to work a "standard traditional " cemetery every year and each year "theme" it slightly. This year zombies, next year skeletons, ghosts or funeral etc. But this year I picked Zombies,
because of this photo and simplicity of the idea. I figure about 5 or 6 different zombie cut outs. ( I might actually throw a real shirt or pants on them to give
them some shadow demention) . I think these are great for a zombie prom.
You could definately do cardboard standees if it was inside.

Tip for large cardboard resources . If your area has a place that manufactures mattresses ( twin, full, queen king) you can usually get those sized sheets of cardboard for a few bucks each. I think I pay $3.00 to $5.00 a sheet. If you have access to a projector you can project the printed image out onto the cardboard sheets in lifesize and would be very ecomonical compare to the price the party design place wants. Cut them out yourself. Paint em with black latex paint.... whaaaa la. I think they would be a hit for decorations.
 

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LOL ! Hey Terra. I am planning on doing these cut outs in thick foamcore with orange back lights and heavy fog for the area at the side of my house. Front yard is graveyard.
This year a zombie theme.
I am trying to work a "standard traditional " cemetery every year and each year "theme" it slightly. This year zombies, next year skeletons, ghosts or funeral etc. But this year I picked Zombies,
because of this photo and simplicity of the idea. I figure about 5 or 6 different zombie cut outs. ( I might actually throw a real shirt or pants on them to give
them some shadow demention) . I think these are great for a zombie prom.
You could definately do cardboard standees if it was inside.

Tip for large cardboard resources . If your area has a place that manufactures mattresses ( twin, full, queen king) you can usually get those sized sheets of cardboard for a few bucks each. I think I pay $3.00 to $5.00 a sheet. If you have access to a projector you can project the printed image out onto the cardboard sheets in lifesize and would be very ecomonical compare to the price the party design place wants. Cut them out yourself. Paint em with black latex paint.... whaaaa la. I think they would be a hit for decorations.
Heh, heh...great minds think alike. :p I was like you, as soon as I saw this picture, I was like WOWZER...nice look!
 

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This sounds like a great idea!
I like the idea of the cut out decorations. a little effort and creativity goes a long way!
I was also going to suggest a projector playing either Dance of the Dead or Shaun of the Dead. Low, or no soundtrack. More to enhanch the theme than to sit and watch. A DVD of old monster movie trailers can do the same thing.
Most likely there's someone in the group or at the college into video - they could do a looping DVD of highlights from zombie movies. I wouldn't push the gore as much as the scare.
Decorate with colored lights and cheap distressed material.
Good luck, and please keep us posted on the progress!
 

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lol, i saw dance of the dead about a weak ago with some of my friends. we all thought it was great. have they made the sequel yet?
 

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Bugger...I thought this thread title was "Zombie Porn"..


Oh well...back to "Halloween props".
 

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I like the pic Terra posted. I think the Zombie Prom is a great idea! We used to get a big group of art majors to dress up as zombies and meander around campus for a few hours on halloween night. The first year there were only 10 or so the next about 50. Maybe you could incorporate a costume contest for the liveliest zombie. Fake blood is pretty cheap and you could splatter it around everywhere to make a massacre scene.
 
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