Don’t Open, Dead Inside

We recently celebrated my sister’s birthday with a Walking Dead theme. She is a big fan of the Walking Dead, however I am not. So this has been an interesting experience trying to create a birthday about something that I know not much about.

Now first off, for everyone who loves the Walking Dead please don’t be mad at me. I have watched some of it, discussed plot points and characters with my sister, and occasionally ask how things are going with various situations in the show. Over all the show is just not my kind of show but I understand why others like it and that’s ok. Though if Negan kills Glenn I will be sad.

To start getting things ready for the party I brainstormed some ideas and decided to make some decorations to fit the theme, turn the kids and me into zombies, and zombiefy the food.

For the decorations I decided to make a “door” similar to the one in the first episode where the zombies were locked inside the hospital cafeteria, a bloody tablecloth, some zombie shirts and buy zombie face paint.




  • Twin sized sheet set, fitted sheet ( the flat will be used for tablecloth)
  • 2 hangers with clips
  • Red paint
  • *Black Paint (optional, I needed it to darken the red)
  • Black spray paint
  • foam brush
  • Drop Cloth

I was able to get all the supplies at Walmart, except the hangers which came fromĀ  my closet.

To get started I first made a couple small cuts into the edge of the sheet to remove the elastic, that way it would lay flatter and hang better.

Then I used the center fold crease on the sheet to mark the middle of the doors, where they will be able to open at, and traced the words “Don’t Open” (left side) “Dead Inside” (right side) with a pen. Make sure to draw your letters large enough to spray paint over. I didn’t and so my letters ended up smooshed together.

When done with that, clip the hangers to the top of your sheet and hang it where you are going to be painting. I worked in our garage (please excuse the mess because we actually use it and I have no intention of pretending otherwise) and hung it from a fluorescent light bulb (probably not recommended).

Before painting I placed the drop cloth behind the sheet to protect whatever was behind it from the paint.


Once all set I used the black spray paint to paint the letters. As I said before my letters were kind of smooshed and not very readable in the end. Hopefully you have better spray painting technique than me or perhaps just paint the letters on with the foam brush and black paint. Whatever method you choose it should turn out better than mine.

For added pizazz I mixed a little black with the red paint to get the desired blood color and used the foam brush to splatter “blood” on the sheet. I also painted my hand to make a few bloody hand prints on the sheet.

Once all dried I cut the sheet up the middle (along the center fold crease) so it could open like the doors and hung it over the doorway in the kitchen. (please ignore the fact that I ended up hanging the door upside down in my rush to get everything ready)


Bloody Tablecloth


Supplies: (you will need everything from the picture except the hangers and spray paint)

  • Twin size sheet set, flat sheet (fitted sheet is used for the door)
  • Red paint
  • *Black paint (optional, I needed it to darken the red)
  • Foam brush
  • Drop cloth

I was able to get everything from Walmart.

To make the bloody tablecloth I first laid out the drop cloth on the garage floor and then spread out the flat sheet on top of the drop cloth.

I then mixed a little black paint into the red until I got the desired blood color and used the foam brush to splatter the paint on the sheet. I made sure to concentrate the splatter more towards the center of the sheet since that would be the most visible part when on the table.

Once satisfied with the paint splatter I left it to dry for a few hours and it looked great.


Zombie Shirts



  • White shirts
  • Red paint
  • *Black Paint (optional, I needed it to darken the red)
  • Foam brush
  • Drop cloth

I was able to get all the supplies at Walmart.

To make the shirts I first laid out the drop cloth on the floor of my work space (aka the garage) and laid out the shirts in a row on the drop cloth, so I could easily go from one shirt to the next while painting them.

I next mixed a little black paint with the red until I got the desired blood color and used the foam brush to splatter the paint all over the shirts (front and back).

I then painted my hand and used it to make various hand prints on the shirts. Make sure to smear the hand prints and not be too neat, get creative with this.

Once done painting I left them to dry for a few hours and they turned out great.


Zombie Makeup

I had never done zombie makeup before and needed to make sure I got makeup that was safe for everyone’s skin (we all have very sensitive skin). So after some Googling around I found this family sized zombie makeup kit that was hypoallergenic.

Zombie Family Makeup

I also wasn’t sure how to correctly apply the makeup so that we all looked sufficiently zombieish. So I searched around YouTube and found this great little video. I was able to do everything in the video except the latex because of our sensitive skin and the neck appliance because I didn’t have one.

Zombie Makeup Tutorial — How To Do Easy Zombie Makeup

Between the video and the directions on the back of the package I was able to do everyone’s makeup pretty easily and quickly. I used my own makeup sponges when applying the makeup, which seemed to work pretty well. In the end everyone was happy and we had no bad skin reactions to the makeup.SAM_2191