Zombie Prom was an after-hours Halloween event for teens held on a Friday evening. Participants were encouraged to dress up in prom finery/as zombies. There were zombie makeup artists, dancing, refreshments and more.
The goal of the Zombie Prom was to provide a safe and fun activity for teens around Halloween involving popular culture.
The program was promoted through the library newsletter, information sent to schools, teen e-newsletter, signs/fliers in the library, library website, word of mouth and advertised to teens in teen advisory board. We hoped for more attendees, but had a decent amount.
The money for the program was spent on refreshments and makeup and decorations. We were able to borrow Nerf guns for our zombie-slaying component.
We set up areas for zombie makeovers, learning how to do the dance moves from Thriller, refreshments and prom photos. Zombie-slaying took place throughout the library (with some areas designated off-limits).
We started with zombie makeovers and photos, and after some refreshments, we moved into zombie-slaying (with Nerf guns and some rules about how the warfare would play out). Learning the Thriller moves was last; we followed along with YouTube videos projected on a large screen. Twelve teens attended, which was a decent number for us, but we'd hoped and planned for about twice as many.
It might have been fun to include more traditional prom dancing/music as well as the zombie-themed/Thriller stuff that we did. Although we did a good sweep of the library after the zombie slaying, we still found Nerf darts for months afterwards.
About This Library
The Huntley Library is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and serves a population of about 50,000. The library district includes portions of Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin and other area communities.