Zombies For Dummies

by samantha on January 7, 2011


I looooved horror movies when I was little. On Sunday afternoons my grandma used to let me watch old Hammer Horror flicks with her. Elvira provided the comic relief. I was even a member of her fan club!  I found Dracula to be horribly romantic and I was delightfully frightened with Who Slew Auntie Rue? When I got a little older, at slumber parties we would watch stuff like Piranha and Sleep Away Camp. Honestly, fairy princesses were never my thing. So it comes as no surprise that Fritz is following in my footsteps.

Fritz loves zombies. He talks about them all the time. I believe the whole thing started with a little cartoon called Scooby-Doo, you may have heard of it. I’m not sure he understands what zombies are. Explaining the walking dead right now might prove complicated. He must think that behind every zombie facade is simply a disgruntled museum director or carnival janitor. So be it. Regardless, he can’t get enough of the zombies. And I’ll tell you something else, although it was not a parenting high point for me, last weekend Fritz sat through Resident Evil 3 in it’s entirety. He voluntarily covered his eyes a handful of times and I assisted when I felt a gory scene coming up. Throughout the movie I explained about special effects, make-up and the fact that it was all fake. I even suggested we make our own zombie movie!

The case and point, Fritz does not scare easily. Though is is not a reality for all children. I’ve heard of kids losing their minds watching The Nightmare Before Christmas. So far Fritz has exhibited no signs of monster-under-the-bed-syndrome or what’s-in-the-basement-phobia and NO nightmares…not yet anyway. He’s not even four. What trouper! So In honor of Fritz’s zombie obsession I’ve put together a list of a few child friendly zombie accouterments. Brrrrraaaains!


Fritz started watching Scooby-Doo about a year ago and never looked back. He has a Mystery Machine lunch box and most nights at least one Scooby-Doo book is in our bedtime book stack. Scooby-Doo is a perfect introduction into the make believe world of monster mania.


Fritz got these AWESOME zombie temporary tattoos in his stocking. The designs are created by famed tattoo artist Mitch O’Connell. Zombies and tattoos, I’m all about killing two birds with one stone.


I adore Lenore and I know the kids will too one day. What a special little undead girl she is! I’ve donated all my Lenore comics to the kids library and they are sitting patiently on a special shelf I’ve reserved for all my old books that I’m passing on to Fritz and Lola.


Literally every time we go to Beacon’s Closet Fritz begs me for this remote control zombie toy. I’ve never caved, mostly on principal of him not getting a toy every time we walk into a store. Note to self, purchase for the kids birthday.


This is an app for the iPad my mom got for Fritz. The iPad is quickly becoming the bane of my existence. Fritz is exibiting addictive behavior to the device and I’m not feeling it. But admittedly, Plants Vs. Zombies is a pretty cool game.

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Juli January 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I (sort of accidentally) let Vaughn watch part of Underworld 2 last night and he’s all about werewolves now. So funny. I hope I didn’t scar him for life. I forgot all the monsters in Scooby Doo. I’ll have to put it on for him!

Dina January 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm
nova January 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Are you the coolest mom ever? Maybe.

Heather January 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

My two year old is OBSESSED with Horror High stuff even though she has never seen the show, although the premise of the show about being different and we’re all weirdos is my cup of tea. This is as close to Barbie as I can get without getting all annoyed (except for those rocker Barbies limited editions last summer):

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