The theme for the teen summer reading program this year is Own the Night. Of course, creatures such as vampires, werewolves and zombies come to my mind when I hear this theme. That is why I planned the Supernatural Survival Skills 101 program for the tweens and teens.
At our smallest branch location we had nine kids register for the program. Eight of them came. This was the perfect size group, since there are only 8 chairs in the teen area! We went through several quizzes on topics such as vampires, ghosts and werewolves and went through a PowerPoint about various supernatural creatures. For snacks we munched on powered donut eyes, sour patch zombie victims, witches’ fingers (Bugles), witches’ broomsticks (mini-peanut butter cups and pretzel sticks), ghost poop (mini-marshmallows) and had zombie juice (dyed lemonade) to drink.
After the quizzes, PowerPoint and snacks, I gave the kids face paints so they could make themselves into zombies. We then went outside to have a Zombie Apocalypse Drill. The Zombie Apocalypse Drill was essentially a game of tag, but instead a person being tagged as the new “it”, each person tagged also becomes a zombie until no one is left. The kids really enjoyed this part of the program! They played several rounds, coming up with new ways to make it more of a challenge, such as the zombies having to crawl, walk slow or even hop. The youngest of the group – a fourth grader – was the fastest. He also was great at the whole “human body shield” concept of surviving a zombie apocalypse.
A lot of the ideas I used for the program are ones that I found on Pinterest. Of course, I made a whole board just for planning this event.