'The Walking Dead'

tvpartywn21.jpgZombies are so hot right now. Recent cult films such as Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland have made us love the living dead. And now, The Walking Dead, airing Sundays on AMC, has brought those stylish, brain-eating kids right into our living rooms week after week. Of course, glamorizing this lifestyle will surely cause a copycat phenomenon to occur in our nation's schools, so be prepared for zombie chic to swarm a junior high near you. But if you want to be at the front of this trend curve, call your friends and neighbors; we're throwing a Walking Dead party!

Setting the scene:
County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) has awoken from a coma to find that life in the sleepy town of Cynthiana, Ky., will never be the same again. And Atlanta ain't exactly a beacon of southern hospitality either, so we need to decorate with classic zombie accoutrements such as overturned furniture, burned-out rooms and blood-smeared walls. (Yep, happy Thanksgiving, everyone!) You'll also want to pile some of the furniture up against a door as a barricade to keep zombies from getting in. Add a cache of weapons - guns, shovels, swords, hoes (if we've said it once we've said it a million times: Hoes come in handy) - medical supplies and food staples in a pile while awaiting the inevitable deluge of death. In fact, you'll want a few mannequins lying around as victims and a few college students in makeup occasionally trying to break in. It might be a good idea to have other lifesaving necessities such as generators, fire extinguishers, tourniquets, pitchforks, cowboy hats and horseshoes lying around in case things get harrowing. Invitations should be blood-soaked.

The one thing you'll notice right off about zombies is their general lack of fashion sense. Perhaps it's the rotting flesh or the inability to keep bloodstains from ruining their winter whites, but this party demands guests spend time applying plenty of zombie makeup.

On the menu:
Brains. They're what's for dinner. And while no amount of ketchup will help actual brains taste good to us, we can suggest you buy brain molds and make gelatin or pudding brains to serve as dessert. As an entree, try fish - it's brain food.

On the hi-fi:
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) by The Walker Brothers, Thriller by Michael Jackson, Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo and Zombie Jamboree by Harry Belafonte.

The showstopper:
Zombies can be thanked for the hottest video game ever, Rock of the Dead, which combines the coolness of Guitar Hero with the shocking violence of Dead Rising. And where else can we find Rob Zombie and Neal Patrick Harris working together? Hand to God.