End of the World Party Ideas

Updated on September 26, 2019

Why Have an End of the World Party?

The Mayans predicted it, Nostradamus wrote about it, and even REM sang about – yes, the end of the world is about to happen (at any given moment, it seems), and apparently there’s not a thing that we can do about it. OK so the original end of the world on December 21, 2012 never quite happened - but you know it's just around the corner!

So what are you going to do when the zombie apocalypse begins or the asteroid nears Earth? When you hear that the super volcano is about to explode are you going to curl up in a ball and begin praying, or are you going to party like it’s 1999?

If you’re like me and understand the inevitability of death and the fact that whether or not the world ends today, a year from today, or in a billion years, I’m still going to die sometime in the future, then why not go out and celebrate in style – if there is an afterlife, the talk will be all about the Armageddon bash that you threw!

This articles aims to give you a few ideas on how to throw the biggest end of day’s party the world will ever see.

Who Should You Invite?

Well you could invite the President , but it’s unlikely he or she will attend as they'll either be holed up in a bunker somewhere or on Spaceship 1 heading for the secret base on the moon or mars. You could invite your favorite rock band but then you’re going to have to put up with millions of ‘guests’ gatecrashing your party.

So invite people that you generally like; consider people who are close to you, who have always be there for you and who will always be there for you even during the ultimate final day. Forget about those friends who have flittered in and out of your life only when they needed something, and don’t invite the side of the family who has always looked down on you.

You want the party to be fun and exciting, so make sure the invitees are ready for the party of their life! You can even make your own invitations using Microsoft Word – download some suitable fonts, perhaps dress up in a zombie costume for a picture and voila!

Oil on canvas - great inspiration for your cemetery themed end of world party.
Oil on canvas - great inspiration for your cemetery themed end of world party. | Source


Planning the End of the World party decorations can be extremely fun. With all the different ways the world could end you can let your mind run wild. Here are some ideas on how to decorate:

  • Cemetery Theme – if you believe in the Zombie Apocalypse then you simply have to decorate like a cemetery. The cool thing about the cemetery is that you can drag out some of your old Halloween decorations and use them. With old tombstones, skulls, heads on spies and other ghastly decorations you can certainly make your party look amazing.
  • Mayan Theme – well a lot of the predictions for December 21, 2012 were based on the Mayan Calendar, and it's possible the date was misinterpreted, so the Mayan calendar could still be right. So why not have a Mayan theme for your ‘Apocalypto’ party. There are plenty of Mayan decorations such as symbolic calendars, torches etc. that can be added to a general Jungle theme. If you are adventurous you could even try to pain a Mayan pyramid on one of your walls.
  • Asteroid Theme – this is perhaps for the more adventurous out there. The idea of an asteroid theme is to make it look like the part has been hit by a huge asteroid. This means you’re going to have to decorate with several rock type decorations; if you are artistic you can paint your own backdrop featuring collapsed buildings on fire, craters and any effect that looks like you just might be on the moon! You could even build a paper mache asteroid and make it look like it is coming through the ceiling.
  • Alien Theme – some believe that the world will be over-run by aliens; therefore an alien theme is perfect for a party. Decorate your home as if the invasion is over and create an atmosphere as if you’ve been imprisoned in an alien ship. Adorn your party with futuristic designs and symbols. Hang alien costumes around and create sinister looking devices that could also double as drink dispensers!

A classic Zombie cocktail. (use link to see recipe)
A classic Zombie cocktail. (use link to see recipe) | Source

Food and Drinks

Well if you’re going to die you may as well die full. It’s a great time to simply forget about your diet and pig out on some amazing food. Here are some food ideas for your party:

  • Cemetery Theme – You can have a lot of fun creating Zombie related recipes. A bucket of blood is a fun drink to create and required water, food coloring, milk and corn syrup. While many people may not like them Liver, Kidneys, Brains are all edible and can actually be quite tasty if prepared correctly. Here is a great recipe for Bread Zombies. Of course the good old Zombie is a great alcoholic beverage to serve.
  • Mayan Theme – This is the easiest theme to cater for. If you love Mexican food then you simply have to make enchiladas, burritos, nachos, salsa and guacamole. Don’t forget the rice, beans and tacos too! Of course you will want to ensure there’s a handy supply Tequila and Dos Equis. If you’re creating a family oriented party then I’d suggest creating some handy Aqua Fresca – this is simply a blend of fresh fruit, water, lime juice and/or lemon juice.
  • Asteroid Theme – The good thing about asteroids is that there are already quite a few recipes that fit the theme perfectly. You can make rock lobster, rock cakes and serve those little cheese balls that just happen to look like asteroids.
  • Alien Theme – You can really have fun with this one. Simply watch Star Trek for a few days and you’ll see plenty to inspire you. Brightly colored fruit juices, spaghetti cooked with ‘color’ to make it look like worms, pop-corn with added food coloring, colored boiled eggs. Generally you can create any ‘funky’ looking normal food and add food coloring to make it look out of this world.


Well if you’re going to die you may as well die looking great. It’s a great time to simply forget about your inhibitions and come out looking amazing. Here are some costume ideas:

  • Cemetery Theme – You have quite a few options for the cemetery themed party. Of course the obvious is a zombie costume, or zombie hunter costume but you could also have fun with vampires, werewolves, Death or any other standard ‘horror’ Halloween costume.
  • Mayan Theme – There are plenty of Mayan costumes to choose from ranging from an ‘I survived the Mayan Calendar’ hat to authentic Mayan hats and jewelry! Heck, who knows – if you dress as a Mayan you might actually end up surviving the end of the world.
  • Asteroid Theme – This is about the hardest to dress for, but be imaginative. You could dress like an asteroid, or any of the other rock based ideas presented above. Perhaps an Indiana Jones type costume would work as you could pretend you are running from the asteroid?
  • Alien Theme – You have so many costumes to choose from here with the likes of Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers, Independence Day, Men in Black etc. What would be fun was to try and get everyone to dress from the same show – for example you could all dress as your favorite character from Star Trek – just don’t wear a red shirt as you’re going to be the first to go!


You can stick to your theme and have music that relates to it:

  • Cemetery Theme – The obvious band to have playing at the Cemetery themed party is the Zombies. Of course there’s plenty of death metal to play; some Reggae music also could be perfect for this party.
  • Mayan Theme – Any Mexican music is perfect for your Mayan themed party; other ideas include monks chanting (giving a temple feel) or the them tune to Apocalypto.
  • Asteroid Theme – The soundtrack to Armageddon seems perfect for an asteroid based party. Of course the Atari sounds to the original arcade game would be pretty cool too!
  • Alien Theme – Well there is so much science fiction oriented music out there that you are spoilt for choice. You could simply play all the theme music from the particular show you are dressing up as.

Of course you could simply play every end of the world related song you know. Here are some examples:

  • REM – It’s the end of the world as we know it.
  • Europe – The Final Count Down
  • Skeeter Davies – The End of the World
  • Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
  • Boyz II Men – End of the Road


It turned out hat December 21, 2012 was simply another day and the world did not end, but it's inevitable the world will end one day, so why not begin planning now. If you’re not the partying type you could spend the time with family, build your own Zen garden or simply read a book.

If it is our time to leave this amazing planet then so be it, but in the words of Grouch Marx:

“I intend to live forever, or die trying.”


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    • Randy Godwin profile image

      Randy Godwin 

      7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I hope you are doing well with this hub, Simey. A few months ago HP, in their infinite wisdom, idled mine--the same subject-- which was written in 2009. Yep, I apparently lost all of the links I had garnered over this period through Google as I only get a hundred or so views a day from Bing and Yahoo now.

      So much for planning ahead on this site. LOL!


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      7 years ago

      I wonder what will be next, but whatever it is Just make sure its on a friday Like Dec 21, 2012, so I have the weekend to recover from my hangover. and lets try to make the end of the world in summer next time so I can throw a pool party, that will be red for lava... but now the I know its not going to end I gotta go pay some past due bills.. lol

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      7 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I don't think there's an end of the world this year, but I would throw a party using one of your ideas! I love the cemetery idea! I'm going to make it into a Christmas theme and call it "Last Christmas Party!"

    • katielrose profile image


      7 years ago

      My first thought is to throw a party whenever I hear someone say that the world is going to end on such and such a date. Fun ideas; I can't decide between zombies and aliens though.

    • jellygator profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      HAHA, nice!

    • iguidenetwork profile image


      7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Hahahahaha. I'll pick the asteroid theme, for the preparation of things to come on 12/21.. XD

    • Trish303 profile image


      7 years ago from Springfield, MO

      Thanks for the ideas my sisters 2 year old daughter birthday falls on 12-12-12 and we are doing an end of the world birthday party for a 3 year old lol

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      7 years ago

      I'd decided a while ago to have an End of the World Party. I believe if the world does end it will be 'cos of a series of disasters so I made my theme : Favourites Things Before I Go. Everyone coming has to wear their fav outfit, be it jeans, ballgown or pyjamas, we'll have fav food & drink, listen to fav music, bring fav photos to pin on wall, there'll be fav jokes and games and I'm still working on it!!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      7 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      This is so funny..i pick mayan theme...of course alien theme sounds good too...lol...what a great hub...debbie

    • Natashalh profile image


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      It actually didn't occur to me to have an end of the world party. At least I can get some delicious Thanksgiving food in the month before...maybe I should ask for Christmas presents early, though.

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      Jennifer Stone 

      7 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      I love a good party me.... any excuse will do! And what better than the end of the world? Great hub, thanks, and a special thank you to Just Ask Susan for getting that damn REM song out of my mind and making me sing Frank! lol Voted up and stuff, Jen

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      Liz Elias 

      7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      How funny, and fun! Reminds me of the silly Groundhog's Day party a great-aunt of mine once threw.

      I always liked George Burns' comment: "I don't believe in dying; it's been done." I was so sad that he died before his 100th birthday party that was already set up.

      I agree with the idea that there's no need to worry about the 'end of the world' one way or the other. That's the thing about life: you don't get out of it alive--or, to quote another celebrity, Mark Twain observed that there are only two things in life that are certain: death and taxes.

      Great, fun article--voted up, funny, interesting and shared!

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      Dreamer at heart 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      Your hub could start a new party rage and become bigger than the milennium party theme. Great hub

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      7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      SimeyC - you should join me and RealHousewife for the big party down at Chichen Itza!

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      Kara Monterey 

      7 years ago from Indianapolis

      I always look for a good excuse to throw a party! Thanks for the ideas:) Good hub!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Had Frank singing in my mind as I was reading your entertaining hub ... I'm sure you know the song and perhaps would like to sing along ...

      And now, the end is here

      And so I face the final curtain

      My friend, I'll say it clear

      I'll state my case, of which I'm certain

      I've lived a life that's full

      I traveled each and ev'ry highway

      And more, much more than this, I did it my way

      Loved your hub!!!

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      Penelope Hart 

      7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's the greatest, most fun hub!!! Love it. Sharing it and pinning it too. Will you come to my End of World Party???

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      7 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      SimeyC, thanks for a refreshing, fun outlook on a doom and gloom subject. You made it fun! I really like the music choices. I didn't click the link, but don't forget Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," for all those praying for the end of time!

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      7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      Cool. I'm hunting for the Paak Chuc now.

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      Simon Cook 

      7 years ago from NJ, USA

      Austinmar - thanks! I knew that while they share the same land the foods were different, but felt that not many people would want to research and eat true Mayan food - I will add a note to the text and include some links to real Mayan Foods.

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      7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      Ah, everyone confuses Mayan with Aztecs and Mexicans. The differences are startling though. Mayans are short with sloping foreheads and an Asian look. There is compelling evidence to suggest they came over from Malaysia instead of up through South America like the Incas, or down through North America like the Aztecs.

      The Mayans do have their own language, food and customs. They don't really know what a "taco" is. They eat a lot of roasted meat with vegetables. They recently and reluctantly began eating "Mexican" food.

      My favorite Mayan meal is Paac Chuc. It's a pork chop marinated in sour orange juice and spices. It's absolutely wonderful. I'm planning to get the recipe for some Mayan food on my End of the World party trip in December!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Well, I must be a dull person because in 1999 we didn't thinking of doing anything with our computers or our lifes which prove we knew nothing would happen.

      This would probably be us if the world ever does give up.

      Vote up and intereting, Joyce.


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