How to Play Zombie Tag with Glow Sticks

A fun variation of zombie tag can be played with glow sticks. Read this article to learn how to play.


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    Buy red and green glow sticks (preferably the ones that can go on your wrist), making sure there is enough for everyone. For instance, if you're playing with 20 people, you'll need 20 red and 20 green glow sticks. Because you can never be sure how many people are playing, you should try to plan the game for an event like a party.
    • Red glow sticks mean that person is an infected zombie. Green glow sticks mean that person is a healthy human.
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    Pick one person to be the zombie and give that person all of the red glow sticks. Everyone else puts a green glow stick on their wrist.
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    Tell the zombie to count to 50 with his/her eyes closed.
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    Have all of the humans run and hide.
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    After the zombie counts to 50, he/she will go and hunt for human flesh.
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    Once a human is caught, the zombie gives half of their red glow sticks to the human. That human now becomes a zombie. The zombies keeps giving half of their red glow sticks to each human they catch. This cycle goes on until every human is infected (holding a red glow stick).


  • This game is mainly played outside at night, but can also be played inside in a dark room.
  • Travel in a pack if you're faster than everyone else so you can use them as a distraction.
  • Always look at the persons wrist to see if they are infected or not.
  • Tips to discourage cheating:
    • Make sure the glow sticks are clearly visible on their wrist.
    • Set boundaries (if playing outside, no one can go inside and vice versa) and punish players that cross them (give them a red glow stick).


  • Watch your step so you don't bump or trip on anything.

Things You'll Need

  • Glow sticks
  • A playing area
  • People

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