What Do Dreams of Zombies Mean?

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Last Modified 28 November 2022 First Added 13 October 2022

By Nicholas Barber

What Is The Meaning Behind Zombie Dreams?

The things we dream about reflect our external environment as well as our memories, according to Freud. So if you’ve been binge watching zombies on shows like The Walking Dead on Netflix, or been obsessed with Plants Vs Zombies on your mobile, you’re much more likely to dream about them later on. However, if you’ve never watched a zombie film in your life, but are dreaming of the undead while experiencing emotions like fear and stress, then you may well be concerned about what the dream means to your waking life.

In this article we look in detail at what dreams of zombies could mean to your waking life.

The dream:

Leaping all the way down the staircase in a single bound – you’re in your office, terrified, your life in danger. But how? In a nutshell, your workmates are all trying to eat you.

It started during the lunchbreak. Something infected the cafeteria food. It’s transformed your previously delightful colleagues into bloodthirsty zombies. (Thank God you packed your sandwiches today.) But now it’s you on the menu.

Landing at the bottom of the stairwell, you sprint to the carpark. A dozen ravenous former-colleagues are hot on your tail. You dive inside your car, moments before the horde starts swarming around it.

Closing your eyes, you take a deep breath, count to three and slam the car into reverse – running over your boss in the process, (no chance of a promotion now) and zoom away at top speed.

Then you wake up in a cold sweat. It was all just a horrible nightmare. But what on earth could it mean?

Meaning(s) of the dream:


Whether you’re running for your life from a herd of zombies, disposed of a zombie or have become a zombie yourself, each of these dreams may have different meanings. Here, we explore the most popular zombie dreams in more detail:

1. Dreams about being chased by zombies

It must be one of the most terrifying of nightmares. Being chased by flesh eating zombies is said to be a sign that you’re running from your problems. So if you do have this dream maybe it’s high time you faced them. According to Dreamsopedia, dreams about being chased by zombies are, “a message for dependency and reliance on other people. Your dream is a signal for negative energy or a bad temper. You are not expressing your feelings effectively.”


2. Dreams about turning into a zombie

If you dream about turning into a zombie it’s likely that your subconscious mind is trying to tell you that your emotions are unsettled. Having feelings that vary from day to day can be stressful because you might feel overwhelmed by the quick change in how you are feeling.

3. Dreams about killing a zombie

You can be reassured that if you have a dream about trying to destroy a zombie, it actually has a positive meaning! According to the experts the dream can mean you’re about to achieve all your goals. “Escaping and shooting the zombies in the dream is a positive omen,” says Aunty Flo. However, if you shoot but cannot kill the zombies then this is associated with you trying to aim for a target but cannot quite achieve it.

4. Dreams about a zombie outbreak

If you are ever unfortunate enough to dream about a zombie invasion, it could be that your subconscious mind has revealed you’re struggling to forgive yourself because of a misunderstanding. According to Millers Guild, “if you keep dreaming about zombie invasions, you need to ask yourself whether it is possible to fix things because your emotions are suffering as a result.”

Answering the dream:

Encountering the walking dead in a dream is associated with transformation, energy and also spiritual realisation, according to Aunty Flo. “In dreams, zombies can represent negative attachments and bad habits that just ‘just won’t die’ in waking life”, says Dr Angel Morgan on DreamsCloud.com. “Sometimes, there are personal habits that you are continuously doing even if you know that you have to let go of these habits in your waking life. It is best to seek advice from your family, friends, or an expert to help you in letting go of the unnecessary aspects of your life.”

You may well feel disturbed and even traumatized if you have a vivid dream about zombies so you’ll want to know why you have had such a dream. If you have dream right after watching an episode of Walking Dead then it’s best not to interpret the meaning literally. The dream is most likely just a representation of your own subconscious mind replaying the scenes that you just watched.

Notable appearances in popular culture:

People have been fascinated by the idea of the ‘living dead’ for centuries. Indeed, the English word “zombie” was first recorded in 1819, in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, in the form of “zombie”. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the origin of the word as West African, and compares it to the Kongo words “nzambi” (god) and “zumbi” (fetish).

Since then the depiction of zombies has evolved. The modern zombies portrayed in books, games, TV series and films are quite distinct from zombies of folklore and has only emerged in popular culture during recent decades. This “zombie” is seen in George Romero’s formative film Night of the Living Dead.

As Zombies have gained so much popularity in urban legends and popular culture it’s no surprise there has been an increase in the number of dream reports about zombies across the globe.

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