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The Meaning of Zombie Dreams

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Sue writes about dreams, real estate, mental health, human resources, and parenting.

Read on to learn what your dream of the living dead could mean

Read on to learn what your dream of the living dead could mean

Dreaming of Zombies?

With an increase of zombie appearances in the mainstream media, it is no wonder that zombie dreams are on the rise.

Zombie stories exist in most cultures around the world. They are found in movies, books, t-shirts, and urban legends. After having a dream about zombies, it is important to identify your influences. Have you watched a zombie movie lately? Do you have a fear of zombies? Are you hearing about zombie-like criminal behavior on the news? Do you believe someone can turn someone else into a zombie through magic, curses, or poisons? Locating the inspiration for the zombie dream will help you ascertain its meaning.

What Do Zombies Mean?

Zombies in general may symbolize the dreamer or aspects of the dreamer.

Are you detached from your life? Is your mind disconnected from your work or daily activities? Are you just going through the motions? Are you in control of your life or have you found you are starting to resemble a machine rather than a human?

Zombies are not attached to their thoughts and feelings. Does this concept relate to your current state of being? Do you feel dead inside?

Does your zombie dream mean that something you buried in your unconscious is coming back to  life?

Does your zombie dream mean that something you buried in your unconscious is coming back to life?

The Living Dead in Dreams

The concept of the living dead has been around for centuries. What happens to us after death is part of a larger unknown, and what is unknown tends to be a source of fear for people. Fears play out in our dreams and come alive in our subconscious.

When dreaming of zombies, it may be beneficial to consider them as the living dead, a concept which may allow us to understand that although we may fear the end of something (such as our lives, but possibly some other ending), we may also have fear about something not ending when it is supposed to (such as the dead rising, or some other unfinished business). This dream may indicate that the dreamer is attempting to kill off something prematurely. Perhaps the undead symbolizes an unresolved issue or a feeling that the dreamer is attempting to avoid and kill off instead of confronting.

It is amazing how robust these unresolved issues can be. They refuse to die. They will haunt us until we finally face them once and for all. On the other hand, this dream may have a positive effect on the dreamer and help them realize that something needs to be put to rest once and for all.

Zombie Attacks in Dreams

Zombie attacks are common in pop culture. Dreaming of one may relate to fears, anxiety, and overwhelming stress. Do you feel threatened or attacked in your waking life? What negative feeling or influence is challenging you?

Since most scenarios of zombies involve zombies being infected by something, this dream can relate to being influenced or damaged by something internally. Are you fearing you will lose control of a situation or yourself? Do you feel others threaten to control your life or take away your personal power?

Dreaming of a zombie mob held back by fences/barriers may relate to the dreamer's defenses. Are you trying to contain what the zombies symbolize instead of confronting it?

Dreaming of a zombie mob held back by fences/barriers may relate to the dreamer's defenses. Are you trying to contain what the zombies symbolize instead of confronting it?

Dreaming of a Mob of Zombies

A mob of zombies can represent overwhelming feelings of stress. Perhaps this relates to a situation that was ignored and has now gotten out of hand. This can relate to a situation in your waking life or a battle you are experiencing internally.

Mobs can also represent all of the little stressors, fears, and irritants that collectively overwhelm you.

Dreams like this may indicate to the dreamer that they need to take a break, sit down, and allow themselves time to confront uncomfortable and unpleasant feelings and situations in order to find a resolution for what is holding them back.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Sue B.


JoannD on July 18, 2014:

So the dream starts out with my dad taking me to school. We start to drive and it looks like a very cloudy almost overcast weather. We start to go the wrong way to my grandmothers house. I noticed a rabbit that turned down a block ahead of us. When we pass it the rabbit is in someone's yard but it's now the size of a kangaroo with a tan tucan beak instate of a muzzle. We keep driving till we get to tge bridge over the storm surge irrigation system. By now it sprinkling and the entire system is full of sediment and a layer of water on top. In the sediment is a man half submerged. My dad stops the car and gets out. He goes to the man to see if he is ok and the man lashes out at him. He backs away and calls 911. I ask him what wrong because he looks worried and said that no one will answer. So he takes me to my grandmothers where all of my aunts and uncles are. We wait around the house and talk to each other when I noticed that I hadn't seen my dad in a while. I look outside and his truck is still there but I can't find him anywhere. While looking around I found my grandma and she was talking to a women and her child through the window. They were asking to come in from the storm. It was now poring down rain. We let then in and I continued ti look for my dad. I started to get more and more scared and frantic. As I'm searching I noticed the tv was on the news. I saw my dad at the building were my mom works. There inside the building with a huge horde of people surrounding it. Then I hear banging on all the walls and moans. I look around for my family but im alone. The banging gets louder and louder. I'm huddled in a coroner and I try to block out the sounds then I hear screaming and I start to cry. I closet my eyes and fell like I'm falling. And that's when I wake up.

Sue B. (author) on October 01, 2013:


Thank you for commenting!

Dreams of zombies, especially lately with this genre's popularity, can often be a result of our daily experiences and media on our dreams. I know for myself, if a movie or TV show scares me or bothers me in some way, I will dream of it that night and work through these icky emotions. Those dreams certainly seem to have a function even if I'd rather avoid a rerun!

Happy Dreaming!

Lisa from WA on September 30, 2013:

If I watch anything zombie related or if I'm super stressed, I always have a zombie dream. Just yesterday we watched World War Z and I told my boyfriend, "thanks, now I'm going to be dreaming about zombies all night." Of course, I was right. They used to terrify me but, perhaps because I've had the dreams so often, I've gotten to the point where they actually don't scare me at all, even though they do keep me up when I wake up with my heart racing from running away from hungry hordes. This was yet another fascinating read.

Sue B. (author) on February 11, 2013:


Thank you for submitting your dream.

Zombie dreams tend to relate to feeling dead or having our actions detached from our thoughts or feelings. Since you are on the roof in this dream, it may be that you have retreated into your thoughts and have a tendency to lose yourself in your mind in order to escape tough feelings and experiences. The zombies could show you what threatens you by being so detached.

A lot of the dream is focused on your dad. How is your relationship with him? What could he represent for you? Is there something about your dad that you are not expressing? Since he dies while going to church, perhaps this relates to feeling spiritually cut off.

The 2 girls fighting could relate to inner conflict within you. The wrench gives me the idea that your emotions or conflicts has thrown a wrench into the situation (idiom).

There seems to be an imbalance of energy in the dream. Do you feel like you are just scraping by now and do not have enough time, focus or attention to give to all parts of self? If you have an imbalance of give and take within your life, it can leave you feeling depleted and deprived. The dream may be showing you how cutting of yourself, such as a spiritual side, does not make sense just like it wouldn't make sense to be grateful you lost your dad because that would leave more food to split among everyone.

This dream may try to be focusing you on matters of the heart and soul. What is feeding your heart and soul? In what ways are these parts of who you are stifled and not expressed currently?

D-R-E-W on February 09, 2013:

Hello, idk if you look at comments on this page but I had a really weird zombie dream, It wasn't so scary but I was disturbed for some reason.


What happened was I was sitting on the roof of my house, with many kids my age friends and random people, some i have not seen in a while, so the zombies only came out at night so here's some things i remember my dad was going to some prayer circle, and he doesn't even go to church, he died on the way there just in sight of the house.

Kids went to church but we had no classes so I just remember running around.(middle school which is outsideish) We went to lunch then 2 girls got into a fight will these small alan wrenches ( you can google an alan wrench) one of them died violently then turned into this weird dismembered gargoyle with a deep raspy voice and gave a speech, something along the lines of we will all die revenge etc. I don't remember much after this but i remember not that many kids came back to my roof after a few days, yes there was maybe 3-4 days in the dream but i don't remember it, like it skipped, I woke up a little bit after this point, but i also remember my mom said that it was good that my dad died because we have less food to split.

Don't know if anyone will see this, much less respond to this, but I needed to get this off my chest.


Sue B. (author) on December 16, 2012:


Your dream sounds like it is showing how your emotional side is rather unconscious for you and there is a disconnect between your mind and heart/soul.

The ocean often relates to our unconsciousness. The moon often relates to our emotional side. To have it melt into the ocean seems like an unhelpful way in which we are choosing to manage our emotions- by ignoring them and believing they will just go away.

Zombies would relate to how we feel-- disconnected. This type of emotional management is threatening you. It may be time to confront emotions and stop running from things.

ditto903 on November 30, 2012:

hi sue... had this complicated dream a few years ago that i just do not understand, i saw the moon fall down on the ocean. it then melted and spread throughout the ocean and the ocean began to be turbulent, producing very big 'tsunami' waves, going up and down and finally the waves spread to the land. i then went to the mall and there was complete chaos and people were turning in to zombies due to the air from the ocean, the zombies were killing everyone and i was running for my life, away from them but where ever i ran to they were there. the town was just infested with zombies and it was just me there (not zombie) and this other guy i met as i were trying to run from zombies

Sue B. (author) on August 31, 2012:


Dreaming of your mom waking up from the dead may relate to your struggles to truly accept that she is gone and actually gone. Since she becomes a zombie, it may also relate to your disconnection from painful feelings associated with the loss of your mom and your disconnection from your mom. Although this sounds like a scary experience, dreaming of similar things over and over again can mean you are not addressing something important and may need to confront your feelings.

I would associate your dreams with attempting to avoid these feelings and put them to rest without truly processing them and feeling like you are being chased by these feelings- they can't quite go away. If she is chasing you in the dream, then you are running from something associated with her. I would think this relates to a need to confront your feelings and really allow yourself to grieve.

ch on August 27, 2012:

Last i had a dream about my deceased mother, she passed away on 2005. In my dream, we are in her funeral, my cousin and aunt were crying, and then suddenly my mother wants to wake uo from the dead, she keeps on waking up like a zombie and then she started to chase after me, i was so scared. Im so confused, i don't know what is the meaning of my dream.

And before this i also had a dream about my deceased grandfather who died last year. The same thing happened in my dream. Please help me, im getting scared.

Sue B. (author) on August 17, 2012:


That sounds like a creepy dream. A diseased child with a blank stare could relate to either concerns about the maternal connection with your child or your inner child. The child would represent an aspect that needs healing, needs attention, needs to be connected with, and needs to be expressed/honored in your waking life.

jen on August 11, 2012:

What about dreaming of deseased child with blank stairing look at me.shes still a baby just looking at me i will never forget thoses eyes can help me determine what that means

Sue B. (author) on July 07, 2012:


thank you! If the werewolves are hunting you, I would see this as you running away and avoiding what it represents. Chase scenes in dreams tend to mean you may have a need to confront something you are avoiding.

William Benner from Savannah GA. on July 07, 2012:

Wow, great answer! Now, what if the werewolves are hunting you? Does that mean you are trying to escape the "shadow self"?

Sue B. (author) on July 07, 2012:

Highvoltagewriter- Thanks for commenting.

Werewolves are very symbolic and often represent repressed instincts or the shadow self in literature and in dreams. Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde was also inspired by a dream and may have similar meaning.

The transformation and loss of control of actions attributed to the werewolf story can relate to the feeling that instincts or undesirable drives and characteristics must be suppressed. Whenever we repress or deny any part of our selves there is a backlash- instead of being controlled the werewolf takes over.

This is a common struggle within humanity. The goals of these type of dreams is typically to help the dreamer resolve the issue and strike a balance between all competing aspects of self. How can the werewolf be expressed appropriately? How can the werewolf be honored in some way without threatening other aspects of self and values?

The werewolf can represent the shadow self we repress that threatens to destroy our social and ideal identity of self. Overcontrol of self certainly backfires as apparent in most of these type of dreams. If I had this dream, I would want to explore how I could express all aspects of self in harmony and overcome the idea that one side must win over the other. Harmony is a concept that allows seemingly opposite sides to coexist and create a dynamic and complete self. Although it is undesirable to allow the werewolf to control ourselves, overcontrolling the werewolf backfires and is damaging in the end- it destroys precisely what we are attempting to protect. Instead, we may want to use the ocean as a metaphor. We cannot control the ocean and the ocean can destroy us as well. The best way to manage the ocean is to go with the flow and ride the waves.

William Benner from Savannah GA. on July 06, 2012:

What if you dream about werewolves? That is what I have been dreaming about for many years. I have also started writing a novel about werewolves that has been inspired in part by some of my dreams.

Sue B. (author) on June 05, 2012:

Thank you for your comment, Glenn!

I actually wrote my hub because of the number of people coming to me telling me how they have dreamed of zombies recently. I am assuming the increase is in response to recent zombie-like criminal behavior in the news. Talk of zombies certainly awakens a lot of fears in us all!

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on June 05, 2012:

I became interested in reading your Hub because of all the images of zombies I see lately on TV. However, I have never had any dream of zombies. Based on the negative reasons, that you mentioned, for dreaming about them, I feel good about the fact that they are not part of my dreams. I guess that means I don't have the issues that you have mentioned. :) Very interesting Hub and I voted up.