Homecoming is a time of excitement and reunion for both students and recent graduates. It's also a time to reinvigorate school spirit with dress-up themes that engage students and spark a school-wide sense of unity. Challenge your students to create the most memorable getups every day of Spirit Week.
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Food and Drink
On the first day, tell students to dress up as a food or beverage they believe has an admirable quality (for example, steak provides protein and therefore strength). Next, tell students to pair off (or get into groups) and dress up as food "partners," such as ketchup and mustard. Third, students must dress up as an old-school after-school snack, such as a fruit roll. The fourth day can be salad dressing day with a twist: "French" dressings come in berets and high fashion, "ranch" dressings come as cowboys and "Caesars" come in togas and sandals. On the last day, put students into groups again and tell them to collaborate to dress up as a complete meal.
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Pick a different genre for every day of Spirit Week. On Monday, try westerns; students can easily find bandannas and boots. Tuesday, go for period films and see how quickly students can put together a Victorian ball gown. For Wednesday, do science fiction; it takes just a cardboard box to make a robot or computer costume. On Thursday, prepare yourself for fake blood and gashes as students participate in horror film day. The last day, Friday, tell students to work in groups to dress as the cast of their favourite teen movie, such as "Pretty in Pink."
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Devote at least one day to letting students put together the tackiest possible outfits. Have a thrift store contest another day, judging students on putting together the most fashionable attire supplied solely by a thrift store (they must show a receipt to prove their purchases). Another day, tell students to imitate a celebrity notorious for poor or weird fashion choices. Allow students' inner designers come out with a "my design" day: Tell everyone to use the school colours to design a distinctive outfit. Give prizes for the best outfits.
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Spirit Week's history features a variety of tried-and-true dress-up ideas. Students typically seem to enjoy pajama day and hat day; make these themes more interesting by making traditional baseball caps off-limits or by not allowing any flannel. There's also twin day; encourage students to use their creativity by requiring them to imitate a real-life pair of twins rather than just dressing identically. "Dress for success" day can give serious students a chance to sport their most businesslike attire.