Costume Ideas for Spirit Week

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Costume Ideas for Spirit Week
Students can have fun dressing up in costumes. (anime girl in red costume 4 image by Mikhail Malyshev from

Spirit week is a time for students to join together and participate in the same school events. To celebrate the occasion, many schools choose to have costume days with a specific theme. Whether you are having just one dress-up day or an entire week of them, give students plenty of advance notice so that they can prepare their costumes.

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Decade Costumes

If you have a theme week that relates to a decade--such as a 1960s or 1980s theme, you need to dress like the people from that era. With a 1960s theme, you could try to dress like a hippie by wearing bell bottom jeans or a long flowing dress. Wear your hair long (or get a wig) and put some flowers in your hair. If the theme is the 1980s, you could wear acid-washed jeans, T-shirts that feature popular 1980s bands, or anything that looks like Madonna.


For a pirate day, girls can wear a white blouse with a ruffle and a long billowy skirt, wearing their hair in braids or pulling it back with a bandanna. Guys may also want to wear a ruffled white blouse, along with black trousers and knee-high boots. A pirate hat or an eye patch can complete the look.


If the theme is the future, you can dress as you imagine people might look in the future. For example, you could wear shiny silver clothes with sparkly boots. You can also dress like an alien, with green make-up all over your face

Medieval and Fantasy

With this theme, girls can dress like a princess or queen, in an empire-waist dress made from satin or velvet. Guys can dress like a king, with tights, knickers and a velvet coat. You can also dress as fantasy characters, such as a fairy with wings, a dragon or an elf.

Characters from Literature

Show off your knowledge of books by choosing a character from literature. It's easy to dress like the characters from Harry Potter; you only need a school uniform and a cape, along with a magic wand. You could also choose characters from old classics--such as wearing rolled-up jeans and a straw hat to look like Huckleberry Finn or wear an "A" around your neck to dress as Hester Prynne.


You could interpret a Hollywood theme in one of two ways. One way is to dress as though you were attending an awards show, in formal wear. The other way is to dress as a character from your favourite movie.

School Mascot

Students can dress up like the school's mascot. While not everyone may be up for wearing the full suit, students can still come up with ways that they can emulate the mascot. For example, if your mascot is an eagle, students could wear a plastic eagle's beak. If the mascot is a tiger, you could wear a headband with furry tiger ears. You can even sell these simple items as a fundraiser.

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