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Pep Rally Rouser Ideas – Decorate & Make Noise!

Posted by Stumps Spirit on October 16, 2012

The recipe for a successful pep rally is a heaping helping of fierce enthusiasm, several spoonfuls of fun and a few clever props and noisemakers.

Make an Entrance
Preparing for a rally is like setting a stage. Let everyone know something’s up with spirit decorations! We recommend team letter flags and durable banners featuring your sport or mascot and which can be hung in corridors, on gym walls or over railings. If indoors, suspend decorating curtains in team colors over the doorway that the team will enter.

We love inflatable decorations for entrances, too. An inflatable arch, arc or pair of columns concentrates attention where you need it right at the beginning and can be used later for decorating a dance.

Earn Glowing Reviews
Blacklight and blackout pep rallies have been around for a few years but are still extremely popular. We’ve seen them done with black lights, glow products and strobes, sometimes even all three!

Wylie East High School in Wylie, Texas, turned out the lights right at the beginning of its first pep rally of the school year and used glow sticks and necklaces. Check out a write-up and video about it at Blue Ribbon News, and if your school has used glow-in-the-dark or special lighting effects during pep rallies, please share your experiences in the comments!

Turn to our glow event theme pages for cool glow backgrounds, large decorations and black light fixtures, then visit glow products for wearable items, stadium cups and glow-in-the-dark paint.

Inspire the Crowd
You know that the difference between offering entertainment and holding a real rally is audience participation, and that means getting everyone in the room to do the same activities, such as learning a new chant or song.

It also means lots of noise. Magnify and concentrate the energy with noisemakers such as bam bams, bells and clappers.

Bams or Spirit Stix are terrific choices for rallies because they can keep time, and they provide great visual appeal due to their size. Sell bams at lunchtime before the rally, and give out a few pairs as contest prizes, too.

Inflatable bams, clappers and cow bells fit into a variety of budgets because you have control over the degree of personalization. Add new noisemakers to your stash of team supplies before the next big game.


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