With back-to-school comes a new focus for high-school students: homecoming! When you’re trying to think of fun, new things for homecoming this year, why not add spirit games? Prizes could include free tickets to the homecoming dance or a gift card so the winner can get dinner or go see a movie. You can also pick a few themes and let your students vote for their favorites—or do a different theme every day of homecoming week! Here are a few easy themes and fun spirit games to try:
- Old Hollywood Glamour Theme: Roll out the red carpet for homecoming week! Decorate the entrance to your school to look like the outside of an old-fashioned theater, complete with Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Pressley, and James Dean standees, to get your students into the spirit of the week. At lunch, you could set up a ticket booth reminiscent of ticket booths at those old theaters to sell homecoming dance and football game tickets as well as hand out popcorn. Your spirit game or contest idea here could be impersonations! Hold a small talent competition in which your students can show off their impersonations.
- At the Carnival Theme: Students never get too old to go to the carnival! Hang streamers from the ceiling throughout the hallways of your school and decorate the main hall with bright colors and fun balloons. Serve a different carnival-themed snack each day: popcorn, caramel apples, and cotton candy are great options. The fun spirit game you could tie into this theme could be a balloon animal contest! See which students can make a balloon animal, flower, or hat, and then have a panel made up of teachers judge to see who wins.
- Under the Starry Night Theme: While typically, a moonlit theme is more associated with a dance, you could take and it create moonlit cookouts for lunch throughout the week. Make it tailgate-related for the upcoming game! Serve hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, and potato chips—you could even let your students sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather for a few more days before the chill of fall sets in. What kind of spirit game could you incorporate here, you ask? Challenge your students to show their school spirit: have them make t-shirts, wear face paint, do anything they can to create the best show of school spirit. The faculty of the school can judge again, but rather than one overall winner, choose a winner from each class. This way, your students will have a chance to get to know someone they might not have otherwise met.
These are just a few suggestions—your choices for homecoming themes are wide and varied. The best way to get your students pumped for homecoming is to do something different to catch their attention every day of the week. By choosing a theme that has so many different possibilities, your students will definitely be ready to show their spirit at the big game!