Eight Contest Ideas for After Prom

All night at the prom students were dressed to the nines and hopefully on their 12pbagglibest behavior at such a formal event. After Prom is the time for students to let loose! It’s a great idea to have a number of contests for students to participate in at the After Prom. Make sure you have awesome prizes like gift certificates from local businesses, swag bags, or other prom favors.

Costume Contest

The dance is over and the dresses and tuxes have come off. But what will everyone wear to the After Prom? Make the decision easy for them and have a costume contest that fits with the After Prom theme. Most After Proms have a theme totally separate from the dance. It could be an 80’s theme where guests can wear their biggest hair and wildest makeup, or maybe a luau where guests show up in grass skirts and leis. Have a costume contest and award the best outfit that fits with the theme.

Dance Contest

Sure everyone has been dancing all night at the prom, but this is a contest that will see who the true dancers of the school really are. Since most people will be tired of dancing, see who can handle the pressure of dancing even more in some sort of dance-off. Either elect judges to determine who stays and who goes, or have cheers from the crowd determine the supreme dancing champion.

Guess the Teacher Contest

This is a fun contest for students and teachers. Have faculty and staff bring in pictures from their prom. Post them on the wall and number them. Throughout the night, allow students to look at the pictures and try and match each teacher to their photo. Close the contest down about 30 minutes before the end of After Prom to allow time to go through the entries. Whoever correctly matched the most wins! If there’s a tie, throw the names in a hat and pull out a winner.

Prom Dress Contest

Sure the girls spent hours and hours looking for the perfect dress, but what if they only had a few minutes… and toilet paper? Have a contest where groups of 3-4 are given a few rolls of toilet paper and they have to create a toilet paper prom dress on one of their group members. Have After Prom chaperones pick the winning dress.

Hula Hoop Contest

It might be right out of the 50’s, but sometimes there’s nothing more entertaining than a hula hoop contest! See who can last the longest, who can walk and hula hoop, who can hula hoop the fastest, etc. To make things even more entertaining, have teachers participate in this wacky contest.

Karaoke Contest

They’ve danced the night away, now let them sing! But don’t just have a regular karaoke contest, add some excitement to it! Consider having categories of music like rock, R&B, oldies, hip hop, and country. You might also want to award prizes based on other things like “Best Solo Male,” “Best Solo Female,” “Best Group,” and “Best Overall Performance.” The performances should have students and staff impressed with the talent or at least laughing at those who think they have it!

Contest for Change

This contest would involve some planning and advertising in the weeks leading up to prom. Have students collect change/coins from home and from people they know. Whoever brings the most change to After Prom is the winner. The great thing about this contest is that the money can go to a charity. Have a list of charitable organizations and let the winner decide where everyone’s change will go. (Note: make sure you deposit the change and give the charity a check.)

Pie Eating Contest

Everyone has looked so nice all night. It’s time to get messy! Pick up some pies from a local grocery store and see who can finish the quickest. You might want to divide the contest into girls and guys, or divide it by grade. Have a champion from each division and whoever finished in the quickest time overall is the ultimate pie-eating champion!

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