By: Bell West
When people think about fall, certain things come to mind: Halloween, pumpkins, the temperature dropping and the leaves falling. But the start of fall also marks the first largescale event of the school year for high school students all over the country: Homecoming.
Homecoming is a time of celebration when a school comes together to celebrate the very existence of their community. Whether this be at a football game or a Saturday night dance, Homecoming is a time of enjoyment and fun.
But as enjoyable as this time can be, Homecoming is no stranger to stress.
With everyone scrambling to find outfits, get tickets, make plans, and a whirlwind of information from seemingly everywhere nowadays, things can get a little chaotic.
So, I’m here to tell you the top 10 tips to keep your stress levels low, your night chaos free, and your Homecoming experience one to remember!
1. Participate in Spirit Days:
Spirit days are a great way to get involved, show your school spirit, and feel part of the school community, all at once. Even if it’s something small, it’s better than nothing!
2. Make Plans in Advance
Chances are if you're trying to get dinner reservations or make plans on Homecoming night, you're not going to be successful. Make your Homecoming plans in advance. Give yourself time to plan out exactly what you want to do. You can even invite your friends! Make sure you have a ride because traditionally, Homecoming night after the dance is always chilly! Don't forget to bring a warm jacket either; you can always leave it at coat check.
3. Go with people you enjoy
Going to Homecoming with the people you love elevates the experience to a whole new level. Making memories with friends and having a good time is exactly what Homecoming is all about. Hang out with your friends or meet up sometime during the night and hit the dance floor together. Dancing with your friends is one of the best parts of Homecoming, so don't be afraid to show off those moves!
4. Take pics!
The day after Homecoming is always insane. Even if you don’t exactly remember what happened the previous night, pictures will tell the entire story. Take pictures and capture those memories with your friends! It's not everyday that you get dressed up and go dancing together. So snap those pics and keep those memories. Don't forget to hit the photo booths at the dance, either!
5. Don't force yourself to get a date
Hollywood, TV, and movies almost always portray school dances with their characters and their dates. News flash: that's fake. Do not force yourself into thinking you need a date. Going with friends is just as good (if not better) than going to the dance with a date. Whether you have a date or not, go for yourself and have fun!
6. Budget your fit
Homecoming dresses and outfits can add up like crazy. Your Homecoming fit could go from $20 to $70 or more in the blink of an eye. Spending a lot of money for a dress you're most likely going to wear one time is very common for Homecoming, but don’t get pressured into doing it. Spend your money wisely and don't feel obligated to dress or buy clothes from somewhere specific. Thrifting, and even making clothes, are great alternatives and can look amazing.
7. Look sharp
Hoodies and sweats are great fit choices for everyday life and after parties, but never for Homecoming. Dress your best for when it's time to hit the dance floor. Attire is such a big part of Homecoming and when you and your friends look your very best, your Homecoming experience elevates. Plus, the pictures will be fantastic!
8. Change at the after party
As much fun as it is to dress up and go all out for Homecoming, at the end of the night sometimes sweats are the better option. I made the mistake sophomore year when I forgot to bring a change of clothes for the after party. My feet were quite literally bleeding when I got home and my dress was super uncomfortable. At the after party, change into something comfortable so you can still have fun while staying comfy.
9. Be safe
Homecoming is a time of celebration but don't let that cloud your judgment. Make sure you're still making smart decisions and staying safe all weekend. Remember, one choice could change your whole life.
10. Have fun
This one is pretty self explanatory. Have a great time! See you on the dance floor.