It’s nearly the middle of August, and as vacation winds itself down, everyone is scrambling to absorb the last rays of summer before school starts again (if they haven’t already started the new school year!). Luckily, for high school and college students across the country, the beginning of the school year brings a lot of exiting things with it. A new school year means you’re another year older and wiser, and you’ll get to learn a lot of new things! You also get the opportunity to start fresh and become whoever you want to be- New school year, new you!
Adding to all of the new year excitement comes one of the most fun and well-known high school traditions in the US: homecoming. Homecoming kicks off each new year in an incredible way, with tons of activities that are all about friendship, traditions and forging a sense of camaraderie and school spirit that will unite the entire school for the year to come. Homecoming usually takes place in September or October and features a ton of spirited activities that lead up to the homecoming football game.
Although the game can be a ton of fun to attend with friends, we love all of the activities that surround the game even more! From parades to powder puff football, we’ve broken down a few of our favorite homecoming traditions to help you get excited for all of the upcoming festivities- including the big dance!
Why celebrate for a day or a weekend, when an entire week of festivities is even more fun? For most schools, the week of homecoming is referred to as “Spirit Week” and features an entire week of fun activities to get the student body pumped for the upcoming football game. Each day has a different theme that encourages students to dress up, like nerd day, twin day, pirate day, and even senior day (where you dress like an old person!). These days offer endless opportunities for laughs, making homecoming a super memorable week of the year!
What would the homecoming game be without the pep rally before it? Nothing gets the student body more excited than putting everyone in one place to cheer on the team with the help of cheerleaders, the dance team, the marching band and multiple other organizations that make the pep rally a feast for the eyes and ears! Some pep rallies even include funny skits and singing, and most end with the introduction of the homecoming court, including the king and queen!
Many schools host friendly competitions between classes, mainly upperclassmen vs. underclassmen, during homecoming to encourage the classes to come together. Talent shows, pageants, powder puff football (girls’ football) and relay races are just a few of the activities that schools put on. Some schools even hold kickball games between students and teachers! Trust us when we say that these friendly competitions can get pretty fierce, but are always a great time for everyone!
The Homecoming Dance
Finally- our favorite part! Homecoming week always ends with a formal dance where everyone dresses up and either attends with groups of friends or with a date! Although it is not as formal as prom, many girls still dress to impress in super glam cocktail dresses that will make them look like royalty! The more informal nature of homecoming really allows your personality to shine through in dresses that feature a ton of unique details like statement sleeve, fringe, feathers, sequins, embroidery and more! If you want to make the most of your memorable night, you should go all out and pick a dress that you absolutely love!
Here are a few of our favorite dresses from this season (just click the pictures to get more info on each style!):
All of these gorgeous homecoming styles can be found on the Anne’s Bridals website! If you’re still looking for the perfect dress for your homecoming festivities, shop hundreds of the newest styles online, or visit us at our store in West Paducah, Kentucky! We would love to help you find the perfect dress to rock at the event!