Chances are that if you’re reading this, you don’t really need too much convincing that prom isn’t actually that big of a deal. Frankly, if the height of your life is becoming a subjectively appointed “king” or “queen” of who-knows-what at the ripe old age of 18, it’s time to reprioritize. On the other hand, prom can be a fun, light-hearted opportunity to make some memories with friends if you keep things in perspective, so we’re not knocking prom altogether.
For whatever reason, if you and your pals have already decided that prom just isn’t for you, may we suggest some alternatives:
Best of the Worst
Forget the popularity contests, the overblown cost of dresses, the fancy dinners, and pressures of finding a date. Avoid all of that awkward by competing for something else altogether. Plan a thrifting day prior to the actually morp (prom spelled backwards, but I’m sure you already knew that), and challenge your friends to find the most ridiculous outfits possible. It will still be a surprise on the actual event, when you all get to see the absurd makeup looks, accessories, and hairdos inspired by your thrifted ensembles. Use your mom’s fanciest china (with her permission, of course) to serve your simplest comfort food favorites. Maybe your gang has a beloved pizza place or fast food restaurant. Sometimes food with sentimental value outshines anything gourmet.
Flash Mob Prom
In this day and age, anything that can be flash mobbed has already been flashed mobbed at least once or twice. You can’t really do this expecting to be 100% original, but who honestly cares? And according to a quick Youtube search, there are plenty of flash mob proposals and elaborate date obtaining efforts, but not a whole lot of actual anti-prom flash mobs. If you and your friends are theatre junkies, or perhaps even orchestra geeks, this is a great option for you.
Scope out the place ahead of time. You probably want a bit of crowd, but no crowd control issues. MindHut will not be held responsible for any trouble you receive for being fancy-dressed, loitering teenagers! It might also be a good idea to plan your performance near a place you can all dine afterwards. Don’t forget to call ahead of you have large group!
This is not your typical evening of Monopoly or Clue.
If you hang with a bunch of serious gamers, consider incorporating some of your favorite games into the festivities. For instance, people have weddings for their characters on World of Warcraft all the time. Why not have a prom?
Try to avoid just throwing all of your friends in front of consoles or PCs and calling it a party. Build a cardboard maze and play real-life Pac-Man. Encourage your guests to come dressed as characters fitting the theme. Skyrim iron helmets, Mass effect Asari tentacles, Assassin capes and hoods—the possibilities are endless. The best part? No one is really trying to look cool.
This may sound like a bit of a cliché, but the level of excitement is completely up to you. You have a few options:
- Rent a projector, hang up a bed sheet, and watch movies under the starts whilst roasting marshmallows.
- Roll out a red carpet, have your family members act as paparazzi, and tell your guests to come dressed as their favorite old Hollywood stars. Honestly, your mother probably won’t need all that much convincing to take a plethora of flashy photos anyway.
- Pick a film, trilogy, or television series and run with it. Not sure what we mean by throwing a theme party? Check out this Doctor Who shindig!
Not only is this a lovely way to have a real life action adventure experience, it’s also great preparation for college dorm life. Set up boundaries and safe zones, then make sure all of your weapons are approve for a good, healthy evening of post-apocalyptic fun. It’s like tag, only grittier, scarier, and undead-ier.
This is exactly what it sounds like, only most of us can’t fly (can you?). The great thing about this is that even if you’re not athletically inclined, Quidditch is always a great spectator sport.
What's your best idea for an anti-prom?