To make the most of your Horror at Homecoming, you will want to transform your party space into your high school gym. Here are a few ways to do that are both inexpensive and FUN!
• School colors! Select school colors for Mayhem High and decorate using those colors. If the party is around Halloween time, you may want to use orange and black!
• Balloons, balloons, balloons! Nothing says a high school dance more. You can have them in clusters, archways, as table centerpieces, or just scattered on the floor. Nothing will make the mood more festive.
• Don't forget the crepe paper streamers!!! Not only are these cheap, but they go a long way in pulling together your colors and theme of your party space.
• Create a "theme" for your dance and decorate your venue according to that theme. CLICK HERE for a list of possible dance themes.
• Make Homecoming Banners for the school and hang them in your party space.
• Make homecoming posters and sports posters with posterboard and poster paint and decorate your venue like a high school.
• Create a balloon archway for your dance floor.
• If you can, solicit a disco ball to help with the lighting. If not, see lighting tips below!
• Print off ballots and have your guests vote for your own homecoming king and queen. (Ballots included when you purchase mystery.)
• Have a stage with two thrones for when your homecoming king and queen are crowned.
• Create a dance floor with inexpensive linoleum tiles from your local home improvement store (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.)
• Disco Ball
• White twinkly lights
• Spot lights
• Colored Lights
• Strobe Lights
• Put glow sticks into balloons before inflating and have them act as a decoration AND lighting.
You can’t go away from Homecoming without a picture!
A few suggestions:
- Pick a place where there will be good lighting.
- You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.
- Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with. Pom pons, Varsity coats, crowns, top hats, boas, tiaras, sashes, etc.
- An easy way to create a background is to use a "scene setter". These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.
- Use props like balloons, streamers, baloon arches, pillars, lavish chairs, anything you can think of, to create a staged area for pictures.
- Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.
- For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
- Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.
- For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.
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