In 1911, the University of Missouri celebrated the nation’s first homecoming, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Since then, high schools and colleges across the United States have been celebrating homecoming with their own traditions. One of the most integral parts of the homecoming celebration is the homecoming pep rally and skit. A homecoming skit needs to be entertaining and contemporary, and should involve members important to the school and homecoming such as teachers, football players and student council representatives.
Get Everyone Involved
Find teachers who are willing to participate in the homecoming skits. If a particular teacher is extremely popular, he is probably a good candidate for a skit. You can also ask the principal or hall monitors to participate. Students such as the student body president or the captain of the football team should participate because they are prominent members of the student body. You can ask random students to participate so that the entire student body is involved.
Contest Ideas and a Faux Slumber Party
Do not stick to the same kind of skit. For two skits, make one a dance contest and one an eating contest. Start the pep rally with a dance contest between the football team and the cheerleaders, and then have members of the audience join the competition. Next, have a hotdog-eating contest between teachers and students. Students can dress in their fave PJs for a faux slumber party.
Classic Games and New Ideas
Bring back childhood games such as Red Rover or musical chairs. Before the pep rally, ask students to come with a cheer for the homecoming game. Have each group do the cheer at the pep rally and ask the audience to choose their favorite. Then, have the cheerleaders do the cheer at the homecoming game. Have the football team learn how to do a dance from the dancing team and have them wear feminine costumes. Have students dress up as teachers and teachers dress up as students and then have them perform a skit about the average class. If an idea flops, don’t sweat it -- just remember not to bring it back next time.
Blast From the Past
Traveling back in time will help students remember history, but fun is the point of this game -- not serious study. Assign a specific historic period for each class and ask students to dress and provide treats from that era. Students can create skits and can go to the dance in their period costumes. Suggested eras include the Cave Man, the Toga, the Flapper '20s, the Rock-n-Roll '50s, the Beatle '60s, the Psychedelic '70s and the Punk Rock '80s. Decorate the gym in these periods and provide period music to get the dance started.
Ash Bruxvoort has been a writer and editor at several publications for the past three years, including the University undergraduate literary review, "Earthwords." She is currently studying English and history at the University of Iowa.