Anderson’s Ultimate List of Ideas for Spirit Week

Spirit Week ranks right up there with some of the best days of the school year. There’s just something about the camaraderie, big fun, and getting crazy with school spirit and school pride that unites the student body, and promotes morale among students, teachers, and staff. We’ve compiled LOTS of ideas into one helpful blog to help your school have THE BEST Spirit Week!


Banner with Spirit Week Calendar Design
Write in lunchtime activities the day’s theme!

Theme days are one of the biggest reasons why students love Spirit Week so much. It’s a chance to dress up in new, wacky outfits and ensembles most of them would never dream of wearing on a typical day. Here’s a long list of ideas to choose from:

Alien Day

Beach Party Day

Camo Day

College T-Shirt Day

Crazy Hat Day

Decade Day (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc.)

Dress-up Day

Favorite Movie Day

Hawaiian Day

Hollywood Day

International Day (choose a different country for each class)

Spirit Week Blue and White Day
Students will love dressing up in their school colors on the last day of Spirit Week!

Pajama Day

Polka Dot Day

School Color Day (save this day for Friday!)

Sports Team Day

Star Wars Day

St. Patrick’s Leprechaun Day

Tie-Dye Day

Twin Day (best friends can dress the same)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Wacky Hair Day

Wild Shoe Day

Willy Wonka Day

Wizard of Oz Day

Western Day


Spirit Week Football Pinata
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Plan fun activities throughout the week to keep excitement high, engage your students, and maybe raise some funds. Schedule activities for your school’s lunch periods so students have some extra excitement while they’re eating. Or hold activities after-school when community members can attend (fundraising—hint, hint). Try some of these ideas:

Baby Bottle Drinking Contest

Celebrity Name Game

Guess the Number of Coins In A Jar


Name That Tune

Obstacle Course

Pep Rally


Spin the Wheel – and get a prize!

Tailgate – grill out in the parking lot before big Friday game.

Tricycle Races

Trivia Contest

Tug of War


Spirit Week usually ends with your Homecoming game on Friday night. Save some of your biggest activities and ideas for Friday. Have a pep rally in the afternoon. Schedule an amazing half-time show. And stock your concession stands with extra school spirit novelties, apparel, and snacks. Consider the following for your concession stands:


Spirit Week Concession Stands
Stock concession stands with snacks and products in your school colors!



Seat Cushions

Spirit Wigs

Spirit Jewelry (earrings and beads)





Sno Cones


Cotton Candy

Hot Dogs



Use our Homecoming checklist and event budget planner to make your planning easier!Homecoming Checklist

Be safe. For every plan you make, consider all possible safety issues. Work with advisors or school staff to deal with potential issues.

Team up with booster clubs. They are almost always willing to help, and may have great ideas, spirit items, and volunteers for Spirit Week!

Keep records. Track your Spirit Week ideas from year to year. Make lists and take notes on what worked well (and didn’t), so next year’s organizers can benefit from your experience.

Plan early. The more time you have to plan, the more successful your Spirit Week will be.

Have fun! Don’t stress (too much) over things you cannot control. Focus your energies on things you can. And make it fun for everyone!

What other ideas or tips do you have for Spirit Week?

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