50 Spirit Day Ideas for Middle School

middle school spirit day themes week ideas

50 Spirit Day Ideas for Middle School

middle school spirit day themes week ideasWant to kick this year’s school spirit week up a notch? Try one of these 50 spirit day ideas for middle schools that are sure to get students excited and ready to participate. 

  1. Good and Evil – Your students may be A+, but on this day, everyone gets to choose whether they dress as their favorite hero … or villain.
  2. Twin with a Teacher – On this day, students get to choose a teacher to dress alike with. (This could end up being a whole group costume since students far outnumber teachers)
  3. Band Day – Let students get into groups and choose a favorite band to dress as. You’ll be sure to have some laughs at the acts they choose. This could be a current group or a blast from the past.
  4. Dress Like a Parent Day – Have students raid mom and dad’s closet to find an outfit to wear to school. Bonus points if it’s a throwback style.
  5. Class vs. Class Day – For this idea, each class picks a group costume to dress up as — whether they pick the cast of a famous TV show, the different colors of the rainbow or even your school administration.
  6. Preschool Day – Students come to school dressed like they did when they were toddlers. Get teachers to participate!
  7. Earth Day – For a spirit day with a cause, get eco-friendly and have students dress as plants, recycling or anything that relates to being environmentally friendly. You could even take donations. Genius Tip: Try these 50 Earth Day ideas.
  8. Childhood Icon Day – Each student picks a childhood hero — maybe from a favorite movie or TV show — and dresses up as that person.
  9. 80s Movie Day – Let each student pick a favorite 80s movie character to dress up as.
  10. Scrabble Day – Everyone picks a letter to wear for the day — and all day long, students can create words and sentences!
  11. Sport Day – Each student picks a favorite sport and dresses game-ready for the day.
  12. Encouragement Day – To spread some school cheer, have everyone wear a white shirt and bring a marker to school. Throughout the day, students can write encouraging notes on each other’s shirts, and students will leave with a great keepsake.

Recruit spirit week volunteers with a sign up. SAMPLE

  1. Summer Day – If summer seems too far away, bring a little sun into your school by having everyone dress like it’s summer for the day — lifeguards, tourists, campers, etc.
  2. High School Musical Day – Recreate this favorite movie of many childhoods by letting students dress like they’re a Wildcat for a day.
  3. Christmas in ______ – Whatever month it happens to be, it’s never too early or late to show some holiday cheer.
  4. Condiment Day – OK, hear us out. From ketchup to ranch dressing, this day will have students and teachers rolling with laughter.
  5. Couch Potato Day – Everyone wears their sweatpants on this spirit day!
  6. Home Team Day – Does your city or state have a pro or collegiate sports team everyone loves? Have everyone wear their best gear for the day.
  7. Oscar Day – Sure to be a film buff’s favorite day, students can dress as a character, actor/actress or director associated with any Oscar-nominated movie.
  8. Royalty Day – Students can dress as Disney characters or historical figures that “royally” impress them.
  9. Backward Day – Students wear their clothing backward. Bonus points if teachers change up their class furniture for the day.
  10. Principal Day – Everyone dresses like your principal. This can make for some funny photos.
  11. Techie Day – Students can dress as tech icons, like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, or even their favorite apps.
  12. Soda Day – Students dress as their favorite sodas for the day. Just limit the actual sugar intake to no more than one sugary drink!

Sell spirit wear and collect payments with a sign up. SAMPLE

  1. Olympian Day – Especially if it’s near the summer or winter Olympics, students can dress for a country or dress as a favorite athlete.
  2. Pick a Cause Day – Have each student dress as an advocate for a cause they care about or dress to support a cause they are passionate about. Genius Tip: Pair this with an act of service using these 50 community service ideas.
  3. Inspiration Day – Have students dress as well-respected icons in their future career fields.
  4. Favorite Author Day – Students dress as the author of their favorite book and learn more about the author’s life while they’re at it. Genius Tip: Read these 50 classic children’s books.
  5. Year 3000 Day – Students dress up in what they think the styles and trends of the future will be.
  6. Bright Day – Students dress as brightly colored as possible — your eyes will hurt just walking around school.
  7. Celebrity Lookalike Day – Students dress as the famous person they most resemble. If you want to have a competition, the most accurate lookalike can receive a prize.

  1. Face Painting Day – Everyone comes to school with painted faces. You’ll laugh at all the creative designs students come up with.
  2. Commercial Day – This is a great idea if your spirit week takes places around the Super Bowl. Kids can dress as characters and actors from popular commercials.
  3. Bingo Day – This day is super funny! Everyone comes to schools with a letter and number on their outfit — then you hand out BINGO cards for students to play throughout the school day.
  4. Opposite Day – Students dress the exact opposite of their usual style. For example, if the student wears a lot of black, on this day, wear a lot of colors!
  5. Zoo Day – Students dress as any favorite animal from the zoo.

Plan homecoming committee meetings with a sign up. SAMPLE

  1. Layers Day – This one is sure to get students giggling. Challenge students to see how many layers of clothing they can wear to school. Warning: you might want to turn the AC down for this day (or plan it during the winter).
  2. Patriotic Day – Whether students choose to dress in all-American gear or dress for another country, you can’t go wrong with a patriotic day.
  3. Awkward Family Photo Day – Encourage students to get into groups of “families” and dress as if for a family photo. You’ll be laughing all day long.
  4. Dress Like A Friend Day – On this day, everyone picks a different friend to imitate, including their outfits or mannerisms for a day. Just make sure this is used as an uplifting, fun day.
  5. Detective Day – Everyone dresses like old-timey detectives for a day of sneaky fun. Place “clues” around the school to solve a mystery and teach a lesson.
  6. School Mascot Day – Everyone dresses like your school mascot for the day!
  7. Wig Day – On this goofy day, everyone wears a wig to school.
  8. Camping Day – Everyone will be ready for the great outdoors on this spirit day. This pairs well with a reading marathon day around school breaks.
  9. Middle Day – To honor middle school, everyone dresses as something in the middle — for example, you could dress as the color gray because it’s in the “middle” of black and white.
  10. School Founder Day – If your school is named after a famous historical figure, why not honor that person by having everyone dress as him or her for the day?
  11. Facial Hair Day – You’ll be laughing as you walk around your middle school to see hundreds of bearded or mustachioed pre-teens.
  12. Wacky Hair Day – See who can come to school with the funkiest hairdo. The more product the better!
  13. Pun Day – Encourage students to come to school dressed as a funny pun for a fun-filled spirit day.
  14. Cereal Day – Everyone dresses like a cereal box or cereal mascot.

With just a few of these 50 ideas, your school spirit will be off the charts. You can even plan a whole spirit week! 

Kayla Rutledge is a college student who spends most of her time writing, singing for her church and eating quesadillas.

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