10 Fun Things to Do After Prom

Prom's supposed to be the most memorable night of high school—so when the dance is all over, what can you and your friends do to create memories that will last a lifetime? Here's a list of ideas for what to do and where to go after the dance itself winds down, from the silly to the exciting to the unforgettable.

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Go to Your School's After-Prom Party

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If you're lucky enough to have a school-sponsored after-party to go to, don't take it for granted. It'll be one of your last chances to party with all of your classmates. Bonus: These events usually offer snacks, good music, fun activities, and raffles, all at a nominal cost (some don't even charge at all). Even if you don't stay until the bitter end, at least make an appearance.

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Have a Greasy-Spoon Midnight Breakfast in Your Formal Wear

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After a busy night of dancing and socializing, you deserve a little snack—preferably at a place that serves pancakes and chili cheese fries.  And it'll be 10 times more fun if you show up in your glamorous red-carpet clothes. (Just be careful not to spill any syrup on that rented tux.) Chances are pretty good that other prom attendees will wind up there, too.

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Go to a Teen-Friendly Nightclubs

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Some cities have special all-ages nightclubs that are safe for teens and geared for good, clean fun. Head to one in your prom gear and keep the dance party going for another couple of hours. You're guaranteed to be the best-dressed people there.

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Host a Karaoke Party

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Buy a cheap karaoke machine (or just pick up an American Idol karaoke game for your PlayStation or Xbox) and invite your friends back to your house for a karaoke party. Party must-haves include pizza, funky mood lighting, and a karaoke night host (played by your hammiest friend). If you're planning on a lengthy session, provide a few sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows so you and your friends can crash (check with your parents first, of course).

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Go Camping

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This one will take a little planning, but it might end up being one of the most fun experiences of your life. Before prom, pack your car with all the camping gear you'll need for a night in the woods: tents, sleeping bags, water, food, snacks, matches for a campfire, toothbrush, and swimsuit (if the campground is near a body of water). Don't forget something to sleep in! Tuxes and formal dresses make less-than-comfortable sleepwear. Make sure your phone is fully charged, too. When the party's over, drive up to the campground with a couple of close friends for storytelling, reminiscing, roasting marshmallows, and getting back to basics.

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See a Midnight Movie

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Some theaters have midnight showings of random funky stuff such as cult comedies, horror movies, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Go with your whole crew and take over the back row.

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Go to a Comedy Club

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See if you can find an all-ages stand-up comedy club or improv showcase in your town. If you think you can handle it, sit in the front row so the comedians talk to you during their sets and tease you about prom. You might need to buy tickets in advance, so look into this a few weeks ahead of prom.

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Party on the Beach

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Run home to change into some warmer clothes (or throw them in the car before prom so you can change in the bathroom), then head to a public beach for more partying till sunrise. Check with the city beforehand to make sure you'll be allowed on the beach late at night. Tip: Pack some baby powder and sprinkle it on your skin before leaving the beach; the sand will fall right off of you. 
 

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Go Bowling

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Find a late-night bowling alley and try to score some strikes in your party dress (and sexy bowling shoes, of course). It's a perfect way to come down from the glitzy highs of the events from earlier in the night. You're likely to laugh yourselves silly.

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Have an Old-Fashioned Sleepover Party

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You're only in high school for another couple of weeks, so you might as well get in some more little-kid stuff while you still can. Have a sleepover party with sugary snacks and goofy movies. If you want to host a coed party, make sure your parents are OK with it first, and try not to be too upset when they insist on keeping tabs on you.