Circus Prom Themes


Take your high school under the big top with a circus-themed prom. Organize a carnival-style circus with games, popcorn and cotton candy, or put guests in a state of wonderment with a freak-show theme. Create a memorable event by giving guests a full circus experience with food, performers and games.

Cirque de High School

  • Some circuses use a story to guide the show and performances. Create a storyline about your high school, and name the prom event after your school, such as Cirque de Smith High School. Your tumbling or gymnastics team could create a routine with high-flying stunts to be performed during the event. Host it in the school’s gym to save money. Invite local restaurants that students frequent to donate food. A circus is a collection of performers, so rally your school’s diverse clubs to use their individual efforts to contribute to the theme. Recruit the art club to create circus decor centered around your school and mascot.

Freak Show

  • Give guests interesting photo opportunities with a freak show. Ask your school's drama or theater club members to dress up as "freaks" who can walk around the event for guests to see. Alternatively, have prom guests dress as circus freak-show characters. If the budget allows, hire a magician, fortuneteller or fire-eater for entertainment. For decor, set up fake oddities that you can order online, like a conjoined twins skull. Order or make your own banners highlighting freak performers. Give food items exotic labels, as if they rare and from other parts of the world.

Under the Big Top

  • When most people imagine a circus, they think of a striped red big top. Use your school’s football field to set up your own big top production by renting a tent. For a larger production, rent small carnival rides and games from a rental company. If you are on a tight budget, ask parents to help make a few carnival games and to operate them during the event. Serve traditional carnival treats like caramel apples, popcorn, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Have the dancing and DJ inside the tent, and stage the games or rides outside.

Vintage Circus

  • Take guests a back to the 1900s. Invite the school's marching band to kick off the prom by playing the kind of music that circus-goes might have heard during that era. If feasible, hire clowns and magicians to interact and entertain guests throughout the event. Encourage guests to dress in vintage-inspired attire of the 1900s. Order antique circus posters, or create your own with your school's name, to use as decor and invitations. When the prom king and queen are named, give them ring master hats instead of crowns. Create a circus ring in the middle of the event to serve as the dance floor.

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