An effective pep rally boosts student morale and gets the student body excited for a big football game, basketball game or other event. Fun decorations encourage school spirit and help create a festive mood at pep rallies. You can use school colors in pep rally decorations or develop a theme based on your opponent.
Arrange clusters of balloons in your school colors throughout the designated room. You can also attach balloons to bleacher railings or other areas, but avoid placing balloons in high-traffic areas where they will be popped. You can also build an arch of balloons for the team to run through.
Hang streamers in your school colors from the ceiling. You can also wrap streamers around columns or bleacher rails. Wrapping Christmas lights in your school colors also adds a festive touch.
Decorate large posters or cloth banners with your school's mascot or name or the names of your star players, using poster paint, glitter paint or spray paint. Hang posters in noticeable areas. You can also make a run-through banner out of crepe paper that the team can run through for a dramatic entrance.
You can also create a pep rally theme inspired by your opponent. For example, if your rival team's mascot is the Panthers, create a rainforest theme with fake foliage and rainforest music. Students can dress in hiking clothes and carry nets and skits can illustrate your mascot overcoming a panther mascot. Create posters that say, "Beat the Panthers" and draw a rainforest illustration on the run-through banner.
Make sure decorations are safe and won't cause distractions. For example, a fog machine could create a mysterious and suspenseful atmosphere, but it might also present a safety hazard. In addition, choosing decorations that can be reused, such as cloth banners or Christmas lights, can save money in future pep rallies.