Top 11 wacky theme parties

College Parties

By Hannah Mcdonald-Moniz

The College Party. It’s been immortalized in crude comedies like Old School and TV shows like Greek, but not every college party is just togas and kegs. College students like to channel that academic creativity in another direction on the weekends: coming up with wild ideas and outrageous excuses to get dressed up…or undressed. The themes? Often inappropriate and always ridiculous, you’ll encounter everything from the tried and true ‘80s Night to some of these slightly more unusual ideas.

1) Too Soon

Intentionally the most inappropriate of all theme parties, the Too Soon party is not for the easily offended. The idea is for every guest to dress up as someone or something that it’s “too soon” to talk about—think politics, current events, controversial topics, and celebrities. For example: Bernie Madoff in an orange jumpsuit, or pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears. Despite the fact that this party is entirely based on off-color humor, try to be a little tasteful when planning your costume…some things will always be a little bit “too soon” to joke about.

2) Rubik’s Cube

Luckily you don’t have to be good at solving puzzles to plan your costume for this party, where the partygoers are the Rubik’s Cube! To prepare, dress up in six items of clothing, one of each color on a Rubik’s Cube (white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow). Once you’re at the party, the goal is to swap clothes with the other guests in an attempt to be the first to be wearing all the same color. A tip: don’t wear your favorite clothes, because it might be hard to track them all down at the end of the night.

3) Anything But Clothes

The name says it all. An excuse to see people in various states of undress (or not, if you’re clever with your costume), the only rule here is that whatever you wear to cover up can’t be, well, clothes. Common choices are dresses fashioned out of paper or plastic bags, or boxes as shorts for guys, but you can have fun getting creative with this one. Maybe try bubble wrap, duct tape, or tin foil. Always wanted to fashion a top out of movie tickets? Here’s your chance to get crafty. A less creative, but equally bare, version of this theme is the “Two Articles of Clothing” night.

4) Graffiti Party

Always have trouble deciding what to wear to these wacky theme parties? The graffiti party is easy: just get a big, white t-shirt and you’re set. The black lights will be on, so grab a marker and you and your friends can write all over each other. Some crude illustrations will probably be unavoidable, but you can always get revenge. Think back to grade school, and draw a surprise message on your friends’ back—maybe “kiss me” instead of “kick me!” Anything goes.

5) Middle School Birthday Party

Relive your awkward middle school years—the candy necklaces, the boy bands, bad fashions and all. Boys sit on one side of the room, girls on the other, and if you’re lucky, maybe someone will ask you to dance, or pass you a note. You can try your luck at Spin the Bottle or try to cozy up to that crush playing Twister. Someone will definitely have spiked the punch bowl though, so things might get a little wilder than what you remember from middle school. Can’t get enough of reliving your childhood? Favorite kids’ TV show characters is another good theme.

6) Letter party

Twenty-six different variations: a letter of the alphabet is the theme for the night, and all the partygoers must dress as something starting with that letter. P? Try a pirate, pachyderm, or penguin. W? Perhaps a witch, a walrus, or a watch. Some quick-thinking costume-making might be required. Too bad they don’t offer degrees in this stuff…it’s hard work!

7) Too Small

You know those old tank tops from high school that are just a little too snug these days? Or your little brother’s T-shirt that you accidentally threw in with your college clothes? Dig all that awkwardly tight fashion out of your closet for the “Too Small” party. There will inevitably be guys who interpret “too small” as barely covered and show up in Speedos. You could take it in another direction, and be “too small” for your own clothing—dress up in a huge jersey, or clothespin giant granny panties to the outside of your clothes. This bizarre party, which will probably be held in an uncomfortably small room, featuring tiny-sized drinks, is the perfect place to model those clothes from eighth grade that you never bothered to toss.

8) Awkward Place, Inappropriate Time

Perhaps the least typical of all parties, this one will keep you on your toes. The idea is to hold a party at a completely abnormal time and place, like a classroom on a weekday afternoon or the library in the morning. This is one of those events you go to just to say you were there (“of course I’ve partied on the dean’s lawn on Monday at noon”).

9) American History

Better crack open those books, because you never know when studying might get you…a great costume idea? For the American History party, the more elaborate, the better, so fashion yourself a powdered wig and breeches and dress up as George Washington or Benjamin Franklin. If you’re pressed for time, modern figures like JFK, Sarah Palin, or Michelle Obama could make for simple costumes. And if your mom calls to ask what you’re doing Saturday night, you can tell her you’re working on History, of course!

10) Nuns and Nunchucks

It’s just what it sounds like: dress up as a nun or as a ninja...or both. It’s always good to have a few strange articles of clothing you can modify for the wild costume night, so maybe bring along a few of those old Halloween costumes (habit and samurai sword, anyone?) when you’re packing for college.

11) Heaven and Hell

One room (or the upper level in a house) is usually heaven, with white lights and fruity drinks, and another is hell, with fiery drinks and red décor. Another variation on this theme is the Fire and Ice party (an excuse to make an ice luge). Devil or angel? That’s your choice.