Formal homecoming: con

Regan Smith, Reporter

Homecoming: when most hear this word, they think of making memories, having fun with friends, and just having a great time.

I think the most common misconception about homecoming is that the dance is NOT equivalent to prom. In fact, prom and homecoming are two totally separate entities.

Prom is a magical night in which students dress up in formal clothes and makeup, whereas homecoming is informal, most of the time having a theme, such as Hawaiian or Western. When people whine about the fact that homecoming isn’t a “dress-up” event, I feel as if they’re forgetting that we already have an event where we can all dress up and be fancy as a school.

If we did make homecoming a formal event, the amount of money spent would increase exponentially! The average family plans to spend about $919 on a prom-going teen. When we make homecoming a formal event, the economic burden will skyrocket. If you’ve ever been to prom you know how costly a dress or tuxedo is, how much time is spent on makeup and hair, and how much stress the event causes. If homecoming switches from Hawaiian print shirts and cowboy hats to tuxedos and high heels, all these burdens will come along with the transition.

Making homecoming a formal event is a bad idea. Choosing a handkerchief and cowboy boots over a ball gown and sparkling jewelry may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when we look to the advantages and disadvantages, the choice is clear.