Some of the greatest high school memories involve school dances. Homecoming, Sadie Hawkins, Winter Ball, Prom are all a chance to seal friendships and make new ones. But don’t just ask or answer a girl or guy out over a text…get creative with some of these awesome dance ask ideas!
27 Super-Duper Cool Dance Ask Ideas and Answers
1. I’m “dying” to go with you.
My best dance ask was when I got with the local mortician of our small town and we set up the most epic proposal. I had a bunch of helium balloons tied to a sign with my picture on it that said, “Will you go to Winter Ball with me?” We put the balloons in a casket and closed the lid. Then the mortician drove his hearse to my date’s house and told him he needed to come to the funeral home to identify a body.
While my date rode in a hearse to a funeral home, he was freaking out! At the funeral home, the mortician led my date to the casket and slowly opened the lid. when the balloons sprung out, my date was immensely relieved. It was the best ask ever!
In return, he answered me by drawing a body silhouette on my sidewalk with chalk and surrounding it in caution tape. His message said, “I’m dying to go with you!”
2. Wanted: Dead or Alive
Another fun ask I did in high school was by creating about a hundred Old West-themed “Wanted” posters. I got a funny photo of my date and copied it with the words: “Wanted: Dead or Alive. Jacob Jones to go to the dance with me. See the office for details.” I hung the posters all over the school and gave the secretary a card with my name and phone number to give my date when he came to the office to inquire.
3. Guess Who game
Use the game Guess Who to ask your date to a dance. You can replace all the photos with magazine or yearbook cutouts with your photo as the target for your date to “guess who.”
This is one our blog manager Bobbi did. Create a custom puzzle and write the message, “Will you go to ___ with me? Sincerely, ______” Separate the puzzle pieces into a dozen balloons and then fill them up with air or helium. Have someone deliver the balloons to your date to decipher the puzzle.
5. Cookie bouquet
Deliver a cookie bouquet with the message, “It would be SWEET if you went to _____ with me!”
6. Medieval times
One of Bobbi’s most memorable dance asks was when her date left a medieval scroll on her doorstep, written in Old English, asking her to the dance and telling her the time her chariot would arrive. You could take this a step further and deliver the scroll to a trumpet fanfare. How cool would that be?
Get a cantaloupe and include the message above! To answer, get a honeydew melon and include the message: “Honey, I DEW!”
8. Message in a bottle
Romantics at heart will always fall hard for a message in a bottle. If you live by a beach, plant a message in a bottle in the sand and take a walk with your date to find it.
Fans of the reality show The Bachelor can take a hint from that rose ceremony. Buy a dozen roses and deliver them to your date with the message, “I’d be honored if you’d accept this rose and go to ____ with me.”
10. Flash mob
If you want to make an impression that will last a lifetime, plan a flash mob. Check out these epic proposal flash mobs!
11. Prince or Princess Charming
Want to make Homecoming like a fairytale? Ask your date to the dance by modeling your favorite Disney prince or princess. A prince could deliver a glittery shoe on a pillow for a Cinderella theme or a rose under a cloche for Beauty and the Beast. Get creative!
Got experience with horses? How about showing up on a white stallion to ask your date to prom. Uh-mazing. You could even go horseback riding on a date before the dance.
13. Big box surprise
Ask a local home improvement store for the largest appliance box they have. (Many will give them to you for free.) Wrap it up, climb inside, and have your date open their gift with a big “surprise” inside. You can pop out with flowers, balloons, or a yummy treat.
14. When Pigs Fly
Similarly, you can get cutesy by answering a dance ask with the “When Pigs Fly” reply. Get a dozen pink helium balloons and draw pig faces on them. Put them in a large box, wrap it up, and write the reply on the outside: “I’ll go to the dance with you…when pigs fly.” When your date opens the box, pigs literally fly.
You could do this a few ways, but the ask is always the same: “It would be CEREAL-SLY cool if you went to the dance with me.” Give your date a box of cereal with your name hidden inside and they’ll have to sort to find out who is asking them. Or glue a bunch of mini-boxes of cereal to a large t-shirt with the message written on the shirt. There are lots of possibilities!
16. “Forking” Awesome
This play on words is kind of fun (and if you’re a fan of the TV show The Good Place with Kristen Bell you’ll totally love this reference!). Fill a large container with plastic forks and the message, “It would be FORKING awesome if you went to the dance with me.”
17. “Donut” you think we’d be great together?
Who on Earth could say no to donuts? Give your prospective date a box of donuts with the message, “Donut you think we’d be great at Homecoming together?”
18. It would “Meme” so much to me…
Memes are hot, hot, hot right now and you’d be totally trending with this promposal. Have your favorite meme blown up and include the message: “It would MEME so much to me if you’d accompany me to Homecoming.”
19. Now that I’ve “kissed” the ground you walk on…
Line your date’s walkway with Hershey’s Kisses and include the message: “Now that I’ve KISSED the ground you walk on, will you go to the dance with me?”
20. “Dew” you want to…
Mountain Dew soda lovers will swoon for this one. Give them a big pack of Mountain Dew with the simple ask: “DEW you want to go to ____ with me?” Example here.
21. Prom would be un-BEAR-able without you!
For the cuddly type, give them a fuzzy teddy bear with the message, “Prom would be un-BEAR-able without you!”
22. I want to o-FISH-ally ask you…
This one is super-duper creative. Fill a tackle box with Swedish fish, fish crackers, gummy sharks, etc. with the message, “I’d love to o-FISH-ally ask you to Sadie Hawkins.” And to answer with a fish-theme, go with something like, “I’m HOOKED on you!” or “You REELED me in.”
23. We’d be the FRESHEST ones at the dance.
I absolutely love this genius idea, and it’s so simple and inexpensive too! Get several car fresheners and tape them to a poster board with the message: “We’d be the FRESHEST ones there…Prom?”
24. Don’t let me go SOLO…
Line up a ton of red Solo cups with the message, “Don’t let me go SOLO to Winter Ball.” Example here.
25. I was so excited, I PEAD on your front porch.
Answer your date with a fun little pun. Sprinkle a bag of frozen peas on their doorstep (or come up with your own idea) with the message: “I was so excited you asked me to prom, I PEAD my pants!”
26. Let’s LIGHT up Homecoming together.
With his or her parent’s permission, line up tiki torches or outdoor lights along your date’s sidewalk. Attached to each light is one word until he or she gets to the end: “Let’s…light…up…homecoming…together.” You could also try something like this.
27. It might be CHEESY, but…
And last but not least, a high school dance wouldn’t be a high school dance without a little cheesiness. Have a cheese pizza delivered to your date with the message, “It may be CHEESY, but will you go to prom with me?”