Ministry Growth Programming

50 Themed Event Ideas

November 8, 2016

1. Sports Night

Wear sports jerseys, dress as favorite athlete, play sports trivia, eat popcorn and hotdogs…

2. Disney Night

Do all disney characters or pick a specific movie. Dress up, disney themed games, tons of options here!

3. Lumber Jack Night

Wear flannels, draw on beards, eat pancakes, do manly things.

4. Hipster Night

Dress as hipster as you can and do things no one has ever done before.

5. Super Hero Night

Take anything and throw “superhero” in front of it and you have tons of options. Superhero dodgeball, superhero capture the flag, superhero pie eating contest…see what I mean?

6. Coffee Shop Night

Open mic, lots of planned hangout time, table games, free coffee!

7. Hawaiian Night

A good ole luau, a great option for dress up as well as games and food! Also, if you live in a cold area this is a fun one to do in the winter months to lift your spirits and make you dream of summer.

8. Redneck Night

Super fun dress up option as well as “out of the box” game options. If a redneck can think of it they will try it!

9. PJ’s Night

Yep, who doesn’t want to wear their pajamas out and have it be socially acceptable? Boom, make a youth event out of it!!

10. Tacky Prom

Thrift store shopping, parents old clothes, some tacky music, decor and maybe some greasy food. Oh wait, that sounds awesome!

11. Decades (and really any decade individually)

Okay, now this really should be like 5 different events because you can do 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and have them all be completely different nights with different looks and different games. We decided to just call it “decades” (but you and I will really know that you are getting 55 event ideas in this article)

12. Black Light / Glow Night

Glow in the dark dodgeball, glow in the dark dance party, glow in the dark anything and it will be  awesome! Hand out glow sticks, play games that involve the lights being off, and shoot even talk about light vs. dark, I think that is in the Bible somewhere, right? 🙂

13. Hippy Night

Great dress up option and maybe a fun excuse to do some “campfire” style unplugged worship.

14. Black and White Clothes Night

Make it a black and white formal dress up, or just regular clothes, have foods that are black and white, do a black and white photo booth, etc.

15. Formal Night / Red Carpet

It is always fun to see students dress up, maybe even have a formal dinner if the kitchen ladies at your church will allow it.

16. Ugly Sweater

Come on, we all have them, and if you don’t the thrift store does! Oh, and it doesn’t have to just be a Christmas event, sweaters are ugly more days than just December.

17. Cartoon Character

Dress up as your favorite cartoon character. Note: your students might not even know the cartoon character that you chose because let’s be honest cartoons just aren’t as good as they used to be!

18. Trivia Night

This is pretty self explanatory.

19. Mustache Night

Mustache theme everything! Hand out fake mustaches, eat mustache shaped and decorated food, and have a stache-tastic time!

20. SciFi Night

Where are my Scifi fans at? I will be honest, I am not really one of them…but maybe you are and this would be fun.

21. Denim Night

Because who doesn’t want to wear denim pants, shirts, and jackets all at once?

22. Chocolate Night

Have leaders make students do tasks for chocolate, play messy chocolate games, have a chocolate buffet set up for them to enjoy.

23. Star Wars Night

Great dress up options as well as TONS of games that you can play or make up.

24. Lord of the rings night

Same as Star Wars, great dress up options as well as games.

25. Arcade Games Night

Pick a good oldie, or just do all of them.

26. Gameshow Night

Again, pick one like Family Feud Night, Wheel Of Fortune Night, Jeopardy, OR do a few of them.

27. Fiesta Night

Complete with a piñata, lots of amazing food, but you may have to be careful how you announce it or the whole church might show up!

28. Mis-Match Night

Wear things that don’t go together, serve food that doesn’t go together, and play some games that you have merged together.

29. Duct Tape Night

Create things with duct tape, give students opportunities to create things out of duct tape, play games involving duct tape…. yea you get it, duct tape!

30. Neon Night

The brighter the better!

31. Beach Night 

Come on, everyone loves the beach, especially if you don’t live in a beach city.

32. Animal Night

Dress up as your favorite animal… or if you are the youth pastor just pick the most random one you can think of.

33. Messy Game Night

Messy games are awesome! Here is a link to a few great messy games.

34. “Drive-in” Movie Night

Project a movie on the side of the building and have students sit outside, or have students bring blankets and pillows and show the movie inside. BUT, have leaders spread out and watch carefully because.. yea you know why.

35. Carnival Night

Set up a bunch of carnival style game booths, have a hotdog eating contest, and eat fried food.

36. Cereal Night

Cereal and PJ’s go well together, but either way just a bunch of cereal is awesome too!

37. Board Game Night

This is pretty self explanatory, I think.

38. Mini Golf Night

Set up mini golf throughout the church, I am sure you can find some great obstacles!

39. Olympics Night

Dress up, play some mock olympic games, do a medals ceremony for your “olympic” games.

40. Masquerade Night

Yep, just like it sounds.

41. Disco Night

Come on, you know you want to bust out that disco ball!

42. Scavenger Hunt

A hunt that gets social media involved as well is always a great way to advertise.

43. Color War

Dry or wet paint, they are always a blast! But you probably want to do this in a warmer time of the year.

44. Donut Night

Donuts are cheap, easy to get in bulk, and very bad for you…aka great for youth ministry.

45. Mission Impossible Night

Make everything “challenges” even if they are just normal games hype them up as an impossible challenge.

46. Battle of the sexes Night

Classic boys vs. girls, always a great time! And I don’t know why, but girls always win!

47. Great Gatsby Night

Dress up, sparkling cider, classic games, tons of fun.

48. Christmas in July

Or anytime in the summer, I mean who doesn’t want to do Christmas more than once a year?

49. Pirate Night

Great dress up options, and “steal the treasure” type game options here.

50. Twin Night

When it’s totally acceptable for two people to wear the same exact outfit and no one will get jealous…hopefully.

 

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Written By Todd Jones

Todd has been in youth ministry for over a decade and has a passion for reaching lost students and training youth workers to do the same. He is the founder of  Stoked On Youth Ministry, a speaker, author, and pastor. When Todd is not writing or speaking he enjoys surfing, baseball and most importantly hanging out with his awesome wife and three beautiful daughters. You can connect with Todd on Twitter @TheTodd_Jones, Instagram @Todd_Jones or for speaking inquiries visit TheToddJones.com

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