How well do you remember your prom? Was it a magical evening filled with sparkling formal wear, fragrant corsages, killer dance moves, and the excitement of young love? Or was it about a million times more depressing than that? Was it in fact a prom fail?
Teen movies have a way of presenting prom night as something pretty far from reality. Most high school kids have, at best, a fun night of dancing, and, at worst, one giant humiliation that they're still not fully recovered from. I, for example, met my prom date at the local grocery store and was forced to watch as he slow-danced with my best friend for the entire night. While I've since overcome the embarrassment (mostly), it still stings to think about all these years later.
With the expectations we all put on prom, it's no surprise that most nights at the prom end up completely failing to live up. Whether you have a true prom disaster picture, or just a run of the mill prom fail, most of us have at least something bad that happened on prom night.
To make you feel less alone, Jimmy Fallon asked the internet for their awful prom stories. We're talking horrible prom pictures, prom disaster pictures, the biggest of the prom fails. And oh baby did the internet deliver. Some people have had seriously awful proms.
If your experience was anything like mine, the following 30 tales of #promfails will make you feel a whole lot better. And they'll make you really glad that you're no longer an awkward teenager. Take a walk down memory lane with me, into the worst of the worst of prom fails.
This celebrity fail
I was social director so I added “Star Spangled Banner” in the mix for prom song. It won. So that was the prom song… https://t.co/dl5w8pSd5Q— jimmy fallon (@jimmy fallon)1557849686.0
After asking for people to reveal their most epic prom fails, Jimmy Fallon graciously offered his own. I definitely feel more willing to offer my own prom fail after hearing this one because it's a doozy.
I'm pretty sure even Beyoncé couldn't dance to "The Star-Spangled Banner."
(Actually, she probably could, because Queen Bey can do anything.)
This logical replacement
My junior year everyone received champagne flutes with the prom slogan and date on them. Come senior year, it was d… https://t.co/QZCI5UW1A3— JDK81 (@JDK81)1557850020.0
Smart move, school.
You swapped out one alcohol receptacle for another that actually holds more alcohol. This is a prom fail on the part of the school. But imagine the horrible prom pictures that must have come from it.
This Dad joke
My dad answered the door wearing a flannel top & bottoms, hillbilly fake teeth & a greasy comb over. While I was ge… https://t.co/VtlPoRp4BE— 𝙹𝚎𝚗𝚗𝚊 𝚁𝚊𝚒𝚗 (@𝙹𝚎𝚗𝚗𝚊 𝚁𝚊𝚒𝚗)1557852355.0
Dads, why you gotta be like this?
What is it about embarrassing your children that provides you with so much joy?
Granted, this is a pretty hilarious move and I may have to do something similar when my own kids go to prom. Imagine the horrible prom pictures this dad could have created with a few strategic photo bombs.
This snotty surprise
@jimmyfallon After becoming prom king, after all the photos and the dance with the queen, my friend pointed out to… https://t.co/iQQJrMMHX5— Grant Hutchinson (@Grant Hutchinson)1557850439.0
Sure, this had to be a mortifying revelation. This is truly a prom disaster picture situation.
But this guy was prom king.
As someone who most people ignored in high school, I have very little sympathy.
Keep bragging about how popular you were as a teen, Grant.
We're all so impressed! (cough, humblebrag, cough).
This disgusting solution
Oh, honey, no.
Although I suppose this was better than just projectile vom-ing on the dance floor? This is a serious prom disaster.
This comfy outfit change
@jimmyfallon my prom dress zipper broke during dinner and i was stuck in the bathroom half naked until someone brou… https://t.co/ZSEoWr0Bin— Andrea M. Jensen (@Andrea M. Jensen)1557852695.0
Honestly, this would be my dream come true.
Not only is she rocking that Grinch onesie, but I guarantee she was about a million times more comfortable than every other girl at that prom.
Are Grinch onesies the new prom dresses?
I think the answer is pretty obvious. This is less prom picture fail and more trend-setting prom win.
This sticky swan dive
This one would be tough to shake off.
Plus, if she was covered in punch, it would be tough not to be uncomfortably sticky for the rest of the evening. Thanks for bringing this up, Jimmy Fallon prom tweet.
This clumsy chaperone
True story. I sprained my ankle 3 days before senior prom and also re-injured it that morning so I could not dance.… https://t.co/EZIvzfOnsX— Orange Chuck (@Orange Chuck)1557849925.0
What an enchanting evening this must have been!
I get that he didn't want his date to miss out, but I'm guessing she would have had a better night if she'd gorged herself on Chicken McNuggets in the McDonald's parking lot. I hope they at lest got some pictures that weren't total prom picture fails.
This rainy day regret
@jimmyfallon We drove to my prom, and it was raining. When we got there my date jokingly said “Fetch my umbrella”.… https://t.co/aCDKuvVySf— erik stelling (@erik stelling)1557850547.0
That's what she gets for being so demanding with the umbrella!
Karma is real, folks.
But seriously, I couldn't imagine the amount of heartbreak I'd feel after buying an expensive dress and having it ruined before I could even get a picture in it. I hope she managed to hide the dirty hem so she didn't have prom picture fails.
This clueless date
I asked a friend to prom, and in the car on the way there he asked me "so....is prom like a dance or something?"… https://t.co/5O3BQsxLKG— Kaylie (@Kaylie)1557849928.0
Look, some people just don't know what prom is.
Maybe this guy was homeschooled!
Or has been living under a rock his entire life!
Or maybe he doesn't know that "prom" is short for "promenade"!
We all learned that from Never Been Kissed, right? The biggest prom fail is not knowing what prom is.
This magical memory
I passed out on the field during prom photos #PromFail https://t.co/3QqvF4mRBg https://t.co/8mqcSnW0I1— SW (@SW)1557852854.0
Isn't it nice to have photographic evidence of the most amazing night of your life?
What a great memory to show your future grandchildren. The best part of this horrible prom picture is that everyone else is ignoring her while she's clearly in pain. Great friends.
This questionable shoe choice
I wore my crocs to prom underneath my dress because you gotta be comfy all night on the dance floor #PromFail https://t.co/3nzAbuSX4f— Rachel Pinsky (@Rachel Pinsky)1557851083.0
I can't tell if this is a #promfail or a #promwin.
...it's a #promfail.
Anything involving crocs is an instant fail. But I do have to tip my cap to the commitment to comfort. And the absolute prom disaster of a picture that I'm sure came from it.
This rebel without a cause
@jimmyfallon Her dad opened the door. He happened to be the same cop who wrote me a ticket for doing donuts in the… https://t.co/uZHEwM3eaP— Kristopher (@Kristopher)1557849837.0
Let's file "doing donuts in the school parking lot" as something we all thought was totally cool in high school. This poor kid didn't even make it to prom for his prom fail.
This invisible dress
This is kind of awesome, actually.
And she totally lucked out with that backdrop.
It could have been something far less flattering. As it is, it just looks like she has some kind of amazing invisibility superpower. So less of a horrible prom picture and more of a happy accident.
This intercom mix-up
@jimmyfallon I thought I was being smooth by asking this girl Katelyn to prom over the school intercom. When she sa… https://t.co/fC2KhqLg9Z— Mason (@Mason)1557849967.0
Let's all feel bad for the unwanted Katelyn in this situation.
I really hope he still took her to prom.
Reject Katelyns need loving too! At least he could still have a fun night with the other Katelyn. This isn't a total prom fail.
This bumbling break-in
@jimmyfallon i left my prom ticket at my house & my group was in a limo. while i frantically tried to break into my… https://t.co/NtMTMf65eI— ehhhma (@ehhhma)1557851803.0
I would pay good money to watch that doorbell video. I particularly love that this was not a prom disaster picture it was a prom disaster video. Thanks technology for capturing more and more of our embarrassing moments.
But I'm guessing she's destroyed all evidence of this experience at this point.
This maternity photo
@tabbylikeacat @MarahFeltmann @jimmyfallon @eswizzley When the backdrop lines up perfectly with your date’s stomach… https://t.co/BgV7vyyswl— Fletcher Nelson (@Fletcher Nelson)1557871281.0
As a nine-months pregnant woman, I think she looks fabulous.
She really has that pregnancy glow! #HorriblePromPhotos
On the other hand, this looks more convincing than some serious photoshop work I've seen, so kudos to that backdrop.
This big 'ol bummer
@jimmyfallon My friends and I thought it would be funny to spike the punch at the dance. Five minutes after we did… https://t.co/dqvNbAIiRx— Mason (@Mason)1557850188.0
That's not good.
For so many reasons.
Just say "no" to spiking. Unless you want to see your teachers drunk. But no one wants to see that. That's just a prom disaster picture waiting to happen.
This blushing bride
@jimmyfallon My boyfriend and I were taking pictures before prom only to be mislabeled by a few strangers as bride… https://t.co/mVQ3gG86uu— Lauren Moore (@Lauren Moore)1557867481.0
I'm sorry, but since when were bouquets a thing at prom?
Or white princess dresses?
She was basically asking for this reaction. And she probably got some seriously horrible prom pictures.
This painful prom night
@jimmyfallon I dislocated my knee at my senior prom while someone was teaching me a dance. A guy came over to pick… https://t.co/IjwTpUdvzz— ren (@ren)1557857044.0
Look at her smiling through the pain and humiliation!
What a champ! She is never going to forget this night, even if it is a prom fail.
This perfect gentleman
@jimmyfallon I procrastinated the whole event, including getting a date (also nobody asked me), so I ended up takin… https://t.co/hqmnBTaJqU— Anna Elisabeth (@Anna Elisabeth)1557858853.0
Honestly, this sounds like the ideal date.
He's polite, quiet, and won't make you cry in the bathroom by grinding on his ex-girlfriend in front of your whole school. I see this as an act of complete genius. Not a prom fail at all.
These sad tanksThis is horrendously depressing. But let's look on the bright side. At least those tanks weren't filled with dead fish instead!
This hilarious joke
@jimmyfallon During the era of text messages signatures my friend’s signature was his initials ‘JK’ He texted his… https://t.co/WP1Ik7kCKk— Ben Hegge (@Ben Hegge)1557857651.0
Yet another reason to be glad that text message signatures are no longer a thing.
Part of me thinks this girl knew exactly what was going on but just wanted to let him down easy. At least it was over text instead of in person, because this is crushing. What a horrible prom fail.
This exposed moment
After something like this, you're pretty much forced to change your name and transfer to a different school.
There's just no other option. #promfails
These Doublemint twins
Aren't sisters just the worst?!
But seriously, can we talk about how extra that Mom was?
Buying EVERY SINGLE DRESS?
Kudos to you, Ma.
Although, obviously, it didn't work out very well...this is what I would call a Mom prom fail.
This amazing friend
This girl was lucky to have such a nice and devoted friend in her time of need.
I would have probably just wheeled her into a corner and forgotten about her. Not a complete prom fail.
This unsurprising outcome
@jimmyfallon @FallonTonight #PromFail Tried to get to second base, but her dress was too tight to get my hand in. J… https://t.co/AcNCkika5O— Kyle Thatcher (@Kyle Thatcher)1557857169.0
These unwelcome spectators
@jimmyfallon The dance was held in the lobby of the local performance art center. The walls were floor to ceiling w… https://t.co/UoWem8ggAi— Meagan Blazewicz (@Meagan Blazewicz)1557855475.0
This is just straight-up weird.
The things these parents saw that night cannot be un-seen. Don't these parents have anything better to do than to stare at their children's awkward prom fails?
This mean prank
Although I do find it hilariously adorable that he added "she wasn't there" at the end.
Which means he probably still went into the abandoned warehouse looking for her. But seriously, who does this instead of just saying no? This isn't a prom fail, this is simple cruelty.
This understandable confusion
@jimmyfallon My friends sticky boob covers fell through her dress and her date stepped on it during a slow song. He… https://t.co/mXoQ6aZulS— KeKe FeFe (@KeKe FeFe)1557886607.0
Having worn these exact same products at a formal event before, I can see how he would have that reaction.
But it does bring up a rather disgusting image. At least no one snapped any prom disaster pictures of the moment.
This wild night
@jimmyfallon Passed out in the front seat of my date’s car from too many cocktails, my best friend hooked up with m… https://t.co/TrdbcfvzsS— Sarah Sweeney (@Sarah Sweeney)1557853666.0
Compared to these kids, my high school experience was a total snooze.
Kids drank in high school? AND hooked up?
Why did I waste so many nights playing Zelda?! On the plus side, Zelda does not create prom fails like these.
This bad first impression
@jimmyfallon My prom date was so nervous that he decided to show up drunk to meet my parents. He arrived an hour la… https://t.co/Pqkm0BoZiO— Mel.bug 🐝 (@Mel.bug 🐝)1557851689.0
Drinking more to make yourself less nervous is never a good idea, kids.
I know this firsthand. It also is a recipe for disaster prom photos.
This head injury
@jimmyfallon @FallonTonight someone threw a full beer can to their buddy right next to me. It hit me in the temple… https://t.co/y24vK2hHxM— Katie O’Byrne (@Katie O’Byrne)1557855732.0
He couldn't have yelled, "Heads up!"??
High school kids are the worst. Also apparently their aim is the worst too. Don't give your friends concussions kids! At least he's got some horrible prom photos to look back and remember this awful night.
This gastrointestinal catastrophe
@jimmyfallon We went out to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner before prom. Halfway through, my stomach decided that… https://t.co/okwApAwhtx— Luis Flores (@Luis Flores)1557860677.0
This sounds rough, but it could have been much, much worse.
At least he made it to the bathroom in time.
Otherwise, that night definitely would have been ruined.
(And that suit.) Here's hoping things calmed down once they reached the dance so that at least they didn't have prom disaster pictures.
This total tragedy
@jimmyfallon I never had a prom, cause I went to a private school that didn’t do them..so I would put on a fancy dr… https://t.co/CVbpNMt1Ay— Cassidy Kelly (@Cassidy Kelly)1557859220.0
Cassidy, you poor thing.
This may be the most depressing thing I've ever read.
Why did your parents allow this?! Did they take horrible prom pictures while you did it? I simply must know.
This epic burn
@jimmyfallon #PromFail my sister was my date to prom and my grandma said “well hopefully next year a guy likes you. I’ve been praying.”— 🇱🇧🇱🇧susie aramony🇱🇧🇱🇧 (@🇱🇧🇱🇧susie aramony🇱🇧🇱🇧)1557857841.0
No one throws shade like Granny! But rolling up to prom with your friends is hardly the worst prom fail around, so lay off grandma.
This terrible tan
Kids, listen up: Do not tan.
I repeat: DO. NOT. TAN.
You do not want these horrible prom pictures.
This zipper incident
@jimmyfallon I asked the hottest chick in the school to prom. When I picked her up at her parents place I had to go… https://t.co/jx8RVoo7Lb— Taylor Baughman (@Taylor Baughman)1557857343.0
While this sounds horrendously painful, I do love that he used the term "beans and frank" to describe his...well...beans and frank. They didn't even make it to prom for what would have been some truly horrible prom photos.
This legitimate excuse
@jimmyfallon I didn’t go to prom because i had a baby. 🙃 #promfail— A L Y X (@A L Y X)1557858871.0
This comfy footwear
@jimmyfallon honestly, id consider this a win #PromFail https://t.co/aBUiFYVH3l— Kamie 🦋 (@Kamie 🦋)1557880218.0
Here we have yet another photo that begs the question about whether this is a #promfail or a #promwin.
I'm going to give her a #win on this one.
I'm always pro wearing your slippers outside the house, and these may, in fact, be the most glorious slippers I've ever seen.
Here's hoping she didn't faceplant on the dancefloor due to lack of tread, though. I'm so glad someone got video of these glorious creatures.