Good or bad you remember it. What I don't remember is the elaborate and expensive plans after prom.
When I was prom age the drinking age was 18.
We didn't have to secretly pre-game. In fact, many parents hosted champagne or alcohol punch pre-parties. Most of us didn't drink too much because we wanted to pace ourselves throughout the evening. Of course there were a few exceptions and I remember being at my 20th reunion discussing the girl who spent the entire prom in the bathroom throwing-up and how it's no surprise that she has been in and out of rehab...
Anyway, the relatively new prom tradition where I live is that after the prom the kids go to NYC in party buses or limos. They go to clubs that are open only to prom kids.
The catch is: a lot of other high schools from all over are at these clubs too.
And, there is always trouble. Alcohol is usually involved, of course.
The after prom costs a lot, add in the prom bid, hair, nails, flowers, limo, tux/dress- we're talking a small fortune!
Our tradition back in the old days, (there, I said it!) post prom, was to go to parent's hosted breakfasts. We would change and then head down to the Jersey shore. I was never allowed to stay for the weekend or even over night. But, going down for the day was good enough!
I'm sure my parents didn't like our tradition as they wished we wouldn't go to the shore, but it sure didn't cost much.