School leaver turns up to prom in coffin as vampire to 'rise from the dead'
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Many of us went through goth stage as a teenager, but one 16-year-old has taken it to a whole new extreme by ‘rising from the dead’ at her prom.
Abi Ricketts, from Doncaster, made an unforgettable entrance as she was wheeled onto the red carpet in a 6ft long coffin.
Whilst most teens want to be the life and soul of the party, this school leaver was much more content taking on a vampiric appearance for the event – much to the amazement of staff.
A self-confessed 'goth metal head', the Trinity Academy pupil had even discussed her big entrance with her grandmother, Margaret, beforehand.
In fact, the 76-year-old had encouraged her granddaughter to pursue her vision as much as possible.
Eager to make a big entrance, Ricketts drew inspiration from her 'favourite movie of all time', the 80s cult film The Lost Boys, and had hoped to secure a hearse to transport her to prom.
Though she might not have been able to get the creepy convoy she wanted, the teenager was able to secure a plywood casket from Facebook for just £50.
Her dad then helped Ricketts convert their black Volvo XC90 into a make-shift hearse, even attaching metal rods to help her slide out of the car smoothly.
When the big day finally arrived, outlookers were in awe as the 16-year-old was wheeled out of the car in her coffin and with her arms crossed.
‘Rising from the dead’, she then solemnly walked out showing off her white make-up, black lace corset, matching gloves and thick black boots.
To the side of her were ‘funeral staff’, aka her dad and brother, who stood gravely as the teen made her entrance.
Whilst Ricketts may have been ‘dead on arrival’, her entrance injected a lot of life into the school leavers do.
"Everyone was cheering and screaming and clapping. They were all gobsmacked,” she recalled, adding: "My teachers said that it was amazing, they had never seen anything like it and it would go down in history.”
The teen has gone on to gain over 1.6 million views for her spooky entrance on TikTok, amazing over 166,000 likes on the social media platform.
Sadly though, her grandmother was unable to see the teen’s transformation as she'd passed away before the dance.
"She was so on board with it but she ended up passing away about four months ago,” explained the 16-year-old.
"I knew I had to do it to honour her. We're a family of goth metal heads so my family thought it was great too."