New Jersey Teen Shows Up to Prom in a Hearse and Coffin — Find Out Why!

How did you arrive to prom?

How did you arrive to prom?

Probably not like 17-year-old Megan Flaherty, a junior at Pennsauken High School in New Jersey.

The teen, who wants to be a funeral director after college, rolled up to her big night on Saturday in a hearse.

And that’s not all.

Inside the vehicle, Megan was actually laying in an open coffin! To the astonishment of her classmates, she stepped out with help from her date.

“I like being different,” Megan told of her unique arrival.

“I made sure my prom date was okay with it!”


Megan and her prom date, Stephen Caldwell, were driven by close family friend Dennis McGee, a funeral director.

The group practiced and perfected their macabre entrance at home before heading out. And while most of her classmates loved it (some calling her “drop dead gorgeous” or “fresh to death”) — others on social media criticized the teen for being insensitive.

“It’s not for everyone — death is a touchy thing. Some people are afraid of it, but that is her chosen profession, and she was celebrating what she wanted to do with her life after high school,” Megan’s mom, Susan Flaherty, told, of her daughter.

“Anything people do these days, people judge it. People have opinions,” Megan told

After high school, Megan would like to attend Mercer County Community College’s funeral service program and one day become a funeral director.

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