A video shows Aaron Firth of Doncaster Restraint Museum, who kindly supplied the vehicle, dressed head-to-toe in prison security guard uniform.
He opens up the door to reveal makeshift convicts Robby Watson, 16, Noah Currie, 16, Thomas Burgon, 15, and Lennon Cooper, 15, all in handcuffs.
The McAuley Catholic High School friends are shown trying not to laugh as they shuffle out of the old criminal transportation vehicle chained to each other.
Aaron’s wife Clare Firth follows the boys down the stairs in a similar outfit to help give the teens a prom entry to remember.
Lennon shared the video on TikTok on Saturday writing: “There’s only one way to turn up at prom.”
The video has now collected over 3.6 million views and more than 200,000 likes.
Over 1,600 people have comments after being left in stitches by the unconventional arrival method.
One said: “Brilliant… I hope it’s not the shape of things to come!”
Another wrote: “Only in the UK.”
A third commented: “I don’t remember this episode of Prison Break.”
A fourth added: “Best prom entrance ever!”
Another replied: “Absolute class that lads.”
Speaking today, Lennon said: “The idea of using the prison van came from Noah, he mentioned it a few months before the prom.
“His dad is friends with Aaron and Clare who set-up and run Doncaster Restraints Museum.
“Me and the other lads agreed to the idea and we looked forward to making a different type of entrance.
“On the day we were collected from our agreed meeting point, Aaron and Clare came and handcuffed us and put us each in a single cell.
“When we arrived at the rugby club we were chained together and I agreed to walk from the van first.
“We thought it would be a good idea but had no idea how much other people would enjoy it, and didn’t realise what type of reception it would get from other people.
“When I added the video to TikTok I thought it was funny and didn’t think for a minute that it would get the reception that it has, we were just a group of mates arriving at our prom.
“Doncaster Restraints Museum didn’t accept payment for taking us but Noah’s Dad made a considerable donation to Aaron’s chosen charity.”