Glow in the dark kids party ideas

Written by kristina seleshanko
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With a little creative thought and not much money you can create a party kids of all ages will enjoy, whether they are in grade school, high school or college. Hosting the event at night is the easiest way to host a glow in the dark party, but if the kids are too young for that, hang (or tape) heavy black fabric or felt over all the windows in the party room. Decorate early the day of the party, and expose glow in the dark accessories to plenty of bright light before guests arrive.


Some party stores sell glow in the dark invitations, but if you want to make your own, just use black paper and glow in the dark markers. If you like, ask guests to wear a white or neon-coloured T-shirts and encourage neon shoelaces and accessories, too, so everyone will show up better in the dark.

Party Favors

With a glow in the dark party, it's a great idea to give out party favours as guests enter the house. Inexpensive glow in the dark accessories like bracelets, necklaces and wands are readily available at dollar stores and party supply shops. Glow in the dark nail polish might be a good idea for the girls.

Seeing Stars

Glow in the dark stars and planet are a terrific and inexpensive decoration for the party room's walls and ceilings. Usually these are sold with putty for adhering them to the ceiling or wall; the putty is easy to remove after the party. You can also use a bit of painter's tape, doubled over, to hang glow in the dark stars.

Black Lights

A must for any glow in the dark party is black lights; purchase as many as possible. They are available at dollar stores and party supply centres. Replace all light bulbs in the party room with black lights, and either hang or display the rest of the lights throughout the room. You can encourage guests to play with wand black lights by keeping a collection of them in a plastic, non-breakable vase or umbrella stand.

Fog Machine

A fog machine is a fun addition to a glow in the dark party. You can buy relatively inexpensive fog machines at party stores; they often go on sale after Halloween. Many party stores also rent fog machines.

Other Decorations

Look for glow in the dark cups, straws, balloons and ice cubes at a party store. Purchase napkins, tablecloths, streamers and any other decorations you like in white or neon green, and add glow in the dark stickers for added punch.


Decorating white T-shirts with glow in the dark paint is an ideal party activity for any age group. A glow in the dark ball makes "hot potato" a fun game. Play glow in the dark bowling by painting plastic soda bottles with glow in the dark paint. Let older kids paint their skin with Woolite, then check out the glowing designs under a black light.

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