Who doesn’t enjoy all things that glow-in-the-dark? I remember when I was a kid I attended my first glow-in-the-dark party. It was such a fun and unique experience, we all dressed up in white and neon colors that illuminated when the black light was on and had some great accessories on that made us shine the night away. We’ve been sharing all of our favorite ways to celebrate Halloween at home and a Halloween glow in the dark egg hunt is just one of them!
A Halloween Egg Hunt
Today, more than ever, we want to create fun and unique experiences for our children. A new and fun trend that has been popping up recently is glow-in-the-dark egg hunts. Now I know most of you may think, why would anyone have an egg hunt during Halloween time?
Photos by Dannielle Johnson
I am here to guide you on how to host a creatively fun and Spook-tacular glow-in-the-dark egg hunt that can truly make your Halloween festivities shine and that your kids will remember for years to come.
When preparing for a great Halloween glow-in-the-dark egg hunt, gathering the right supplies will make the night a Spook-tacular and fun event. Here is a supply list that will help make your egg hunt out of this world:
- Glow-in-the-dark decorations and signs
- Glow-in-the-dark plastic eggs or plastic eggs and small glow sticks or mini lights
- Real hard boiled or regular egg shells to decorate at home
- Glow-in-the-dark or neon paint to decorate eggs
- Glow-in-the-dark necklaces, bracelets, wands, and crowns
- Small glowing and non glowing toys for prizes
- Black lights
- Anything that glows and lights up to make your event a success
When planning your glow-in-the-dark egg hunt, there are a variety of eggs to choose from. My favorite are the glow-in-the-dark eggs that can be found online in a single glow-in-the-dark color or multiple colors. These eggs will allow you to put any little prize inside; from small toys, to candy to even one dollar bills. Using these eggs will make the process easier for you as you fill and arrange for the party.
If you prefer the traditional route like at Easter, gather up your kids and decorate real eggshells, or hard-boiled eggs with glow-in-the-dark or neon paints. This allows kids to get in on the fun and make their very own special designs. Once the eggs have dried, place a number on each egg, that corresponds to different prizes for the kids to choose from. Use a black light to help illuminate the eggs and really bring out the white and neon colors.
Most families will already have plastic eggs on hand from previous years so the simplest method is to place a small 2-inch glow stick inside the egg. Also, painting the eggs on the outside with glow-in-the-dark or neon paint can save you on purchasing new eggs. If you happen to have the larger eggs on hand, those will work great with glow bracelets and necklaces and can add some more fun to the hunt.
Whichever route you choose to take; glow-in-the-dark eggs are quite unique and will make egg hunting a fun and magical experience for your kids.
As a mom who loves to decorate for parties, you can never go wrong with some simple and fun glow-in-the-dark or neon decorations. Some simple decorations can be bags or bins for collecting eggs and a black light that will work both indoors and outdoors. You can make some simple signs out of glow-in-the-dark paints or even glow sticks.
If you prefer to go all out on the party, making a glow-in-the-dark balloon garland would be fun and whimsical. Also, having a family activity, where kids can decorate their own white t-shirt with glow-in-the-dark paint and dressing up with glow necklaces and bracelets will add a fun touch to the party. There are lots of fun glowing and light up decorations at local stores and online that will make your event a glowing success.
Easter Photo by Dannielle Johnson
Outdoor Egg Hunt
With beautiful fall weather approaching, an outdoor egg hunt in open space such as your own backyard or park is ideal. When hosting outdoors, I suggest having a table station with an adult who has glow stick necklaces and bracelets and small flashlights for kids to take along, as well as glow-in-the-dark baskets. These will help keep track of the kids and help to spot them if your outdoor space is very dark. It will also keep parents at ease knowing where their child is located within the yard.
If it is a large unfamiliar outdoor space, I suggest having glow-in-the-dark flagging tape and creating a square or rectangular parameter that allows the kids to stay within that designated area. Also, have several adults stationed near the hunt to keep everyone safe and not wandering off. Adding a small flashing light to each child’s clothing, can also help parents keep track of their child in the dark. As always with any outdoor family activity, it is vital to discuss “safety” procedures before the egg hunt starts.
Indoor Egg Hunt
Living in central Indiana, we all know how the weather can change within a minute. Which means that indoor egg hunts have some advantages. If it’s raining outside, or simply too cold for kids to be out, move your egg hunt indoors so your kids can continue the fun no matter the forecast.
It also allows parents and adults to keep track of children easily. o, parents can choose to have the egg hunt during any hour of the day. Indoor egg hunts can take place in the comfort of your home. Basements would be an ideal location to setup everything! If you do not have a basement, you can choose any room or spread the eggs throughout your entire home..
If you are hosting your children and other children, renting an indoor space or using a facility such a church or community center is another great indoor space to host a larger egg hunt. As always, before you begin any hunt make sure to discuss “safety” with all children and adults to ensure a fun time for everyone participating.
Undoubtedly, hosting a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt will keep your kids talking about it for years to come.