How do you spend Halloween? Are you out trick or treating? Or are you curled up inside in the warm? I’ve written a whole blog post all about things we need to consider when deciding how we celebrate Halloween, which you can read here. But regardless of whether you agree with Christians celebrating Halloween or not, I believe that a Light Event is an amazing alternative for us to get involved in!
Whether you are running a Light Party to give families a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating, hosting a small gathering to celebrate the light of Christ with your friends and family, or putting on Light Beacons out in the community to engage with those in your area who are out trick-or-treating; these events are amazing ways to take a dark night and turn it into a fun, Christ-centred day that celebrates the light that Jesus brings into our lives!
I’ve been to a number of different types of Light Event, run in different ways, and I want to share a few super-fun, creative activities for you to try at your light event if you’re looking for some new ideas. These could be used for big groups, or more intimately with just your family; with toddlers (with supervision & support) through to adults.
Creative Activities for your Light Event
- Glass jars, cleaned & label removed
- Glow in the dark paint
Glow lanterns are a super easy activity to get everyone thinking a bit more creatively. Simply take a glass jar and decorate the INSIDE, with glow in the dark paint. Whether you want to slather on the paint, or create a more delicate pattern, these are a great decoration inside or outside to replace spooky spiders’ webs and ghosts, with fun lights!
- Plastic Bottles, cleaned & label removed
- Tissue Paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Coloured foam
- Googly Eyes
- Glow Sticks
- Glue or double-sided tape
Take your plastic bottle, and wrap the middle in coloured tissue paper to create the body of your firefly. Next cut out two wing shapes from your foam and attach these to the top of your bottle with glue or double-sided sticky tape. Then take pipe cleaners, wrap them around your bottle either side of the wings, and twist them to create two sets of little legs. To complete the decoration, add googly eyes at the lid end of the bottle. Finally, open your bottle and pop in a pre-cracked glow stick to get your firefly glowing!
Tin Can Lanterns
- Tin can, cleaned & label removed
- Tea lights
A slightly more adventurous activity, but don’t be afraid of trying this with children at your light event as long as they are supported by their parents or carers. Use a nail and hammer to create small holes in the side of your tin can. If you’re feeling super creative, you can create a specific design with your dots, otherwise just aim to get a good spread of dots all around the tin. To complete the lantern, add a tea light into your tin and watch your design light up!
- Wax from old candles
- A hob or a microwave
- Candle scents & colours (optional)
- Small glass jars
- Candle wicks
Making your own candles sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is! Begin by chopping up your old wax (the smaller pieces you chop it into, the quicker it will melt). Then, melt down your wax either over a pan of boiling water, or in a microwave (personally I’ve found a pan of boiling water to be more effective). At this point, you can add your scents and colourings if you have them – if your old candles are coloured you definitely won’t need extra colourings! Once this has been mixed into your wax, attach a candle wick to the centre of the bottom of your glass jar; for this you could use a glue gun or double-sided tape. Use a pencil or lolly stick to keep the wick standing straight up. Then, pour your wax into the jar and wait for it to cool into a brand-new candle! These candles make a wonderful Christmas present (as I wrote about here), as well as a wonderful opportunity to talk about sharing the light of Christ with those we love.
Glowing Crosses (and other creatures)
- Glow in the dark pony beads
- Other coloured pony beads
Many of you will have seen the classic Christian craft of creating crosses from pony beads. There are a couple of different ways you can do this and you can find some super simple tutorials here and in the video below:
Why not try adding in glow in the dark beads to remind us all of the fact that Jesus was the light of the world, and that he died on the cross for us.
If you have some extra time, you could even try making some of these other creations from beads too!
What other creative activities could you try at your light event?