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How To Make A Halloween Costume Glow Part 1

Updated on May 27, 2015

All You Need is a Little Creativity

What are the best lights for the job?

If you are reading this, I'm sure Halloween is quickly approaching, which like most people, makes you a little nervous. Halloween has quickly becoming a staple holiday of spending, from elaborate costumes, to the latest candies. Halloween stores seem to be popping up in every vacant building. It's time for costuming! This article is not as much about finding the right costume, as it is to show you how to brighten your wardrobe this October 31st.

When trying to make a costume glow, the first thing to ask yourself is, "what am I trying to accomplish from this?" Are you trying to illuminate your kids to make their trick or treating adventures safer, or are you trying to spice up your normal Ghost (white sheet) costume? Are you going to a club where glowing is a must, or are you outlining your costume as to only be made out in the dark? Whatever the answer is, here are a few general rules of thumb.

Trick-or-Treat Safe by Glowing

1. If you are dressing up to be seen by traffic and other pedestrians, nearly anything will work, from 50 cent glow sticks, to elaborate LED lighting. Keep in mind, if you are using EL Wire, it does not show up when a car has its headlights directly on you. Well, if you have headlights on you, you may have bigger problems on your hands... But what I mean is, EL Wire is great for costumes that command a theme. For instance, if you wanted to be a pirate, you could sew EL Wire onto the brim of the hat, so everyone knows that you are a pirate. Even if they can't see the rest of your costume. EL Wire, for those of you who don't know, Electroluminescent Wire (EL) is a thin wire, similar to speaker wire, that glows a beautiful glow at night. During the day, it merely looks like another wire in a know behind the TV. For more information on EL Wire feel free to visit, who makes the brightest EL Wire I have seen.

2. LED Lights are awesome for many things. Costumes especially. LED Lights today are so small, you can purchase them in small strips to wear all over your body, or can easily be placed on a hat or pocket. The downside of LED Lights is they are very bright and is harder to make patterns with them, especially when trying to outline a costume. If you are trying to outline, see above and use EL Wire.

The Ultimate EL Wire Costume


Use Glow Sticks as a Last Resort

3. Glow sticks are great for wearing as a necklace, bracelet, or even putting them in your bike spokes for a cool effect. They are cheap and easy to use, but they are only good for about 8 hours, and then they are done... forever. Another nice comparison for EL Wire, is it has about the same amount of brightness as glow sticks do, but they can be reused time and time again. They can even be run from AA, AAA and 9V batteries.

Finding the right light for your costume is easy, but attaching it to the costume, that is a little bit more tricky. Please read the Part 2 for information on how to attach to your EL Wire Costume.


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