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Glow in the Dark Party Ideas

Updated on February 28, 2013

How to Throw a Glow in the Dark Party

Glow-in-the-Dark parties can be an explosive, high energy and unique idea for a birthday or any sort of celebration. They are also known as blacklight, neon and ultraviolet parties. They are parties that are great for any age, from kids to adults. Who wouldn't love to paint their skin with glow paint, wear glow necklaces, and wave around glow sticks while having fun with friends no matter what age you are? It's a great experience and there is never a dull moment.

This guide will help you get your party right, from ideas to tips and tricks on how to throw the perfect Glow-in-the-Dark Party.

Glow in the Dark & Blacklight Themed Party Invitations

Sending out invitations to your Glow in the Dark party can be fun for you and your guests. These invitations convey how fun and lively the party will be and what the guests should expect. These invites range from being perfect to kids, teens or adults!

Purple and Pink Glow in the Dark Party Invitation

Glow in the Dark Party Invitation for Kids

Glow in the Dark Party Invitations Rings & Stars

Glow in the Dark Blacklight Party Invitation

Rave Glow Party Invitations

Glow in the Dark Blacklight Party Invitation

Invitations for Birthday Glow in the Dark Party

Invitation for Glow-in-the-Dark Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Glow in the Dark Blacklight Party Invitation

Blacklight Invitations & Flyers for Teenagers and Adults

The difference with these Glow-in-the-Dark invitations is that they are often called Blacklight, neon or Ultraviolet parties. These invitations have silhouettes of adults instead of children. Fun for party, club and rave announcements.

Blacklight Party Flyer Invitation Announcements

Blacklight Party Invitation


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A Few Examples of Kids & Teens Blacklight UV Party from Youtube

Here are a couple videos that demonstrate perfectly the fun that can be had a Glow in the Dark party by dancing, having great music and using glow paint and lights to make the party super fun!

An Example of a Glow in the Dark Party for Teens or Adults

Glow in the Dark Activities

There are a number of activities that you can do for a Glow in the Dark party. Just use your imagination. The list below will help spark up some ideas.

  1. Fashion Show - Tell everyone to dress up as much as they can, with white and neon close and fun accessories and then have a fashion show.
  2. Dance - Music, music, music. You can also rent a glow dance floor and fog machine.
  3. Any ball games using glowing balls and equipment! Basketball, baseball, volleyball, miniature golf.
  4. Girls can paint nails using glow in the dark nail polish and boys can put on glow in the dark tattoos.
  5. Painting with glow in the dark paints and then a contest with prizes for the best one.
  6. Have a professional face painting artist that specializes in glow in the dark paint.
  7. Paintball with glow in the dark paintballs
  8. White Board - A white board is great for people to sign their names. You can also use a large piece of cardboard to make it a keepsake. Use neon markers to make them stand out in the dark.
  9. Pictionary - Using the white board idea or a large canvas paper board, where people can change the paper, use bright neon colors to play pictionary in the dark. The white background will make it pop and the neon markers will be crazy fun. Great for all ages!
  10. Glow Stick Finders Keepers Reserve one color of glow sticks to hide around the area and have your guests find them. Whoever gets the most wins a prize.
  11. Pop the Balloons Using White or Neon balloons put them on the floor and have everyone try to pop them by sitting on them. You can put prizes in the balloons so when a balloon is popped they get the prize. Or even set a time limit for when they have to pop them and then countdown really loud "5,4,3,2,1". If they get them all popped then everyone is rewarded an extra glowstick or necklace. Please make sure children too young do not do this - And to pick up the balloon pieces afterward.
  12. Balloon Clues You can have dozens and dozens of white and neon balloons with clues written on some of them in black marker. For instance, you can have the clues "18 years old", "From Canada", "Trendy Hair", "Pop Music", "Teen Sensation". The Answer would be Justin Bieber. Whoever figures out the clues gets the prize. You can have multiple clues on balloons and mix them up through the area. Have a voting booth and people and stop by the voting booth and put their answers in. Obviously, the more clues they solve the more ballots they put in and they have a higher chance on winning at the end of the night.
  13. White Shirts - Have everyone wear old white shirts, or you can give out shirts as people come in and then throughout the night people can write on each others shirts - super fun and interactive.
  14. Mummy Break everyone into two teams and pick two people - one of them being the birthday boy/girl. Set a time limit - a couple of minutes - and on the word "Go" have each team wrap the person into a mummy with toilet paper. And then after the toilet paper have them top them off with 5 glow necklaces and whichever team finishes first wins.

Glow in the Dark Decorations & Supplies

Here are just a few ideas to get your party started!

You can decorate as much as you like with a Glow in the Dark party. Going overboard makes it look fun.

2. Glow in the Dark Necklaces & Bracelets - Give these to your guests as they come through your door!

3. Glow in the Dark Decorations

4 Pack 1 Inch Blacklight Reactive Fluorescent Gaffer Tape (50 Yards Per Roll)
4 Pack 1 Inch Blacklight Reactive Fluorescent Gaffer Tape (50 Yards Per Roll)

This blacklight fluorescent tape is great for your guests to use to decorate the walls or to wear on their clothes. You can come up with all kinds of creative ways to use this tape!


4. Glow in the Dark - Makeup and Fashion

5. White, White, White! Anything White!!

I can't stress how great it is to have a lot of white decorations at a Glow in the Dark party. Use regular decorations except get them in white. White Balloons, Streamers, Confetti. The confetti can be made out of torn pieces of paper. Just make sure that you have lots of blacklights around so that the white will really pop.

Other Places to Have a Glow Party

  1. Your Living Room - If you have enough space for your party, your living room is a great place to have a Glow Party. Clear your furniture out of the way and decorate til your heart is content.
  2. Rent a Space - You can try renting space at banquet hall, your local church or a local restaurant.
  3. Garage - A garage can be a great place to have a glow party if it's properly ventilated and doesn't get too hot or too cold. Clear out anything that is in the way, set up your decorations and have fun!
  4. Outdoors - You can still have a great time outdoors, under the moon, having a blacklight party. Decorate your area, put blacklights on party tables, equip your guests with glow neckaces and bracelets and have a blast. You can dance, eat and have a fun time in fresh air.

Glow in the Dark Cake Frosting

Okay. I had to research this one. It seems that no actual frosting that glows in the dark exists that is actually edible. But there are a few choices that can make it glow under a black light.

1. White or Neon frosting. Simple enough. Anything bright white or neon glows great under a black light. Place a black light over the cake in question and you're set!

2. Tonic Water mixed with Clear Piping Gel & green coloring I found this thread on a cake forum that talks about how it was done and a picture of it as well. Very fun and creative.

3. Instead of the icing being glow in the dark, maybe just top the cake with glow in the dark objects.

What to Wear to a Glow in the Dark Party

Anything white, bright or neon!!

1. Anything white, bright or neon will make you glow in the dark. You can also make it fun by wearing black and white stripes, or some sort of black patterned outfit, so only the white parts will glow.

2. Glow in the Dark Sunglasses, Glow necklaces and bracelets if they aren't provided at the party.

3. Glow body paint, fingernail polish and makeup - again, if they aren't provided.

4. Make sure you know find out if there is a dress code before you go. The host might want you to wear something specific.

Make the Glow in the Dark Party a Safe Environment

1. Open space - Don't have anything out in the middle of the floor that people can trip over. Move all furniture against the wall or to another room. Use Glow in the Dark markers to make signs that alert people not to cross or get near in the dark.

2. Supervision - Always have adult supervision at all times. If you don't have enough adults, you can always put on the invitations that if a parent wants to help supervise to let you know.

3. First Aid Kit - Have a First Aid Kit handy just in case someone does trip in the dark or hurt themselves another way.

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    • NibsyNell profile image

      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Such a great idea! Never thought about doing one of these myself before but it seems reasonably simple. Might give it a go!

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      nyxxie 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello! Hope this lens helped a bit. Sounds like you're going to have a ton of fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm trying to find glow in the dark ideas for my 14th birthday party coming up in July and I need as much glow in the dark stuff as I can get to make this party the best one at school yet .................o and don't forget the strobe light and techno omfg can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is awesome! im trying to do this for my 18th commig up in 20 days:)

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      What fun ideas!

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      I didn't know there is that kind of party! There will be fun! Great lens!

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      rachelscott 5 years ago

      These ideas are so interesting in this way we can entertain more.

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      TNM 5 years ago

      beautifully done neon effect!

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      inspirationz 5 years ago

      I love glow in the dark stuff - always wanted some of those glowing stars and planets to stick on my walls when I was a kid! great idea for a lens! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      whaat a fun idea....

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      rballaddict 5 years ago

      cool ideas! i like the glow in the dark frosting thing.

      how bright are the black lights on amazon?

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      rifted 5 years ago

      Glow in the dark flyers are so cool. what type of inks do you use to produce them?

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      anaamhussain 6 years ago

      A real fun lens! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for featuring my green and yellow stripe shoes on your site! (HUGS)

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      OOPSY LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for featuring OOPSY on this lens! I've shared on OOPSY's main wall!

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      SophyBear 6 years ago

      I really like your lens. I have never heard of this and I think my teens would really enjoy it. A great lens!