It’s no secret that kids love to play in the dark, so why not host a fun glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt this year? Organizing an after-hours egg hunt isn’t hard, but you should add a little extra lighting to your yard in the name of safety. While you’re at it, you can also make some cool light-up decorations your kids will love, such glow stick toadstools, egg shell string lights, or glowing Easter eggs! Here are a few lighting ideas that can make or break your moonlit celebration.


Safety first: flashlights are great tools for keeping an eye on your kids and helping them find eggs if they’re having trouble. These high-intensity, handheld beams of light will help you direct light exactly where you need it can can provide enough illumination to see items in even the darkest areas of your yard. If you don’t already have a flashlight of your own, or as many as you’d like, feel free to browse our selection!

String Lights

As safe as your backyard may be, it’s never wise to let kids run around in complete darkness. Items that are pretty harmless during the day, such as sprinklers, toys, and steps, could easily become hazardous if kept in the shadows—yet too much light would ruin all the fun! Consider hanging mini string lights from tree to tree (or fence to fence) to provide low-level, all-around light coverage over your search area. You may also want to purchase lights in different colors such as pink, blue, and green to give your event some extra Easter cheer, or you could simply cover regular clear string lights with left-over egg shells.

Glow Sticks

Cheaper than giving each child a flashlight, glow sticks are a fun and efficient way to help children with their search. They can also be great decorations for your hunting grounds! All you need to turn a bag of 6-inch glow sticks into these beautiful Enchanted Toadstools is a package of white paper bags and rubber bands. Simply dig small holes in the ground where you want your toadstools (just deep enough so that they firmly stand in the ground), place a glow stick, and cover each one with a white paper bag. Then flatten and fan the top part of the bag to make it look like the top of a mushroom and use a rubber band to hold the bag in place. Line them along pathways in your backyard or use them to create paths of your own that lead to Easter eggs!

Light-Up Eggs

Kids will feel like they’ve found buried treasures when they unearth glowing Easter eggs from their hiding spots! So how do you create these glowing eggs? Typical 4 or 6-inch glow sticks are too large, but 1.5” mini glow sticks can fit snugly alongside candies, change, or other small treats inside your plastic Easter eggs.  Since these mini sticks are sold in boxes of 50, you’ll have the perfect amount for your hunt! Just be sure that your Easter eggs are light in color and not too thick so that the lights can shine through.

More Ways to Light Up the Search

Glow paint or chalk for marking trees and signs
• Small glowing toys to place throughout the yard
• Black lights and neon decorations
• Glowing makeup or face paint
Glow bracelets and necklaces
• Sparklers

Thanks for reading up on our ideas for brightening up a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt! Using these tips, tricks, and a little of your own ingenuity, we’re sure your moonlit search will be a safe and memorable one.  Happy Easter from Brian Millman Electric!

Article by Jessica Banke

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