15 Ways To Play With Glow Sticks

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!

When I think about the things that remind me of summer, I can’t help but have glow sticks come to my mind.  What is it about glow sticks that make them so much fun?  Maybe it’s that they glow in the dark.  Or it could be that just wearing them makes you smile.  Whatever the case, I really don’t think you are ever too old to enjoy them with your family and friends, so today I’m sharing a round up of my favorite glow stick activities!

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As you scroll through, you’ll find that many of these activities can be done both indoors and outdoors which makes it easy to enjoy glow in the dark glow stick fun year round!  A word of caution: If you have little ones who like to put things in their mouth, please be careful.  The packaging says that adult supervision is recommended and that glow sticks are for ages 3+.

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15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
Gold in the Dark Lawn Bowling  |  Growing A Jeweled Rose

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Glow in the Dark Wiffle Ball  |  A Few Shortcuts

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
Ring Toss  |  Sugar Bee Crafts

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Tic-Tac-Toe  |  Make and Takes

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Glow Jars/Fairy Jars  |  The Gold Jellybean

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Word Art  |  Smile and Wave

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Glow in the Dark Drinks  |  Mommy Savers

Corn Hole  Tape glow sticks around the hole and at the sides, top and bottom so you can keep playing at night!

Red Light, Green Light  Remember this game as a kid?  Just grab a red and green glow stick and let the kids play this childhood favorite after it gets dark by having your child hold up the glow stick to indicate stop and go.

Dance Party  We’ve done this with our kids in the wintertime in our basement, but how fun would this be at your next BBQ or watching fireworks!

Glow Sticks in the Pool  Keep the fun going at your pool party by throwing some glow sticks in!  This would be fun to do in a kiddie pool as well on those hot summer nights (just keep a close eye out!).

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
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Freeze Tag  Another favorite kid game!  Have your kids wear glow sticks around their necks, wrists and ankles so they can see each other and let the fun begin.

Capture the Flag One team wears one color and the other team wears another so you know who’s who.

Bath time  Another fun activity you can do year round with your kiddos.  They’ll love playing with their glow sticks in the bath tub!  (We’ve also done glow in the dark bath paint using a black light and it’s so much fun!  You can find the post here.)

What other activities have you done with glow sticks?

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween--Some great ideas for non-candy items to give out to the kids on Halloween!

Phew!  Is it just me, or does it feel like October flew by?  I was realizing that I just celebrated my birthday at the end of last month and here it is already the end of another month.  That being said, Halloween is going to be here in three days and there are going to be lots of little (and maybe not so little) people coming to your door looking for a goody to put in their bags.  As a kid, I’d come home with my loot and dump it out on the table then sort it according to type: candy bars in one pile, tootsie rolls in another, etc.  (I still sort my M&Ms by color and then eat them in a pattern.  I’m weird, I know.)  Then I’d pick a few, eat them and save the rest because I remembered my mom’s warning: “Eat as much candy as you want, but you’ll have to have milk of magnesia afterwards.”  That right there stopped me from eating more than 3-4 pieces.  (Have you ever had milk of magnesia?  Imagine trying to swallow an entire mouthful of pasty chalk.  Disgusting.  Just the thought of it makes me cringe. *shudder*)

Now that I am a parent and I have to worry about my own children’s health (and pay the dental bill), I’ve been thinking about alternatives to candy that I can give out on Halloween and I’ve put together a list for you to consider if you’d like to give out something different.

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Hot Chocolate/Hot Cider One year, my mom had the brilliant idea to fill our big thermos drink dispenser with hot chocolate and give it out to the kids who came to our door.  She got the little Dixie cups and filled a few at a time so they were slightly cooled by the time someone came to our door.  It was a cold night out and everyone who came to our house was so happy for a warm drink.  There were even a bunch of kids who came back for another cup before the night was out.

Pinata Fillers There are bags of small toys that you can buy to fill a pinata with items such as, rings, mazes, bouncy balls and noise makers.  I’ve seen some at Walmart in the party section right next to the pinatas.  You could buy a 2 lb bag with both toys and candy for $6.  (You could also browse the party favors and there can be good deals there too.)  You definitely get more for your money and kids can choose if they want candy or a toy.

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween--Some great ideas for non-candy items to give out to the kids on Halloween!

Stickers I know a lot of little kids who would choose a sticker over candy.  The great thing about stickers is that you can buy so many for so cheap!  My kids go through stickers like crazy so I just buy sheets of them from the dollar store.  Then you can cut them up so they get a few on one smaller sheet.

Glow Sticks I don’t know what it is about glow sticks but they are so much fun to play with!  An added bonus of giving these out is that because they glow, the kids will be easier to see in the dark while trick or treating.  Just get them all glowing before you hand them out for the night and encourage them to put them on before they head off to the next house.  You can buy 100 glow sticks for $9-$10.

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween--Some great ideas for non-candy items to give out to the kids on Halloween!

Wendy’s Jr. Frosty Coupons Wendy’s sells a coupon booklet for $1 for 5 free Jr. Frosty coupons, plus $.85 goes toward the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Obviously these don’t have to be purchased just for giving out at Halloween so you could also stock up on a few for yourself as well.  But don’t wait because they are only sold from about mid-September through October 31, then they are good from November through February.

Peanuts/Pretzels  This is a fairly healthy alternative to offer if you want to give food but not candy.  You can buy individual bags like the kind they give out on airplanes.  If this is what you decide to give, you may want to have at least one other option available since there seem to be a lot of kids out there with peanut allergies.

Fruit Leather/Fruit Snacks I guess some people might count this as candy because of the sugar, but at least there is fruit in it too right?  *wink*  I love the Stretch Island Fruit Co. fruit leather from Costco, which is about $10 for 48.  Costco also sells boxes of fruit snacks for around $10 for 80.

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween--Some great ideas for non-candy items to give out to the kids on Halloween!

Are there other non-candy alternatives that you like to give out on Halloween?  Please share so I can add it to my list!