Here’s a great collection of easy Light Party crafts for children which you can use for children’s ministries, Sunday School, and as an alternative Christian celebration to Halloween.
Easy Light Party crafts for children
Here’s a guide to hosting a Light Party with ideas for crafts, activities, play ideas, and food.
In this article you will find:
:: a introduction to what Light Party is
:: ideas to host a Light Party as an alternative to Halloween
:: easy crafts children can make that use only simple materials and are great for groups
:: candle crafts
:: lantern crafts
:: candle holder crafts
:: light-themed play ideas
What is a Light Party?
A Light Party is an alternative celebration to Halloween. Light Parties are often hosted by churches, Sunday Schools, children’s ministries and as part of a Messy Church programme.
Rather than centring themes of ghosts, monsters, witches and evil spirits, a Light Party focuses on the theme of Jesus being the light in the world.
How to host a Light Party
You can host your Light Party on the date of Halloween or on the following Sunday, or other date to suit you.
You can decorate your venue with bright colours, or go with a silver and gold theme.
You might light your space with candles (be sure to follow appropriate safety precautions or consider using battery-powered candles rather than live flame) or fairy/twinkle lights, or even a disco glitter ball.
Your children might like to dress up in bright colours or in gold or silver to looks like stars.
You can play traditional party games, read stories, sing and dance to joyful music, and enjoy making some of the lantern crafts listed below.
The Scripture Union also has a Light Party resource pack.
Easy lantern crafts for a Light Party
How to make an easy clay lamp
Learn how to make a lamp using air drying clay and a pinch pot technique.
Salt dough candle holders
An easy salt dough recipe you can use to make this sparkly salt dough candle holder craft.
Jam jar candle holder craft
Transform jam jars into beautiful candle holders to create a cosy glow in your home.
Candle printable for children
Use these candle printables to give every child a candle to take home.
How to make a lantern from willow branches and paper – great if you’re hosting a Light Parade.
Simple lantern craft with template
Here’s an ever-so-pretty, easy lantern craft which comes with a printable lantern template.
Winter paper lantern craft project using cool colors and winter skyline art
Explore light and dark with this winter paper lantern craft, using cool colours to create a winter skyline or geometric design.
Paper lanterns craft
Really easy to make paper lanterns using scissors.
Art activities for a Light Party
Beautiful math stars
These stars combine math and art and make beautiful decorations using very simple materials.
Easy paper house lantern – free printable
Download our free printable house template and customise to make your own gorgeous paper houses.
Play activities for a Light Party
Free printable star alphabet cards
This Star Alphabet printable is great for letter games, learning the alphabet, and spelling out words. Download the stars printable and try out these star-themed literacy activities.
Night sky sensory tub
This night sky sensory tub is great for sensory play
Make a play land light table
Bring light to your play scenes by using these ideas to make a play land light table – wonderful for imaginative, sensory play.
Food ideas for a Light Party
Star shaped cookie cutters are your friend here and can be used to stamp out sandwiches or cookies.
You can also make star shaped fruit wands.
More Christian activities for children
For more great ideas to learn about and celebrate Christian festivals with your children use our Advent crafts and activities, our Nativity crafts and activities or see our full guide to festival lessons plans, activities and crafts.