Spooky pumpkin balloons that glow at night

It’s almost Halloween! Since traditional activities are out my kids school is doing a spooky walk and is asking small groups to create booths.

I thought it would be fun to fill up orange balloons and make a booth full of light up spooky faces. They would move with the wind and, if allowed, we could give them to the kids so they’d all be walking around with them!

I had my idea, now for execution. I couldn’t find any info on google or Pinterest so I had to experiment.

I came up with three options: LED lights, glow stick and glow-in-the-dark tape.

You can see the results here. I used regular latex balloons. I did my best to photograph:

My three spooky pumpkin balloons!

Right away you can see the glow stick (middle balloon) wasn’t a contender. It’s brighter even in the picture than it was in real life and didn’t make the balloon glow at all.

The LED light (left balloon) was awesome. It made the whole balloon glow and I just drew on the face. It lasted all evening. The next day it was still on but dimmed. Bonus, if the balloon moved the light moved which made it look like it was flashing.

The glow-in-the-dark tape was definitely the spookiest! We all loved how it looked. It was very bright at first but over the course of two hours it dimmed. But it revived quickly with a 30-second charge from my iPhone flashlight.

In conclusion, the tape was spookiest for short term fun but the LED light is a better option for a longer term event.

Enjoy! And Happy Halloween!!