People prefer the darkness rather than the light...because their deeds are evil (paraphrasing a Bible verse). At our activities, we like to have lights on. Lot's of them! When you turn down the lights, you could bring out the "evil" in people. Crazy talk? Just think about it. If anyone has a tendency to steal, or if anyone boys and girls desire to get "touchy-feely" with each other...or whatever else you can think of, wouldn't they take advantage of those things in the dark? In fact, the thought of a black light party could conjure up in one's mind a night club where everyone parties and lets out their "wild side." We don't want that! Not at all! Therefore, we recommend the following:
So, some suggestions:
1. Please don't encourage the "night club" feel by providing music that is sensual. I won't take the time to give my philosophy on modern contemporary music here, but I think you can understand what I'm saying.
2. Have plenty of good helpers that are not afraid to confront any ungodly conduct. We don't need to be Nazis about it, but we need to be firm.
3. Keep the black light segment of the night brief. We broke ours up with an outside activity (it was summer, so it was still bright outside). Then, as always, we went into the auditorium (well lit) for our Bible lesson. The black light segments were only during our "fellowship" times, when the concessions are open and free-for-all games (fuseball, ping pong, carpet ball...) are available.
4. So, have a good time...just not too good of a time!
following are some suggestions to make the black light party a success (there are a lot of things we could have done to make ours work a little better. We want to pass on to you some of what we learned that I think will help):
It is very important that you have plenty of black lights. A couple bulbs just won't work very well. The long, fluorescent lights are definitely the best. They are a little pricey (especially if you don't have the light fixtures for them), but you might be able to borrow.
Mirrors on the walls will help the effect.
Not only will the mirrors open up the space and make it feel like it is bigger and that there is more going on, it will reflect the black lights a little and help to make more things "glow."
Wear reflective clothes
Anything white reflects pretty well, but there are some properties to certain materials that work better than others. Of course, fluorescent colors should work well, but again, some that you think would reflect well don't. You will have to experiment and then make suggestions to the young people as you are promoting the event.
Decorate with reflective paint and tape
You can buy glow-in-the-dark paint just about anywhere, and it is fairly inexpensive. It doesn't glow all that well, but it does reflect the black light. Notice, in the first illustration above, the "I.B.Teens" on the wall was simply made out of white printer paper (some types reflect better than others) painted with glow-in-the-dark paint. It really stood out well. The cups in the second photo were also painted with the same paint (the filling is just some polyester stuffing which you could decorate with as well if you have some...or pull some out of an old pillow). We really didn't buy any reflective tape, but that would be an easy purchase as well.
And don't forget to provide glow sticks and bracelets
I hightly recommend that you provide everyone with some of these. Most young people, I think, will want to wear them. It will help everyone to feel included...and most importantly, you will be able to keep better track of those ones that "love the darkness because their deeds are evil"