Pros: Safe for kids of all ages, self contained glow properties, bright, great for trick-or-treating.
Cons: Seasonal item.
Call me a freak but I think glow sticks are one of the coolest things ever invented. That eerie glow that lasts for hours always makes me smile. Lots of places sell glow sticks for Halloween but when I was shopping at Oriental Trading Company I saw some that had a stenciled design on them and came in some very cool colors. They were a little more than what I wanted to spend on them but Halloween comes but once a year. If nothing else we could tie them to the younger kids costumes for a little extra safety. At almost a dollar a piece I was hoping that they would last a couple hours and give off a ghastly glow. Did these pass the Freak Test?
Halloween 'Skeleton Hands' Glow Sticks
Each one dozen pack includes three of the following colors; purple, green, red and orange. There is a skeleton hand stenciled on the side of the glow stick and that really does add a bit of ghostly, spooky fun to things. The colors that you see before you break them isn't nearly as impressive as what you see when you crack them and shake the tube. And yes, those are the instructions. Just put both your hands around the glow stick snap it in the middle and shake it up. It may take up to ten seconds to see the full glow capability, even longer if it is cold outside. The sticks that we used lasted about three hours and didnt require any extra shaking to keep them glowing but that didn't stop the kids from shaking them to hear the pieces clanking around inside it.
These are completely contained plastic sticks so you never have to worry about kids being able to open them or get into the goo that glows. We tried, and failed, to get these open by hand and with some common household tools and if we couldn't get them open its a safe bet that your child won't be able to either. There is a hole at the top of each glow stick that you can use to tie or attach to a child's costume. You can also use the hole to hang it inside of a pumpkin instead of using a candle. You wont get the same intense glow as you would from a candle but it is safer and in areas where candles inside pumpkins are prohibited, this is pretty much your only alternative outside of using a flashlight.
Kids can carry these or have them on their costumes; this frees up their hands to carry their treat basket or sack and makes it a lot safer than carrying a flashlight. The average glow time is two to four hours but most of the ones that we used were three hours. All four of the colors are bright and look great at night so make sure that kids don't crack them too early or they won't haven enough glow juice to make it through the whole trick or treating route. These are also nice to tuck in trick-or-treat bags or to hand out to ghost, ghouls and goblins that come knocking at your door. If you are a creative person you can work these into your costume for some added glitz and glamour. Then again, I am using some type of vampire so that is a little tricky to pull off. These aren't as strong as the industrial sized ones that are used for parties or at the bottom of a pool but they are strong enough to emit a nice eerie glow and to allow people up to twenty feet away to be made aware of your presence.
These are an 'official' Oriental Trading Company product that you can purchase at their website. When I ordered them they were almost twelve dollars a dozen so basically a dollar a piece. That's the average selling price for four inch glow sticks so you arent getting any type of a great deal buying them by the dozen. What you are getting is a glow stick[in one of four cool colors] that has a great life span, is safe for kids and can be pinned or tied to a costume, treat bag or sack. I'll admit it, the stenciled skeleton hands were what hooked me into buy these so their marketing gimmick paid off for them.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a small and safe alternative to having a child carry a flashlight, these glow sticks are a great pick. They are 100% Halloween so you might have trouble finding uses for them at other times of the year. They are safe, won't break, don't require batteries and have a longer than average life for a glow stick. If you like the idea of this, Oriental Trading Company sells a lot of other glow in the dark products including glow stick bracelets and toys. I'm sure that if I scouted around I could get a better deal than a dollar a piece but chances are I would have to buy a gross of them and even though I am a freak for Halloween, I doubt I would ever be able to go through that many.
As always, thanks for the visit
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