Flashlight Party

By: The Costume King

Throughout the bulk of some people’s lives, they’ve been doing all they can to avoid being stuck in complete blackness. Known as Achluophobia, the fear of darkness is not an uncommon one, so don’t be surprised if you find your guest list to be slim pickens if you decide to have a pitch black party. If you throw in a few flashlights and change the name to Flashlight party, though, and you may find your guest list growing ever so suddenly.

Setting Up

Do you like your stuff or would rather not be responsible for paying for somebody else’s damaged goods? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, than the first thing you’ll want to do is remove anything valuable from the space. While some people will be equipped with flashlights to light the way, you can’t guarantee there won’t be some drunken fool out there that’ll stumble into everything and everybody (in fact, you can guarantee that there will be that person). Now that the furniture is out of the way, it’s time to block off the windows with either some heavy fabric or completely black poster board.

As previously mentioned, you will want to advise a select group of guests to bring a flashlight of some sort. It doesn’t have to be the most powerful one on the market, and, in fact, you may want to recommend something small and compact as to lessen the encumbrance of having to hold it the entire night.

With the bulk of the room entrenched in darkness, you have the opportunity to pull of some pretty cool sight gags. If you can get your hands on glow-in-the-dark paint or foam, you can plaster the wall with some cool or freaky sayings. Each time a beam of light passes over it, it will charge the glow for when it’s engulfed in darkness again. You can even entrust one of your guests with the task of bringing a blacklight flashlight. With the blacklight beam bouncing all over the room, you may kick off a rather trippy “Rave” vibe with everything that may glow


As for the drinks you serve, you’re not limited to much. Make them as strong or as weak as you’d like - mostly dependent on how much chaos you’d like to ensue throughout the night.

While you may be inclined to play “rave-like” music, this is no rave. Stick to your typical hip hop, R & B, and pop tunes to fuel the party. If you’re looking for information on how to set up a rave, follow this link.

What to Wear?

Your guests can either go with darker or lighter motifs. Obviously, the darker the clothing they wear, the harder they will be to see, even amidst a sea of flashlight beams. Since your guests will be in the dark - mostly - for this party, you could even suggest some risqué clothing.

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