How to Make a Lightning Bug Costume


Halloween is the perfect time to dress up as your favorite insect, but other great times are summer parties and costume parties throughout the year. A lightning bug costume is perfect for an adult or a child and will provide about 24 hours of solid glow time before the glow sticks will need to be replaced. The lightning bug costume does not use batteries and is perfect for children who want to go trick-or-treating at night, because it is easily visible. Parents will enjoy the safety aspect of this costume, while children will be the envy of every other non-glowing trick-or-treater.

Things You'll Need

  • Glow stick necklaces
  • Black dress
  • Black tulle
  • Fairy wings
  • Black headband
  • Black electrical tape
  • Hot glue
  • Stapler
  • Purchase a second-hand black cotton dress and a pair of fairy wings from your local Goodwill or drugstore. Purchase a black headband at your local drugstore, and green glow stick necklaces from a craft store or drugstore.

  • Staple black tulle onto the back of the dress in clumps to make the back of the dress appear larger, like a bustle.

  • Bend glow necklaces gently into twisty shapes. They should hold their shape. Do not bend the necklaces too much or they will cause the glow stick to activate, which will only last for about 24 hours. Hot glue several twisty shapes onto the back of the tulle.

  • Bend glow necklaces gently and hot glue around the perimeter of the fairy wings. Again, do not bend the necklaces too much or they will cause the glow stick to activate.

  • Gently bend a glow stick into a V shape. Use black electrical tape to secure the V to the black headband to make antennas.

  • When it is time to wear the costume, bend each glow stick necklace until it begins to glow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always watch children while they are making crafts.
  • Do not allow children to use hot glue guns or staplers.

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