From the Light Party Website … http://www.lightparty.org/
The phenomenon of Light Party® is an idea born in New Zealand, that is rapidly gaining popularity.
The first Light Party® was held in 2000 when Wendy Reid became concerned about the risks surrounding traditional Halloween activities.
Not only was she concerned as a Christian about celebrating fear and darkness utilising scary costumes, but as a parent she was worried about the risks associated with children wandering the streets at night and knocking on strangers doors, as well as the ethics of doorknocking for free treats.
Her first Light Party® for family and friends was a roaring success so the following year she decided to put on a Light Party® for her local Sunday School.
That too was a huge success and Wendy was spurred on by the enthusiasm of the parents and children who had attended. She decided to broaden the concept and offer it to other groups, eventually Trade Marking the logo and establishing Light Party Incorporated.
The Light Party® phenomenon was under way!
Groups that have taken up the idea of providing a positive alternative on Halloween have been thrilled by the assistance Light Party Inc. has been able to provide with everything available from logos, party plans, suggested activities and even t’shirts.
This is designed to ensure the quality of Light Parties is maintained and that all who attend have a great (and safe) time!
In 2003, there were 24 Light Party® events in New Zealand, nearly 100 in 2004 including Australia and USA, 120 in 2005 and since then numbers have continued to grow, with Light Party® events taking place in even more countries and run by a variety of different groups. In particular UK churches have been keen to take up the Light Party® concept.
The whole idea is of the Light Party® is to make sure each event:
- Provides a safe, family oriented environment
- Emphasises no witches, ghosts, or scary costumes and activities
- Celebrates good things by promoting fun and values
One of the real spin-offs from Light Party® events is that they are proving a real way of bringing communities together.