WILTON \u2014 With shortened daylight hours and increasing COVID cases, darker times are ahead, both literally and figuratively. To brighten up the waning days of 2020, the Wilton Youth Council\u2019s Free Play Task Force is unveiling its \u201cWilton\u2019s Bright Lights\u201d initiative intended to bring \u201chope and joy in the dark.\u201d \u201cWe understand that there will be significant disruptions to our fall, winter and holiday traditions and limited opportunity to be with those we love,\u201d a press release from the task force said. Its initiative is \u201can opportunity for our community to come together and bring more light into our lives.\u201d The task force is proposing families decorate the exterior of their homes, their yards and even their mailboxes with lights \u2014 clear or colored \u2014 \u201cto show our unity, fostering a feeling of connection so that we can find strength in this shared experience and be resilient.\u201d \u201cEver since we had to cancel our third annual \u2018Wilton\u2019s Big Block Party Weekend\u2019 due to COVID, we\u2019ve been brainstorming ideas to safely connect with our neighborhoods and community,\u201d said Vanessa Elias, co-leader of the task force. \u201cWe are thrilled to introduce this idea as a way to feel connected to our community, increase our sense of belonging and to create and find joy. We need it now, more than ever.\u201d The block party weekends were designed to help in spread out neighborhoods get to know one another and create more opportunity for children to play together. The idea was well-received, bringing thousands of people together in hundreds of block parties in its first two years, the task force said. \u201cLight is one of the most universal symbols and assures us of brighter days to come. Lights are a sign of hope, unity, life and wisdom,\u201d said Genevieve Eason, also co-leader of the task force. The task force is inviting residents to light up their displays now and continue through Feb. 14. \u201cStarting with hope and ending with love,\u201d said Rosalie Witt, also a co-leader. The task force encourages participants to spread the word organically, through flyers created by children and distributed among neighbors. People are advised to keep it simple and not create a competition. The task force recommends using the \u201cWilton\u2019s Big Block Party Weekend\u201d Facebook page to share locations and neighborhoods on where there are lights so families may drive by and enjoy them. Participants are encouraged to tag their social media posts with #wiltonsbrightlights and share on the block party Facebook page.