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Bonfire night ideas: ways to celebrate safely from home

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I’m not a huge fan of big community firework displays and I wouldn’t buy fireworks to set off at home either, as I think they’re expensive and dangerous. But I’m not a complete stick in the mud and I will be marking bonfire night in my own way. So here are some bonfire night ideas for those that are looking to celebrate it safely from home.

What have you got against community bonfire night events?

I like bonfire night and I think that organised events, when they can take place, are a great thing. But going to one of these events wouldn’t work for our family right now. They go on late and our cat gets scared, so it’s better for him if we’re around. The weather in November isn’t great either and I don’t fancy being rained on. 

I expect that my perspective on this will change. Our son is still very small and when he gets bigger, if he wants to attend a community-lead bonfire event, we will of course take him. But for now, we will celebrate from home. 

Why won’t you buy fireworks?

I think that fireworks can be dangerous and whilst I’m sure myself and my other half have the common sense to set them off safely, I wouldn’t buy them, because I don’t like fireworks enough to even take a small risk. 

You also have to spend a lot of money to get decent fireworks and for me, it just isn’t worth it. You’re literally burning your money. Fireworks are hardly thrifty. 

My ideas for celebrating at home

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Get crafty

Colouring and painting is an easy way of marking the event at home and creating a picture of fireworks is an activity that most kids will be able to join in with. But if you want a bit extra inspiration, then check out Twinkl, which has a range of themed colouring sheets that you can download for free. 

The kids also could use cardboard, paper and stickers to make homemade rockets. Or they could fill some plastic bottles with water, food colouring and glitter, to create a firework effect. 

Read Guy Fawkes’ story

I was looking for a storybook, explaining the tradition of bonfire night, but I struggled to find a suitable one. So I came up with a list of Guy Fawkes facts to share with my little one.


I love sparklers and small kids are mesmerized by them. You’ve just got to ensure your little one is wearing gloves if they handle the sparklers themselves and that they’re closely supervised.

The window upstairs

It sounds cheap, I know, but I have memories of watching fireworks from the window upstairs when I was little and I used to feel so excited. So if the neighbours were setting off fireworks, I’d definitely see if we could watch them from the comfort and warmth of our own home.

Bake Parkin Cake

Parkin cake is a syrupy, ginger cake that’s often eaten during winter festivals. You could make some at home to enjoy on bonfire night. 

Eat comfort food

It’s often chilly on 5 November, so use it as an excuse to eat some warm comfort food. Think chills, stews and sausage casseroles. I always pop these types of meals into my slow cooker.

Family time

You could use bonfire night as an excuse to spend time as a family. Get the blankets out, put a film on, or play a board game together. If the weather allows, you could also go on a family walk. Why not enjoy all being together in the name of Guy Fawkes?

Final thoughts

I love celebrating bonfire night at home and I think you can do it without physically setting off fireworks. Are there any bonfire night ideas that I’ve missed off my list? Let me know in the comments below.

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