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Bonfire Night Without the Bang

Bonfire Night Without the Bang

As fireworks can be a little loud for children and pets, we’ve put together a list of ways you can celebrate Bonfire Night in a family-friendly way with as much sparkle and tradition as a firework display.


Sparklers offer delighted recipients a glow and fizz similar to that of fireworks, without the loud explosions. These small sticks are always popular amongst children and are often easy to obtain and inexpensive. Just be sure to wear gloves and keep an eye on little ones.

Play with Glow Sticks

Glow sticks omit colourful strands of light that and are a fun alternative to fireworks. They can be worn as bracelets, whizzed through the sky to create a firework look or even hung in the garden.

Make a Guy Fawkes scarecrow

Get the kids to make their own mini Guy Fawkes scarecrow by stuffing old tights with newspaper and dressing the dolls in shabby clothes and straw. This activity keeps the tradition of Bonfire Night alive…without the noise!

Bake some Bang-Tastic treats

Baking some cupcakes with the kids is sure to bring smiles all round. Top your cupcakes with orange icing and chocolate matchsticks to recreate mini bonfires, simple but effective! If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also toast marshmallows for some gooey goodness.

For any questions about celebrating Bonfire Night please check your Local Council’s Website and follow Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s Advice for a safe evening.