The Best Ways to Celebrate Bonfire Night

Traditionally, attending a local bonfire or fireworks would be the activity of choice for families when bonfire night comes around. But sometimes, that type of event isn’t available in the local area, or other commitments or plans mean you can’t make it. You still want to make an occasion of it for the kids so they don’t miss out. Never fear, there are plenty of ways to have loads of family fun without a trip to the bonfire.

Bonfire night party

Make bonfire night special at home by hosting a little party, just for family or with a few of the kids’ friends. Dressing up warm and getting out in the garden, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is a great way to burn off steam. Have your party in the evening and a pack of sparklers will keep kids entertained for ages. Plus, you might even be lucky enough to spot a neighbouring firework display. Toffee apples go down a treat with kids of all ages, and apple bobbing is a fun activity that kids love. For an alternative version of apple bobbing, try putting sweets atop a mound of flour. Kids always love a playdate – if you can give them a few bonfire-themed props, they’ll be busy for hours. 

Get crafty

Fireworks and bonfires are great starting points for a whole host of creative art project ideas. Take a long walk in the woods and collect sticks for a mini bonfire, which kids can decorate with tissue paper flames and a mini Guy Fawkes (perhaps an unloved toy or a mini-figure made from craft supplies!). Drawing and painting fireworks can be great fun, especially with glitter or glitter pens. For younger kids, hand painting can be really effective – an outstretched palm can make a repeat print in a circular fashion to make a starburst-like a firework in the sky.

Burn off some energy

Get out of the house and burn up all of that excess energy that kids seem to have in droves. Walk in the woods or take a family bike ride to explore the local area if you can. A trip to the park always goes down well and guarantees a bit more peace and quiet at bedtime. Or treat your kids to a trip to the nearest trampoline park. Kids of all ages will love bouncing from one trampoline to the other. If you want to stick to the theme, then have the kids practising their best firework jumps!

Cook up a family feast

Hot dogs and burgers are family bonfire night favourites and are easy to rustle up at home. Fry up onions for the hot dogs and add slabs of cheese to the burgers for the ultimate burger van feel in the comfort of your home. Home cooked burgers are bound to be healthier than those you’ll find in a van, and for extra flavour, making your own burgers is a great treat. The kids can get involved too!

For pudding, get creative with wheat cereal in melted chocolate – little nests can make great bonfires, topped with red, orange and yellow sweets. If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire, toasting marshmallows is great fun, not to mention delicious! You can also do this on a barbecue or fire pit in the garden – just make sure to supervise kids.

Cooked bananas are also delicious. Make a slit down the middle and add a few squares of chocolate or a sprinkling of sugar, then wrap in foil and cook on a barbecue until soft. These are great with ice cream and kids will love helping to make them.

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at

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