Two adorable boys, preparing jack o lantern for Halloween Health & Wellbeing 12/10/18

Block Out Bedtimes Bangs

If you have recently visited your local supermarket, it will be hard to ignore the fact that Halloween and Bonfire Night are looming. The evenings are drawing in and Autumn has officially made itself known, making it definitely OK to put the planning in now for your family-friendly event.

Entertaining the kids

A roaring fire is always an essential of any bonfire night event; you can get your little ones involved by encouraging their participation in adding the last little twigs or sticks to the unlit bonfire, however small or big. Alternatively why not have an afternoon drawing, designing and building the perfect Guy Fawkes scarecrow for the top. Your could put your child in charge of stuffing old tights for the legs, making the face, or raiding a pile of mum or dad’s old clothes for the perfect outfit.

Make sure to keep your child well away from the bonfire when lit. Sparklers for older children or even just a good old glow stick could keep them entertained whilst allowing them to have their own little light party of their own.

If you have any concerns, check out the advice from ROSPA on staying safe around fireworks here.

Food and Cakes

No event of any kind would be complete without party food and cake. Bonfire cupcakes or campfire treats are a simple but effective party showstopper that is sure to please every party guest. Entertain your little ones for a couple of hours, teaching them to whisk the eggs, decorating the top or the most important job, checking that the chocolate is good to eat.

https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/bonfire-cupcakes https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/13374/campfire-cupcakes

Get arty

Making their very own fireworks to throw around, firework painting, baking or designing a carving for the pumpkin can be a fun and entertaining way to introduce your child into Halloween and Bonfire Night. Check out some links below to some of our favourite activities to try out.

Making own fireworks: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/377739487467316902/
Firework painting: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/331436853807581542/

Bedtime

With all of the excitement of the fireworks, having an evening surrounded by friends and family and the increase of sugar from the trick or treat, it can be a bit of a mission getting your little one to sleep. Try to keep bedtime as consistent as usual, so everyone can get a goodnight sleep. For older children, make sure their bedroom has a snoozy environment. The addition of a Gro Anywhere Blind is great for this time of the year as although it’s getting darker, the blackout blind will block out those pesky firework flashes.

When you have a younger child or even a newborn, the firework bangs in the distance can leave you sat on the edge of your seat as to whether your little one you have worked so hard to get to sleep, will start to stir. The Grofriends range, Ollie the Owl and Percy the Penguin can hear all noises within a room but are specifically programmed to react to crying or sharp sounds which may disturb your child. The CrySensor means Mum or Dad don’t have to get up to turn your Grofriend on to resettle your child or head into baby’s room and disturbing them further when you have to sneak in and open the door!

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