Every aspect of Halloween is fun, from dressing in costumes to eating unquantifiable amounts of candy to staying up late to watching spooky movies. Yet, if you haven’t already, you can add even more fun to your Halloween festivities by introducing fireworks. Whether you are celebrating with little ones or arranging an adults-only affair, here are a few ideas for making fireworks into a family Halloween tradition.
Buy the Right Kinds of Fireworks
Though fireworks are fun and exciting almost all of the time, not all fireworks are appropriate for all occasions. Before you place your order for fireworks online, you need to think critically about your Halloween event and choose the right kinds of fireworks to ensure utmost safety and joy.
First, you need to think about the different ages of guests at your party. If you are only inviting adults over to celebrate Halloween, you can choose some of the larger and more advanced fireworks, like roman candle barrages, fountains, mines, aerial repeaters and wheels. However, if you know that children will be around, you might consider downsizing your fireworks display for safety. Smaller ground fireworks, especially firecrackers, spinners and snakes, will be more engaging for little ones, and they will be easier to control to keep everyone safe.
You also need to consider what types of fireworks will be legal for you to purchase and use. Every state has its own fireworks regulations, and many municipalities also set their own laws regarding consumer explosives. You can find detailed explanations of the fireworks rules in your area by searching online.
Finally, you might consider purchasing fireworks that are appropriately themed for Halloween. Many fireworks manufacturers opt for spooky branding, with zombies, skulls, black cats and other Halloween imagery decorating their packaging and shells. This can add to the atmosphere of your Halloween event, so you should look for themed fireworks before other options.
Designate a Time and Place for Fireworks
As a gesture of goodwill toward neighbors, you should designate a specific time and location for your fireworks display. Then, you can tell your neighbors when you will be setting off fireworks and when, exactly, the fireworks will stop. Some of your neighbors might not enjoy being frightened, so having advance warning of fireworks can improve their reaction to the loud sounds. Neighbors might also have pets who are afraid of the booms and pops of fireworks, and awareness of your fireworks display can give owners the opportunity to keep their animals safe and calm.
Teach Everyone Fireworks Safety
It is imperative that everyone at your event respect the threat that fireworks can pose. Even small, seemingly innocuous fireworks, like sparklers, can cause painful burns. Therefore, you might consider informing everyone at your party of basic firework safety protocols, such as how far away they should stand from ignited fireworks and what they should do if something catches fire. Kids and teens, especially need to be warned about fireworks safety, but it won’t hurt to stress the importance of safety to adults, too.
Combine Fireworks and a Spooky Playlist
To make your Halloween fireworks display just slightly more spectacular, you might consider timing the explosions to some Halloween jams. While you are creating the playlist for your party, you might choose a few songs that have strong beats or good crescendos, which might make them fun listens during a fireworks show.
Use Fireworks as a Break From Scary Movies
An exceedingly common activity for Halloween get-togethers is a group watch of scary movies. However, some of your guests might become overwhelmed by the tension in the films you choose and need a break to calm their nerves. Fireworks can be an excellent distraction from the fear guests experience during some of the most horrific and terrifying movies. If you already have a designated time for a larger fireworks display, you might set aside some smaller ground fireworks to help your more squeamish guests chill during the film portion of your evening.
Integrate Fireworks Into Your Halloween Costume
Finally, to drive home the importance of fireworks during this year’s Halloween celebration, you might consider incorporating fireworks into your costume in a meaningful way. You might dress up as a mad scientist whose experiments have exploded in their face. You could also use smaller fireworks to stand in for hand magic while you are dressed as some kind of wizard or witch. Then again, you could dress up as a firework itself, either an unexploded shell or a bright burst of color and light. You can be as clever as you want with your fireworks-incorporated Halloween costume, as long as you make safety your top priority.
With just a little planning, fireworks can become a traditional aspect of your Halloween get-togethers, making your seasonal event that much more special for everyone involved.