Carnival Care

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Enjoy Hallowe’en Safely, Enjoy Hallowe’en At Home

This year Derry Halloween will be very different due to the current restrictions to on street celebrations and we are encouraging  everyone to keep the spirit of Halloween alive by  engaging with a wide array of activities and entertainment online from home. 

Derry is traditionally the home of Halloween so despite the circumstances much work has gone into creating a virtual experience which can be shared by people across Derry and Strabane and far beyond. The message this year is very clear – enjoy Halloween safely at home!
This is a time for family and what better way to celebrate than by bringing back some of the old traditions – apple-bobbing, costume making, pumpkin carving and spooky story-telling.
We are asking people to please heed the warnings about street parties and larger gatherings, especially younger people who naturally want to socialise at this time. The onus is on all of us to safeguard the most vulnerable in our community. If we can make some small sacrifices this year then we increase our chances of being able to enjoy a return to normality sooner rather than later.
  • Fireworks Safety

When buying fireworks, only buy from a licensed retailer. All retailers must display a warning notice stating “It is illegal to sell Category F1 (Indoor) fireworks to anyone under the age of 16, Category F2 (Garden) and Category F3 (Display) fireworks to anyone under the age of 18”. The notice must be prominently displayed so that it can be easily read by persons at the point of sale.   Retailers are required to display their certificates of registration at the point of sale. 

Remember if using fireworks, follow the Firework Safety Code – for more information view 



Halloween Costume Safety

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Environmental Health team are trying to raise awareness in the run up to Halloween, in order to reduce the risks that costumes and accessories can pose for children.

Anyone planning to buy a Halloween costume online or from local suppliers is urged to check labels and packaging to ensure they are fully safety compliant and from a recognised retailer.

Costumes intended for use by children must carry the necessary labelling and important CE safety mark.

The following safety advice is available from as part of their ‘Put safety first at Halloween’ message.

Parents should be aware of the potential dangers of their children wearing fancy dress costumes, either shop bought or home-made, if they’re around fireworks, sparklers, or open flames (such as pumpkins with candles).


If a child is wearing a fancy dress costume this Halloween:

  • keep them away from naked flames – avoid using a naked flame or candle in pumpkins; use a torch, glow stick or battery-operated candle
  • stop, drop and roll if clothing does catch on fire – to try to put the flames out and also to stop the flames from rising towards the face
  • choose a costume and mask that doesn’t restrict a child’s visibility or vision
  • make sure they wear woollen tights or ‘heavy’ trousers (jeans) and a woollen jumper under the costume
  • supervise them well at all times

Look out for costumes that are labelled ‘Low Flammability’ ‘BS5722’ or have the European code ‘BS EN 14878’.



Enjoy the Night safely and sensibly from Home




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