Spooky community fancy-dress Halloween bonfire and fireworks display

The Sports Association’s Spooky Halloween bonfire returns for another showing this Thursday evening (31st October) at the Lant, best known as home to the local cricket and tennis club on Meeting House Lane. The family-friendly fancy dress spectacular brings more spook-tacular fireworks from the returning professional pyrotechnicians at Halo FX, alongside a range of great attractions to keep the entire family happy, including the popular licensed bar facilities. As with previous years the entire community is invited to join the party.


Lant bonfire and fireworks - 2011. Fireworks and image courtesy of Halo FX.
Lant bonfire and fireworks – 2011. Fireworks and image courtesy of Halo FX.


Attractions at this year’s spook-fest include:


  • Prize fancy-dress
  • Bonfire
  • Fireworks set to music courtesy of Halo FX
  • Pig-roast
  • Hot spuds, hot spicy spooky soup and other refreshments
  • Ossie’s bar
  • Kids bar
  • Spooky Halloween games and prizes
  • Children’s rides


    Advanced tickets:

  • £15 family (2 adults, 2 children)
  • £7 adult

    On the gate

  • £7 adult
  • £3 child



  • Balsall Common Pharmacy
  • Two Ten Hairdressers
  • Oakes Farm Shop

    Note: there will be no family tickets on the gate on the night so advanced purchases offer great way to save some money. Last year’s event won rave reviews from attendees.


    2011 event [image by Halo FX]
    2011 event [image by Halo FX]




  • 6:00pm Gates open
  • 6:30pm Fancy dress judging
  • 7:00pm Light the bonfire
  • 7:30pm Fireworks display

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    Birmingham & District Premier League – Premier Division

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