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Video: Stark warning on fire safety of Halloween costumes

There's been a stark warning over the safety of Halloween costumes for children.

Fire authorities and Trading Standards in Stevenage, Hertfordshire have carried a dramatic fire test to demonstrate how easy it is for some fancy dress to catch alight.

Television presenter Claudia Winkleman has described how her eight-year-old daughter "went up like a birthday candle" when the Halloween fancy dress witch costume she was wearing suddenly set alight last year.


The 240kg 'Atlantic Giant' to go on display in Essex

Matt Oliver and his pumpkin. Credit: Matt Oliver

A 240 kilogram pumpkin is going on display at an Essex event this weekend.

The Atlantic Giant - the variety of pumpkin in question - will be at the Woodfest event at RHS Garden Hyde Hall near Chelmsford.

It will be part of a display of various squash and pumpkins created by horticulturist Matt Oliver.

The display will remain in place for the next few weeks.


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