Halloween: for most of us we have fond memories of trick-or-treating with friends, dressing up in spooky costumes, and eating way too much candy–all while our parents kept us safely in their sights. Most children wait all year for this holiday, and it’s one that creates happy memories for years to come.
As adults however, we’ve now become responsible for the safety of our own children and want to share in those same memories of costumes and candy that we safely experienced ourselves. For those without children, we may want to spend the evening reliving our youth at a costume party where alcohol is served. That’s when we become responsible for getting ourselves and those we care about home safely.
Within this blog, we’ll provide the quick tips our readers need to know to stay safe on Halloween no matter where the night takes them.
In our extensive articles on negligent security, we explored the consequences of inadequate lighting and what can ultimately lead to violent attacks on innocent business patrons. On holidays such as Halloween, the necessity of adequate lighting cannot be stressed enough. Business owners welcoming patrons into their establishments must see to it that their property is well lit.
While adequate lighting is an important detail that must not ever be overlooked year round, Halloween can cause problems most partygoers or trick-or-treaters aren’t even aware of:
- It’s easier for reckless or dangerous patrons to hide actual weapons under the guise of a fun costume
- Intoxicated people can become easy targets for unsavory characters who use a fun holiday to cause harm to those out late
- Businesses may be open late to host parties or trick-or-treating events, leaving them vulnerable if adequate lighting is not in working order
- Children can easily wander away from their parents while trick-or-treating, and can be difficult to spot in a crowd of other children with similar costumes; adequate lighting can provide parents the peace of mind needed to quickly locate a child that has innocently wandered away in search of more candy
As always, the Shaked Law Firm stresses the importance of never driving after even a single drink. On holidays where the alcohol is flowing freely, this becomes a life or death concern for everyone on the road. While Halloween parties are a time to dress up, spend time with friends, and relive some of our teen years, they’re never an excuse to act recklessly or make a drunken mistake that can cost a life.
It’s important to keep in mind that not every group of friends that attend a party can designate a driver. No one in the group may want to give up their ability to have a drink, and that’s fine. What can be done in a situation where everyone wants to drink alcohol?
- Schedule an Uber or Lyft ride to pick up the group at the end of the party, at a designated location
- Make sure all phones have enough battery to call a rideshare service if the designated driver decides they want to have a drink
- Keep the numbers of taxi services in the Contacts app on iPhone or Android to ensure that there’s always a way to get home safely, even if Uber or Lyft aren’t available
- Take the keys from any intoxicated friends and hold onto them until the person or people have sobered up and can be trusted to operate a vehicle
“Tricks” turn tragic
The last but not least important point we want to stress is that Halloween is not a time to cause harm to others and get away with it (using weapons as part of a costume, “messing” with the trick-or-treat candy for a laugh, scaring children and causing them to fall or run into the street, resulting in injuries, drinking to the point of intoxication resulting in a serious drunk driving accident).
Acting recklessly (driving, allowing other intoxicated friends to drive) after consuming alcohol on Halloween (or any other time) can cause serious and catastrophic injuries to others and as we stated above, can be easily avoided by appointing a designated driver or utilizing rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft.
As we conclude this article and wish everyone a night of costumes, candy, and fun, we want to leave our readers with a shortlist of quick tips to stay safe this Halloween:
- Never allow children to trick-or-treat alone, or where there isn’t adequate lighting; plan the route based on the security of the neighborhood and the best way to return home safely
- Designate a driver, and if one cannot be appointed, ensure that Uber or Lyft are only an iPhone app away in the event that partygoers are too intoxicated to safely return home
- Never attempt to drive after even a single drink; serious consequences can result and more importantly, lifelong catastrophic injuries can occur when intoxicated partygoers make negligent decisions under the influence of alcohol; this should be kept in mind not only on holidays, but any time alcohol is served.