Keep Halloween Safe and Fun

by adoyle on October 30, 2013


Many people enjoy celebrating Halloween with family and friends – decorating, dressing up, giving out candy and going to parties. According to market researcher IBISWorld, consumers are ready to spend around $6.86 billion dollars this Halloween. Adults spend approximately $1.2 billion on their costumes and another $1 billion on children’s costumes and let’s not forget the $300 million on pet costumes. Most children love the costumes, candy, trick-or-treating and parties.  And we know most adults, including BSU students are frequently just big kids.

For college students, Halloween unfortunately, is one of the holidays associated with excessive drinking. The creepy costumes and silly pranks aren’t the scariest part of Halloween. All too often students don’t plan for a safe way home before heading out to a party. Here are some hints to keep Halloween from becoming a truly scary night.

On the roads, nighttime is dangerous, but sadly Halloween has become one of the scariest times on the road because of the number of drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 41 percent of all Halloween highway fatalities across the nation involve the driver of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. How can you keep the night safe?

You can choose not to drink, and keep your mind clear to make good decisions for yourself and to help others.  If you know someone who is about to drive drunk, take the keys and help the person get home safely. If you see a drunk driver, call the police. Be aware of your surroundings and stay safe.

If you choose to drink, don’t drink too excess. Keep track of your drinks and make every other drink a non-alcoholic drink. Be sure to eat a meal before going out. Remember your level of impairment is not determined by your type of drink, but rather by the amount of alcohol consumed and your rate of drinking. Pace your drinks, know what you’re drinking, and be aware of serving sizes. It is much easier to become intoxicated when you are drinking large drinks quickly, so slow down.

Plan ahead and be sure to have a safe way to get home – have a designated driver and to be safe know the phone number for the local cab. If you are walking to a party, don’t walk alone, stay out of the street and be sure to watch for traffic.

Remember these important tips this Halloween to keep yourself and your friends safe and have a Happy Halloween!


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