Use Our Pinterest Boards to Plan an Alcohol-Free Halloween Party!

Wanting to host a safe party at your house this Halloween? Our Rethink the Drink Pinterest Page has ample resources to help you pick the perfect alcohol-free drink recipes, food ideas, and decorations! Here’s a party idea we put together for you:

1. Start with a theme: The Great Pumpkin Party

Everyone loves the classic Charlie Brown book/movie It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Use that fun childhood favorite to create your party theme. For more fun party theme ideas, check out our [PARTY IDEAS] board.

2. Plan the Food:

Gather your friends to make sugar cookies and frost them in various “Great Pumpkin” themed looks. Use your imagination to create enchanting finger-foods, desserts, and delicious nibbles. For more party snack ideas, check out our [PARTY SNACKS] board!

3. Plan the Non-Alcoholic Drinks: Pumpkin Smoothie, anyone?

Seriously, what could be more refreshing and delicious than a Pumpkin Smoothie sans the alcohol? YUM! For more alcohol-free drink ideas, check out our [ALCOHOL-FREE DRINKS] board.

4. Plan your Entertainment: Watch the movie!

You can’t have a Great Pumpkin party without watching the old beloved classic film, now can you? Grab that DVD, some blankets and pillows, and enjoy a fun movie with your guests!

What sort of party could you throw together from our Pinterest boards? We’d love to see your ideas! Have a happy, safe, fun Halloween!

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Haunting Facts about Alcohol Abuse and Halloween

2013-10-21 13.57.17Halloween is typically seen as the true beginning of the fall and winter holiday season. As many people know, the holidays can be a challenging time of year for some folks. Those who have family dysfunction or those who have lost loved ones are often lonely, depressed, or stressed around the holidays. Some people are stressed due to strapped financial situations and feel added pressure to spend money during the holidays. All of these pressures can lead people to abuse alcohol and other drugs when the holiday season starts up. Since Halloween is the first up, we are going to discuss some haunting facts about Halloween Alcohol Abuse and ways to keep yourself and children safe.

1. Halloween, a night when small children are out trick-or-treating, sees an increase in drunk drivers. In 2008, 58% of all driving fatalities on Halloween night involved drunk drivers. (Source)

2. Because Halloween is a social holiday for most people, there is a greater possibility of being exposed to alcohol at parties and gatherings. This can lead to an increase in drinking and subsequently impaired driving.

3. Most people do not plan ahead for safe travel on Halloween night.

MADD.org shares the stories of Jean Dyess and Jessica Fraire to help inspire people to remember the dangers of alcohol abuse on Halloween. Please read them and pass them along to your friends so that they can be more sober-minded about the upcoming holiday.

Given these scary thoughts, what are some ways you can keep yourself, your family, and any children in your care safe on Halloween? Here are 10 ideas:

1. While Trick-Or-Treating: Wear reflective clothing that is bright and easy for drivers to see.

2. While Trick-Or-Treating: Be watchful and alert while walking the streets or through neighborhood sidewalks. Carefully cross roads and always look several times before making any crossings.

3. While Trick-Or-Treating: Carry a flashlight with extra batteries so that you’ll have it for particularly dark places.

4. If attending a party, be sure you are fully aware of what sort of party it is. If there will be alcohol there and you are an adult, be sure you have a designated, SOBER driver to get you and your friends home.

5. If you are a teen attending a party, be sure you are firm and up front about your commitment to remain sober.

6. Host a safe party at your house where fun, non-alcoholic drinks and goodies will be served.

7. If you have to drive on Halloween night, be sure to drive the speed-limit and to drive cautiously, keeping your eyes open for impaired drivers. If you see someone’s driving become erratic or strange and suspect they are impaired, call 911 immediately. Always wear your seat-belt!

8. If you are trick-or-treating alone or with a group of friends, be sure your parents know exactly where you are at all times and carry your phone with you so that you can call and update them or let them know of an emergency right away.

9. Surround yourself with people you trust and who support your personal convictions about staying safe on Halloween.

10. Protect yourself and others by making a commitment not to engage in reckless behavior.

Halloween should be a fun, exciting holiday! Unfortunately, because we live in an unsafe world, it can quickly become a frightening, nightmarish night if people make the wrong choices. Follow the tips above to help protect yourself and others!

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10 Ways to Have a Safe, Fun Halloween Season!

IMG_3614 It’s that time of year. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Teens are beginning to get into the routine of the school year. Autumn is here. This is the time for carving pumpkins and joining friends in hayrides. Corn Maze visits and cider drinking. Mugs of hot coffee and crisp cool air. It’s also a time when many teens engage in unsafe behavior–primarily underage drinking. Farm parties, Halloween parties, and other social events are often populated with beverages that have no business being in any teen’s hands. So, what can you do to prepare for a safe, fun Halloween and fall season without compromising your decision to protect yourself and your body?

1. Avoid parties where you know folks will be drinking.

2. Tell your parents where you will be going and who you will be hanging out with.

3. Make sure you have your phone with you at all times when you are heading out to a social gathering.

4. Host your own fall and Halloween parties with fun, alcohol-free beverages, tasty treats, and great games!

5. Be a great older brother or sister and take your younger siblings Trick-or-Treating!

6. Round up some of your friends and have a pumpkin carving night! Go pick out your pumpkins at a local farm and get together with some fun music, sodas, and Halloween candy and make a night of it!

7. If you go to a party and things get rowdy or you see folks drinking, make the wise choice and LEAVE.

8. Visit a haunted house with some friends and decompress after all the frights with a frozen yogurt trip!

9. Have a costume party with your friends and have a contest for the best costume! Serve delicious alcohol-free beverages and snacks.

10. Make the choice to rethink the drink and keep your body unpolluted and protected. You are a wise, intelligent individual. You know that drinking is a poor decision for your health and your well-being. Be above it.

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