Halloween is an exciting time, filled with magical princesses, scary ghosts and bewitching goblins. It can also be a dangerous time when drivers mix holiday fun with alcohol.
Whether you are trick-or-treating with your child, headed to a party or hosting a party, MADD Nebraska offers some safety tips.
For those going trick-or-treating, be extra alert when crossing the street, wear bright, reflective clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets, and bring a flashlight (with extra batteries) so you can see and be seen at night.
For those attending a party, have a designated driver, use a local cab service if drinking too much, hire a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event, and arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends so no one drives home impaired.
For those hosting a Halloween party, never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21, plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options, don't serve alcohol during the last hour of the party, provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach, avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more, and be prepared to get everyone home safe by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
Remember to put safety first this Halloween by designating a non-drinking driver and encouraging everyone else to do the same.