If you are hosting a Halloween party this season, you will want to be sure that you aren’t letting your guests drink too much alcohol and then drive home. Not only could you be held civilly liable, but you don’t want to live with the knowledge that your lack of actions had any part in the injury or death of someone else.
Keeping your guests from drinking and driving doesn’t meant that you have to stock your bar with soft drinks, it just means that you have to pay attention to what’s going on. Here are five great tips to help ensure that your guests make it home safely.
1. Skip the Shots
Keep your bar stocked with beer and wine. Skip the hard alcohol and definitely stay away from shots. Most adults don’t down beer and wine like they do shots and mixed drinks, meaning they will drink less overall.
2. Late Snacks
Consider putting out food in waves. This way your guests won’t fill up as soon as they arrive, and you can encourage everyone to eat before they go home. Extra food in the belly will help to soak up any alcohol that has been consumed.
3. Stop Serving
Stop serving alcohol a couple hours before you plan on bringing the festivities to a close. Cutting guests off before they leave will help to ensure that the last alcohol consumed has at least started to wear off. Push lots of water, coffee and juice in the hours before your party ends.
4. Offer a Ride Home
Hire a car service or even rent a bus. At the very least, take your guests home yourself. The best way to accomplish this is with two drivers. Have one sober driver take your guest home in their own vehicle, and have a second sober driver following behind. This way the person who was kind enough to drive your guest home has a ride back to the party.
5. Hire a Professional
If it is within your budget, hiring a professional bartender can be a good idea. Bartenders will need to check IDs, and they have training in how to spot partygoers who have had one too many and cut them off. Hiring a professional bartender can also give you a chance to enjoy your own party.
Hosting a Halloween party is a fantastic way to get friends and family together, but it can also open you up to liability. Follow the tips above to make sure that your guests get home safely and drivers on the road aren’t put in harm’s way.