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Have a hellacious Halloween


But a SAFE one, too!

Having a great time and staying safe are not opposites. You can do both. You can also do a lot to help your mates and the people around you stay safe as well.

Halloween health and safety

That sounds fun, doesn't it? Maybe not but nor does a police cell, a 5-hour wait in A&E or a cold station platform 40 miles from where you live. Here's some easy tips for keeping everyone OK.

  1. Driving? Then NO drinking

    Yeah, not even one. This is one of the busiest nights of the year for police all over the country and they are looking for 2 things: fights and drink/drug driving.

    If you're a young person with a car full of party-goers, you are the number one choice for a spot check. Being able to say 'Not even one, officer' is a truly blessed thing.

    And do I even need to say it? Don't put your life or the lives of your friends at risk.

    Halloween is one of the worst nights to be driving. It's not safe, there are kids in the street and your mates will be drinking. Get the bus, OK?
  2. Eat dinner

    After many years of scientific research, I've come to the conclusion that 'eating is cheating' is fundamentally flawed. You don't get more drunk; you just get WORSE drunk. The kind of drunk that loses you friends. And phones.

    Eating a starch-based meal (pasta, bread, rice) is the best way to make sure you get home vomit-free and with all your possessions. I PROMISE you: you'll have a better time.

  3. Look after people

    I've made 5-minute best friends with more crying girls in toilets than I can remember. I know, everything seems worse when you're drunk - but that doesn't mean you should ignore someone in distress.

    Did you just see someone put something in a drink? Is that guy over there blacked out? You could save a life and it doesn't take a lot of effort to make sure someone is OK.

  4. Set a meeting place and time for the end of the night

    People get separated and you don't want to leave any man behind. That's when bad stuff happens.

    You can't always depend on your phone and you definitely can't depend on your friends to answer. Set the meeting point early and maybe write it on your forehead in case you get lost.

  5. If the shit hits the fan, call home

    The only thing worse than waking your dad up at 3am because you've missed your bus home is not making it home at all.

    While any parent is going to curse the day they conceived you, just imagine how they'd feel if something happened to you because you thought they'd be mad at you for calling them. That's a life-ruining thing right there.

    A few days in the dog house is worth it to make sure you're safe.

Still determined to drive? Take a look at our tips for being the best damn designated driver that ever lived.

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .