We know, Halloween is a kids holiday right? Not for some adults who may have passed up the candy and the trick or treating for an evening with friends. Halloween parties for adults have been happening for many years and they can be quite fun. If you get a group of adults who are still into dressing up you could very easily have more fun then a kid who is literally going out and getting free candy.
If you’re the host of a Halloween party you will want to make sure you do a few things to keep you and your guests safe. You will want everyone to have a great time and not have to worry about any New Haven slip and fall accidents happening while people are at your house. An accident may not be the first thing on your mind when you’re thinking about having a great party, but it should be something you consider before your first guests arrive. Someone getting injured as the result of slipping or falling can lead to the end of your party and in some cases the end of your relationship with that person if they choose to sue you for damages.
When you’re thinking about hosting the party, think about it in terms of what food to have available, what kinds of drinks you want to serve and also how you can keep your guests safe. This last piece is the right thing to do, but it will also protect you in the long run. If people come to your home and have a great time, they will want to come back again and again. If they come to your home and get injured, they may be upset and be less likely to come to another one of your parties again.
With this thinking in mind there are some things you can do to make sure that your guests remain safe while they are at your home.
1.) Make sure all stairs and railings are steady and secure. A loose railing or a step can be a disaster for someone who is coming to your home for the first time or the first time in a long time. Railings can be especially important for people who have come to your home wearing a costume. Costumes can sometimes be difficult to move in and giving your costumed guests a steady and secure railing to hold her/himself up while going up or down stairs will be one of the best things you can do to keep them safe.
2.) Remove any tripping hazards from the room where you will be holding the party. Typical tripping hazards include area rugs which might have a corner bent up, furniture that sits low to the ground like a coffee table or ottoman and loose clothing or shoes that may be left on the floor. As you plan your party and work on decorating the room you are going to be holding the party in, you will want to make sure any of these tripping hazards have been removed so there is no chance that someone will have an incident and become injured.
3.) Cut them off. This is a tricky one. You want everyone who comes to your party to have a good time and as adults, part of that good time often involves alcohol. As the host of the party it is your right and responsibility to recognize when someone is not making good decisions with their alcohol intake and you may need to step in and cut them off. Again, this can be very difficult to do, especially if it is a friend who you need to speak with. The best way to handle this is to be as discrete as you can about it, pull the person aside and quietly let them know that they’ve had too much to drink for your liking and that they should stop drinking for the night.
Hosting a Halloween party for adults can be fun and exciting, but there are also some pitfalls that come with it as well. You could be put in a situation where a guest has experienced a New Haven slip and fall accident and therefore their evening has been ruined and this might cause some difficult conversations to happen between you and your guest. The good news is that, if you take the proper precautions and make sure any hazards are removed from your home before the party begins you will likely not experience this type of incident and you can go right along having your Halloween party and make it an annual tradition if you so choose.
While the trick or treaters are having their fun, we hope you are also enjoying this fun holiday safely and with your friends. Happy Halloween from all of us here at the Loricco Law Firm.