Monday, October 25, 2010

Don't Lose Your Soul This Halloween

Halloween is this weekend and there will be many festivities to mark the event. Trick-or-treating, parties, carnivals, bonfires, and haunted houses make me shiver with excitement. Halloween is one of my favorite things to celebrate. I don't overanalyze it or read into it; I just like to have fun with all that surrounds this "holiday" that celebrates the dead.

Just because I like to celebrate Halloween and "see dead people" doesn't mean I want to be a part of burying a real body. Make no bones about it; Driving while impaired is frightening. I don't care if you're ten sheets to the wind or just two drinks in, there's no reason to get behind the wheel after drinking.

I have a full-time job. Add that in with six kids and a husband who sometimes acts like one. I think that gives me a pass to indulge in an alcoholic beverage every now and again. And guess what....I do!

What I won't do, even if I've had one drink, is drive anywhere. I'm all about keeping my life, thankyouverymuch. And I don't need my conscience to eat me up for taking anyone else's.

If you plan on drinking during Halloween, or anytime of the year for that matter, I plead with you to have a DD. That stands for Designated Driver, NOT Designated Drunk. Be kind to your designated driver and offer them non-alcoholic drinks. The Designated Driver Drink List offers fifty non-alcoholic party drink recipes. If you're unable to find a DD, the Alternative Ride Locator gives a list of nationwide alternative ride programs.

The Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving website has an interactive game that stimulates the effects of buzzed driving. You can also sign a pledge not to drink and drive, and watch a real-life video about how buzzed driving changed one woman's life.

If you are going to drink, don't dance with the devil.

I received no compensation or product for this post. In exchange for this post, I will be eligible to win a gift card courtesy of Global Influence. The opinions within this post are of my own and yours may differ.


Cheryl said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I agree with all that has been said. I am going to tweet and facebook this to pass on the message. I challenge everyone to take a moment and pass it on. It could save a life.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

So true and a msg we need to make sure everyone hears!