Gordie Center

for Substance Abuse Prevention

Halloween Safety Campaign

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) peer educators plan a variety of educational programs to promote safe Halloween behaviors.  In 2015, over 900 students signed the pledge!

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Reverse Trick-or-Treating

Thank you for keeping your peers safe!  We have given out all 1000 water bottles to those who signed the pledge!

ADAPT, UJC, Chi Psi and DKE will be handing out free Halloween candy to students!  The first 1,000 students who sign the Halloween pledge to be an active bystander this Halloween recieve a water bottle, laptop sticker and candy.  Thanks to the Parents Fund for supporting this program!  Rain site for all dates is the Student Health first floor lobby (400 Brandon Avenue)

  • Monday 4-6pm at the  Amphitheatre during UPC's Puppies and Pumpkins 
  • Tuesday 11-3 at Beta Bridge 
  • Wednesday 11-3 at South Lawn 
  • CANCELLED - Thursday 11-3 at Chem Building  - We gave out all materials by Wednesday.
  • CANCELLED - Friday 11-3 at Student Health on the corner of Brandon Ave

Take the Halloween Pledge:

On my honor, as a UVA student, I pledge to take care of my friends this Halloween by:

  • recognizing my role as a bystander and intervening where I can, but knowing my limits and getting help from others when necessary;   
  • knowing the PUBS signs of alcohol overdose;
  • keeping emergency numbers available and using them in an emergency situation;  
  • doing everything I can to make sure my friends get home safely

Looking for fun Halloween events?  The PDF HERE has over a dozen local events.



  • - If you go to a party, go with a group of friends you know and trust and leave the party together.
  • - Use caution if you choose to drink. Drinking alcoholic concoctions (for example, "Jungle Juice") can be dangerous since the alcohol content can vary widely and sweetened beverages can hide the taste of liquor. Never leave a drink unattended. -
  • - Never leave a friend alone, especially if impaired, and do not hesitate to call 911 if medical attention is needed. Students will not face reprisal for seeking help.
  • - Consider your costume, and avoid wearing one that does not allow you to see and move freely.
  • - Always carry a photo ID and a cellphone and make sure your friends do the same in case you become incapacitated for any reason.
  • Make thoughtful choices in selecting a costume.  Be sensitive to how others may perceive your costume. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Some people with harmful intentions may take advantage of being unrecognizable in a Halloween costume. Stay in an environment where you can easily get help or move away from someone who is threatening your safety.
  • If you need a ride home, call SafeRide (434.242.1122) or Charge-a-Ride 434.295.4131).