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 2016, over 1,000 students signed the pledge!  Read the article about the 2017 campaign in The Cavalier Daily.

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Reverse Trick-or-Treating

Thank you for keeping your peers safe! 

ADAPT will be handing out free Halloween water bottles with candy to students!  The first 1,000 students who sign the Halloween pledge to be an active bystander this Halloween recieve a water bottle 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).  The ADAPT Facebook page has full tabling dates and locations.

Take the ONLINE Halloween Pledge:

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

  • Practicing safer drinking habits if I choose to drink through:

    • Alternating drinks with water or other non-alcoholic beverages

    • Avoiding “punches” and other drinks I did not make myself

  • Being an active bystander by intervening or getting help in problem situations

  • Knowing the PUBS signs of overdose and calling 911 if I see even one of those signs

  • Using the buddy system and helping my friends get home safely


  • - 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).