Planning a Halloween party is all about the theme. Decisions on costumes, creepy decorations, the food, drinks, and candy will all guarantee a scary good time. But you, as the host, have another decision to make: Are you going to serve alcohol? If so, who are you serving it to? Would you let your underage guests have a drink too?
Not only could any intoxicated underage guests be held responsible if they leave your Halloween party and cause a drunk driving accident (or any other type of accident) – you can too.
According to Pennsylvania's Social Host Liability Law, the "social host" is the person who is having the party at their home and choosing to serve alcohol. While adult guests are responsible for their own actions, minors fall under the social host's responsibility.
If the social host has a liquor license (like a bartender, restaurant, caterer, or bar owner) and keeps serving their intoxicated guests, they fall under Dram Shop Law.
If a minor is served alcohol at your party, leaves intoxicated, and gets into an accident, you could be held responsible – even if you didn't serve the minor yourself and even if you weren't present at the time of the accident.
The punishments are serious for social hosts whose parties provide alcohol to minors. As the host, you could face:
Though it may seem harmless to let your underage guests have a few drinks during your Halloween party, it's still illegal in all 50 states. No matter if the minor is 15 years old or 20 years old, the social host could be held liable for any accident they're involved with, including if they slip and fall on your Halloween decorations.
Don't let your fun Halloween party go south. Take a look at our social host infographic, and check out the following tips:
Too many people get behind the wheel when they are in no condition to drive, and it can have life-changing consequences. If you or someone you know sustained injuries in a drunk driving accident, or any other type of accident, contact our law firm today for a free legal consultation. We'll let you know if you have a case and how we can help.