It’s that time of year again. The days get shorter, the nights get longer, the atmosphere gets spookier, and excitement buzzes in the air. It’s Madison preparing for Halloween weekend, Freakfest, and all of the festivities they bring.
With hordes of new people flocking in to celebrate, throngs of masks crowding the streets, and all kinds of disorienting craziness, it’s even more important to keep safety in mind. Check out our list of healthy Halloween tips, and remember that they’re always relevant, not just on October 31!
Freaky and functional: Costumes are fun, but maybe less so when you end up trekking around Madison at night, freezing in clothes that aren’t warm and comfortable. Keep the elements in mind when you’re designing your costume. Bigfoot or Chewbacca sound like pretty good costume ideas right about now!
Plan your path: It’s smart to have a general idea of your evening plans before setting out. Though you don’t need to have a full itinerary, remembering your destination(s) is an easy way to keep your group from wandering down an unknown path and ending up somewhere dangerous.
Remember the magic number: In case you do end up somewhere spooky and unfamiliar, it’s helpful to have the number of a cab company saved in your phone and some spare cash in your wallet. Be sure to charge your phone completely before going out, too, so you’re not stranded without a way to contact help.
Don’t get lost in the corn maze: Familiar surroundings can feel totally foreign and confusing when they’re filled with unusual crowds of costumed, unknown faces. Keep tabs on your location and look for familiar landmarks. Google Maps always comes in handy for this one!
Stick with your wolf pack: You’ve probably heard this one a thousand times, but during Halloween weekend, it’s more important than ever. There’s power in numbers. Stay with your crew to keep safe.
Nix the disappearing act: And if you leave your group, be sure to tell someone where you’re going, even if it’s just to the bathroom. And always bring someone with you!
Beware of mysterious potions: If you’re out at the bars or a party, be sure not to accept drinks from people you don’t know. And likewise, if you set your drink down, keep an eye on it.