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Halloween 2022: Don’t Ghost your Health & Safety

Whether you participate in campus-sponsored events or attend gatherings with friends to celebrate “Hallo-week,” here are some tips to ensure this festive, spooky season is fun and safe for everyone.

  • Stay Home if You’re Sick

Do not attend group gatherings if you feel sick. Take a COVID-19 rapid test before you leave home and stay home if you test positive. Stay home if you have any cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms to prevent the spread of illness.

Consider a mask for an added layer of protection at gatherings–and it’s easy to incorporate into a costume!

  • Be Alert

Travel in groups or use the “buddy system.” Leave with the same people you came with. SAFEwalk is available from 7 p.m. – 1a.m.; call or text 608-262-5000 to request a walk. If you see something that isn’t right, call 911 or report a non-emergency campus incident online.

  • Be Respectful

Cultures are not costumes. Racist and culturally insensitive costumes are not a good look and cause harm to others. Be responsible and respectful so we can have a safe, welcoming community. Read more about Halloween Cultural Awareness from University Housing, and check out the Multicultural Student Center for on-campus cultural engagement.

  • Badgers look out for each other

If a friend or fellow student is in danger, stay with them until help arrives. If you are underage and have been drinking, you will not be subject to any disciplinary action. Read more about Medical Amnesty Through Responsible Actions.

  • We’re here in you need support

If you experience an unwanted sexual encounter, UHS is here to listen and support you. Confidential, no cost, medical, mental health, and advocacy services are available to students. Learn more about Survivor Services at UHS.


Check out this week’s on-campus events for more festive fun:

  • Tuesday, October 25 & Wednesday, October 26: Pumpkin Painting at the Atrium
  • Wednesday, October 26: Open Mic Night hosted by WUD Music
  • Thursday, October 27 & Saturday, October 29: Live music at the Rathskeller
  • Saturday, October 29: Spooky Songs Skate Night
  • Sunday, October 30: Game night hosted by WUD Games
  • Explore more upcoming events on the Wisconsin Union Event Calendar


Written by Becca Plier, UHS Communications Assistant