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Tips for Having a Witchin' Halloween
Witches, and goblins, and ghouls; oh my! With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing to make sure you get more treats than tricks. Between Halloween weekend, Freakfest, and all of the spooky festivities coming up, it’s even more important to keep safety in mind. Check out our Halloween care tips, and remember that these are always relevant, not just on October 31!
Beware of mysterious potions: If you’re at 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.
Go trick-or-treating: While candy corn can be a festive treat, eating protein before you drink is always a good idea.
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. Be a good bystander and always bring someone with you!
Remember the 3Ds:
- Direct: This may be as simple as telling a friend that they’ve had too much to drink.
- Delegate: Travel with a group of friends, and assign responsibilities to each person. Have a plan before you go out, and share that with each other to make sure everyone is on the same page.
- Distract: If you sense a friend has had too much to drink, cause a distraction to diffuse the situation. Maybe say “Were going to get Ian’s!”
Have a backup plan: In case you do end up somewhere unfamiliar, it’s helpful to have the number of a cab company or the Lyft app in your phone. You can also utilize SAFEwalk services to get a free, safe, escorted walk on campus. 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!
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.
Freaky and functional: Costumes are fun, but maybe less so when you end up trekking at night, in clothes that aren’t warm or comfortable enough. Keep the elements in mind when designing your costume.
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.
For UWPD’s Halloween Safety Tips, visit http://uwpd.wisc.edu/news/halloween-safety-101/
Written by Allison Chang, UHS Marketing & Health Communications