Eating candies, sculpturing pumpkins and dressing up isn’t all a ‘child’ thing. Halloween is just as popular among adults as it is within children. And perhaps the third most popular word during Halloween after candy and pumpkins, is ‘party’. If you are a college student, the parties can be a lot different from what you might have seen in Halloween parties before – especially if this is your first Halloween as a college student on campus.
At your college Halloween party, you must make put on your best costumes and make your best judgments. However, you must also be observant when interacting with people who are wearing costumes and consuming (or possibly have been consuming) alcohol. This October 31, remember these important Halloween safety tips.
Show respect to rules and laws
Halloween comes once in a year. You do not want to get kicked out of college by doing something nasty and waking up in jail the next day for the sake of a night’s party. Understand that the law works equally on all days of the year. No court of law will give you some special leeway because it was Halloween.
College freshmen are often the most susceptible to getting into unwanted trouble on holidays like Halloween. Trust us on this, you do not want to bring shame to yourself and your parents for some silly misadventure, bet or ‘dare’.
Watch what you are drinking
Do we really need to tell you about mindful drinking anymore? There have been plenty of occasions when young people (both boys and girls) accept drinks from strangers. And before you know it, the world goes all back. The golden rule is this: however warmly offered, never accept a drink from a stranger – even if it is just water or some extra soda.
Always try and move with your drink – never leave it idle. If you have left your drink unattended for even a little while, get yourself a new one. You can’t imagine how meticulously perpetrators plan when they intend to cause harm to unsuspecting party-goers.
Define your limits first
First things first, you don’t have to get drunk at all to have your share of fun on Halloween. Hangovers and throwing up unwantedly aren’t the only problems that arise out of binge drinking. You could very easily let go control over yourself and do just as the people around you instruct you to. Nothing comes second to drinking responsibly, should you choose to drink at all.
Make a wise choice of costume
The Halloween costume you plan on wearing must allow free movement. Wearing very high heels and skimpy dresses are significant deterrents to movement. Also, make reasonable choices in masks and wigs. A few inches here and there and they can deal some major visual disturbances.
Don’t hold the wheel drunk
Make zero compromises on this. Halloween or not, never touch the steering wheel when you are drunk. And never accept rides from others that have been drinking. Even if they insist ‘it’s just a little buzz, not really drunk’.
Even when you’re driving sober on a Halloween evening, be extra careful on the roads. Tens and hundreds of people break the law by driving drunk and endangering their lives as well as yours. Remember, it is your moral responsibility to ensure the safety of the co-passengers in your vehicle when you are driving.
Bring a trusted friend along
It’s always risky walking into a Halloween party alone. Even when you bring a friend, it must be someone that you can trust. Agree with your friend that you will not arrive at or leave the party without each other. If you are walking home late in the evening, walk with someone you know and try your best to choose paths that are well-lit. As far as it’s possible, request campus security for rides or book a cab.
Mix kindness with caution
There’s totally no reason to be unkind to strangers wearing costumes. But that in no way warrants letting your guard down. Be especially cautious when strangers are wearing costumes that hide their faces or alter their voices in any manner. The feeling of anonymity could very quickly shape or nurture ill-intentions within individuals.
Practice safe decoration
If you are hosting the party, be prepared to take a few hits. But there are ways to minimalize and even eliminate chances of bearing losses at the end of the party. The first thing to do is pack all items that can break or are of high value and out them out of the reach of guests.
As far as possible, light the jack o’ lanterns with LEDs or glowsticks instead of real candles. If you must use candles, be sure to use candles that have a broader base and don’t stand tall. That way, you can at least minimize the risk of the candles falling down and causing a fire hazard.
Know more about the people at the party
Most of us are tempted to hang out with friends of friends and other mutual acquaintances. More often than not, we find ourselves partying with people we barely know. This is hardly a safe practice when you are a bar or pub. While this cannot always be achieved, it’s best if you have prior knowledge about the people at the party.
Always rely on your own instincts
This goes for Halloween as it does for all other nights of the year. If something does not feel or fit right out of nowhere, there’s a big chance it’s not good for you. If something is making you uncomfortable – be it another drink, the setting of the party or an overzealous ‘new’ friend, step back immediately. There will be many more Halloweens and an upset friend would also value your safety more than other things when they look back at it.
Have some extra cash on you
It’s best to carry your regular wallet to the party. But in case a wallet or card becomes impossible with the costume, tuck some cash in your costume somewhere from where it wouldn’t fall off. This cash could come in handy during an emergency when paying for the cab.
Never drain your phone’s charge
Leave for the party with your phone fully charged. Also, turn on both your phone’s volume and vibration for incoming calls in case someone tries to reach you. Remember, your phone could save your day even when you have no cash so never let it out of sight or have it going around the party because it’s ‘got a good camera on it’.
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