Children, students, and adults across the country have been anxiously preparing for this exciting Halloween day for days, months, weeks, and even years - and now it’s finally here! Today many people will celebrate by wearing their favorite costumes, going to parties with friends, haunted house hopping, or trick-or-treating.
But, even though it’s very exciting, Halloween celebrations can also present some safety risks and potentially dangerous situations. Some people use Halloween to scare or hurt others by insulting or assaulting them. Hence, being mindful, aware, and prepared must still take foresight during this exciting time of year as well.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and to reduce your risks of being the victim in a violent crime. Always remember that while having fun this year, your personal safety cannot ever afford to be secondary to the excitement.
Our dear friend and partner, RAINN, has developed a very comprehensive list of safety tips for your reference:
TIPS for College-age Students:
1. Trust your instincts. If you feel alarmed, scared or creepy in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something spooky, contact the local authorities immediately.
2. Avoid being alone or isolated with a vampire - - or any creature - - who you don’t know or trust. Make sure a dependable friend knows where you are and who you are with at all times. Don’t leave your group with anyone you’re not sure of – even if he or she asks. Say you’d rather stay with the group.
3. Know your surroundings and plan a Jack-o-lantern lit route back to your house. Always carry emergency cash and keep phone numbers to howl at local cab companies if needed. Have your charged cell phone with you.
4. Check in with your friends throughout All Hallow’s Eve. Form a buddy system so that no one wanders off alone. Agree on a secret “butt in” signal for uncomfortable situations, such as “Ghost” or “Ghoul!”
5. Don’t accept “potion” from people you don’t know or trust and never leave your “potion” unattended. If you lose sight of your “potion,” get a new one, and always watch your “potion” being prepared.
6. Don’t let your guard down. Do not assume that the mummies, witches, and wizards you meet will look out for your best interests!
7. Watch out for your friends, and don’t be afraid to intervene if a situation appears to be scaring your friend or is frightening you. If your friend seems too drunk or is acting abnormally, get him or her to a safe place immediately.