Make Halloween all treat, no trick

You may be too old for trick-or-treating, but there’s still plenty of spooky fun to be had around Halloween. And just like when you dressed up as a kid to bang on your neighbours’ doors, a few simple things to keep in mind can help make sure Halloween has you dressed for success, not haunted by regrets.

  1. Take some costume care. It’s not just whether your creepy clown is too creepy, you’ll also want to give your costume a common sense second glance. Is the forecast a little chilly for that surfer costume? Any sharp points that could be a problem on the dance floor? Wobbly heels or tightly-wrapped legs could make it tough to walk. How about boxy appendages that look great in a mirror but would be tough to get through a door or into a cab?
  2. Make sure your mask fits. Even a well-fitted mask can reduce your visibility, and a poorly-fitting one is even worse. No matter how much it completes your costume, be aware that you might not be seeing the whole picture — especially if need to cross the street.
  3. Check your candy and your cocktails. Needles and razor blades in a chocolate bar are exceedingly rare, but overindulgence is not. Know your limits, and stick to them. Be careful about accepting drinks or treats from people you don’t know, and watch you don’t leave them unattended.
  4. Create a safe environment. If you’re hosting the party, it’s your responsibility to check that your decorations aren’t a danger, that your guests are safe and taken care of, and that you’re not disturbing your neighbours. Pre-party decorating is also a good time to check that all your breakables and valuables are safely stashed.
  5. Don’t drink and drive. Just don’t. And don’t let anyone else do it either.
  6. Charge your phone. Of course, you’ll want enough juice to have the best Snap story, but make sure you’ve got enough charge to last the night. You could need a late cab, or a friend might need to reach you.
  7. Stick with friends. It’s great to meet new people, but stay with a few friends you know well. It’s best to be cautious when meeting people on a day that’s devoted to disguises. If you don’t have a buddy to get home with, call Campus Security at 727-9700 for a SafeWalk home. They’ll accompany you to or from any BU building or to your car, if you’re parked nearby. They can also get you a cab or help your call a friend or your family.
  8. Trust your gut feelings. Be mindful of your surroundings, and if something feels off or makes you uncomfortable, listen to your instincts. Better to refuse the drink or leave the party (with someone you trust) than to end up in a situation you’re not comfortable with.
  9. Be a good friend. Keep an eye out for others who may be getting a little carried away with the Halloween spirit. Don’t be afraid to take the initiative in helping them get home safely.

Contributed by BU Communications

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