Heading out this Halloween? With the weekend finally here and Halloween still a few days away, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself out on the town – or at least the cul-de-sac – once in the coming week.
While the festive holiday is a favorite among the college-aged crowd, its partying ways also draw out some increased hazards that go beyond the ghosts and werewolves.
So as you celebrate this week with your friends and local superheroes, keep these tips in mind to enjoy a spooky but safe Halloween.
Don’t go solo
The number one precaution you can take when going out is to travel with a group of friends. Also make sure that when walking or attending an unfamiliar gathering, the driver or leader of your group is sober and safe.
With festivities abound, it can be tempting to overindulge. But getting out of control is never a good idea, and can seriously jeopardize safety. Act responsibly and enjoy the holiday (in moderation).
Know your exit strategy
Plan in advance how you will get home or to a friend’s house at the end of the night. Coordinate transportation, and have a back-up plan in case things fall through.
Wear a functional costume
Make sure your costume doesn’t affect your mobility or preparedness. Even if your Gangnam Style costume didn’t come with pockets, find a way to bring your phone, some emergency cash, and all necessary identification out.
Trust your instincts
If you’re feeling unsafe or uncomfortable at any point – trust your instincts and leave.
Classes will soon be picking up and the busy holiday season is right around the corner. All-in-all Halloween is a perfect opportunity for a fun, and safe, break from your routine.