I know we’ve all been hyping up Halloween and getting all excited for it. We totally should because it’s a fun holiday and because free candy. Even if dressing up isn’t your thing, Halloween is still fun and a reason to have a good time with your friends.
However, Halloween is also a notorious night for pranksters and people who think laws just don’t exist. Well, newsflash, everything still exists on Halloween. Laws are still in place, societal rules are still a thing. I don’t want to freak you out or sound like your parents, but you should just be aware of your surroundings. I always think it’s important to be prepared and alert wherever you go.
Here are some things you need to remember on Halloween to make sure you and your friends stay safe.
Your Costume Is Not Your Consent
A student campaign at the University of California-Berkley placed this poster along with several others to raise awareness of the importance of consent on Halloween. Your costume, no matter how much or how little skin you show, is not consent. You are not asking for it.
Don't Accept Unwrapped Candy Or Treats
Stick to wrapped candy only. You might think it's sweet that someone left cupcakes, but you don't know what's in them and it's better not to find out the hard way.
Be Aware Of Cars
If you're wearing a dark costume and haven't covered yourself in reflective gear or glowsticks, cars aren't going to see you. When you're walking around your neighborhood or in your friend's hood for a party, just be aware that cars will be driving through so be careful.
Watch Out For Drinks At Parties
In my personal experience, someone always spikes the punch so to speak. Be really careful of open sources of beverages.
Have A Flashlight Handy
Whether it's the flashlight app on your phone or an actual flashlight, have one on you especially if you're going to be running around in the dark.
When you're out with your friends, stay together as a group. I have a buddy system when I go out with my friends on any night, but especially on Halloween.
Don't Go To Unlit Houses
Typically, if the lights are off, they don't want to be bothered. If a house isn't participating in Halloween, they don't want their doorbell to be rung by trick-or-treaters. Just leave them be.
Bring A Jacket
For too many years I refused to listen to my mom that it gets cold at night in October. I would never bring a jacket, and I'd always come home freezing. Bring one.
Are you excited for tomorrow? What are your Halloween plans? Tell us in the comments!