Have a Spooktacular and Safe Halloween
Oct 28, 2019 by Marie Cascarano
Halloween is a time for creative costumes, scary decorations, and fun parties. Getting dressed up and going out with your friends can be a lot of fun. Here are a few safety tips to make sure that you have a spooktacular and safe Halloween.
Wear a functional costume. If you’re going to dress up, wear something that you can move in and be seen in. Be sure your clothing and shoes are comfortable and do not restrict your movement. Clothing that is too dark will make it difficult for motorists to see you in the dark. Masks and wigs can accidentally cover your eyes, impair your vision, and make you more likely to lose sight of familiar faces in a large crowd.
Make sure your phone is fully charged. Keep cell phone fully charged and programed with emergency contact numbers and information for a ride home. If using a rideshare service, confirm details when your ride arrives. Use the “Share Status” or “Send ETA” option to share details of your ride.
Go and leave with the same group. If you and your friends attend a Halloween party together, try and remain as a group throughout the evening. Try to discourage any group members from going off alone, but if they are insistent, make sure everyone knows their general whereabouts. Use the location sharing option on your phone. Also, be sure to designate a meeting time and place at the end of the night.
Listen to Your Body. Pace yourself if you are drinking. Alternate with non-alcoholic beverages and eat. Know the signs of alcohol or drug poisoning. If a person is vomiting, they have had too much to drink and may need medical attention.
Trust your instincts. If something “just doesn’t feel right” trust your gut. Leave the party, don’t accept the drink, or just say no to whatever it is that’s making you uncomfortable. Your safety is more important than possibly upsetting someone.
Be aware of your surroundings. Make sure you stay alert during your night out. Being on your cellphone or distracted in any way hinders your natural instincts.
Don’t drink and drive. Never ever drink and drive. Never accept a ride from someone that has been drinking, even if they’ve “only had a couple beers”. Remember being “buzzed” is the same thing as drunk.