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Have a safe and spooky Halloween

Halloween is a great time of year. It has a spirit of fun and mischief like no other and is enjoyed by everyone from tiny kids to the oldest adults. However, it also can be a dangerous time. People are out and may not be making the best decisions or may want to intentionally cause problems. Here are some ways to make sure you stay safe and have a good time.

Don’t go out alone

This is the main rule of Halloween. Never go anywhere by yourself. Stay in a group, and do not wander off to do your own thing. Never leave any member of your group behind. If you go somewhere together, you should leave together. If you are in a larger group, take a minute to assign responsibility for each other. Make sure there is no way one of you will get lost or forgotten.

Be alert

On Halloween people are out long after dark, and often aren’t dressed in a way that makes them instantly visible. If you are driving be aware that there may be people on the sidewalks and in the road. And if you are on foot, watch carefully for cars and be aware that drivers may be impaired. Giving someone the benefit of the doubt and expecting them to stop for you could end badly.

Be cautious with alcohol

Alcohol may be prevalent at Halloween gatherings. Know your limit and stay within it. Also, don’t accept drinks that you did not see made in front of you, or that you did not open yourself. If you think a friend has had too much to drink or could have been slipped something make sure they get home safely.

Know when to get help

Campus is not open 24 hours, but help is always available. You can call campus police at 801-585-2677 at any time, and 911 is always an option in an emergency. Services are also always available at University Hospital. Don’t be afraid to get assistance when you need it.