How to Have a Safe and Fun Halloween

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Safe Halloween options at USDHalloween is best known for scary creatures, chocolate and candy, pumpkins, costumes, and more candy.  I’ll get down with Milky Ways and Kit-Kats but Halloween has never been my favorite holiday. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been attracted to horror films or it might be because it pains me to see so many people I know getting in trouble with alcohol on this particular night. Halloween is meant to be an enjoyable time spent with friends, bonding over your love for all things spooky and delicious, but many people take partying too far. Don’t get me wrong, of course you’re supposed to have fun, but does alcohol always need to be a prerequisite for it? Safe can be fun too, so here are the top 5 tips to keep in mind in order to have safe, yet memorable Halloweekend.

1. Explore Halloween activities in San Diego.

Aside from trick-or-treating, there’s a myriad of activities that you can partake in on Halloween, that don’t involve alcohol. San Diego’s largest haunted attraction is The Scream Zone featuring haunted houses and hayrides. The Gasplamp Quarter in downtown San Diego has their annual haunted house, The Haunted Hotel, which will not disappoint. The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is also another scary attraction.

Want to stay on campus but not sure what’s happening?  Torero Program Board is hosting a “TPB Takeover” on Friday (10/30/15) at 7pm at the Valley Circle. Residential Life is hosting a number of Halloween Happenings across campus on Saturday (10/31/15) including movies at 7:30pm in Camino/Founders Lounges, 8pm in the UC Forums and Missions Crossroads, and 9pm in the Palomar Lounge.  For more information on these events please contact Residential Life at 619-260-4777.

Not looking to be scared, (aren’t mid-terms scary enough?), opt to volunteer at a local Trunk or Treat/Halloween carnival right up Linda Vista.

2. Trick-or-treat

Alcohol and partying aren’t the only forms of fun on Halloween. Remember the good old days when you were a kid and would get dressed up, thinking you were so cool, stay out late at night (more like ‘til 8 pm),  scavenge for candy, and then come back home to marvel at your winnings? Who says you can’t still do that? You might get some weird looks from parents and little kids, but who cares? Find a nearby neighborhood, take your roommates and go have a wild night searching for the best Halloween candy.

3. Don’t be scared, travel with a buddy

On the night of Halloween, you are surrounded by some pretty freaky stuff. Even though there may be a lot of distracting activities and large groups of people, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s safe to walk alone at night; the powers of ghosts and ghouls will not protect you. Make sure to travel with a close friend or someone you trust as you head out for the night. Maybe even coordinate your costumes so that you are meant to stay together for the night.

 4. Eat before going out (food, not chocolate)

If you are planning on going out, and you choose to drink, practice some safe drinking strategies. It is important that you eat a solid meal. Did you know that if you wear a costume to chipotle you can get a $3 boorito? Also, be aware of standard drink sizes and try to keep track of how much you’ve drank throughout the night. Keep it classy and avoid any cups or tubs of “Halloween Punch,” since no one knows what’s been in there. Lastly, Pace ‘N Space your drinks, instead of chugging try alternating your drinks with glasses of water and maybe a couple pieces of candy.

5. Have a Plan

While you eat your boorito discuss with your friends the plan for having a safe ride home. For example, how are you going to get home and who’s the DD? BUT,  What if one of you gets separated from the group? *Clue in Dark Music* What happens then? Well you’re in luck, USD has a safe ride program called College Cab to get you away from the vampires and werewolves and back onto campus safely. Know your options; don’t get caught in the dead of the night with only Dracula to keep you company.

So there you have it. You have a burritos, haunted houses, candy, and one awesome plan to make your Halloween a night you can remember. Keep it classy and be safe out there this Halloween, Toreros.