Halloween is meant to be an enjoyable night of festivities, even if trick-or-treating doesn’t exist anymore (at least not in the original sense of collecting candy around the neighborhood). Instead, students often opt for homemade costumes that won’t break the bank and go around campus for parties and events. Perhaps you’ll spot a group of La Croix walking down frat row or, even better, a student organization hosting a costumed pet parade before nightfall. Whatever your social taste, there is likely some venue that is hosting a Halloween-themed event to your liking. When October 31st falls mid-week, Halloween will likely not be a one-night event on college campuses. A weeklong schedule of sanctioned events may be advertised by colleges the week prior in order to drum up attention for arguably safer programs.That being said, universities do acknowledge that students will independently make their decisions as to what to participate in that week. Plenty of the student population opts for partying along frat row and drinking at local bars, but having other options as suggested by the university is always helpful and a relief for some. Whatever activities you decide to participate in during Halloween festivities, keep the following tips in mind:You may already be part of a group if you’re with friends who have decided to participate in a group costume, but, generally speaking, going around campus for Halloween events with at least two other people is advisable. Holding each other accountable and keeping track of individuals is helpful as evening comes since visibility decreases over time. If you aren’t comfortable with finding events to do on your own, planning with a group allows you to hear other input and helps begin the creation of a rough schedule of events that you all agree on. Paid admission events may even provide group discounts for certain amounts of people, which works to your advantage if you’re all trying to be money-conscious. If you do decide to venture out on your own, at least tell someone you trust that you are headed out to celebrate. Have your charged phone, an ID, and at least $20 on you in some payment method. Cash is the best option if you’re concerned about losing a credit or debit card in the dark. Set a time for yourself to come back to your residence, or, if you decide to crash at a friend’s place, let your trusted person know that you’re staying elsewhere for the night.
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