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How to Stay Safe this Halloween on Your College Campus

Leah Westfall

October 08, 2010

How to Stay Safe this Halloween on Your College Campus
For over three decades, Ohio University has been known for its Halloween celebration. The party fills the streets as tens of thousands of Halloween celebrators descend onto the town of Athens. According to OU’s website, attendance is estimated anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 per year and fluctuates depending on the weather. Here’s what else you should know -- according to an article on, over 100 people were arrested at last year’s festivities, including those involved in a fight in the midst of a crowd that officers described as “rowdy.” When celebrating Halloween this year, be smart! A sudden arrest, sick friend or missing car can bring your party to an abrupt halt. Here are a few tips to keep you safe and sane this Halloween.

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1. If driving to a college campus or parking on one, be sure to follow all parking restrictions, and read the signs. During busy weekends like Halloween, parking rules may change. Be sure to lock your car doors and don’t leave anything valuable inside. 2. If staying in a residence hall and inviting friends to crash, be sure you check the rules on having guests that weekend. As with parking, the rules may change during busy weekends.

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3. If you live in an apartment or house, know who is staying at your place if you're having guests over. Try to get to know your roommates' guests too. 4. For the safety of yourself and others, don’t wear a costume that includes anything that could be confused with a real weapon. Don’t wear anything that could be taken as impersonating a police officer, and don’t wear anything too risqué. Remember, the goal of your costume isn’t to make it scary-short or scary-revealing… just scary! 5. If of legal drinking age, don’t leave your drink unattended, and never accept a drink from someone you don’t know.

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6. Don’t walk alone at night; travel in a group at all times and never travel with someone you don’t know. 7. If visiting a school you are unfamiliar with, know your surroundings. Know where you’re staying and where the campus security office can be found. Even if you think you know the campus and where you are, it’s easy to get turned around after a few drinks. 8. Put an emergency number in your cell phone such as campus security, your friend’s and maybe even your friend’s roommate. If you get lost or separated, you’ll want to know who to call. Also, carry your cell phone on you at all times. 9. Don’t drink to excess. The point is to have fun, not be the drunkest one at the party. Plus your friends want to have fun too, not be your babysitter. 10. If you find yourself at a party where you don’t know a lot of people or the crowd seems sketchy, grab your friends and get out. Call it a night or go to a party with more of your friends and people you know.

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