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Be (a)ware this Halloween

By Andronica Owens
Web Content Contributor

Do you have any plans this Halloween? Are you going to be stuck at work? Or do you plan on spending the night snuggled up on the couch watching horror movies? Maybe you’ve heard about the Halloween parties being thrown or want to hit the town.

October is a busy month, so many people see it as a perfect chance to unwind and throw Halloween themed parties, or just more parties in general. Whatever the reason may be, parties are fun. Throw in some costumes and spooky decorations, and you are sure to be in for a good time. However, there are dangers that come with partying during a busy time like this, so it’s important to implement some safe party actions to ensure you have the best time you can.

The first tip to safe partying may be one you’ve heard before: don’t go alone. It may seem obvious, but this is especially crucial during this period because with so many people milling about, it’s easier to get lost in all the confusion. Whether you plan on going to a party or hitting The Square, try to take at least one or two friends with you. If something were to happen, you’d be accounted for by people you trust.

Next would be to plan, plan and plan! Make sure all your bases are covered before going out. Yes, planning your outfits, makeup and deciding which parties you want to go to is important. So is charging your phone, downloading Uber and choosing a designated driver. It can be hard to get all of this done at 2 a.m. so prepare in advance.

Keep track of your wallet and keys. Again, this one may seem obvious, but people losing wallets is a common occurrence. Keep all of your IDs and credit or debit cards in one place so you don’t mistakenly set it down somewhere. It’s a hassle trying to replace all of your cards, as well as be expensive in some cases.

Be careful with your drinks and keep an eye on your surroundings. Keeping an eye on your drink is a universal rule and should be practiced all the time. A lot of people, cramped spaces and unattended drinks don’t go together. If you put your drink down or if someone you don’t know hands you one, be wary. I’m not saying they drugged your drink or anything, but better to be safe than sorry.

Last but not least, know your limit. Getting caught up in the atmosphere of the party or club can be easy. You’re running high on adrenaline and possibly a few drinks, so you’ll most likely be having a blast. However, just know when enough is enough. Don’t push yourself to keep drinking or keep going. If you’ve had enough to drink, then switch to water to balance yourself out. If you’re feeling tired, then call it a night. It’s okay to call it quits once you’ve reached your limit.

These are some tips that will help you live a party safe life and be able to enjoy the spooky shenanigans you and your friends might get into.

Feature image by Andronica Owens.

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