No tricks, just treats: A guide to Halloween safety

Nicole Bibeau, Contributing Writer

Halloween is right around the corner, and while this is a time to wear costumes and eat pounds of candy, it is also a time to practice safety. College students are known to celebrate “Halloweekend,” and since this year’s holiday lands on a Sunday, the weekend is sure to be filled with buzzing nightlife.

But do not fret–celebrating Halloween amid COVID-19 is still possible. Given that the virus tends to travel fastest in large gatherings, it is suggested to celebrate in small groups. When going out, have a face mask (and not just a Halloween mask) handy.

This Halloweekend, make sure to party smart. At many night clubs and bars in West Haven and New Haven, they require proof of vaccination or negative testing upon entry. Don’t leave the house without some sort of proof. You should also carry hand sanitizer, limit the houses you visit and enter and stay home if you feel sick.

As always, never leave your beverage unattended because someone could take advantage of it. Know your alcohol consumption limit and do not drink and drive. Surround yourself with trusted friends and peers to ensure you’ll be in a safe environment. Also, you should always carry emergency cash and a phone.

With fall in full swing, it gets dark out earlier. Typically, most trick-or-treaters and party-going adults go out during the evening and nighttime. So, if you’re guiding a child or going out with friends, be sure to utilize the buddy system at all times.

Halloween is also a prime time for mischief. From pranks such as toilet paper thrown at houses and eggs thrown at cars, to people dressing up in frightening costumes, be cautious. Sometimes, pranks are taken too far. Some people even dress up in costumes to commit crimes. So, always be aware of your surroundings.

Make sure to keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Always stay close to the people you went out with. Also, wearing bright colors or reflective tape on costumes as extra protection will help drivers and other pedestrians be aware of your presence.

And your costumes should not demonstrate cultural appropriation. The Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion recently sent out an in-depth email regarding this.
Have fun and have a safe Halloween.