With midterms, hopefully, behind us we’re now rapidly approaching the end of October, which means one thing: Halloween is nearly here. Maybe you’ve spent the last few weeks preparing the perfect costume, or maybe you’re just in it for the candy, or binging horror films on Netflix, but there’s something for everyone on this spooky day. Halloween parties are also some of the best there are, and one of the best excuses to take a break from studying, to emerge from your study holes, and reconnect with the friends you’ve been too busy to see.
We don’t always think about our safety first when we’re out at parties. So here is the first of a two part article with tips that we hope will help keep you and your friends safe(r) this year on Halloween. It all starts before you leave for the evening, and taking some precautions to ensure the safety of you and your friends can go a long way to staying safe.
Make sure that your phone has enough power to last through the night! Having a way to call a taxi to go home, or texting your friends to see where they are, all depends on whether or not your phone has enough juice.
Plan how you’re getting to the venue and back. That can be any of a designated driver (DD), taxi, or bus. And maybe, one day, if we’re lucky, Uber. Just make sure you’ve either got money, your UPass or your DD.
Bring along some protection (condoms, oral dams, etc.) if you think you might engage in sex at some point throughout the night. Also, don’t forget to use it. Always remember to ask your partner for consent before engaging in sexual activity. To better understand what consent looks like click here https://students.ubc.ca/campus-life/sexual-assault-awareness/consent .
Eat well before you leave. Especially if you’re going to be consuming alcohol. Alcohol enters your bloodstream more rapidly on an empty stomach, increasing the rate of intoxication.
If you’re going to be drinking alcohol, or anything for that matter, it’s important to think about how to do so safely. Frankly, we’re also just less thoughtful when intoxicated and we don’t always make the same decisions we might have when sober.
Be mindful of what you drink: That highball you were just handed? Might not be a single. Vodka is also hard to detect when mixed, and you might find yourself more intoxicated than you intended. This goes for water, too!
Think about what you post online. Not only might you regret posting or texting while you’re intoxicated, but it might also put you in danger if strangers learn of your location.
Look out for your friends. Since alcohol impairs your judgement, those great ideas when you’re intoxicated might not be so great when you’re sober. Make an agreement with your friends to look out for each other- it might help keep you safe. And, isn’t partying with friends always better? Keep an eye on your friends, and check in with them, especially if they are acting differently than they usually do.
Ask yourself whether you’re comfortable. Maybe you’re being challenged to jump off something. Or over something. If you don’t feel safe, maybe don’t do it. You’re not superman, despite what you’re inebriated brain is suggesting.
Okay! That’s it for today. Check back in tomorrow for some Halloween specific tips and what you can do to keep you and your friends safer if you or your friends will be consuming any drugs.
Post Written by Adam H. and Halina D.