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Keep Halloween in the #FunZone
Celebrating Halloween at college is an exciting time! Costumes. Parties. This will be a night to remember. Since you want fun memories of the night, here are some tips to be sure your night begins and ends in the #funzone.
1. Create your costume with functionality in mind. Costumes are the highlight of Halloween but can unfortunately affect our safety. Masks that obstruct your vision impair your ability to pay attention to your surroundings. Be sure that your costume does not limit your mobility.
2. Stay with your group of friends. Have a game plan. Use the buddy system. This ensures that you have someone watching out for you in exchange for watching out for him/her.
3. Charge your phone. All those fun photo memories take a lot of battery power. Your phone is your lifeline in urgent situations. Get a full charge before you leave and make sure you have plenty of juice left to get yourself home safely.
4. Bring cash and your ID. Having cash tucked in your costume or phone case enables you to have options should you need to change plans.
5. If you decide to drink:
- Eat well and hydrate before and during drinking.
- Set and stick to your limits. Know what you are drinking and how much you are drinking. In order to stay on the memorable side of drinking, keep your consumption low. More drinks equals more mess, not more fun.
- Pace yourself to no more than one drink per hour. For most people, one drink per hour is an amount where they would feel a pleasant buzz but still have good judgment and self-control. Maintaining good judgment is essential for #makememoriesnotregrets.
- Alternate with nonalcoholic drinks. This is helpful for pacing and has the side benefit of keeping the pesky “where’s your drink?” people off your back.
- Arrange transportation. Know how you will get home before you go out. Using a designated driver? Stay connected with your DD throughout the night. Don’t take his/her service for granted. Planning to use Uber or Lyft? Be sure to verify your driver’s name and or license plate before getting in the vehicle. Planning to walk? Walking impaired can be as dangerous as driving impaired. In all situations, it is still important to maintain your good judgment even though you aren’t planning to drive.
- Wait until morning to make decisions about pursuing sexual relationships. It’s important to communicate with a partner about sexual activity. If one or both of you are impaired due to alcohol, it’s harder to communicate about sex. It’s better to wait until both of you are sober.
6. Beware of parties that provide free drinks for women. If the goal is to get women super drunk, you may be in a subculture promoting sexual assault. It’s illegal to get consent from someone who is intoxicated or incapacitated. It’s on all of us to prevent sexual assault. #itsonus
7. Guard your drink. Whether you are consuming a beverage with or without alcohol, it is important to keep your drink in your possession at all times. Don’t accept drinks or take sips from others.
8. Trust your gut. Pay attention to your comfort level and know when to leave.
9. Practice self-acceptance. Let peer pressure roll right off your shoulders. It’s okay for you to turn down drinks, to say no, and to ask your friends to go with you when you want to leave.
10. Be a good friend. Don’t encourage your friends to overdrink. Be accountable to your friends as they are to you.
11. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re concerned about someone’s safety, be sure to reach out for help. Remember that North Dakota provides medical amnesty for alcohol-related emergencies for minors.
Ultimately, the best way to stay in the #funzone and #makememoriesnotregrets is to maintain your judgment throughout the night. You will thank yourself in the morning.