There are lots of reasons to celebrate: getting an A on the organic chemistry test (as if), receiving a bid from your first choice fraternity/sorority, or watching the Wahoos win a football game. While all these celebrations tend to be filled with excitement, they also tend to include alcohol. With Halloween right around the corner we have another reason to celebrate. As an RA, I often stress that my job is not to be a police officer, but rather to make sure everyone stays safe. So here are some tips on how to stay safe this Halloween season:
- Alternate your alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic ones
- Ask a friend to let you know when you’ve had enough
- Set a goal in advance, not to exceed a certain number of drinks
- Eat before and/or during drinking
- Keep track of the number of drinks you’ve had
- Make your own drinks or watch them being made
- Stay in a group (the buddy system)
- Use a designated driver or make plans to get home safely
By using these protective measures, we can stay clear of the negative consequences that may ruin our celebration.
If you want to do something a little different this year, here are some ideas on how you can make the celebration your own.
Carve or Paint Pumpkins– Make them scary, make them funny, but most importantly bond with the people you care most about
Organize a movie night– Choose a classic scary movie to watch with your buddies
Attend “Trick or Treating” on the Lawn– See all the cute kids in costumes on Wed. Oct. 31st from 4-6PM
Pick apples at Carter’s Mountain– Participate in one of Charlottesville’s greatest traditions
Want something a bit scarier? Go to the Hauntings at Brown College: Apocalypse Brown on Oct. 26-27. The event is $5 and all proceeds go to charity.
So have fun, stay safe, and celebrate!
Owais “your friendly neighborhood RA” Naeem
Information provided by Office of Health Promotion at UVA