As we approach the Halloween festivities, we invite you all to take a moment to press pause and mindfully make decisions that will be both fun and smart. We asked Liz Kubias, Assistant Director of Student Life, for some tips and tricks for a safe Halloween. Here’s what she has to say:

Growing up, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. There was the opportunity to carve pumpkins, the Halloween parade at school, Trick-or-Treating around the neighborhood, and of course dressing up in a fun costume.

As I’ve gotten older and have worked on a few different college campuses, I’ve realized that Halloween can also hold a lot of risk! For example, the National Safety Council states people are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than on any other day of the year.

In order to have the best Halloween possible, here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:

  • Stay alert! This could be while you’re crossing the street, or as you’re walking around; be aware of your surroundings and know where you’re going. If you get lost, find a well-lit location to map out directions, or hop on the Hope shuttle (it’s free).
  • Look out for those around you. If you’re worried about someone’s safety-tell them. If you see something suspicious call Campus Safety or 911.
  • If you’re going to be trick-or-treating, go with people you know and know the neighborhoods you’d like to visit beforehand. Holland trick-or-treating is from 6-8pm.
  • Think about your costume – does it perpetuate stereotypes, or appropriate a culture? Does it have anything that could be used as or perceived as a weapon? Is it making fun of people, events, or place? If so, press pause, reflect on the message your current costume conveys, and work with a trusted friend to come up with another costume.
  • Lastly, if you choose to go out and consume alcohol, know that Hope College wants you to come home. Check out the Bystander Medical Exception Policy for more info!

If you’re looking for something fun to do on campus, on October 30th, head over to the Southside Spookfest: Scott Hall for Trick-or-Treating from 8-8:30pm, or Kollen Hall for a Haunted House from 8-10pm. On Halloween night SAC will be hosting a Halloween-themed Coffeehouse, filled with a costume contest, snacks, and music from 9-11pm in the BSC Great Room

I hope you have a fun-filled and safe Halloween!

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