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Safe Tricks and Treats

TIPS FOR HOW TO HAVE FUN AND STAY SAFE THIS HALLOWEEN

By Isabella LaMagdeleine, Staff Writer

As the costumes, decorations, and trick or treating of Halloween approach, it is important to know what to do if you find yourself in a real life spooky situation. According to Mason’s Department of Police and Public Safety, here are some tips for having a safe and fun Halloween:

  • Be sure to walk in groups and stay in well-lit areas if you are out late at night. If you do find yourself alone, be sure to let friends or others know where you are, where you plan to go, and when you expect to arrive at your destination.
  • Download the Rave Guardian safety app for your phone, and remember to tie the app to your student email to receive updates and Mason Alert messages. The app also lets you communicate with police and update contacts of your choice with your location.
  • “Cars may not see you or be able to stop in time if you step into the street while you are dressed in costume,” said Michael Guston, a police officer here at Mason. Use the flashlight app on your phone, blinking lights, or brightly glowing bracelets to light your path and ensure you are seen by vehicles.
  • Don’t consume alcohol if you are underage, and only drink in moderation if you are 21 or older.
  • Do NOT try to drive if you are intoxicated. Call a cab, Uber or Lyft, or have a sober friend drive or walk you home to keep you and others safe from accidents.
  • Only take food and drinks like candy or other treats from safe places and people that you trust. If a random stranger comes and offers you something, you should politely refuse.
  • If you party too hard and get sick, overly intoxicated, or have an overdose during Halloween activities, remember that Mason’s one-time medical amnesty program protects the caller and the ill person from criminal prosecution. However, amnesty rules only apply if the caller and patient cooperate with police and medical professionals.
  • If an emergency does occur, call 911 immediately to contact Mason police or other local emergency services.

Photo Courtesy of Jim Thomma