13 Reminders To Stay Safe This Halloween As Told By Emojis

  1. Social Media Awareness: Be present. Yes – It’s easy to get caught up spending your night on Facebook or Instagram scrolling through the many Halloween pictures your friends are posting. But it’s most important to be in the moment paying attention to what’s happening around you. Be cautious when uploading images on social media. Is that picture or status update something you want floating on the Internet… forever. Once you click “post” there is no turning back.
  2. Share Your Plans with Others: Let your roommates and friends know where you are going and what time you plan to be home. But what if my plans change? – No problem! Make sure to communicate these changes with your roommates and friends. It’s important that no only yourself, but others know where to find you.
  3. The Buddy System: This is an obvious tip, but it is important enough to be reiterated. Sticking with a group of friends is definitely the safest thing you can do. Never leave a party without at least one other person and never let friends go off by themselves. There is always safety in numbers.
  4. Trust your instincts: If you find yourself at a party where you don’t know a lot of people or the crowd seems sketchy, grab your friends and get out. Call it a night or go hang out with more of your friends and people you know. [#1 Rule: Always trust your gut instinct.]

  5. Have A Backup Plan: So your plans don’t end up working out like you thought, but that’s okay! Having a back up plan is important if you find yourself in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Your night doesn’t have to end, you just need to change your plans.
  6. A Plan For Transportation: One of the first things you should know before leaving the house is your transportation plan for the night. Are you driving? A friend? Are you taking a taxi or the local bus? No matter what the plan is make sure to keep a taxi company number stored in your phone as a backup.
  7. Know Your Surroundings: Know where you’re staying and where the campus security office can be found. Even if you think you know the campus and where you are, it’s easy to get turned around after dark.
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  8. Fully Charged Cell Phone: Make sure before leaving your dorm/apartment/house your cell phone is fully charged. A dead phone isn’t going to help anybody if you get separated from your group of friends or in case of an emergency.
  9. Know What’s In Your Cup: If of legal drinking age, don’t leave your drink unattended, and never accept a drink from someone you don’t know. Make sure you can trust your friends and the people around you.
  10. Emergency Cash ($$$): Keep cash tucked inside your pocket or costume. It could wind up being used for a cab fare or other emergency money.       
  11. Bright Colors: Plan your costume around something that allows you to incorporate fun, bright colors. Halloween gatherings can get crowded. With bright colors, you and your friends can make it easier for each other to keep track of one another.salsa
  12. Your Photo I.D.: Whether it’s Halloween or you are walking to class, never leave without a form of identification.
  13. Emergency Contacts: Put an emergency number in your cell phone such as campus security, the local police department, your friend’s and maybe even your friend’s roommate. If you get lost or separated, you’ll want to know who to call.