Who doesn’t love the spooky season!? Halloween is something we all look forward to at the end of the month…candy, costumes, scary movies and so much more! But as we become adults and learn to make our own choices, Halloween is not all “cupcakes and rainbows” as it once was. Here are some tips on how to be SAFE on Halloween:
It is ALWAYS important to have someone who can make sure you get home safely. 52% of motor vehicle deaths happen on Halloween. Don’t have a friend who can take you home? No worries! The UNK Peer Health Education Office provides UNK students with a safe ride home through their program “Safe Ride.”
What is Safe Ride?
Safe Ride Rules
Hours of Operation
PLEASE NOTE: Wednesdays are not typically nights Safe Ride is operating; however, due to Halloween being on a Wednesday this year, Safe Ride will be in FULL OPERATION from 9 pm – 2 am on 10/31/18.
Always keep an eye on your drink. You should be the only one touching it. The only people you can trust are yourself and your small group of friends you went with! Also, don’t drink something anyone hands you. You should always be aware of what you are drinking.
It’s important to be around people you trust, especially when walking around outside at night. The buddy system is the best system! Nighttime walks are scary, no matter what state of mind you’re in. Keep an eye on your friends and others as well! The Bystander Effect is real – if something doesn’t seem right, please step in!
If you’re drinking, keep in mind how much you are consuming. When you know it is time to stop, then stop. Do not give into peer pressure. You can make your own smart choices – the Bystander Effect also relates to this!
To keep yourself safe while drinking, alternate each drink with a glass of water. Drinking water is important because alcohol dehydrates your body. If you are constantly drinking water while consuming alcohol, your body will be able to replenish itself easier.
This goes hand-in-hand with open drinks and drinking only YOUR drink! Don’t consume anything if you aren’t positive it is safe. Halloween has become more of a dangerous activity than it ever was, so please check everything before you consume it.