Halloween falls on a Friday this year, which means plenty of students will be taking advantage of the holiday by attending parties on and off campus.
This can be an enjoyable occasion for people to dress up and even make new friends along the way. On the other hand, it spells nothing but trouble because of the anonymity of what Halloween brings, especially in a college town.
It’s completely fine to go out and have a good time, but be mindful that things could take a turn for the worse if proper precautions aren’t taken.
Take Bridge Street Run last year, for example. A day of bar hopping and fun throughout the day turned into tragedy as it was later revealed two students were hospitalized and one passed away from heroin overdoses.
While at a large party with people you may not know, be weary of where you leave a drink or any other consumable substance, because some people who attend these parties won’t hesitate to slip something in them.
This may sound like an after school special, but these kinds of things really do happen, and just because you are convinced something like this won’t happen to you, think again.
There is also no shame in staying in for the night while your friends go out to a party. I myself am going home for the weekend because, for one, it’s not exactly my scene, and two, I don’t feel obligated to go out when I don’t want to.
This isn’t to say going out is the wrong thing to do by any means. My point here is that Halloween, being on a Friday, will be full of parties around town, and if you are planning on attending some, just be aware of who is around you and what might happen if you let your guard down.
If you’re not one to go out on Halloween, there are plenty of things to watch on TV that encompass the Halloween spirit. AMC’s fearfest is happening right now with classic horror movies like the “Halloween” series, “Nightmare on Elm Street” and the “Child’s Play” series.
FX will also be showing a number of movies on Halloween throughout the day, including “Halloween Resurrection,” the “Paranormal Activity” series, “Final Destination 5” and “Men in Black 3.”
Netflix also has plenty of horror flicks, new and old to browse through. If you don’t know where to start, check out the Laker Review section of the paper online.
Whether you’re going out to a party, staying in and watching movies or going home and passing out candy, be safe with what you’re doing and have a happy Halloween!