By Maura Gergerich, Toppel Peer Advisor
 
I hope that each and every one of you has a good Halloween this year! On campus and off, Halloween is always a great day to go out and have some fun in your crazy costumes. Although, in the midst of the madness, there are certain  things that you should make sure you and your friends keep in mind to stay safe. 
 
 
 

Travel in groups
Don’t go wandering off alone. It may seem obvious but keep your friends close by and make sure your phone is fully charged so you can find help if you get separated. You are much more of a target if you don’t have a group to stick with.
 
Make sure you know what you’re drinking!
I promise you wont seem paranoid if you make sure you watch your drinks being poured. Even once it is in your hand make sure you pay attention. In crowded places like the grove it is so easy for something to get slipped into a drink when you’re not looking. With this in mind, make sure you have transportation planned before you set out. I know everyone likes to go out and have a good time, but make sure you have a designated DD or cash if you plan on taking cabs.
 
Watch out for others
If you see someone while you’re out and about, don’t be afraid to be a good Samaritan and ask if they need help. You would want someone to do the same for you if you had gotten yourself into a sticky situation. If you see some sort of sketchy activity occurring or see someone lost and distressed, even if you don’t feel like being the hero you can always find someone who is able to lend a helping hand.
 
 
 
Monitor your social media
Keep in mind that what you post online can and will affect your future. We all know costumes can get a bit risque in a college environment. Whenever you’re about to post something, stop and  think about how you’d feel if your employer were to see it. When in doubt, don’t post something. I know it’s super cliche but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You wouldn’t want to risk losing a job opportunity because of a few crazy pictures. All in all just make smart decisions so you are able to make the most of your night!