Halloween festivities may feel extra scary as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, so take precautions to keep yourself and your peers safe.
After experiencing the previous year’s Halloween in quarantine, the fun holiday will be back nearly full force this year in many areas. University students who may have grown out of trick-or-treating can still enjoy Halloween candy and treats. Students can still participate in holiday traditions while protecting their health. Halloween parties could pose risk of COVID-19 exposure, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the COVID-19 vaccination to those qualified in order to minimize COVID-19 risk and to prevent the spread of the disease.
As Halloween approaches it is essential to make the effort in staying safe. It is always a good idea to have some safety tips on hand, whether you are on campus, trick-or-treating or attending a party.
Keep emergency numbers readily available. 911 is always an option, but you should also have your campus police phone number, especially if you are close to campus. In case of an emergency, they can get to you or to the scene faster. Don’t forget to download Uber, Lyft or other campus safe-ride numbers in the event that you need transportation.
There are many ways to prepare for this festive holiday and ensure all safety measures are taken.
Here are some DOs and DO NOTs for a this year’s Halloween festivities —
DO practice social distancing, wear a face mask, and regularly use hand sanitizer.
DO participate in KSU’s organized activities.
DO refrain from anything illegal, such as underage drinking, vandalizing, or harmful pranks.
DO drink responsibly if you are of legal age and never leave your drink unattended.
DO wear fire-resistant costumes and accessories. Make sure a mask doesn’t block your vision.
DO walk on sidewalks and pathways with streetlights.
DO take precautions when participating in a haunted house to avoid COVID-19 exposure.
DO NOT enter a poorly ventilated or crowded space.
DO NOT drink and drive. Always have a designated driver or use a service like Uber or Lyft.
DO NOT travel alone if you’re attending a party. Make sure you are with someone you know.
DO NOT attend any large gatherings inside — if you decide to take this risk, DO wear a face mask.
Kennesaw State Department of Student Activities, which supports all 270+ Registered Student Organizations, including all Student Media publications, is offering lots of safety-conscious events to celebrate the occasion all week long.
Together, we can have a safer Halloween while protecting our health and the health of our KSU friends and family. Take the proper precautions to keep yourself and others safe this October 31st.