Stay safe, healthy this Halloween


(Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Halloween is a holiday well celebrated on
UW-Madison’s campus. It will be a busy weekend: Students will take part in Halloween festivities across campus (and possibly join Freakfest).

Although your Halloween celebration will likely be unique in many ways, one thing that should remain constant is keeping yourself and other Badgers safe during what can be a chaotic time. The Division of Student Life, along with campus partners, offers key tips for students to keep Halloween the safe, fun holiday it should be.

This weekend, keep the following in mind:

— Be Safe: With hordes of costumed people crowding the streets, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Check out the UHS healthy Halloween tips, and remember that they’re always relevant, not just on Oct. 31 (or Oct. 27 this year). Read more: “Halloween: Avoiding a Nightmare on State Street”, including information about following the 3Ds ­– direct, delegate, and distract.

Celebrate Halloweek with Wisconsin Union-sponsored activities. The Wisconsin Union is offering plenty of events to celebrate Halloween all week long:  A few highlights:

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 / 9 pm, Sett, US
      Lil Ugly Mane is a multi-genre American recording artist and music producer from Richmond, Virginia. He is best known for his 2012 album Mista Thug Isolation and his 2015 album Oblivion Access. The link to his facebook page can be found here, and a sample of his music is down below. No Warning is a hardcore punk band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can find the link to their facebook page here
  • Friday, October 26, 2018
    • BEHIND THE BEAT / Rath, MU
    • ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW / Shannon Hall, MU / 10 pm

Join CC on the Move on October 31: The Multicultural Students Center, University Housing, International Student Services, Our Wisconsin, University Health Services, and the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center at The Sett with fun games, bowling, meeting new people, and more. Open to all students and free. This event is substance free and meant for individuals to enjoy their Friday night with friends. Get more info:

Look for additional alternative activities. There is a ton of non-Halloween events happening around campus. More here:

Be Aware: Go out with friends. Stay in a group and return home with that group. If a friend can’t walk home, don’t leave them alone. Call 911 if you are uncertain of their condition. Walk in well-lit areas. Check in with each other throughout the night. Remember your friends at SAFEwalk, a service that provides walking escorts throughout the campus. Students work in two-person escort teams to respond to requests for walks, watch for suspicious situations around campus, and answer transportation/safety-related questions.

Be Smart. If you accept a beverage from someone, make sure that you know the person, that you’ve observed the drink’s preparation, and that you never leave it unattended. Exercise caution in any public setting with any beverage.

Cultures are not Costumes: You’re free to dress as you choose, but racist, crude, and culturally insensitive costumes say a lot about the person wearing that costume. Get more insight from fellow Badgers: “Does this costume make me look racist?”.

Housing Tips: Keep in mind that nonresidents will not be allowed in University Housing residence halls. Residents will be asked to show their WisCard when entering residence hall buildings and while in other public areas of University Housing throughout the weekend.

As always – have fun, be safe, and take care of each other. It’s what we do.