University of Wisconsin–Madison

Stay safe, healthy this Halloween

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. The Division of Student Life and University Health Services (UHS) offer key tips for students to keep Halloween the safe, fun holiday it should be.

Should you choose to go out, 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” from UHS, including information about following the 3Ds ­– direct, delegate, and distract.

Be Aware: Go out with friends. Stay in a group and return home with that group. If a friend can’t walk home or passes out, 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. Designate a meeting time and place in case you get separated. 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.

Additional Ways to Enjoy Halloween on Campus: Join in on Wisconsin Union-sponsored activities! The Union is offering plenty of events to make this your best Halloween ever. Check out the Union’s full list of events here: 

For alternative activities, there is a ton of non-Halloween things to do around campus. More here:

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?”.

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.

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.