Halloween weekend: Be smart and safe, celebrate, and show respect

A message from your Dean of Students Christina Olstad as you prepare for the upcoming weekend.

Hello Badgers,

As we head into Halloween weekend, I’d like to share a few reminders: Be smart and safe, celebrate, and show respect.

Be smart and stay safe:

 Charge your phone and download the BadgerSAFE app. If you see something that isn’t right, report a non-emergency campus incident to the Dean of Students Office online or call University Police at 608-264-2677.

Stay in the Social Zone. If you choose to use alcohol, practice safer drinking by eating before and during drinking, adding more ice to your drink, and consuming plenty of water.

Look out for one another. If you have each other’s back, we have yours. We all play a role in making UW–Madison a safe community. If you encounter another person who is impaired by alcohol and other drugs, and needs medical assistance, make the call for help. Both you and the person you’re helping will be protected from police or disciplinary action by the university’s medical amnesty guidelines. Your safety is most important — Badgers always watch out for each other.

Let’s celebrate:

— … because it’s Halloween weekend. Snuggle up and carve a pumpkin using Badger-themed pumpkin stencils or watch a scary movie with WUD Films. Enjoy student events at the Wisconsin Union, such WUD Music Presents: Hyperween with Fraxiom (Oct. 27) and WUD Publications: Spooky Story Bonfire (Oct. 31).

—If you’re attending the weekend’s football game, remember these fan policies related to attire and carry-in items (this info is especially helpful if you plan to attend in costume)!

 … even if you’re not into Halloween or football, you can find non-Halloween events at today.wisc.edu. Or play hard, get fit, and live well with Recreation & Wellbeing.

Show respect for all and take care of each other:

— Culture is not a costume. Before choosing a costume that represents a culture or identity you don’t hold, consider its significance. Costumes that are racist, crude, or culturally insensitive can impact others. Learn more about Halloween cultural awareness from University Housing.

—Your words and actions matter. Be mindful of how your words and actions impact your environment and others around you. Show respect and kindness. We know some people in our community are going through a difficult time. A reminder that you never know what people are facing so let’s all try to lead with empathy, patience, and compassion – for ourselves and each other.

No matter what you choose to do this weekend, be safe, have fun, and take care of each other. It’s what Badgers do.

Christina Olstad, EdD (she/her)
Dean of Students