Halloween is a fun-filled time in which we can pretend to be someone or something else and enjoy candy and sweets while we do it. What we sometimes don’t realize is that Halloween celebrations can also be very dangerous, with many risks to your safety.

While the Halloween safety tips that college students should utilize are different from those of young children, there are still safety measures that they should abide by to ensure a safe holiday.  

The IUP Emergency Management Office would like to offer the following Halloween safety tips to ensure everyone has a fun and safe Halloween.

  • Please make sure you are enrolled in the university’s emergency messaging system, Everbridge. It is fast and easy to sign up; information on how to register is on the Emergency Notification System page.
  • The IUP Public Safety Department will increase staffing for Halloween, with additional IUP officers to monitor and respond quickly to any incidents.
  • A Halloween safety tip of prime importance for college students is to never allow or invite strangers into your dorm or apartment.
  • Make everyone use the I-Card to swipe into residence halls, and do not allow tailgaters.
  • If you see something suspicious, report it to University Police by calling 724-357-2141.
  • Avoid areas that are not well lit, and try to walk in high-traffic areas.
  • Choose your costume wisely.
  • Travel in groups as much as possible. If you must travel alone, let a trusted friend or family member know where you are. If you don’t feel safe, please use the university escort service. You can call University Police at 724-357-2141, and an officer will meet you at your on-campus location to walk with you to your on-campus destination. 
  • Keep your cell phone handy in case you get separated from your group or need to contact emergency services.
  • If you are going to a party venue, familiarize yourself with the exits when you arrive so that you are prepared if an emergency evacuation occurs.
  • Watch your drink. If you’re going to drink, do so responsibly. Never accept a beverage from someone you don’t know.
  • Don’t drink and drive.

Whatever you decide to do, remember to exercise good judgment as you celebrate Halloween this year.