Halloween can be a night of fun, giving students the chance to dress up and go out with friends. However, with the fun comes the risk of danger if students aren’t careful.
ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff reminds students to be careful and focus on their personal safety. He says that the ISU police department will be treating the night as they would any other Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, but will be aware of increased excitement. He expects that most of the calls they receive will be related to alcohol, mostly overconsumption.
“If you’re going to drink, drink in moderation,” he suggests. He also suggests that students avoid drinking something if they aren’t sure what’s in it, especially drinks like Jungle Juice.
Woodruff says that many of the crime-related incidents that might occur on Halloween can be prevented by drinking in moderation and being aware of surroundings.
Students are urged to report crimes or problems immediately if they do occur.
Woodruff also stresses the importance of safety when walking through campus late at night.
“Walk in groups, even if you’re a guy,” Woodruff said.
If you can’t find a group of friends to walk with you, take advantage of services like Redbird Safe Walk and NiteRide buses.
“Even if you’ve been drinking underage, call for an escort instead of walking home alone. We’d rather see you get home safe than try to walk home alone and get hurt,” he explained.
Anytime students feel unsafe, they can take advantage of the safe walk services to get an escort anywhere on campus, or just to the nearest bus stop.
Students living off campus should also take precautions to stay safe on Halloween.
Amanda Street, community services officer for the Normal Police Department, encourages students to take advantage of designated drivers, taxis or party buses.
“Before you go out, put the number of a taxi in your phone,” Street said.
Since there will be so much extra foot traffic in Bloomington and Normal that evening, drivers should be careful both during and after trick-or-treat times. Watch out for children on the streets.
Conversely, students who plan to walk somewhere should avoid wearing dark clothing and follow all traffic safety rules: Cross the street at approved crosswalks, obey signs and look both ways before crossing the street.
Both Street and Woodruff emphasize the importance of sticking together, both on the streets and at parties.
“Don’t leave your friends behind. Don’t leave someone else in a situation they aren’t comfortable in.” Street said.