McGhee’s Halloween tips

Halloween is this week!   We know that many of you will dress up as ghouls and goblins and wander off into the night in search of fun and frivolity.   I wanted to take just a moment to remind you of a few safety tips and to make a set an expectation for respect in our community during this exciting and fun time of year.

1) Randolph-Macon strives to be a community of respectful ghouls and goblins. Before you go out, please consider the implications of your costume.   Portraying another ethnicity, race, gender, class, religion, culture, sexual orientation, or ability level is offensive and results in members of our community being marginalized or hurt. You don’t want to ruin a great and haunting evening with a thoughtless costume choice.

2) Trust your instincts. If you feel alarmed, scared or creepy in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something spooky, contact the local authorities immediately. Who are you going to call? Campus Safety! Also, if it is an emergency, call 911!

3) Avoid being alone or isolated with a vampire – - or any creature – - who you don’t know or trust. Make sure a dependable friend knows where you are and who you are with at all times. Don’t leave your group with anyone you’re not sure of – even if he or she asks. Say you’d rather stay with the group.

4) Know your surroundings and plan a Jack-o-lantern lit or other well-lit route back to your house or residence hall.   Al-ways carry emergency cash and keep phone numbers to howl at local cab companies if needed. Have your charged cell phone with you in case you need to call Ghostbusters or get a cab.

5) Check in with your friends through-out Fright Night. Form a buddy system so that no one wanders off alone. Agree on a secret interruption signal for uncomfortable situations, such as “Ghost” or “Ghoul!”

6) Make sure that any “potion” you will be drinking was either brought to the event by you in a single serving sealed container or was served to you by a licensed Third Party Potion Vendor. Never accept “potion” from others, and if you lose sight of your “potion” get a new one.

7) Don’t let your guard down. Do not assume that the mummies, witches, and wizards you meet will look out for your best interests!

8) Watch out for your friends, and don’t be afraid to intervene if a situation appears to be scaring your friend or is frightening you. If your friend is intoxicated or is acting abnormally, get him or her to a safe place immediately or call for assistance. Your friendly campus safety and professional haunting staff are ready to assist you.

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