Happy Halloween! Here’s how to avoid TRICKS as you get your scare on!

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As we all put the finishing touches on our costumes and pick what treats to give out this

Halloween, it’s important to know what TRICKS to avoid as you navigate your school,

neighborhood, or Halloween party. Here are five tips to help you stay safe and have a good time with the appropriate amount of TRICKS and TREATS!

1. Never travel alone. Whether you're trick-or-treating or going to a party, always stay in a group. One key rule to remember is to leave with the same people you came with. Never leave anyone behind! If you want to leave before a friend you came with, make sure they still have a buddy and a safe way home.

2. Stay safe on the road. Whether driving home or trick-or-treating around the

neighborhood, you should always practice traffic safety! If you are walking around your neighborhood after dark, make sure you are visible on the road. Consider something reflective or bringing a light with you and if you are wearing dark cloths, remember you will be harder for cars to see.  And if you are at a party or gathering, make sure you have a safe, sober ride home.

3. Be prepared! Keep your phone charged and ready throughout the night. You may even want to share your location with a friend or trusted adult while you are out.

4. Party with caution. Although underage drinking is against the law, it can still happen. You may see alcohol served at a party. Remember that just like with sex, consent comes into play. You do not need to do anything that makes you uncomfortable and should not push friends to do things they don’t want to do. If you are at a party, never accept drinks from strangers, keep an eye on your cup, and always have a sober friend to help if any problems arise. Remember, you don’t need to drink to have a fun and SPOOKY night!

5. Do not feel pressured to engage in sexual activity. Halloween is often seen as a night to drink and engage in sexual activities, but that is totally up to you! If you do choose to

engage in sex, make sure you’re practicing safe and consensual intercourse.

If you plan on having sex, be equipped with CONDOMS for safe sex and  consider another form of birth control if you are having sex than can result in pregnancy.

Never have sex if you or your partner are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Remember that drunk people cannot legally give consent.

We hope you all have a safe, healthy, and SPOOKY Halloween!