17 October 2016
When people wear masks and costumes, it often makes them feel more confident. A lot of people feel bold, courageous and even invisible when they’re dressed up in as something spooky, with the parties and get togethers that take place at this time of year adding to the sense of excitement.
Though most Halloween parties will go off without a hitch, the fact that there are so many people walking around with concealed identities can make the event more dangerous for young people. The effect of the costumes and masks, combined with alcohol, can lead to an increased chance of sexual exploitation, assault and injury. To help ensure you stay safe this Halloween, we’ve put together some top tips for enjoying your night out.
Travel in groups
With a lot of people walking around towns and cities dressed in costumes and masks, Halloween can be a scary time to travel. When walking between destinations, always make sure you travel with someone you trust. This is especially important late at night when the streets are largely empty and quiet.
Though scary costumes are a common sight around Halloween, this year the trend has started early with a number of ‘scary clown’ sightings across the country. In most cases, the clowns have simply tried to scare people. However, there have been a growing number of attacks, leaving some people seriously injured. If you see a person in a clown costume when you’re out and about, walk away from them straight away and try and get to a safe place like a shop, restaurant or friend’s house.
Keep an eye on your drink
Whenever you’re out at a party, pub or club, it’s essential to keep an eye on your drink. If your drink is spiked, you could end up taking drugs without realising it. This could lead to you losing consciousness, or losing the ability to look after yourself, and could leave you very vulnerable to sexual exploitation. If you’re out with a friend, take it in turns to look after each others drinks or take your drink with you wherever you go.
Don’t be left out in the cold
Last but not least, it’s important you don’t underdress when you head out for the night. Though you might want to look your best, the weather around Halloween can change fast, with rain, wind and even snow making outside temperatures tumble. Take a coat or jumper with you when you go out for the night and try to carry enough cash for a taxi in case the weather really takes a turn for the worse.
With lots of parties and get togethers happening around Halloween, this is a great time of year to enjoy a fun night out. By staying safe, looking after yourself and keeping an eye on your friends, you can ensure Halloween 2016 is memorable for all the right reasons.