5 ways to have a safer and healthier Halloween at IU Bloomington

Post by IU Communications colleague Milana Katic:

Halloween at Indiana University

Halloween at Indiana University Bloomington

For some, Halloween weekend in a college town involves partying, which can sometimes lead to risky behavior. It’s as if putting on a costume can somehow shield us from the potential dangers of out-of-control drinking and other scary actions.

However, the Indiana University Bloomington community wants to remind everyone this Halloween season that, as cliché as it sounds, you don’t have to drink or act carelessly to have fun. IU Late Nite, and several other IU organizations are providing a variety of safe, fun alternative Halloween events for students and community members to enjoy throughout the week and weekend.

“Many students want to avoid risky situations during Halloween, and they don’t want to stay in their dorms alone,” said Jackie Daniels, director of IU’s OASIS program and co-facilitator of the IU Late Nite committee. “Additionally students report that the party scene can get old, and Late Nite provides a diversity of events to choose from.”

If you’re interested in a variety of safer Halloween events, here’s a list of five activities to keep in mind:

1. RPS Halloween in the halls

From pumpkin carving to zombie cardio hip-hop, the IU residence centers have a large variety of autumn activities to choose from. See a full list of events on their website.

2. See a scary movie

McNutt Residence Center’s Outdoor Movie Night will be featuring the Disney Halloween favorite “Hocus Pocus” at 9 p.m. on Oct. 29. Union Board’s weekly film series will be showing the horror thriller “The Babadook” Oct. 29 to 31, with showtimes at 8 and 11 every night. The IU Cinema also has a terrifying lineup for the weekend, with the drama “Mommy Dearest” playing Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m. and the Japanese horror-fantasy film “Hausu (House)” playing Oct. 30 at 11:49 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

Unit 5: The Darkness

“Unit 5: The Darkness,” a collaborative haunted house by IU Late Nite and the IMU.

3. Haunted houses and Halloween nights

The Hoosier Den at Foster Residence Center’s Gresham Food Court is hosting a variety of Halloween activities every evening from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. until Oct. 29. Also on that day, WIUX, IU’s Student Radio Station, will be presenting a haunted house at the station from 7 to 9 p.m., $3 at the door or $2 if you buy your tickets ahead of time or show up in costume. On Oct. 30, IU Late Nite and the Indiana Memorial Union are teaming up to host “Unit 5: The Darkness,” a free haunted house at the IMU from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

4. BOOwling and billiAAHrds

Get it? Joking and spooking aside, there will be free bowling and billiards at the IMU on Oct. 30 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. along with a costume contest.

5. If you party, do so responsibly

It’s a college campus, so we know students want to relax and have fun on the weekends. That being said, there IS a safer way to party. When you go out, make sure you travel in groups and don’t desert anyone. Pick a drink limit and stick to it, and measure your own drinks to ensure they are a standard size (and clear of any other substances). Report any alcohol-related medical emergencies, sexual assaults or crimes that you see by calling 911. The new Indiana Lifeline Law provides immunity from certain alcohol-related offenses to minors who call to report an emergency. To know when to make the call, follow the #JustSayKnow guidelines. And above all, DON’T DRIVE. It doesn’t matter if you have one drink or one-too-many (or if you’ve used any drugs), don’t get behind the wheel of a car. Aside from Bloomington’s Uber and taxi services, IU also has a lot of safe drive options available including the Night Owl bus (and “IMU Special” Night Owl on Fridays) and the IU Safety Escort.

And with that we wish you a happy (and safe) Halloween!

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