Tips for Parents
5 Halloween Tips Your Student Will be "Goblin" Up!
Halloween is a busy time on college campuses. Students really get into the "spirits" of the holiday. Here are 5 tips you can share with your student so that a frighteningly good — and safe — time can be had by all!
- Decorations — Check into fire codes before you and your friends go hog wild with the fake cobwebs and hanging witchypoo from the ceiling. You can do some mighty cool decorating while still staying within the safety parameters.
- Costumes — Team up with others to create community costumes, like being gumballs in a huge gumball machine (you can roll out the entrance when folks toss pennies at you!) or a pod of penguins, waddling in unison while decked out in your black and white finest!
- Vandalism — Some students look at Halloween as an excuse to vandalize things, keeping with the "mischief night" tradition, from toilet papering trees to breaking lounge furniture. Avoid this fun, as it can lead to some hefty fines and judicial sanctions. Kindly keep the housekeeping staff in mind too — they should not have to clean up anyone's Halloween mess!
- Safety — Again, Halloween is often seen as an excuse to go nuts. Add in mysterious costumes and it can get even spookier. Remind your student to keep her wits about her if she chooses to attend a party, to travel with trusted friends, to not be alone with vampires she doesn't know, and to really look out for one another.
- Events — Get involved with some fun Halloween activities, like inviting local kids to trick or treat door-to-door and then doing crafts with them in the lounge. Or have a Halloween Hoedown, complete with bobbing for apples, a hayride and a Monster Mash dance.
Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays ever! You can help ensure that your student has a safe, treat-filled time, without the tricks that can spoil things.
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