Tips and tricks: staying safe, out of trouble this Halloween

Halloween safety

Katie Norton, Practicum Contributor

Halloween in Corvallis brings not just pumpkins and treats, but also more partiers and ghouls on the streets.

Because of this, Oregon State University and several community stakeholders have provided the campus community with information and ideas on how to stay safe and out of trouble while having fun.

Jonathan Stoll, Assistant Dean of Student Life, helped bring the Party Smart 101: Halloween Preparedness Panel to campus, which included two police officers and faculty from the Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Department of Public Safety and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

According to the panel, the goal of the discussion was to talk to students about the benefits of partying smart and what not to do in the festivities that will happen this weekend. Corvallis Police Officer Trevor Anderson explained that individuals are responsible for parties and those that attend any Halloween festivities at their residences.

“Know your limits. Know the laws in Corvallis. Amplified music can be considered a crime if it can be heard 50 feet outside your residence, so you want to make to make sure that you’re following the laws, that you’re not committing any crimes,” Anderson said. “If you do have alcohol at your party make sure that you have somebody responsible and sober at the door making sure that everybody that’s coming in to your house is over the age of 21. If someone under the age of 21 is drinking on your property you can be held responsible for that person.”

Anderson also noted that posting a party invitation on social media can lead to trouble quickly; a party that was only intended for 30 people can quickly scale out of control, if one is not careful.

Lt. Eric Judah, with the Oregon State Police, said that people who choose to consume alcohol should do so in a responsible manner.

“If people are going to consume alcohol, do so knowing that there should be some limitation to it, knowing with over-intoxication where those pitfalls lie and choosing to drink with some control and not get out of control and go into the next day not really knowing what happened the night before,” Judah said. “Party smart, I guess, would be to maintain control at all times.”

Suzanne Tannenbaum from the Department of Public Safety said that responsibility is the biggest factor to keep in mind overall.

“Be responsible. Be responsible for yourself. Be responsible for your friends, for your community. It’s so important for folks that if they are going to partake, that they understand the dangers of over-partaking and that they’re responsible and they take care of their friends and they take care of themselves,” Tannenbaum said. “Ultimately, we just want all of you to be safe.”

Other advice to students from the campus and community authorities included having sober hosts at parties who will be in charge of containing events and serving as liaisons to police should they show up. The Corvallis Police Department may also be called to assist with the breakup of a party that gets out of the host’s control.

On Tuesday, there are several events taking place on campus for those looking for Halloween evening activities. These include:

TRICK-OR-TREAT FOR CANNED GOODS in the SEC lobby from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All food will be donated to the OSU Emergency Food Pantry.

HAUNTED MU in the Memorial Union from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

This is a haunted maze. Free food will also be at the event.

SILENT DISCO in the Memorial Union from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Dance the night away at the silent disco in the MU.

More info here: http://experience.oregonstate.edu/halloween-events.