Staying safe while Trick or Treating

Janelle Green

The Halloween routine drastically alters as people age. With the new tradition of party-hopping all night long, the safety regulations have seemed to have shifted as well.

Logical guidelines such as not taking candy from strangers, sticking to a group, and not leaving someone behind to fend for himself apply to both young children and adults on Halloween, but the breaking of these and other regulatory rules has taken so many lives on this day of the dead, proving that some people need to be reminded of them each and every year.

Underage drinking, although illegal, happens on a daily basis around the world. With many rebellious teenagers rendevousing late at night on Halloween, this dangerous activity might become even more deadly.

Jasmine Christian, 20, business, believes that following simple rules should be obvious.

“Don’t set your drink down if you want to wake up the next morning,” said Christian. “Don’t take anything from anyone you don’t know.”

Driving intoxicated, or getting in the car with a driver who is under the influence, is a careless act.

“People should not drink and drive, but that is a given as well as drive fast and wreckless as well,” said Joey Chiesa, 18, medicine. “I was in the caynon a year ago and my buddy was driving. We crashed into an electrical pole and I was in a coma for 8 hours, broke my back, tore my urethra and broke my pelvis. Just in general, drive safely.”

It is important to always lock doors and windows to ensure that strangers don’t welcome themselves into your home. It is also vital to always carry a photo identification card. An I.D. is essential to enter a club, but it can also be useful everyday.

“[It is vital] to carry an I.D in case you get in trouble,” said Amanda Godinez, 18, medicine. “My parents worry a lot. They don’t trust the outside world.”

Many young adults hear their guardians pester them all the time on their whereabouts. But the truth ramains: there are bad people out there.

“There’s crazy people,” said Lorena Arias, 18, undecided. “You think you can trust them, but they turn out [to be] crazy. My parents ask me constantly [where I am]. They are overprotective only because I am a girl and people take advantage.”

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