UW Police

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time, but it is important to be vigilant about your personal safety. There are many things to consider to ensure your well-being and that of our UW community.

The UW Police Department has shared the following tips on staying safe on Halloween:

  • If you walk alone be alert of your surroundings at all times. Call Nightwalk at 685-WALK for a campus escort!
  • Whether walking alone or in a group, try to avoid dark or poorly-lit areas whenever possible.
  • Watch out for your friends and others, whether outside or at a party – be aware of your friends’ whereabouts and try not to leave them unattended.
  • If you have a drink, know where it is coming from and do not leave it unattended.
  • Be mindful of the virus: COVID-19 is still a very real threat, particularly to those who are not yet vaccinated. Consider avoiding large parties and gatherings where the risk for the spread of COVID-19 is high, even if you are vaccinated.
  • Avoid playing pranks (particularly on strangers) that can be perceived as threatening.
  • Trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right, get yourself out of the situation as soon as possible.
  • Carry your phone with you at all times and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report suspicious or criminal activity.
  • Please be safe!