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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Cal State Chico chapter.

Happy Chicoween, Wildcats! With everyone’s favorite time of the year coming up, it’s important to remember to stay safe while still having lots of fun. Whether it’s your first or fourth Halloween in Chico, here are some tips to follow to make sure you can maximize your fun this year while remaining safe!

Ride Shares

If no one is wanting to be a designated driver for the night, be prepared with a Ride Share. Whether it’s Uber, Lyft, Campus Connect, or some other type of ride share app, make sure to have this ready to go. To ensure that it’s quick and easy, preload all your card information before you go and have your address loaded in. These types of apps are great to leave you feeling safe and get you where you need to be. If you do walk home, make sure you’re not walking alone.

Buddy System

Never go anywhere alone! Always have a friend or someone you know with you, even if it’s just a quick trip to the bathroom. Making sure you always have a buddy is a great way to stay safe while still having a blast!

Have a Plan

Make a plan for the night, even if it’s a loose one. Having some kind of idea of where you’re going and where you are is a good way to bring some peace of mind to your night. It’s also a good idea to keep other people updated of your whereabouts.

Charge Your Phone

Plug your phone in while you’re getting ready so that it’s at 100% when you leave. If your costume includes a purse or some sort of bag, it might even be a good idea to bring out a portable charger!

Have Your Location On

Share your location with someone (or multiple people) you trust, such as your roommate(s). This way, someone knows where you are and whether or not you’re safe. Even if it’s just as a precaution, it’s still nice to have that comfort.

Code Words

Something as simple as having a code word is a great way to feel protected this Halloween. You could have many code words for different things, or even just one you say to your friend when you want to get out of whatever it is you’re doing.

Stranger Danger

Be aware of your surroundings. If you get a bad feeling about anyone or anything, trust your gut and get out of there! You know yourself best – listen to your body and follow your intuition.

Know Your Limits

Again, you know yourself best. If you don’t feel like you can keep going at a certain point of the night, go home! It’s okay to call it an early night if you need to. Just make sure you’re not walking home alone.

Safety is extremely crucial every weekend in Chico, especially Chicoween. Take these extra steps to guarantee that you and your besties can have the best and safest night! We can’t wait to see all the fun things everyone does this Halloween and how you all rock your costumes! Stay safe, Wildcats. Happy Chicoween!

Zoey Dennis

Cal State Chico '25

Zoey is a Senior here at Chico State! She is a Liberal Studies major who would love to teach high school history. She has always loved writing and teaching, and Her Campus is such a great outlet! In her free time, she loves to go out with her friends, spend time with family, listen to music, and enjoys exploring Chico.