Boo-Yah: Staying Safe While Having Fun This Halloween

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 20:45

With COVID-19 restrictions starting to loosen, you are ready to make the most of, what may be, your first university Halloween experience. No curfew. No parental supervision. And all the candy you want. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe and healthy this Halloween while enjoying your independence. 

  • 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. 

  • Know the restrictions and regulations in your area: Waterloo region is in Step 3 of the reopening plan. Click here to learn more about what that means for you. 

  • Please be safe! The most important tip that can be given is to trust your instincts. If a situation feels wrong, it probably is. Click here for your Uwaterloo Personal Safety Guide. 


Staying in this Halloween can also be a fun way to celebrate the Holiday. Here are a few fa-boo-lous ideas to get you in the Halloween Spirit. 

  • Go big on DIY decorations: Get together with your roommates and transform your indoor and outdoor spaces with some homemade creations

  • Learn and record a Halloween TikTok danceSpooky Scary Skeletons is trending again on TikTok. Or make your own trend with throwbacks like Time Warp or Thriller!  

  • Plan a scary (or not-so-scary) movie night: Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services offer a range of Halloween genre movies from Family Favourites to Gruesome Classics. Host a small screening or virtually get your group together. 

  • Bake Halloween treats: Candy doesn’t need to come from a box! Get together with a few friends and try out one of these recipes

  • Host a video chat costume party: Dress your best and organize a virtual costume contest with friends over Zoom, Teams, Skype, etc. REMINDER: culture is not a costume. Click here for a refresher on how to avoid cultural appropriation during Halloween.  

If you decided to do any of the above, tag @yourwusa in caption to show us your #squadghouls!  

And remember, it's important to consider ways you can reduce your material footprint on this traditionally waste-creating holiday. @wusasustainability has created a list of how to reduce waste this Halloween. Click here for the full read.  

Wishing all Warriors a safe and Happy Halloween!