Halloween is today, my friends, which means it’s time for some last-minute prep before doing whatever super cool, super spooky things you may have planned.
As a lover of all things candy, I’ve put together a little list of things I’m going to make sure I’ve thought about or have on me if I end up going out tonight (my idea of a good time is watching Hocus Pocus alone and surrounded by Reese’s Pumpkins).
1. A Costume!
I’m forever confused by people who don’t dress up (even though most of the time, that’s me). This year, because I was struck with a weird and inexplicable urge to wear a fake beard, I bought one for $1.50 at Dollarama. I am not only satisfied, but I also have a quick costume that doesn’t irritate my shamefully sensitive skin.
2. Emergency numbers
I have this neat little card from safety.utoronto.ca, with a tonne of resources and emergency numbers listed on it. I carry it with me everywhere, so I’m going to make sure I have it tonight!
3. Someone who knows where you’re going!
Not only will you have someone who’ll be able to track you down should you be kidnapped by spooky witches, but you also get to brag about Halloween plans. What could be more fun?
One Word: Vampires.
Two Words: Garlic Bread.
5. Fake blood
“Alright, somebody needs to tell me right now why my hands are covered in blood.”
“I’m sorry, is there something on my face?”
“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!”
I love sugar, but I’m a picky eater when I’m out. If I keep a candy stash in my bag, I not only get to eat way too many Reese’s Pumpkins, but I also know exactly where the food I’m eating has come from.
7. Water bottle
In my opinion, drinking responsibly is more than just not drinking too much- it’s also making sure your body can handle the alcohol that you’ve ingested. Drinking water can make the symptoms of alcohol consumption, like headaches and fatigue, much more manageable. Not to mention dehydration is actually terrifying, although I suppose that’s on theme for tonight…
8. Phone Charger
Usually my phone can last until I get home, but recently I’ve had a few close calls. On a night like Halloween, better safe than sorry, right?
9. Aim for the shins
Look, I know we’re all told to aim for the head when attacked by a zombie- but think about it, the head is closest to the mouth, which can BITE YOU. This is why I am a firm believer in kicking the shins and fleeing. If zombie shins are anything like mine, this will give you more than enough time to get away from our lovely decaying friends.
Love ’em, can’t get enough.
Halloween is one of my favourite times of year, but it’s also one of the scariest (how odd…). Crime goes up, there are more people out and about, and all that fun stuff. But also, we shouldn’t have to stay home to stay safe. I’m hoping this list helps me go out and have a good time, while also making sure that I’m doing what I can to prevent any situations from arising that make the night significantly less enjoyable.