Now let’s be real. Halloween may just be one of the best “fake” holidays ever. You get free candy, to dress up anyway you want, have an excuse to stay up late, and get to watch some of the best movies for any holiday season!

Unfortunately, unlike many other holidays Halloween comes with a lot of dangers too. Halloween is one of the only days that people can hide behind a mask (and have it be normal), most people go out on Halloween (whether to go trick or treating or be with friends), and often times people take risks on Halloween that they normally wouldn’t because they are dressed as someone else.

To combat the dangers of Halloween here are some easy, simple tips, to keep yourself and others safe:

  1. Use the Buddy System. Cliches are cliches for a reason. If you choose to go out on Halloween make sure you stick with someone else. Make a rule that you won’t leave one place to go to another until both of you are together. Set up a schedule for how often you will check in on each other to be sure everything is OK. If you and your friends have chosen to go out and drink, make sure you have discussed it. Have a sober squad (a group of people not drinking) who can look out for those who are.
  2. If you choose to drink …make sure you set limits, alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic beverages, make your own drinks and don’t accept them from anyone else and avoid drinking games that could put you past your limits.
  3. Make a Plan. If you are going out on Halloween, make a plan of when you are leaving, when you are coming back, where you are going, how you are getting there and how you are getting back. Nothing is worse than being stranded somewhere.
  4. Do Alternative Activities and Avoid Unnecessary Risks. Stay in, make some popcorn, pig out with some candy, hand out candy to trick or treaters, watch scary movies, or play fun festive Halloween games. Nothing can help keep you and others safe more than avoiding the unnecessary risks that come with going out on Halloween. There are plenty of fun, alternative activities that you can do at home or with friends. My personal favorites are bobbing for apples, donuts on the string competitions and haunted houses.



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A Smarter Type Of Party

by Molly Louzan on October 20, 2014

Skip the hang-over and enjoy a night with your friends that you’ll remember!

Rather than a drama-filled night of drinking alcohol, host a “mocktail party” with your friends.

A mocktail – what’s that?

  • Mock•tail (mok´ tal´): n. a nonalcoholic drink consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks.

Check out our “drink menu” to find recipe ideas for every occasion:

beary frozen mock'aritaA Daytime Special:

Beary Frozen Mock’arita

12 ice cubes

1 lb. fresh or frozen strawberries

½ cup lime juice

½ cup orange juice

4 strawberries (optional)

4 lime wedges (optional)

Salt (optional)

Combine ice cubes, strawberries, orange juice, and lime juice in a blender. Blend until slushy. Dip wide-rimmed glass in remnants of lime juice then salt (optional). Fill glasses and garnish with wedge of lime and a strawberry. (Serves 4)

sparkling crimson cran razzy

Sparkling “wine” for when you “dine”:

Sparkling Crimson Cran Razzy

2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice

2 cups seltzer

2 tablespoons lime juice

1/2 frozen raspberries (optional)

Combine liquids in a pitcher and mix with large spoon. Serve on ice in wine glasses. Garnish with floating raspberries. (Serves 4)

bristacocoaThe “warm and fuzzies”:


1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

4 cups milk

whipped cream (optional)

Stir sugar, cocoa, and a little bit of milk to make a paste. Whisk in more milk. Combine cocoa with remaining milk in a saucepan & heat over low heat until bubbling. Stir occasionally. Add vanilla. Serve in glass coffee mugs, and garnish with whipped cream. (Serves 4)

For more BSU themed mocktails, contact or stop by the Outreach Education office (Weygand 1048)!

Peer Educator Alert: Stop by our “Do You Pour More?” Alcohol Awareness tables this week to learn how much you’re REALLY pouring if choosing to consume alcohol.

Monday, 10/20/14, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., ECC

Tuesday, 10/21/14, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., ECC

Wednesday, 10/22/14. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., RCC Lower Foyer


Project PACK

October 15, 2014

We all hear the stories. Sometimes we pretend they’re not true. We make up excuses, lie to ourselves and others, but pretending not to know will only make others suffer more. This Halloween season take a stand for yourself and others by helping to create a “Post Assault Comfort Kit”. What is a “Post Assault […]

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The most important meal of the day…

October 6, 2014

Remember how “grown-ups” would drone on and on about the importance of starting each day with a nutritious breakfast? They’d rave over the amount of protein in eggs, vitamins in fruit, and calcium in milk. Meanwhile, all we wanted was some good ol’ Fruit Loops. It turns out that our brains and bodies’ work better […]

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Don’t Get Caught “Germy” Handed this Cold Season

September 30, 2014

When cold season is upon us, all you hear from adults is “make sure to wash your hands!” Ever since we were little, people have been telling us the same thing, but do they really expect us to wash our hands every time we touch something that could possibly contain germs? The world is a germy […]

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Dealing with the Pressure to Drink

September 24, 2014

Do you often “want out” in situations involving alcohol? Many of us don’t actually want to drink, but feel pressured to do so by our peers. We know that drinking has negative effects on our body and behavior, but we get caught up in worrying that we’ll be judged by others if we don’t follow […]

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Surviving Your Freshman Year of College: Avoiding the “Freshman Fifteen”

September 16, 2014

What is it that makes college so different from high school? Is it moving out for the first time, the roommates, or the total independence gained? The transition in lifestyle often has people worried about one thing: the horrible, terrifying, “definitely-going-to-happen” …FRESHMEN FIFTEEN! Now, everyone has heard about this illusive weight gain that is rumored […]

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A New Semester: Getting Back in the Groove

September 9, 2014

Pencils sharpened. Check. Shiny new notebooks. Check. Textbooks purchased. Check. Clean bedding and cozy room decorations. Check.   The BSU campus is in full swing. Make this a successful semester by considering these academic tools: 1.      Know what is expected: By now, expectations have been set in classes. Professors have given a brief overview of their policies […]

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Tips for moving back home

May 19, 2014

Set reasonable expectations—When moving home, you have to consider that what is acceptable at college may not be ideal for your parents’ house. There is a good chance that in college you could come and go as you please, and could have any visitor you wanted. However, your parents may not be comfortable or willing […]

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Sit Back, Relax, and Laugh

May 12, 2014

Hey BSU Bears, congratulations on making it through another semester! Here are some funny cartoons and visuals to kick off the summer and celebrate the end of finals!

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