When you look back on Halloween in a week, a month, or a year, you want to remember it as one of the best weekends of your life. Follow these do’s and don’ts to ensure your weekend is a dream, not a nightmare.

Do’s

Do dress up:
Halloween is the one time of year that you can pretend to be anything or anyone you want. You could be anything from a beanie baby to Austin Powers to Harry Potter to a dust bunny. This is your opportunity to escape from reality, which is pretty ideal right after midterms. Especially after getting your grades back.

Do go all out:
Throughout the year, you may go to a variety of themed parties, but wearing a sequin headband isn’t exactly “dressing up.” Halloween is the time to go all out. From your head to your toes, nothing should be out of character.

Do eat everything:
I don’t care if you’re on a liquid diet; eat everything. There will be candy all over campus so there’s no reason to try to resist. You will lose. Give in to temptation with a caramel apple, candy corn or a pumpkin-shaped cookie. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Don’ts

Don’t disrespect other people’s religions, backgrounds, or cultures
Being a part of a diverse campus, we all know people who are from different backgrounds and dressing up as someone’s race, culture, ethnicity, etc. is inappropriate and disrespectful. Remember to be mindful of everyone else’s backgrounds while picking out a costume. For example, being Ariel won’t make any one feel discriminated against.

Don’t go out alone:
The University of Michigan may not be known for being a party school most of the year, but when it comes to Welcome Week, Halloweek and St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a whole different story. Make sure you go out with friends and stay with them throughout the night; that is the best way to keep yourself and each other safe, especially during these extra-crazy occasions.

Don’t go overboard:
I know that midterms are over and we are all ready to let loose and go a little wild, but don’t take it too far. Halloweek is such a surreal time, it’s easy to forget that we all have limits and those limits might be lower than usual. Our last few weekends have been spent at the UGLi studying for finals and living off Dayquil, so make sure to go slow and be aware of how many drinks you’ve indulged in and how many more you can safely handle.

Have a great Halloween everybody!

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