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Celebrating Halloween Safely and Inclusively

Halloween is quickly approaching, and Cal State San Marcos students will surely celebrate the holiday in different ways. One thing that should remain constant is keeping yourself and other Cougars safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dean of Students Office and Office of Inclusive Excellence offer these important tips to keep Halloween the safe, fun holiday it should be.

COVID-19 Precautions

When planning your participation in Halloween activities, think about your level of risk and remember where COVID-19 spreads more easily:

  • Closed spaces with poor air flow
  • Crowded and close contact spaces with many people nearby

Safer Halloween options include situations where it is easier to keep a distance from others, wear a face mask correctly, and avoid mixing with a lot of different people, especially if you don’t know their vaccination status and recent risks.

Tips for all ages:

  • Protect those not yet eligible for vaccination such as young children by getting vaccinated. Visit www.vaccines.gov to make an appointment.
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Wear a well-fitting face mask.
  • Be flexible – change your plans if you feel uncomfortable.

Be Inclusive and Mindful

If you choose to dress up in a costume, please think about the many cultures of our campus community and why they should not be used as costumes and themes. Some costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures or religions and do not create a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, this NPR article is an excellent source.

Attend the CSUSM Haunted Harvest Festival

Join Tukwut Life's Harvest Fest on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the University Student Union. Festivities include a haunted maze, crafts, bingo, games, free food, an outdoor scary movie and opportunity drawings! Masks must be worn indoors per our campus policy. The event is hosted by Campus Recreation with USU Live and Associated Students, Inc.

If you are living on campus in The QUAD/UVA, be on the lookout for additional Halloween events for housing residents.

Getting Vaccinated Is the Best Way to Protect Against COVID-19

To find a free vaccine near you, visit www.vaccines.gov.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/celebrations.html