Frosh-cessities: How to navigate your first Halloweek

If it’s your first Halloweek at Brown, it’s a bit intimidating to deal with finishing midterms on time, reassuring your parents you’ll be careful going out, and deciding on multiple costumes. Testing season is finally coming to an end, and the festivities are beginning just before the real cold weather hits. So, enjoy yourself while you can! Halloween is one of Brown’s highlights of the year socially, and one of the only times that it’s (more) socially acceptable to go to bars and clubs more than two or three times a week. So, with so many things happening at once, and your friends seemingly hearing of another party every other hour, it’s important to stay composed. Here are some helpful tips to make sure you make the most out of your first Halloweek!


  1. Make sure to get your academics and/or extracurriculars in order before going out. You’ll have a much better time if you feel on top of things.
  2. Decide on what you’re wearing. Now. The earlier, the better.
  3. You don’t need to go to every party, event, or pregame. Go with the flow, rather than worrying about where you’re heading next, because focusing on the next place will only detract from enjoying the one you’re currently at. And yes, FOMO will be very real, but there’s no way you’ll get to every gathering, so focus on a few and try make the most of them.
  4. Stick with your friends! Especially toward the beginning of the night, the last place you want to find yourself is wandering somewhere alone.
  5. It’s okay to leave with someone you just met. Just make sure your friends know where you’re going and that that you and your partner are both capable of engaging in safe and consensual sexual activities. [Ed. For more information, check out this important article.]
  6. Above all, be safe! Whether you’re moving from place to place, wandering with friends, or getting ready to go out, just make sure to be careful — and always remember that you never need to do anything that makes you uncomfortable.

So, to sum up, just go with the flow of the night and enjoy yourself. Each night is a bit different and has its own vibe. Choose a few events and try to really enjoy those rather than thinking about where you’re going next. Most importantly, though, remember to be safe, careful, informed, and cautious with whatever activities you choose to partake in. Good luck!

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  1. Reader

    This article says the same thing over and over again. Did a parent hack into Blog?

  2. Gaurav Manek

    You forgot one very, very important piece of advice: Go to Javaspook at Techhouse at 9pm on Saturday.
    We’re going to have cookies, brownies, chocolate truffles all manner of baked goods, coffee, and apple cider! Plus, live music! (Also, it’s a no-alcohol, too-much-caffeine party.)

    Come down to Technology House, Patriot’s court, Saturday at 9pm – 1am.

    (Full disclosure: I made ~10lbs of chocolate truffles for this event. They’re delicious.)

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