Halloween is typically a time of celebration and fun for LUC students. This Halloween is still a cause for celebration, but we all need to be very cautious about how we celebrate and who we choose to celebrate with due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, if your celebration involves alcohol, there is an increased chance of accidents, legal issues, alcohol poisoning, and other negative consequences. In 2020, there is also an added risk of contracting COVID-19 in drinking situations, as alcohol use impairs judgment and may interfere with social distancing.
This Halloween, public health officials in Chicago and Illinois are advising people to avoid large gatherings, practice COVID-19 safety behaviors, and consider virtual activities in place of in-person ones. As a Ramber, you are asked to follow university, local and state COVID safety guidelines, and you are encouraged to plan safe ways to have fun this Halloween season. Loyola is also hosting some fun virtual events such as a Halloween trivia night and a virtual escape room, check out more information below!
Read the FAQs below for information on alcohol safety, ways to enjoy the holiday without alcohol, and information on COVID-19 safety and Halloween. Don't be fooled this Halloween, make choices that keep you and your loved ones safe!
Happy Halloween Ramblers! If you are looking for some fun Halloween themed activities this week, check out these virtual events hosted by Loyola's sorority and fraternity life organizations and by Loyola's student run department of programming (dop). If you are interested in attending any of the events below, please check out LUCommunity to register for the zoom link and for more information.
Sorority & Fraternity Life Events: Week of Halloween (All taking place via Zoom)
Wednesday, October 28th
- Beta Theta Pi - Haunted Halloween Fall Event (Open to all LUC Students)
- Virtual presentation on haunted sites and ghost sightings within the city of Chicago. While this is occurring, there will be a breakout room for participants to get their tarot read. 7:30 PM (CST)
Thursday, October 29th
- Beta Theta Pi - Halloween Trivia (Open to all LUC Students)
- Halloween themed trivia on Kahoot! There will be three rounds consisting of Horror Movie Trivia, Halloween Movie Trivia, and Halloween Candy Trivia. 7:30 PM (CST)
Friday, October 30th
- Sorority & Fraternity Life - Halloween Coffee Chats (Open to all LUC Sorority & Fraternity Life Members)
- SFL Ambassadors host special Halloween Coffee Chats filled with community, conversations, and some light Halloween Trivia. 11:00 AM (CST)
- Alpha Psi Lambda - Dia De Los Muertos (Open to all LUC Students)
- Event to educate the Loyola student body about this cultural holiday. Join them for a night of lotería, prizes, and a presentation of our digital alter. 5 PM (CST)
Friday, October 30th
- Loyola's DOP (department of programmming) is hosting a virtual escape room on the weekend of Halloween.
5:00 - 7:00 pm CST
RSVP on LUCommunity using email and you will receive a link on the day of to join in the event.
Link to RSVP: https://luc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6565434
Post-Halloween Pumpkin Composting:
- Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project is hosting a “Pumpkin Smash” on Nov. 7th from noon – 4 pm in the parking lot of St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan.
- Loyola University is collecting pumpkins in our composting program at the following dates and times:
Monday, Nov. 2nd 4-6 pm
Monday, Nov. 9th 4-6 pm
Saturday, Nov. 14th 1-3 pm
Drop off near the Welcome Center of the Main Parking Structure at Lake Shore Campus.
No, the City of Chicago is not permitting any residents to hold house parties to celebrate Halloween due to concerns about COVID-19 transmission. Hosting parties this year endangers your health and the health of your guests and their relatives. In gatherings of 25 people, there is a 30% chance someone has COVID-19, with that risk rising to 50% in groups of 50. If you do host a party, there could be disciplinary consequences from Loyola and possible legal consequences from the city. You are strongly discouraged from hosting a gathering, as COVID-19 cases are surging in Illinois currently, and your actions could endanger others if someone at your gathering is positive for COVID-19. If you are asked by Campus Safety or Chicago police to end a party due to COVID-19 safety concerns, noise and other complaints, you must end the party immediately and ask guests to leave. If you live in an apartment complex, be respectful of neighbors and the rules fo the complex in terms of capacity and noise.
If you would like to celebrate in person with a small group of friends this Halloween, keep it to 6 or less people (current city guidelines) and wear masks and practice social distancing the whole time you are together. Consider hosting a small movie night, pumpkin carving, or some other fall activity where you can have while still staying apart and staying safe. Being outdoors is preferable to hosting an indoor activity; if you have to be indoors, be aware of the space, wear masks, and do not invite more people than you can safely have in your space with 6 foot social distancing. If you are hosting any type of gathering at an off-campus residence, you cannot provide alcohol to people under the age of 21.
Also, please remember that Loyola is situated in a residential area with many families. Please be respectful of our campus and off-campus community, and follow the LUC community standards and city and state laws.
Remember Loyola's Good Neighbor policy below:
Loyola enjoys a positive, mutually supportive relationship with its neighboring local residential and business communities in Rogers Park, Edgewater, Maywood, Woodstock, and abroad. To sustain those relationships into the future, Loyola students must conduct themselves as mature and responsible neighbors when off-campus. Students are responsible for upholding all federal, state, and city laws and ordinances wherever they reside, travel, or socialize, especially those relating to noise, traffic, littering, parking, zoning, and alcohol and drug use.
There are many ways to celebrate Halloween that do not involve alcohol. If you do choose to drink alcohol, please follow these important tips to minimize risk:
- Eat food (with fat/protein) before and during the festivities
- Alternate non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
- Avoid hard liquor and shots
- Pace your drinking to 1 drink or less per hour
- Keep track of your drink and what you are drinking; if a stranger hands you a drink, decline!
- If you don't know what is in a drink (like jungle juice), choose something else
- Set a drink limit and stick to it
- Designate a trusted friend to help you stick to your drink limit
- Come up with a plan with friends on how to safely get to and from your destination
- Remember Loyola’s Good Samaritan policy and seek help for your friends and yourself. (3 steps: Get help, stay with your friend, and follow up)
Drinking alcohol does not necessarily increase the risk of COVID-19 exposure, but many of the behaviors and activities associated with alcohol use do increase the risk of exposure and transmission. When people gather in a party atmosphere with alcohol, it may be hard to practice social distancing and avoid being exposed to other guest's respiratory droplets, a main source of COVID-19 transmission.
This Halloween, be very cautious and avoid the following behaviors and situations:
- Playing drinking games
- Sharing drinks
- Sharing joints, e-cigarettes, and other smoking devices
- Gatherings with people you do not know or do not know well
- Gatherings where people are not following COVID-19 safety behaviors
- Gatherings where people are intoxicated and in close quarters
Please ask for help if you are in a situation where you are worried about the health and safety of yourselves or others.
If you are on-campus, and there is a safety or alcohol emergency, please call Campus Safety at 773-508-6039 and alert your RD if you live in a residence hall. If you need advocacy services, please call the Sexual Assault Advocacy line at 773-494-3810.
We recognize that some students may still choose to go out to bars or gatherings in the city to celebrate. If you need assistance for yourself or a friend and you are off-campus, please call 911 or find the nearest police officer, and mention that you are a LUC student. Your health and safety is of the upmost importance to LUC. The City of Chicago just imposed a ten pm curfew on bars and non-essential businesses the weekend of Halloween. Students are encouraged to stay home this Halloween, this is the safest way to protect yourself in others from COVID-19 as you do not have to take public transportation or interact with people you are not close with.
Also, Halloween is a time of fun and dressing up in costumes, but when alcohol is involved, that can sometimes lead to people becoming impaired and using hate speech or using words or actions that make other people feel uncomfortable or unsafe. We also want to remind students to be careful about their costume selection, and not to select anything that could be perceived as offensive or appropriation by a cultural group or by any student in the LUC community. Please call Campus Safety if you are in any of these situations, or please follow up with the Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy if you would like to report a concern about another student's behavior.
Loyola students are expected to follow university, local, and state safety guidelines around COVID-19 prevention. For more information on Loyola's COVID-19 guidelines and resources, visit luc.edu/coronavirus. Here are some tips for how to celebrate more safely this Halloween during the pandemic:
- Avoid parties or any large gatherings this Halloween, as they can greatly increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The city of Chicago has restricted gatherings to 6 people or less this year.
- If you are feeling sick, especially with respiratory symptoms, please stay home this Halloween. See HERE for a list of COVID-19 symptoms.
- If you choose to dress up this Halloween, please wear a cloth face covering in place of a halloween mask. According to the CDC, costume masks are not effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, and wearing a cloth mask under a costume mask can make it hard to breathe.
- Staying home and participating in virtual events is the most effective way to protect yourself and others. Between Loyola's virtual events, Halloween movies on netflix, and other events happening virtually in chicago and beyond, there is so much to choose from! If you do choose to celebrate in person, plan small gatherings with a group of 5 or less good friends where everyone is wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Depending on the weather, consider planning an outdoor activity.
- Avoid celebrating at indoor bars or restaurants this weekend, especially if alcohol is involved. Bars are often crowded and full of people you do not know, and you could be at risk of COVID-19 exposure. The City of Chicago has imposed a ten pm curfews on bars this Halloween.
- Alcohol use can be particularly risky this Halloween, as alcohol use can impair judgment and may make it hard for people to stay 6 feet apart. Behaviors like sharing drinks and smoking devices can increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission and are greatly discouraged this Halloween. Consider having an alcohol and substance free Halloween this year, there are many ways to celebrate (cue spooky movies and pumpkin carving here) that do not involve alcohol!
- If you are planning to travel by the CTA or a rideshare this Halloween, sanitize your hands often, only travel with people you are close with, and practice social distancing.
- If you are spending time with a small group of close friends, make sure that everyone is on the same page about your planned activities and behaviors. Having a text conversation about ground rules beforehand can help everyone feel more comfortable and establish the expected safety behaviors the group should follow.
A standard drink of wine, beer, or hard liquor all contain around the same amount of alcohol. A standard glass of wine is 5 oz and 12% alcohol, a standard beer is 12 oz and 5% alcohol, and a standard 1.5 oz shot is 80 proof, or 40% alcohol. Knowing what one drink is can be very helpful as it can help you not go over your chosen drink limit. (Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).
Measuring and making your own drinks can help ensure that they do not contain more alcohol then you want to consume. Avoid drinking straight out of the bottle or pouring without a shot glass. Also be aware in situations where there is a punch at a party, it is impossible to tell how much alcohol it contains.
The Good Samaritan medical amnesty policy was created to make it easier for students to secure help for their friends during an alcohol or drug medical emergency. If your friend needs help, please follow the three steps of Good Sam:
1. Call for help
2. Stay with your friend till help arrives
3. Follow up with the conduct office afterwards
If you follow those steps and act in good faith, you and your friend will not be found responsible by Loyola for underage drinking or drug use. However, you need to ask for help for this policy to apply, and it will not apply if the students involved are combative with emergency services or have violated a policy such as vandalizing property.
Please see the full text of the policy in Loyola's community standards here:
At Loyola University Chicago, student safety is paramount. In incidents of crisis or medical emergency, Loyola students are expected to care for themselves and for others in the Loyola community by getting help from appropriate officials even when violations of the Community Standards have occurred. Because the University understands that fear of disciplinary actions may deter requests for emergency assistance, the Good Samaritan and Medical Amnesty Protocol was created to reduce barriers to seek help. The Good Samaritan and Medical Amnesty Protocol may be enacted in crisis situations involving:
- Alcohol use
- Drug use
- Sexual misconduct
- Dating/domestic violence
The University strongly considers the positive impact of taking responsible action when determining the appropriate response to any incident. When the University becomes aware of the above situations only because a fellow student or students took responsible action to secure medical or emergency assistance (subject to the conditions below), no formal University conduct record will be accrued by the reporting student(s) or the student in need of help.
Incidents covered by the Good Samaritan and Medical Amnesty Protocol will still be documented, and the completion of educational and/or health interventions, such as BASICS or other intervention will likely be required. Failure to complete the educational and/or health intervention may result in revocation of the amnesty.
The primary purpose of Loyola's policies is to keep students safe, student safety and wellness is paramount.
As we think about enjoying ourselves responsibly during the Halloween and Fall Holiday season, it is important to remember the Required Personal Safety Practices put in place by Loyola during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To be a good steward of The Student Promise; the overall health and safety for ourselves and those around us needs to be salient even in the midst of celebration. During this time, there are some sections of the Loyola Community Standards to be aware of, including:
- 201 (2)-Alcohol (pg. 8)
- 201 (5) - Disruptive & Disorderly Conduct (pg. 9)
- 201 (6) -Drugs (pg. 8)
- 201 (8) - Failure to Comply (pg.9)
- 201 (15) - Neighborhood Disturbance (pg. 11)
If you are impacted by or witness any misconduct or conflict, please utilize the Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution Reporting Form through Loyola’s Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution (OSCCR).
Remember the Rambler Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. If you are impacted by or witness an act of discrimination of any sort, please file a Report or Formal Complaint here through Loyola’s Office of Equity & Compliance (OEC).
As always, remember the Student Promise—care for yourself, care for others, and care for the community—and have a Happy Halloween.
Also, please remember that if a university official (Campus Safety or Residence Life), determines that a student may have overconsumed alcohol or other drugs and needs assistance, Chicago emergency services will be called. Students will be transported to the hospital to ensure that they are not suffering from alcohol poisoning. This is done to keep students safe and is in line with Chicago laws. If a student is under 21, they cannot refuse transport. However, an ambulance bill can carry a large fee, so please keep that in mind if you choose to drink. Please practice low risk drinking if you choose to drink.