Loyola University Chicago

Safety Net Coalition

Holiday Safety

Halloween 2019

Halloween is a time of celebration and fun for LUC students, with events and fall fun  happening on campus and in Chicagoland. However, if your celebration involves alcohol, there is an increased chance of accidents, legal issues, alcohol poisoning, and other negative consequences. Learn about how to stay safe this Halloween season, and how to enjoy the weekend without relying on alcohol. Please see the FAQs below for a schedule of LUC alcohol free events, tips on how to stay safe if you choose to drink, and a reminder of Loyola expectations and policies. Don't be fooled this Halloween, make choices that keep you and your friends safe! 

There will be many fun events happening around campus the weekend before and the week of Halloween that do not involve alcohol. Various student groups are hosting themed events that are open to the LUC community, and each residence hall will be offering programs for students that weekend. Please see RSO Halloween Programs for the list of student groups events that students can check out this Halloween!

 Student Activities and Greek Affairs (SAGA) and Loyola's student run Department of Programming (dop) have organized some cool campus wide events for students who want to celebrate Halloween and have some fall fun! There will be movie nights, trick or treating, and more! Students who want to explore off campus can attend Six Flag's Fright Fest, LUC has arranged transportation and admission for a discounted price. Please see below for the list of events, the schedule will be updated with more specific dates and locations as those become available. Read below for the list of SAGA evenets for Halloween, or see SAGA and RSO Programming for the whole list of RSO and SAGA events. 

Halloween 2019 Events (Hosted by SAGA and dop, open to all students)

  • Thurs, Oct 24th: DOP Films: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark @ Damen Cinema, 7 pm and 9 pm. 



  • Sat, Oct. 26th: Six Flags Fright Fest @ 4 pm

-Form to sign up is closed now and emails have been sent out to those selected to go

-Tickets are $10 each and students have to sign waiver 

-If ticket is not paid for by October 21st, DOP will email students on the waitlist 


  • Sun, Oct. 27: Trick or Treat @ Dumbach Hall from 1-4 pm

-Family friendly games and treats, Costumes are welcome

-Loyola students orgs can sign up to run trick or treat or claim a door to decorate 


  • Wed, Oct. 30: Crystals and Cards at Damen Den at 7 pm 

-Palm Readers and Tarot Card Reading as well as make your own crystal necklace 


-In addition to the movie, there will be a costume contest and a polaroid photo booth

Also, Chicago is a vibrant and fun city, with lots of fall events, from the scary to the sweet! If you would like to go on a fall day trip, get a group of friends together and take the CTA or red line to a pumpkin patch or haunted house! See this article from the Chicago Sun Times for some ideas to get into the fall spirit. 

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 the  party or bar, espeically if you are heading off campus to celebrate 
  • 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)


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 RA 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 choose to dress up and go out in Wrigleyville or downtown in off campus neighborhoods 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. 

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 after the event. 

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
  • Stalking


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.

If you are planning to host a party to celebrate Halloween, 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.

If you are hosting a party at an off-campus residence, you cannot provide alcohol to people under the age of 21. If you are asked by Campus Safety or Chicago police to end a party due to noise and other complaints, you must end the party immediately and ask guests to leave. If there is alcohol at the party, guests cannot drink it outside the residence. If you live in an apartment complex, be respectful of neighbors and the rules fo the complex in terms of capacity and noise.

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.

The primary purpose of Loyola's alcohol and other drug policies is to keep students safe, student safety and wellness is paramount.

Please review Loyola alcohol, marijuana, and other drug policies HERE.

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.

The Wellness Center created a marketing campaign a couple years ago to encourage students to drink in a safer way if they choose to drink alcohol. These posters feature superheroes and provide tips for risk reduction. Please see HERE to view the posters and for more info on their background.