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Halloween is a great time of year with its endless traditions of dressing up, trick or treating, and fancy parties for all ages. Without a little preparation into our costume, the results can be pretty scary and not in a fun way.

Here are a few things to consider when planning your Halloween costume and activities that will keep you and your eyes safe.

Make Up

Whether costume makeup is part of your costume for a full effect or a last minute decision; here are some tips to help keep your eyes comfortable throughout the night.

  • Carefully consider the makeup that you use. Not all makeup is made the same. Some contain fragrance and preservatives that can be irritating to the eyes. 

  • Avoid putting liner or makeup on the inside of the eye lash line.

  • Avoid Glitter – Most are made with nontoxic dyes however, glitter gets everywhere and one place we do not want it is in our eyes.


What is a witch costume without a broom or a reaper without a scythe? Consider soft and flexible ends rather than hard plastic ends. The harder plastic can cause an injury to the eye if the accessory accidently comes into contact with them.

Costume Contact Lenses

Having the perfect pair of lizard eyes can certainly enhance your demon costume and give a dramatic effect. However, contact lenses are medical devices that may not be suitable for everyone’s eyes. They all fit a little differently and are of different materials. 

Poorly fitting or improperly cleaned contact lenses may damage the eye and compromise vision. Lenses may not be especially breathable and can limit oxygen to the eye. Friction from an ill-fitting lens may result in issues such as:

  • Abrasions to the cornea

  • Corneal ulcers

  • Eye infections

  • Allergic reactions

  • Vision loss

If you are interested in using costume contact lenses this Halloween, see an eye care specialist who will properly fit your cosmetic contact lensesIf blurred vision, redness, discomfort, swelling or discharge occurs, stop using the lenses immediately and see your doctor of optometry.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween!