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How to Keep Your Eyes Safe on Halloween and Costume Ideas for People Who Wear Glasses

Woman with painted face for Halloween wearing a hat

Halloween can be fun for children and adults alike, but some costume components are dangerous for your eyes. Here are some tips to keep your peepers safe. Plus, if you or your child wear glasses, we have some fun costume ideas.

Common Eye Hazards

The following costume pieces can be dangerous for kids and adults on Halloween:

  • Masks Though hugely popular, masks can be dangerous to wear while walking at night. Don’t be afraid to cut the eye holes a bit bigger, as they’re usually made too small and tend to limit peripheral vision. If your children are wearing masks while trick-or-treating, get them to lift them off their faces while walking from house to house. Walk with a flashlight so you can see the ground ahead of you and use reflective tape on your costumes so that drivers can see you.

  • Makeup Always choose non-toxic, hypo-allergenic makeup and test a small amount on your skin before applying it. Keep makeup away from your eyes by leaving a margin around the eye area. Remove makeup immediately after trick-or-treating.

  • Accessories Try to avoid carrying objects like toy swords, toy knives and toy guns. Pointed objects can be dangerous if you fall while carrying them. Instead, use soft, flexible accessories.

If you experience pain, redness or swelling in your eyes, see an eye doctor as soon as you can. Left untreated, eye injuries can lead to vision loss or even blindness.

Halloween Costume Ideas for People Who Wear Glasses in Edmonton

Wearing eyeglasses doesn’t mean you need to limit your Halloween costume choices. There are many fun bespectacled characters you can portray, including:

  • Harry Potter, the wizard from the J.K. Rowling series of novels

  • Clark Kent, Superman’s alter-ego

  • Waldo, the elusive character from the Where’s Waldo? puzzle books

  • Velma Dinkley, the brains behind the Scooby Doo Gang

  • Betty Suarez, the hardworking and optimistic heroine from Ugly Betty

  • Meg Griffin, the bullied daughter in the animated TV series Family Guy

Family Eye Care Centres in Edmonton

At Optometrists’ Clinic Inc., our qualified staff can provide urgent care for a range of eye issues. We also offer eyeglass repair and an extensive collection of new eyeglasses and contact lenses. Visit one of our five locations in Edmonton, Leduc and Westlock, or contact us to book an appointment.


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