Two children dressed up, with eyeglasses as part of their costume, for Halloween.

Fun Halloween Costumes with Glasses

We love fall activities, which means we also love Halloween! It’s the holiday made for self-expression and creativity. It’s also the one day of the year where you get candy and the opportunity to put on a fun costume.

For us, the best costume is all in the details, and that includes the perfect set of glasses. So, to embrace both our profession and the spirit of the holiday, we made a list of our favorite Halloween costumes that all rock an iconic pair of frames.

Get Magical

Embrace your inner wizard this Halloween by dressing up as Harry Potter. While you may not be able to cast any spells or charms, it’s easy to at least look like this pop icon!

The Harry Potter costume includes a black robe, a scarlet and gold scarf, a wand, and, of course, thin round glasses. Oh, and don’t forget about the lightning shaped scar!

A pair of thin round glasses similar to those Harry Potter wears.

 

Get Super

Did you know Superman has a day job? Yup! Clark Kent, Superman’s civilian alter ego, is actually a newspaper reporter.

To complete Clark Kent’s look, you’ll need a white oxford shirt, a black tie, dark slacks, a Superman logo shirt and the iconic square framed glasses, like this pair from Dragon.

A pair of square framed glasses similar to the type Clark Kent wore.

 

Get Mysterious

Hop in the Mystery Machine and grab your Scooby snacks for our next pick!

As an integral member of Mystery Inc., Velma Dinkley is always in fashion with chunky black frames, just like this pair from Alain Mikli Paris. To complete the look, all you need is a red skirt, oversized orange sweater, orange knee high socks and red flats.

A pair of chunky black glasses similar . to the type Velma Dinkley wore.

 

Get Hidden

Feel like blending in this Halloween? Dress up like Waldo. Even those with 20-20 vision will have a hard time finding you.

This costume is simple and easy. All you need is a pair of black pants, a horizontally striped red and white shirt, a matching hat, and a round shaped pair of glasses! Who knew a disguise could be that simple?

A pair of round shaped glasses similar to the type Waldo wore.

 

Get Royal

Next, we’re going back to the early 2000s with Amelia Mignonette Grimalidi Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia.

Doesn’t Ring a bell? Think pears and The Princess Diaries.

See, being a princess for Halloween would be cool, but being Mia Thermopolis before her princess lessons would be way cooler. To complete the look, you will need a light blue oxford shirt, a blue blazer, a black tie, a blue plaid skirt, a pair of black knee high socks and some slim framed glasses like this pair from Coach.

A pair of slim framed glasses simlar to the kind Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries wore.

 

Halloween is a great time to dress up in styles you might not wear otherwise. Once you try on one of these pairs of glasses, you might find that you they’re your new go-to for your daily eyewear. We can’t wait to see you rock your new look.

Do you have a different costume in mind? Make sure to schedule an appointment with us! We can help pair you with glasses that will help you rock your costume and keep your vision clear for years to come.

Rx Optical Blog Halloween Eye Safety 10.19.18

Get Spooky: Halloween Costumes and Eye Safety

Fun costumes are one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween. Depending on the costume, sometimes it takes a bit of makeup and even crazy eyewear in order to fully pull off the look you’re going for. When you’re swept up in the excitement of dressing up, it is easy to forget about eye safety and the potential risks your costume may be creating.

Our treat to you this Halloween season is informing you of certain costume accessories that could cause you harm and potentially ruin your Halloween celebrations.

Cosmetic Contact Lenses

October is Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month, and, coincidently, a popular trend for enhancing Halloween costumes is cosmetic contact lenses. Cosmetic lenses can make quite a fashion statement, but when bought without a prescription at boutiques, tattoo parlors, and other nonprofessional retailers, they pose serious health risks.

All contact lenses, including prescription or cosmetic, are classified as medical devices and it is illegal for anyone to sell contact lenses without a prescription, because of the medical and health risks that this creates. Non-prescription costume contacts can cut, scratch, and infect your eye if they are not properly fitted. From this mis-sizing, corneal abrasions and bacterial infections are the most common injuries that occur. Unfortunately, treatment for these injuries can require surgery and sometimes the treatment does not work.

Why are costume lenses unsafe? The lenses are developed in a way that does not allow enough oxygen get through to the eye due to the paints and pigments used to create the colors in the cosmetic lens. There are about 13,000 emergency room cases each year due to the use of non-prescription cosmetic lenses.

How do you get safe, colored contact lenses? The only way to safely wear contact lenses is with a prescription. Our Optometrists would be happy to determine your prescription and contact fit at an eye exam. If cosmetic lenses will complete your Halloween costume, be sure to go the safe route and schedule an eye exam.

Costume Makeup, Paint, and Glitter

Makeup, paint, and glitter are quite common when it comes to Halloween costume essentials, but these also all pose a risk. It is important that when using costume makeup, paint, or glitter, you test a small area before placing the makeup on the entire face. It is especially important with costume makeup to keep it away from the eyes and eye area so that they eyes are protected from any irritation or stinging and burning.

After the costume comes off, don’t forget to take off your makeup, too. No matter how tired you are, the irritation from costume makeup can cause infection if left on for too long, so don’t go to sleep without washing your face. Be sure to look for swelling, rashes, and irritation on the face or around the eyes the day after the makeup is applied.

Masks and Accessories

Watch out for any costume items that could penetrate or scratch the eye. Think plastic masks that could break into the eye or tripping while carrying a prop sword. Any accessory or prop you use should be soft, flexible, and short, in order to avoid injury to the eye.

Signs of Infection

After your celebrations, watch out for these signs of infection:

  • Unexplained eye discomfort or pain
  • Redness of the eye and/or discharge
  • Watering eyes
  • Vision changes

Want to learn more about safe Halloween costume practices or interested in setting up an eye exam to get a prescription for colored contact lenses? Give our office a call or schedule your appointment online. One of our doctors would be more than happy to assist in your fun and safe Halloween!