Halloween Safety Tips.
Sharp swords are just asking for trouble. Keep everyone’s eyes safe by leaving props at home or only bringing along something soft.
: Avoid costumes that block vision.
Loose hats, head scarves, and wigs can easily slip and obstruct vision. Make sure they are secured before heading out.
: Carry a flashlight.
Flashlights help you see and be seen on Halloween night. Glowsticks are fun for kids, but they do not provide as much visibility and contain chemicals that are harmful to the eyes if broken.
: Only wear prescribed contact lenses.
Decorative contact lenses can be a great finishing touch to your costume, but be careful. Contacts are medical devices and should be only be worn when they are prescribed by an optometrist. Anything else is not FDA-approved and is being sold illegally.
: Make a follow-up appointment.
If you do decide to wear decorative contact lenses, see your optometrist after Halloween to make sure there is no damage, especially if you don’t normally wear contacts.
: Test makeup before Halloween.
Makeup and face paint can sometimes cause skin or eye irritation and allergic reactions. Avoid any surprises and be sure to test a small amount of the makeup or face paint you plan to use.
: Keep face paint away from eyes.
Face paint may be a good alternative to a mask, which can block vision, but read labels carefully and don’t apply the paint too close to the eyes.
: Don’t share makeup.
Sharing makeup, especially around the eyes, means sharing harmful bacteria. Provide everyone their own separate makeup and brushes.
: Learn how to care for your contact lenses.
If you aren’t used to wearing contacts, take the time to learn how to clean and take care of your decorative lenses. Follow your doctor’s instructions and do not leave them in your eyes longer than necessary. You may want to give yourself extra time to practice putting them in.
: Wear properly fitted costumes and masks.
With all of the excitement of Halloween, make sure costumes aren’t long enough to trip over. Masks should also fit well so they do not slip or block peripheral vision.
: Bring along a damp washcloth.
If your child’s makeup begins to run or bother them during the night, having a washcloth ready can help them avoid rubbing anything into their eyes.
: Keep walkways lit.
Make sure your neighbors are safe, too. Keep your porch and walkways clear and well-lit for other trick-or-treaters.
: Take off all makeup before bedtime.
At the end of the night, remember to take out any contacts and wash off all face paint and makeup to keep your eyes and skin healthy and refreshed.
Have a fun & safe Halloween!