Don’t let your Halloween costume haunt your tricks and treats

Ottawa, ON (October 24, 2019) - Halloween is a time for spine-chilling attire but following these few important tips will ensure your spooky costume doesn’t have scary consequences!  The Canadian Association of Optometrists wants you to Get Eyewise and avoid these hair-raising hazards when planning your Halloween fun:

Cosmetic Contact Lenses:

  • See an optometrist to properly fit cosmetic contact lenses, so you know how to insert, clean and remove them without negative consequences. 
  • Read the instructions that accompany any package of lenses to help minimize the risks.
  • Never share contacts, which can spread germs.
  • If blurred vision, redness, discomfort, swelling or discharge occurs, stop using the lenses immediately and see your optometrist.


  • Ensure masks do not obstruct vision.
  • Avoid sharp or pointy objects such as swords, but if one is required, secure it to the outfit.  
  • If your child does get poked in the eye, thoroughly check for any signs of redness, decreased vision or pain. Eye injuries may be more serious than they appear.
  • If your child reports pain or blurred vision in the eye or if the eye is discolored or bloodshot, see your optometrist as soon as possible.


  • Choose products that are hypo-allergenic and make sure that any additives to face paint are approved (check the recalls list at Health Canada if you are unsure).
  • When applying makeup near or around the eye, stay away from the lid and lash line —the area where you would normally apply eyeliner.
  • Do not use blush or lip-liner to create a "red" effect, as some ingredients may not be approved for use near the eye and bacteria from the face and mouth can be transmitted to the eye.

Be Seen After Dark:

  • Use reflective tape and stickers on costumes and treat bags to increase visibility.
  • Take a flashlight or wearable LED light so you can see and been seen.

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About the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO): The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) is the national voice of optometry, dedicated to collaboratively advancing the highest standard of primary eye care through the promotion of optimal eye health and vision care.


Media contact: Catherine Heinmiller / Communications Coordinator /613-235-7924, x. 210 /

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