Crazy contact lens styles for Halloween
First, colored contact lenses were offered in the 1980s to allow people with brown eyes to have blue or green eyes (although the first generation products gave people's eyes an eery, unnatural glow).
Now, contact lenses are available in artistic styles that are probably best saved for Halloween. Want to look like a cat, a ghoul, a zombie, or a devil? Contact lenses like those below will make you look feline, evil or just plain dead.
Be careful where you buy them: some of these things are available at flea markets and convenience stores, where their quality isn't assured. Please read the FDA warning.
Who makes Halloween contact lenses?
If you're worried that your only option for decorative contact lenses at your local convenience store, don't worry. CIBAVision, which offers the largest selection of colored contact lens styles, offers WildEyes.It offers safe, creative options that should fit your Halloween look. (Note that CooperVision, the second-largest manufacturer of contact lenses in the world, used to offer Crazy Lenses, but this product line has been discontinued)
While Wild Eyes lenses offers styles such as:
There are other companies that also offer decorative lenses, many on the Internet, but be sure to do some research before buying. Don't be afraid to contact the company with questions about safety.
Some of the styles available from WildEyes
How much do costume lenses cost?
Decorative lenses can typically be bought for $40 per pair for more mass-produced styles, up to $80 or more per pair for limited editions. Be sure to shop around online to see which stores have the style you want in stock, and that can ship them relatively quickly.
More expensive are one-of-a-kind custom-made lenses, and scleral costume lenses, which cover not only your pupil and iris, but the entire visible area of your eye (which allows you to look like an insect).
How to use your crazy lenses
First, buy multipurpose lens solution (no particular variety is necessary--whatever's used for regular contact lenses is fine). You'll also need a contact lens storage case if you want to keep your lenses after "the big day". Finally, a pair of plastic (not metal!) tweezers helps to handle the contact lens.
Here's how you apply your contact lenses:
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
- Gently pull the contact lens from the bottle with the plastic tweezers, and place it on your fingertip.
- Rinse the contact lens gently with the contact lens solution
- Gently place the contact lens on your eye.
If you are not used to wearing contact lenses, you might feel some discomfort and the sensation that something, like an eyelash, is in your eye. Try to resist the urge to rub your eyes, since the contact lens can fold, fall out, or drift below the eyelids.
vanessa goodrich on December 28, 2013:
i need to find out how to order your contacts,i love the halloween contacts which are styles of wild eyes, they are different, and awsome, goota get me some.
OneRadiance on November 09, 2010:
I love cats eyes lenses .... they are purr-fect 4 me
pitztalferien on June 16, 2010:
Indeed, these ones are crazy!
dark iris on July 05, 2009:
Theatrical lenses can really add a great touch to any halloween costume
cjcarter on June 30, 2009:
I have thought about getting a pair of these for a long time for halloween!
Wolf on March 12, 2009:
i so love the red
Lizett from The Great Northwest on February 26, 2009:
This hub rocks! I love the cat eyes the best. I have dark brown eyes and I did the color contacts thing (turquoise) for about a year, but it is too high maintenance. It would be fun doing one of those above for parties or halloween.
libby on January 05, 2009:
there jus so fkin expensiv! i got sum blu 1's that cost £15 but i ay payin £40!!!!!
Kristine on October 26, 2008:
do u guys know where i could buy halloween contact lenses like these???
sam on June 18, 2008:
how much do they cost
djsartin from Missouri Ozarks on October 13, 2007:
Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on October 25, 2006:
ha ha Drax! Yes, you can definitely wear them after Halloween if you want people to know how the previous night was for you!
des donnelly from Co Tyrone.... on October 24, 2006:
Livelonger this is fascinating and the eyes are reminiscent of Monday mornings after a long night... classy looking hub !
vic on October 24, 2006:
These are incredible. I am especially baffled over the knock-out style!
Jimmy the jock from Scotland on October 24, 2006:
i loved the glow from the originals they made the eyes stand out....jimmy