The season for gruesome tales, ghoulish apparitions, cackling witches - and above all, pumpkin spice lattes - has officially begun. Although this year, Halloween celebrations will undoubtedly be very different, and most likely take place online and in the comfort of your own home, one thing's for sure: you can still look the part. Coloured contacts are a great way to elevate your costume, especially for video call parties - where the top half of your outfit is what matters most. But, before you go splashing out on any eerie eyewear, it's essential to double-check that your new appearance won't result in any risks or potentially pose a problem for your peepers.
Have no fear - we've compiled a guide of tips to step up your spooky style and stay super-safe (and at home) while doing it. Plus, our Coloured Contact Lens site covers everything from the best brands to advice for first-time wearers.
Spooky & safe
First, let's get the most important bit of housekeeping out of the way: there's nothing scarier than dodgy coloured contact lenses you can buy online. It might seem that having snake-patterned eyes is integral to your costume impact, but how does that feeling compare to the damage they can do to your eyes? Right, our thoughts exactly.
You need lenses that are made from materials that guarantee optimal levels of hydration and let enough oxygen through to your eyes. Two things you need to keep in mind when buying Halloween coloured contacts are: go for trusted brands (like FreshLook and Air Optix) and only buy from reputable retailers. We don't mean to brag, but we're the UK's top choice for contact lenses, with thousands of happy customers the world over, so we've got that box ticked.
See our range of super-safe coloured contact lenses here.
5 easy Halloween costume ideas with coloured contacts
Now that's done, we can resume our scheduled spooktacular service: easy Halloween costume ideas that will look striking on your video calls and use quality, safe coloured contact lenses to up the unearthly vibes. We turned to popular film characters for inspiration, and have just the safe coloured contacts you need to take on their iconic look. From top Halloween movies to timeless classics and action heroes: these Halloween costume ideas are simple and impactful - so you can focus on conjuring up cocktails and summoning snacks while partaking in Zoom quizzes, FaceTime festivities and socially-distanced soirées.
1. Pennywise The Clown, IT (2019)
A regular visitor in our nightmares for the past 30 years, Pennywise The Clown is a demon, who takes form in a clown's body and is full of sadistic tricks and brutal powers (the scariest string of words ever?). He's known for his bright hazel, almost-yellow eyes that come naturally with the demonic DNA, but you can achieve it with FreshLook Colours in Hazel.
You'll also need: makeup/face paint in white, grey and red, sharp finger gloves or stick-on nails, and as your video call guests probably won't see your whole outfit, just add a white collar, or ruffled shirt - easy-peasy.
2. Aquaman, Aquaman (2018)
Imagine being the leader of a secret underwater kingdom who gets to save the world (and look amazing doing it?). Aquaman is a classic DC superhero, but he had an ultra-cool revamp for the 2018 hit action film that's given him pecs, scales, cool hair and creepy ice-white eyes. Add a supernatural dimension to your aquatic look with FreshLook Colourblends in Stirling Grey.
You'll also need: a tight-fitting, yellow long sleeve shirt you can draw scales on (the daredevils out there could just draw scales on their chests and arms), green gloves, a long wig (or healthy beach waves, if you've got them naturally) and a gold trident. If you're going all out with the bare chest - you can keep your tracksuit bottoms on to stay somewhat cosy, as nobody will spot them on screen, and we won't tell!
3. Maleficent, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Maleficent has not had it easy: betrayed by her one true love who cut off her wings to be made king, she lives a revenge-filled life in a magical forest realm. No wonder she keeps putting curses on everybody! Her look is severe and undeniably eerie, but also stylish and alluring. One thing sticks out from her overly black wardrobe: her chilling, captivating bright green eyes. Transform into a powerful fairy with FreshLook Colourblends in Gemstone Green.
You'll also need: her signature horns (we love Susy Sai's Maleficent headpiece tutorial using newspapers), red lipstick, contoured cheekbones, a tight-fitting black top - and depending on the timeline you choose and how comfy you want to be on the couch, black wings.
4. Jareth The Goblin King, Labyrinth (1986)
Every entry on this list is about using coloured contacts as a way of adding a supernatural dimension to a look - but David Bowie's hypnotic dual coloured eyes were natural. In Labyrinth, the iconic musical fantasy film, Bowie played Jareth The Goblin King, the powerful ruler of an otherworldly maze realm. He is a master of disguise, using magical crystals to form orbs and create realistic illusions. Get David Bowie's legendary eye look with Air Optix Colours in Brilliant Blue and Grey.
You'll also need: a silver teased, 70's layered wig, ruffled white shirt, black leather gloves, and a round crystal orb, for all your illusions - hold the grey tights and knee-high boots this year though.
5. Chucky Doll, Child's Play Franchise (1988 to 2019)
An indestructible murderer doll that terrorises everyone crossing its path - how much deeper into the spirit of Halloween can you get? With a death toll of over 50 across 7 films (bound to increase with the upcoming remake), Chucky has wreaked undeniable havoc over the past 40 years. The scariest thing about this small reanimated toy is his superpowers, stemming from his bright blue eyes. Turn into the demented living doll with FreshLook Colours in Sapphire Blue.
You'll also need: denim dungarees, a striped long sleeve top, a dark red wig, brown or red lip pencil for the gruesome scars on his face and plastic knife - your feet won't be on screen, so you can leave out the red trainers.
Try FreshLook Colourblends
Enhance your eye colour with ease using FreshLook Colourblends contact lenses, created in 12 natural shades. Available for cosmetic or prescription purposes, these ultra-comfy monthly lenses are super-safe and hygienic, providing crystal-clear vision for up to 30 days. A soft and flexible design guarantees a secure fit and a high-water content means that your eyes will feel hydrated, while you enjoy your fresh, new look.
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The ultimate Halloween playlist
If you're struggling to muster up the Halloween mood from your lounge or bedroom, pop on a bewitching Halloween party playlist.
What better way to set the scene than with our top 50 most hair-raising, spellbinding Halloween hits by Rihanna, Drake, Katy Perry, Talking Heads, Little Mix, Stormzy and so much more.
When it comes to your kitchen dancefloor (no judging from us), there's only one rule: if you've got it, haunt it!