A Guide To Halloween Contact Lenses (Buying Online, Styling, & Safety Tips)


Overview | Buying Halloween contacts online | Halloween contact lens styles | Wearing eyeglasses over Halloween contacts | Are Halloween contacts safe? | FAQs | Conclusion


Halloween contact lenses are also known as decorative contacts, costume contacts, novelty contacts, and special effect contacts. People use these contacts to elevate the look of their costumes on Halloween. Actors and actresses also use these contact lenses when playing vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other similar characters in movies and television shows.

Most Halloween contact lenses are purely cosmetic (Plano), which means they won’t correct your vision. The FDA considers these types of contact lenses as medical devices just the same, so you’ll still need a valid prescription from your eye care professional (ECP) if you plan on buying a pair.

Buying Halloween contacts online

You can buy cheap Halloween contacts from e-commerce contact lens sites, brick-and-mortar stores, and even at the offices of some ECPs.

However, shopping for Halloween contact lenses online is your best option. Here are three reasons why:

1) Affordability

Online contact lens retailers offer contacts at much lower prices than brick-and-mortar stores and ECPs. If you don’t want to spend too much money on contacts you’ll only use once or twice, then buying online is the way to go.

2) Variety

Online contact lens retailers often have a bigger selection of Halloween contacts compared to brick-and-mortar stores and ECPs’ offices. If you’re looking for specific Halloween contacts that you can’t find in any store, chances are you can find them online.

3) Convenience

Why spend time and effort going from store to store when you can buy the right contact lenses from the comfort of your home. You can even get a valid prescription by taking an online vision test. You can then place your order, send a copy of the prescription to the website, and they’ll ship your contact lenses to you. Simple, right?

Halloween Contact Lens Styles

At Lens.com, you can find a wide range of Halloween contact lens styles available. You’ll have no shortage of options to choose from, whether you want to dress up as a ghoul, a demon, or your favorite movie character.

The most popular Halloween contact lens styles on Lens.com include:

  • Sclera lenses – Sclera lenses cover the entire sclera (the white portion of the eyeball), hence the name. Colored sclera lenses help add a frightening effect to any costume.

Lens.com carries only FDA-approved sclera lenses, including:

Black ScleraAkumaPredatorDuneDraculYellow Sclera
ColorBlackRedGreenOcean blueBlack with redYellow
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  • Lenses inspired by movies – Want to dress up as your favorite movie character for Halloween? Browse our selection of lenses inspired by movies to find the right one for you.

For your reference, here are some of our most popular Halloween lenses inspired by movies:

Darth MaulWerewolfWoodland OrcUnderworldPalpatineRed Wolf
ColorRed with yellowGolden yellow with blackPale yellow with blackSky blue with blackOrangeRed with yellow
Lens.com Customer Rating8/1010/108/1010/108/108/10
  • Scary lenses – Scary lenses are great for when you want to look like a terrifying creature of the night.

Choose from the following best selling scary lenses to bring your Halloween costume to life:

ColorGray with red and blackGreen with red and blackRed with blackRed with yellow and blackPurple with blackGray with black
Lens.com Customer Rating8/109/108/1010/109/1010/10

Can you wear eyeglasses over Halloween contacts?

Yes, it’s perfectly okay to wear prescription eyeglasses over Halloween contacts. Halloween contacts are Plano, which means they provide no vision correction.

Is it safe to wear Halloween contacts?

Generally speaking, Halloween contacts are safe to wear. As long as you purchase FDA-approved Halloween contacts from a legitimate retailer, you don’t have to worry about any eye issues.

However, even if Halloween contacts are purely cosmetic, they are still considered medical devices. To ensure the health and safety of your eyes, make sure to follow proper contact lens care protocols.

On that note, if you are planning to wear any kind of special effect contact lens this Halloween, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Wash your hands

Always wash and dry your hands before touching your eyes or your contact lenses. Start by wetting your hands with running water, then apply a mild soap. Rub your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. Dry your hands thoroughly with a lint-free towel or fresh paper towels.

  • Put in your contacts before applying makeup

If you’re putting on makeup as part of your Halloween costume, make sure to put in your contact lenses first. This way, you don’t risk transferring makeup residue from your hands to your contacts. Much like dirt, germs, and other debris, makeup residue can irritate your eyes and potentially cause an infection.

  • Take out your contacts before removing your makeup

Removing makeup often requires the use of a liquid makeup remover. However, applying makeup remover to your face while wearing contacts may result in the makeup remover getting onto your contacts and staining or damaging them. To avoid this, simply take out your contacts before applying makeup remover to your face.

  • Only purchase FDA-approved contacts

Halloween contacts are still considered medical devices, so make sure you’re buying only FDA-approved Halloween contacts. Buying cheap knockoff lenses may save you money initially, but they will only cause problems in the long run. To avoid any unnecessary risks, buy FDA-approved Halloween contacts from a legitimate retailer.

More Frequently Asked Questions on Halloween Contacts

  • What are scleral lenses?

Scleral lenses are novelty lenses that cover the sclera (the white part of the eye) and the pupil. They can create some truly scary effects. For instance, sclera lenses create the all-black effect of zombie eyes and the all-blue effect of the Fremen from the movie Dune.

  • How long do Halloween contacts last?

With proper care and cleaning, Halloween contacts should last one year. Just make sure you have received adequate instruction from your ECP on how to properly clean and care for your contacts.

  • What information will I need to provide so I can order Halloween or novelty contact lenses?

Whether or not you’re getting Plano (no correction) contacts, you will need a valid contact lens prescription to buy them. At Lens.com, you can either send us a copy of your prescription or provide us with your ECP’s name and contact information so we can verify your prescription.

  • How long will it take to get my novelty contacts from Lens.com?

If you choose standard delivery, you can expect your order to arrive roughly seven to nine business days from the date of order. To ensure timely delivery, we recommend placing an order early.

  • Are there Halloween contacts that correct astigmatism?

Unfortunately, Halloween contacts are not available in toric parameters. However, most people with astigmatism can still wear Halloween contacts for a short time, such as when attending a party. You can also talk to your ECP to determine which non-toric prescription will provide you with the best vision.

  • Are novelty contact lenses suitable for use while driving?

No, novelty contacts are not suitable for use while operating a motor vehicle or any machinery requiring optimal visual acuity for safety.


Costume contact lenses or novelty contact lenses are a great way to spice up your look this coming Halloween. If it’s your first time considering wearing Halloween contact lenses, just remember that you still need a valid prescription to be able to purchase them. You don’t need to worry about the health of your eyes as long as you buy FDA-approved contact lenses and practice proper contact lens care and safety.