Halloween can be a fun time of year, but can also be quite scary in a less fun way if you have low vision. Here are our best tips for surviving the Halloween celebrations - and even getting to enjoy it:
Halloween Tips If You Have Low Vision
With candles and pumpkins on doorsteps it's important to make sure your costume is safe.
- Ensure that your costume is not flammable. Following the media attention from Claudia Winkleman's daughter's costume catching fire, Halloween costumes are tested to a higher degree than the British Standard. The additional testing includes ensuring that the maximum allowed rate of spread of flame is 10mm per second (as opposed to 30mm per second in BS EN 71-2, the British standard).
- Avoid wigs with long hair or over-sized hats that can block your vision more. These can lead to falls - as well as masks which block your peripheralvision.
- Opt for make up or fake paint instead of masks - that way you can join in with the realism without affecting your line of vision. Make sure you test face paints of a bit of skin beforehand so you don't have an allergic reaction.
- Avoid elaborate fake eyelashes which can hinder your line of vision
- Ensure that footwear is sturdy and fits well - plastic princess shoes or monster feet may look fun, but they may lead to falls in the dark where you are less secure
- If costumes are too long or difficult, opt for a Halloween T-shirt that doesn't compromise your safety or comfort
- Avoid props with sharp edges such as swords as freak accidents may occur if you trip
- Avoid costumes with lasers - children have been known to blind each other while playing with them!
- Don't use novelty Halloween lenses that are not prescribed as this can lead to vision loss in some cases
Using Your Cane As Part of Your Costume
If you have a cane you may wish to incorporate it into your costume. Here are some ideas of what you can do:
- A fairy's wand - add a star or some glitter!
- A lightsaber - may the force be with you!
- Go to the dark side - a Devil's trident
- The Three Blind Mice - time to get out the mice ears!
- 'Blind as a bat' - if you love a pun, this is the costume for you
- Willy Wonka - he always has a great cane and you get to eat chocolate...win win!
- A ringmaster - your friends could be circus animals and acts. You could go full 'The Greatest Showman'!
- A magician - what tricks can you conjure up?
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Trick or Treating
Trick or treating can be great fun, but it can be a hazard if there are lots of lit pumpkins, decorations and bad lighting around. Here are our top trick or treating tips!
- Wear reflective or bright clothing - having light up trainers are great for adding contrast while walking in the dark
- Take a torch with you with a bright LED light so you can see - unusual obstacles may be in your way, as well as children darting around the street in the dark
- Go in a group - that way, other people can also help you to avoid hazards and keep you safe
- Be sure to check the sweet haul carefully when you get home - making sure that no packages have been opened and that are sweets or chocolate or sealed. Don't eat any sweets until you are home and can properly assess them. Alternatively, take a folded magnifying glass with a LED light - available here!
- Practice mapping the route during the daytime so that the route is more familiar in the dark
- Only knock at houses that have halloween decorations or pumpkins, as those without may not want to be disturbed or may find knocks at the door frightening
- Avoid routes that lead you down dark alleyways, through dark parks or over uneven terrain
We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!
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