Read on if you dare this halloween…..

You’re in for a scare

In just a couple of weeks’ time, we will be plastering on the face paint and fake blood, putting on pointy hats and cobwebbed gowns. We’ll be carving pumpkins into something scary or possibly even cute smiley faces. I am of course talking about Halloween, where for one night, people knock on complete stranger’s door and ask for food. Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31. These days it’s filled with fun and games for little ones and scary and gory nights for big kids. But Halloween wasn’t always like this.

Hallo who?

So where did Halloween come from? Halloween has roots in age-old European traditions. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints. All Saints Day soon incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before All Saints Day was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns. Around the world, as days grow shorter and nights get colder, people continue to usher in the season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Ghostly colours.

Now I’m all up for carving a pumpkin and having a spooky time. Of course, I love to do is dress up and look as spooky as possible.  This dressing up has, in the past included changing my eyes to a wacky colour. I am of course talking about coloured contact lenses. Coloured contact lenses allow us to change our eye colour and create a look that’s subtle, bold or anywhere in between. Coloured contact lenses allow us to enhance our everyday look or rock a crazy design for Halloween and other special occasions. Colour contact lenses are available in both Prescription and Non-Prescription forms. Prescription colour contact lenses correct Myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) or astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea), as well as enhancing or completely changing your eye colour. Non-Prescription coloured contact lenses can be worn purely for cosmetic purposes, to change our eye colour. These have no lens power for vision correction. However coloured contact lenses can be dangerous. It is very important to get the lenses from a registered, qualified optician. They will know what is best suited for our eyes. They will talk us through how to put them in, take them out and clean them. I’ve made the mistake of not seeing a professional for coloured contact lenses and paid the price.

A Spooky surprise for all the wrong reasons!

Now for story time, as it wouldn’t be a Xanthe blog if it didn’t have a story! I would, however, like to point out that before you read any further DO NOT repeat what I did. Please learn from my mistake! The first time I used coloured contact lenses was for Halloween, pure white spooky ones. But, I made all the wrong choices in these contact lenses. The biggest mistake was not getting them from an optician. Like an idiot, I got them from a market stall (BIG MISTAKE). Lord knows why as my Mum is an optician! Not only did the lenses only cost me £4, they also came floating in a bag.  Now some of you are thinking what did my Mum have to say about all this? Well truth be told, I didn’t tell her (ANOTHER BIG MISTAKE). So, I put in my spooky contact lenses (which took a few attempts) but finally they were in and for the first 5 minutes they looked awesome but from then on it was hell! They itched, they stung, and the caused my eyes to go red. They also made my eyes water (which made my mascara leak and everyone thought was part of the look). But when I tried to get them out they would not budge! Thankfully I was lucky enough to have two experienced and trained ladies who knew how to get them out. Thanks, Mum, Thanks, Abi.  The pain and problems lasted for weeks after, it really wasn’t worth it. So, if you don’t want an unwanted horror of a surprise, pop into Allegro Optical, at 1-3 Station Street, Meltham. It’s not far from Holmfirth or Huddersfield, and a member of the team will get you looking spectacularly spooky this Halloween.

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