A frightful visionThis Halloween, the eyes have it.Not...

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October 25, 1998|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Sun Fashion Editor

A frightful vision

This Halloween, the eyes have it.

Not ordinary peepers, but pupils and irises that look like eight balls, sunbursts, pinwheels and starry skies.

Such spooky eyeballs come courtesy of WildEyes novelty contact lenses.

The lenses, first popularized by Hollywood special-effects artists, are now available to the public in eight styles. The newest are Cat Eyes (left); and Red Hot, which, as the name suggests, are the color of blood to awaken the vampire within.

So far, they have been popular among Ravens football players, who have been seen in the eight-ball lenses. As long as they fit properly, the lenses, which are FDA approved, are safe, says Dr. Charles Fox, director of optometry at the University of Maryland Medical School. He recommends that people be fitted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

They are available in prescription and nonprescription styles, but those unaccustomed to lenses may need a break-in period. The lenses, $99, are available through area eye doctors and stores including Sterling Optical, All Eyes Optical and the University of Maryland Eye Associates.

The witching hour

On Halloween, who wouldn't welcome the chance to say: "It's half past a jack-o'-lantern."

Thanks to the latest Swatch design, you can.

This holiday timepiece has lots of ghoulish effects: glow-in-the-dark bats, moons and stars on the band; a lighted, laughing pumpkin face and a jack-o'-lantern case that turns into a lantern with battery-operated light bulb.

Available for $55 at department, jewelry and Swatch stores.

All sewn up

For parents who are talented and organized enough to sew costumes, here are some tips from the Home Sewing Association:

* Think simple. To save time and anxiety, look for patterns marked "easy to sew." Most are cut from basic shapes and mainly involve straight stitches.

* Customize. Add personal touches such as faux fur, sequins and appliques to help children feel that costumes reflect their style.

* Make it a group project. Older children may be able to help cut the pattern or sew simple shapes.

* Keep it safe. For the very young, avoid small, removable parts. Sew hems to avoid accidents, and use reflective tape on costumes and bags.

* Relax. Try to give yourself enough time so that the project doesn't have to be done in a day. Ideally, you'll be able to cut out fabric one day and sew different parts on subsequent days.

Gremlins on film

Here's a treat that lasts much longer than a Snickers bar: Through Oct. 31, Sears is offering a free 10-by-13-inch color portrait for every child (age 13 and younger) who comes to the portrait studio in a Halloween costume and accompanied by an adult. For children who forget to dress up, there will be costumes to borrow for the photo.

Sears recommends parents of the very young bring some necessities for last-minute touch-ups, including a hairbrush, damp washcloth, pacifier and snack.

For parents doing the photographing at home, Sears pros recommend using solid backgrounds to best show off costumes and a few props - such as pumpkins and trick-or-treat bags - to personalize your portrait.

Pub Date: 10/25/98

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