How to Select a Blindfold

Two Parts:Determining What You NeedChoosing and Using Your Blindfold

Add some excitement to your contest or surprise event by blindfolding an adventuresome contestant or prize recipient. With a well-chosen blindfold you can surprise your contestants and honorees by hiding your setup, what your presenters or other contestants are doing and the prizes and awards you will be presenting. Start with step 1 for some guidance for selecting the right blindfold for the occasion.

Part 1
Determining What You Need

  1. 1
    Consider what type of program/activity you are doing. If the program is, for example, a birthday program/activity you may wish to use a blindfold which says "Happy Birthday." You may wish to find a bandana or cloth which conveys the birthday message or decorate a commercially available blindfold.
  2. 2
    Figure out what age group you will be blindfolding. Adult size blindfolds will simply slide off of children, and children's blindfolds will not fit adults comfortably.
  3. 3
    Understand how effective the blindfold needs to be for your contest. Is it OK if the contestants can see a little through the blindfold or under the blindfold?
  4. 4
    Decide how quickly you need to be able to apply and remove the blindfold. If you are performing on stage with a large audience, quick application and removal is important. If you are at a small party, this may not be critical.
  5. 5
    Consider whether look and/or comfort of the blindfold are important to you.
  6. 6
    Determine how much money you want to spend on each blindfold. While there are extremely high priced ones, you should be able to find what you need on eBay for less than $2.00, and sometimes for less than $1.00 (with free shipping).
  7. 7
    Determine when you need the blindfolds. If you need them very soon, you will need to purchase them at a local store. If you don't need them for a month or more, you might purchase them on eBay from China and save some money.

Part 2
Choosing and Using Your Blindfold

  1. 1
    Compare the features you would like to have with the data presented in the chart to determine what style blindfold you would like to have.
  2. 2
    Shop online or at a local store to find the blindfold you would like to purchase.
  3. 3
    Practice putting it on. Be able to blindfold someone quickly, without getting hair caught in the blindfold.
    • Be sure that you are applying the blindfold so that contestant cannot peek through the area between the bottom of the blindfold and their cheeks. Seeing a small amount of light may be unavoidable and OK. More may not be.
  4. 4
    Use your blindfold at your event. Be sure the blindfolds are easy for you to find. Be sure to select the right blindfold for each contestant.
    • Wash or sanitize hands before touching each blindfold and/or contestant.


  • There may not be a perfect blindfold. Just pick what works best, using the attached chart for guidance.
  • Purchase a few extra blindfolds so you can practice applying them and test them before your event.
  • Give the blindfolds to the contestants as a souvenir of their participating in the program.
  • If you are using a bandana or other relatively thin cloth as a blindfold, be sure to line it with aluminum foil before folding it into a 2 or 3 inch strip. Otherwise, it is usually possible to see through the blindfold.
  • Practice applying the blindfold so that the contestant will not be able to see more than a small amount of light (if anything) under the blindfold.
  • If using a blindfold with just a thin elastic, in most cases it will be possible for your contestant to see through the blindfold, so you may wish to avoid this type of blindfold.
  • If you plan to purchase online, have a backup plan in case the blindfolds do not arrive.
  • Your audience may be more attentive (or people just passing by may chose to stay for your program) when you are working with blindfolded contestants.


  • If blindfolding someone for an activity or a game, there cannot be any hazards around, the contestant must feel comfortable with the people they are with, the contestant (and parents, if minor) must agree to being blindfolded, and the blindfolded contestant must be carefully supervised and treated with respect.
  • Use a new (or freshly washed and wrapped) blindfold with each contestant, and wash hands when handling the blindfolds to prevent the possibility of spreading eye infections.

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