Disney Halloween Tricks, Treats and Costumes

Round-up of Disney Halloween costumes, treats and decorations.

’tis the season to start your Halloween planning, if you haven’t already! I love to participate in local festivities and like to have our family costumes ready and the house decorated when October rolls around (or earlier, if that’s your thing!). I’m more of a “decorate for Autumn in general” kind of person and have fewer specifically Halloween decorations, but some of these are just so fun! And of course there are always so many fun Pinterest-type of treats to make for the family. I’ve collected some of my favorite Disney Halloween tricks, treats and costumes to share with you here.

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It’s a Nightmare

Jack and Sally have taken over the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and you can get in the spirit in your house too! Check out these Nightmare Before Christmas and Haunted Mansion themed items that add just the right amount of scare to your lair. I love the cool details on that baseball tee (and I wish it came in women’s sizes!)

from left to right (all from Disney Store) : Haunted Mansion ApronJack Skellington Plush Pillow, Haunted Mansion Table Setting

Jack Skellington Bangle by Alex and AniHaunted Mansion Dress, Hatbox Ghost Baseball Tee

Jack Skellington cookies have to be the easiest because you only need to two colors of royal icing and they go together so quickly! I made these cookies for a bake sale and they were the first to sell out.

Round-up of Disney Halloween costumes, treats and decorations.

Spooky Little Touches

I like to make my seasonal decor subtle, almost like a Hidden Mickey. These Halloween dishtowels just speak to me…I mean we all need dishtowels, right? Why not make them seasonally fun!
From left to right (Amazon affiliate links)Disney Parks Mickey Minnie Mouse Pumpkin Halloween Kitchen Dish Towels, Disney Parks Mickey Mouse Halloween Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Votive Ceramic Candle Holder, Disney Villains Candy Bowl

 

This pumpkin spice cupcake is available at Disneyland and could be replicated at home.

Round-up of Disney Halloween costumes, treats and decorations.

All Things Star Wars

Star Wars Halloween costumes have been popular since I was a kid and there’s no stopping them now, with the release of the new films.

From left to right (Disney Store & Amazon affiliate links)Rey Costume, Star Wars Darth Vader Trick-or-Treat Pail, Kylo Ren Lightsaber

 

Check out these cool Star Wars-inspired pumpkins I found on Pinterest from DIY Candy!

The New Trends

From Moana to Finding Dory to Tsum Tsums, here are three costumes that are perfectly on-trend! And the goggles on the Dory costume…love!!

From left to Right (Disney Store affiliate)Maui Costume, Dory, Minnie Tsum Tsum

If a pumpkin could ever be adorable, these are it! Tsum Tsum pumpkins from Disney Rewards.

For the Kids

I like the bodysuit costumes for baby that allow for dress up that’s still comfortable & diaper convenient. And cool accessories for older kids that want to participate but might not want to dress in full costume.

From left to right (Disney Store & Amazon affiliate links) – Belle Baby Bodysuit Costume, Stitch Mitts Plush Gloves, Disney Mickey and Minnie Halloween Tee, Disney’s Mickey Mouse Wizard Hat

 

Which of these Halloween Disney items are on your list this year? Share in the comments!

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Best Times of the Year to Visit Disneyland (and Why)

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One of the big questions when it comes to planning a Disneyland vacation is WHEN should we go? You not only have to figure out a perfect date between work and school schedules but you want to take weather, holidays and special events into consideration as well! So many things to consider before you visit Disneyland.

Here is my guide to the seasons, with tips on the best times of year to visit Disneyland!

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When Will We Be Able to Avoid Crowds?

The parks will be packed anytime that kids are out of school, which would be all holidays and breaks. This would include weekends, summer, Christmas vacation, Thanksgiving weekend, Spring Break, Labor Day, President’s Day, and Memorial Day.

There are also random days through the year when you will find it’s busier than normal like Bats Day in early May and Gay Days in late September. I’ve personally been during both of these times and the park is much more crowded than it would be usually during this time of year.

There is also an assumption that Superbowl Sunday is a good time to go but really, I’ve been twice on Superbowl Sunday and it’s just as crowded as any other weekend (probably more so, because everyone else had the same great idea that the park wouldn’t be busy!).

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Dates to Avoid if You Don’t Like Crowds

  • Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
  • Superbowl Sunday
  • President’s Day weekend
  • Spring Break for the local schools
  • Easter weekend
  • Bats Day (aka Goth Day)
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • 4th of July weekend
  • Labor Day weekend
  • Gay Days Disneyland (traditionally late September/early October)
  • Columbus Day weekend
  • Veteran’s Day weekend
  • Thanksgiving break for schools
  • Holiday/Winter break for schools, including Christmas and New Years

For more details on what dates to avoid, check out this post for 2017.

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What Does More Crowded Mean?

  • It means waiting…lots and lots of waiting.
  • It means standing in line for 60+ minutes for a ride that you might be able to walk on without ANY line during a non-peak time of year.
  • It means waiting in line for the bathroom.
  • It means waiting in long lines for food.
  • It means that you might be standing to eat once you finally do get your food because there aren’t any tables or chairs left.
  • It means not being able to see the sidewalk in front of you in congested areas of the park.
  • It means being shoulder to shoulder at certain times.
  • It means if you want to watch a parade or attraction you’re going to have to get there very early if you want a seat or even standing room to watch it.

I’ve been during those times and it’s a miserable feeling to stand in line and wait for everything, especially with children.

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Ideal Disneyland conditions…free and clear!

Plan an Off-Peak Vacation

If you hate to wait (and really, who doesn’t?), consider going to the park during off-peak times. The most optimal days of the week to visit the park are in the middle: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Obviously Saturday and Sunday will be the busiest days of the week but Monday and Friday (especially Friday evenings when locals get off work) may be heavy as well.

Planning your Disneyland vacation takes preparation, especially if you’re a newbie. A good research book helps and I highly recommend these for everyone!

The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2017 and Birnbaum’s 2017 Disneyland Resort: The Official Guide
   

I’ve found these are good times to visit:

The first weeks in January – though you might experience some rain & cold weather.

Twice we went during the early part of the year and did experience some heavy rain. Navigating through the park, pushing a stroller and carrying an umbrella (which conveniently turned itself inside-out mid-gust!) wasn’t the easiest thing to do and we stuck to inside amusements like the show in the Golden Horseshoe and the Enchanted Tiki Room.

I wouldn’t recommend that first-timers visit this time of year at the risk of having your entire vacation rained out. (See the next section for more information about weather).

Then again, you might not have any rain at all and have a very warm visit, as we did on one very hot January visit!

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Late April to Mid-May– just after Spring Break is over and before kids are out for summer. Springtime at Disneyland and the flowers are in bloom. You might have a few light spring showers.

September – just after Labor Day but before Gay Days (late September). You’ll have to take the kids out of school but weather is warm and lines are short. It’s a great time to go if you like to take breaks at the pool for swimming.

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Mid-October through November – ending before Thanksgiving. And the park is all dressed up for fall, it’s just beautiful!

The weather is still usually warm (and sometimes VERY hot). Consider avoiding days on which Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place because the parks will be more crowded. If you choose to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party, don’t use a Park ticket that day because you’ll be able to access the Parks early with your special event hard ticket.

If you’re going to have the kids dress in costume, keep the warm weather in mind!

Late-November through first two weeks of December – the few weeks just after Thanksgiving.

Fortunately my son’s birthday falls during this time and I’ve taken him there a few times. The park is decorated for the winter holidays, there are special activities, shows and parades and the crowds are still thin enough.

Keep in mind that Disneyland often schedules revamps and maintenance during slow seasons or off-peak times. You can find that information on the Disneyland Daily Calendar Park hours might also be shorter, so check the calendar for the days you’ll be in the park.

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When Will the Weather Be the Best?

Fortunately, Disneyland is in Southern California and weather is generally pretty nice year-round. There are times of the year however when you can expect it to be quite hot (July through September). And there are times when it might rain (December through March). There are times when it will be very overcast and cloudy for most of the day (usually May and June). But an overcast day never hurt anyone and you’ll be at Disneyland, so who cares about a little May-Gray or June-Gloom?!

And the rest of the year is usually in the mid-70s so you’ll be comfy in shorts!

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Cold Weather

If you are going during cold weather, dress in layers. Don’t be shy about bringing that hat and those gloves. Wear socks and not flip-flops!

I had the pleasure of sitting on the cold concrete one icy winter day to watch a parade at the Park…brrr!! It was at that time I thought about how nice a blanket would have been to sit on!

If the weather warms up and you find yourself overdressed, you can always stuff everything into a rented locker and fetch it later if you need it again (you get in/out privileges for the day). Pack a poncho if rain is in the forecast as it’s much easier than dealing with an umbrella.

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Warm Weather

I would recommend similar advice for warm weather as well, layers are best. Evenings can still be cool in the summer, so bringing a light jacket or sweatshirt will be necessary or risk having to buy one at a premium price at the park when you get chilly! Believe me, I have many souvenir jackets from the park because of this very reason.

And it’s always smart to bring an extra set of clothes and socks anyway because you never know when you might get wet (or soaked!)

So what is your favorite time of year to visit Disneyland? Share your reasons in the comments!

 

 

Quick Halloween Decor with a Not-so-Scary Disney-Twist

My family and I have always decorated for Halloween, it was one of my dad’s favorite things! He made tombstones that resembled those in the Haunted Mansion graveyard and placed them in the yard. A few eerily hung cheesecloth drapes and some dry ice fog really set the tone and kids would come from all over to see our lawn. I live on a busy street now and I don’t like to put out Halloween decorations that might be taken, so decorating inside is ideal. Here are some fun Halloween decorations that are easy and budget-friendly too.

Disney Family has some creative ideas (some with help from HP Printers) to craft entire party arrangements for Halloween. There are over a dozen ideas to make at home to set a The Nightmare Before Christmas themed gathering!

Image from Disney Family.com

 

What other quick and easy Halloween decor ideas are out there for you to make? With the help of Etsy, Disney Store, Amazon and a few of my favorite online sites, I’ve conjured up some fun ideas for you to make at home (some of these are affiliate links).


Carve a Disney-themed pumpkin

Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage (from Let’s Go Fly a Kite) or Carved Mickey (from Disney Family)

  

Or paint your pumpkin instead…

Painted Mickey from Sugar Bean Bakers, Elsa’s Frozen pumpkin from A Pumpkin & a Princess and Monster Mike pumpkin from Brent Moore on Flikr

    


Quick table decor

Using a store-bought black fabric table runner and silver fabric paint, these hand-carved Halloween stamps from Kindred Stamps set the stage for your party. Jack SkellingtonGhost Mickey or Haunted Mansion Wallpaper Design (images from Kindred Stamps)

  

Frame this Haunted Mansion poster from Vivid Editions and set it at the table. I have this one myself (the hitchhiking ghosts make me smile).

Image from Vivid Editions.com

Dinner served on Haunted Mansion plates will give everyone hot and cold running chills while soup sipped from this Jack Skellington mug will warm you up (both from the Disney Store).

Any flickering candlelight will do, but the eerie glow from a gargoyle candelabra will add just the right amount of Halloween to your table setting (this one is from Master Gracey Inc on Amazon). Top them with these Eerie Halloween Drip Candles also from Amazon for the perfect effect.

               


Treats and Tricks for Kids

Conjure Oogie Boogie with this glow-in-the-dark slime (from a Pumpkin & a Princess). Kids love playing with this stuff (and it might get their mind off the plethora of candy in their treat bag!)

Who wouldn’t love to bite down on a gold doubloon, ala Pirates of the Caribbean! Use gold food safe spray to decorate OREOs. Stack them up at a pirate-themed table setting.

Get out your crayons and have kiddos (and adults!) decorate these coloring pages from I Am a Mommy Nerd. Hang them up around the house for cute and creative Halloween decor.


 Hope you have a Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Costume on a Budget – Sorcerer Mickey Mouse

Halloween Costume on a Budget - Sorcerer Mickey Mouse

Isn’t this Sorcerer Mickey Mouse costume Fantasmic!, err…fantastic?! And it’s budget-friendly and fairly easy to make as well. It’s all about the sorcerer hat, naturally. The rest of the costume is extremely easy to pull together last minute.

My son was Mickey Mouse last year (see the quick and easy DIY Mickey costume tutorial). He’s been telling us all for months that he wanted to be Mickey again this year too. I showed him the animated short, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and he was excited to switch things up a bit costume-wise and be Sorcerer Mickey this year.

Halloween Costume on a Budget - Sorcerer Mickey Mouse


SORCERER’S HAT

Working from top to bottom, Yen Sid’s sorcerer hat is the winning part of this costume. I will give you several different options for creating this piece and you can choose, depending upon your skill level and craftiness.

These are the things you’ll need for the sorcerer’s hat-

1. Cut two pieces of blue cotton from the cone hat pattern. Cut one piece of buckram from the same pattern. Sandwich the buckram in between the two blue cotton pieces and baste around the edge to hold all three pieces together.

2. There are several ways to make the mouse ears. I cut mine out of stiff black felt (just simple circles with a tab on one side to attach to the hat). Curve the hat around your child’s head to see where the placement should be for the ears and mark it with disappearing ink. I sewed the tab on to the hat (facing the back of the hat) but you could hot glue as well.

Halloween Costume on a Budget - Sorcerer Mickey Mouse

3. To create the stars and moons on the hat there are two options:

Option A – Free hand draw these designs onto Heat n’ Bond. Iron the shapes onto white cotton fabric. Cut out on the lines and iron directly onto one of the blue cotton pieces of the hat. Take care not to place the pieces too close to the edge where the hat will be seamed together.

Option B – Draw the designs onto a piece of pattern to create a pattern. Using the patterns, cut out the shapes with felt and then hot glue onto the blue cotton. Take care not to place the pieces too close to the edge where the hat will be seamed together.

4. Curve the cone into a conical hat shape. At this point you have several options for seaming together.

Option A- I turned my hat inside out and machine sewed down the seam, then carefully turned right side out.

Option B- You could also overlap the hat seam and use heavy-duty staples to  seam it shut. You could then cover the seam with a hot-glued strip of blue ribbon.

5. For the padded hat band, measure the child’s head circumference where the hat will be worn. Add about 10 inches to this measurement as the band will tighten once the stuffing is added. It’s also easier to cut the band down in size than to add another piece of fabric.

6. Cut a piece of blue cotton 6″ high X the head circumference, plus 10″. Fold the cotton in half (so it’s now 3″ high), right sides together and sew the long end of the fabric, creating a tube. Do NOT turn the piece right side out, you will be stuffing this tube while it’s inside out.

7. Place a safety pin about an inch in from one side, closing off the tube. Stuff the tube with Poly-fill through the opposite end, using a dowel or chopstick to lightly push the stuffing down. You want the tube lightly padded but not bursting at the seams.

8. When the tube is padded, compare this hat band to the bottom of the cone hat. You may need to remove some of the fill and trim some of the tube fabric if the tube is too long. Once you have the tube an appropriate size to fit the hat, sew the tube ends together making a circle.

9. Placing right sides together, pin the hem of the tube to the outside of the cone hat and baste. Then using a sewing machine zipper foot, sew the hat band tube closely inside the basting line to secure the band to the hat. Trim excess and roll band down. Ta-da!! Your sorcerer’s hat is complete!


ROBE & BELT 

For the rest of the costume. I’d had all intentions of making an authentic red Mickey tunic that matched the costume he wears but when it came down to cutting it out, I found I didn’t have enough red cotton. I dug through my drawer and found this red tee shirt which fits my son nicely and doesn’t drag on the ground or cover his hands (I had to turn the tee inside out because it had a logo on it). I paired the tee with black leggings and brown sandals, though any brown shoes would work.

Halloween Costume on a Budget - Sorcerer Mickey Mouse

For the belt, you could choose to purchase a bit of brown rope to knot at the waist. I had brown cotton that I sewed in a strip long enough to wrap around and knot.

And that’s it, a fairly quickly put together Halloween costume. I was able to create the hat in a few hours time and the rest of the outfit was thrown together very fast. And all pieces are very budget-friendly. The hat fabrics didn’t cost me more than a few dollars!


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Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Yellow Loop. Today we are sharing Halloween craft ideas.


Do you love having custom boutique clothing for you and your kids when you visit the Disney Parks? Me too! I’ve been creating and selling appliqued tees for years in my Etsy shop, The Painted Butterfly Studio. However, I know not everyone has the time or inclination to perfect satin stitching or proper technique for seamless applique. I came up with a technique for applique that anyone with a sewing machine can accomplish!

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

Supplies needed:

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

1. Take your coloring page or design and flip the page over. Outline the bold details with a Sharpie marker. This is the side that you will trace on.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

2. Place a piece of fusible bond (bumpy side down) onto your design and trace out each individual shape using a Sharpie marker (ball point pens or pencils will smudge or smear off onto your iron, so a Sharpie is best).

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

You’ll have a piece for the pumpkin, the stem, the leaf and the individual pieces of the jack-o’ lantern face.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

3. Cut around each piece of fusible bond but NOT on the Sharpie line (see image above on left). Iron them (bumpy side down) onto the appropriate color of fabric.

  • One orange pumpkin shape
  • One lime green leaf
  • One brown stem
  • One black jack-o’ lantern smile, one nose and two eyes.

4. Cut out each piece on the Sharpie line.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

5. Lay your shirt down and iron out any wrinkles in the design area. Starting with the orange pumpkin and brown pumpkin stem,  peel off the fusible bond backings and place down onto the tee. Tuck the brown stem slightly underneath the orange pumpkin. Make sure the design is centered and straight. Do not iron yet!!

Lay your coloring page down (the original side, not the one that you traced) on top of your design to make sure the pieces line up before pressing with the iron. I flip the page back and forth quickly so I can compare the design and make sure I have pieces in the correct position. Use a smooth pressure to apply the pieces to your tee shirt with the iron on a “cotton” setting.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

6. Moving on to the leaf, use the same technique, comparing the coloring page to the fabric design before ironing in place.

7. Repeat with jack-o’ lantern pieces, matching the correct position by comparing to the coloring page before ironing in place.

8. Once you have all your pieces securely ironed on, cut a piece of stabilizer slightly larger than the size of your design.

Carefully turn your shirt inside out and follow the package instructions to secure to the inside of the shirt (some stabilizers must be pinned on; I use one that can be ironed on and easily removed).

Turn the shirt right side out. Do not skip this step of using stabilizer! Stabilizer holds the design straight while you sew to avoid warping, puckering or rippling.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

9. Thread your sewing machine bobbin with the same color of thread as your t-shirt. You will start by sewing the pieces on top, the black jack-o’lantern face. When appliqueing, always sew the smaller pieces on top first to avoid puckering. Thread the machine with black thread and set the machine for a tight straight stitch.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

10. Carefully sew each jack-o’ lantern piece close to the outside edge. Change thread colors and complete by sewing the green leaf and brown stem.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

11. Taking your disappearing ink pen and comparing to your original coloring page, draw any detail lines for the pumpkin directly onto your fabric design.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

12. Using orange thread, sew around the outside of the pumpkin first, then sew up and down the design to add the details. Make sure to back stitch before and at the end of each strand to secure stitches.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

13. When all sewing is complete, spritz the design lightly with water to remove the disappearing ink lines. You may have to repeat this process several times. Do not iron until the ink lines are gone to avoid setting them permanently.

14. Turn shirt inside out and remove all pieces of stabilizer. Turn shirt right side out.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

14. When disappearing ink lines are gone, press the design with iron to sink and tighten the stitches. Your shirt is ready to wear!


Straight stitch applique advice:

It is important to stick with cotton or knit fabrics only when straight stitch appliqueing. Because the edges of the applique pieces are not covered, there is a chance that the edges of your cotton fabric may fray or curl slightly after a wash and dry. As long as you’ve properly stitched the pieces securely, slight fraying or curling should be fine and create a fun look to your design.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

Pumpkin shirt with satin stitch applique

Taking applique to the next level:

Once your practiced straight stitch applique, try using a satin stitch (aka: a very close together zig-zag) around the edges of your applique pieces to secure them. This will create a more smooth and polished look. You’ll be able to add more detail and the look will last a long time. Cover the stitches inside (because they will be thicker and potentially more itchy to the wearer) with a soft fusible Poly-mesh backing.

Prefer to buy? I’ve got you covered because this design (with name personalization) and others are sold in my Etsy shop 🙂

For more Halloween craft ideas,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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Halloween Time at Disneyland is Almost Upon Us!

Have you visited Disneyland during the fall season? Stop over at the Traveling Mom’s website and read my newest article, 8 Reasons Why Halloween Time at Disneyland is a Treat!

Halloween Time at Disneyland is Almost Upon Us!

 

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland – A Halloween Spooktacular

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland - A Halloween Spooktacular

Every Halloweentime at Disneyland, Guests are able to celebrate the season in a unique and only-slightly-spooky way. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special event that allows Guests of all ages to dress up in their Halloween finest, to trick-or-treat throughout the Park as well as enjoy rides and attractions.

Mickey’s Halloween Party is a separate ticketed event, so that means on the day of the parties, Guests are required to purchase an event ticket that allows them to stay inside the Park and participate in the event. This ticket includes admission to Disneyland up to three hours before the start of the party, free parking and access to all Party activities. I confess that my family and I have never had the chance to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Though we’ve visited the Parks during Halloweentime (including last year during a Family Media Day), we’d love to someday be able to dress in costume and attend this ticketed event, it sounds spooktacular!

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland - A Halloween Spooktacular

We met Jack & Sally at Family Media Day during Halloweentime

Photo stations set up through the Park allow guests to take pictures with their favorite characters, who are also dressed up in their Halloween costumes! There are trick-or-treat stations set up throughout the Park with candy and healthy treats. Bags are provided to all Guests to carry your load and everyone (even mom & dad) are able to partake. I’ve heard from past Guests that there is always a big haul by the end of the night. Too much candy? A dance party will get everyone moving!

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland - A Halloween Spooktacular

Elsa, Vanellope, Mickey and a Ninja…three out of four were Disney-inspired!

Special Halloweentime treats and eats are available throughout the season. Last year I indulged in this amazingly delicious pumpkin spice cupcake. See the edible sparkles?!

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland - A Halloween Spooktacular

Disneyland’s newest parade, Paint the Night, is a delight for all and the evening will close with the amazing Halloween Screams fireworks show. Nearly all rides and attractions will be available throughout this special event, including Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland - A Halloween Spooktacular

The Haunted Mansion, done over Nightmare Before Christmas-style.

Get your costumes ready for the big night! Keep in mind that though everyone can dress up, there are guidelines on the Disneyland website on what is and isn’t allowed. Be creative and consider dressing as a team. Choose a favorite Disney movie and have each person in your party represent a character. Since even grown-ups can wear costumes to this event, it gives you a chance to think outside the box and just have fun with it! If you’ll be riding on attractions, consider how you’ll get in and out of the seats. The rule for comfortable shoes still stands too. Nobody wants to be hobbling to the car with blisters at the end of the evening!

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland - A Halloween Spooktacular

Consider sewing your own costume or Disney-Bound with items from your own closet. I was able to whip up my son’s Mickey costume easily and my daughter’s Vanellope costume was culled from items purchased online (see links for costume tutorials).

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland - A Halloween Spooktacular

This is an event that sells out every year so get your tickets early. Mickey’s Halloween Party starts Sept 25th, 2015 and ends at the stroke of midnight on Halloween night, October 31st.

Check out this post about the 8 Reasons Why Halloween Time at Disneyland is a Treat for additional fall fun at the Parks.


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Halloween on a Budget – #DisneyBound Vanellope Von Schweetz

DIY Vanellope von Schweetz costume - Wreck it Ralph - #Disneybound

Since last Halloween, my stepdaughter Alonna has known she wanted to be Vanellope Von Schweetz from the Disney movie Wreck it Ralph. Being the creative and frugal gal I am, I knew that we could create something for Alonna with pieces that she’ll be able to wear again. It’s called Disney Bound, using store-bought clothing and accessories in a creative way to resemble your favorite Disney character!

Here’s how we acheived the Vanellope look (on a budget, no less!) – 

 

Vanellope profile

The cool thing about Disney-bounding is that the look doesn’t have to be “exact”. You are aiming for similar but it doesn’t have to be a perfect match. There was no finding Vanellope’s exact tights. See how the stripes go at an angle on one leg and have a red stripe on the other? We got close enough with these tights in “scout green” from We Love Colors ($8.50). Alonna will be able to rewear these at Christmas.

Vanellope wears a brown peanut butter cup wrapper as a skirt. I did a quick search on ThredUp (affiliate link) for a brown skirt. I found this $79.00 brand new Jacadi skirt (tag was still attached) for only $11.99 and she’ll be able to rewear it all year.

The mint hoodie is the perfect shade!! I scored it at Hanes ($8.99). I handsewed on the red ribbons and after Halloween, I’ll remove them and she can wear the sweatshirt all winter.

I wanted Alonna to wear a tee underneath the sweatshirt in case the weather was too warm. I scored this glittery tee ($6.49) from Old Navy that is PERFECT! Fans of Wreck it Ralph will know that Sugar Rush is the name of the video game that Vanellope comes from!

The “sweet” stuff in her hair was fun! Alonna had made some clay candy pieces which I glued along with fuzzy pom-poms and buttons onto silver snap clips ($2.50). I spread a little glitter glue over the silver clips for added sparkle and carefully snapped them into her hair along with some tiny colorful claw clips. I found some sparkly bobby pins at Target to add into the mix too ($3.50). Instead of a red licorice whip for a hair tie like Vanellope, we went with a red bow that Alonna already owned.

DIY Vanellope von Schweetz costume - Wreck it Ralph - #Disneybound

The overall effect is fun and whimsical. Best of all, Alonna loved her costume and was very comfortable. I’m glad that these are all things she’ll be able to wear again, too!

DIY Vanellope von Schweetz costume - Wreck it Ralph - #Disneybound

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Halloween on a Budget – Quick and Easy Mickey Mouse Costume

Quick & Easy DIY Mickey Mouse costume

Mickey Mouse Costume

Isn’t my little mouse adorable?! He has been talking about how he’s going to be Mickey Mouse for Halloween for the last six months!

The best part, this costume was so easy and so inexpensive. Even if you only have a few days this is a super quick and easy costume that you can put together on the cheap. This is how I put it together.

I made a hood with padded mouse ears though if you have souvenir mouse ears hat from the park, that would be perfect. I had some leftover velvety stretch knit to make the hood. I did not use “Velcro” but instead just sewed the chin closed since I used such stretchy knit. I didn’t even hem or finish the fabric around the face or at the neck because the fabric I used does not fray or unravel…yes!

basic hood

For the ears, I cut four circles about 5″ in diameter with a notch on the bottom, like a balloon shape.

I sewed two circles together, leaving the notch open. I stuffed the ears with polyfill and pinned shut.

After sizing the hood on him and marking where the ears should go, I cut a small slit in the hood to insert the notch. I pinched the slit shut, pinned and sewed a seam across to close the opening. Voila: Mouse ears!

Quick & Easy DIY Mickey Mouse costume

Yes, Mickey traditionally wears yellow shoes and I probably would have bought him a pair of sweet yellow Converse if they made them in his size! Since Dillon lost his Croc at Disneyland last month and his other shoes are all getting tight, I went practical and found these new white tennies on ThredUp for less than $8! (affiliate link).

Paired with a simple long sleeved black tee are the red shorts. I could have bought red shorts but I already owned the red cotton and they were easy enough to make. A pair of oversized white buttons (cost: 79 cents each) sewn at the waist make him Mickey!

We opted out of gloves because I didn’t expect that he’d keep them on. Also he’ll be wearing black leggings on Halloween night (it was a bit warm for them at Sea World). As you can see, he loves his Mickey costume and wasn’t bothered at all by the hood. He loves to shake his head and let the padded ears flop back and forth.

Quick & Easy DIY Mickey Mouse costume

Let me know if you give the Mickey costume DIY a try! I’d love to see your photos. 

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Favorite Food Friday – Disneyland #Halloweentime Pumpkin Spice Cupcake

At the Disneyland Family Media Day reception, we were offered these lovely cupcakes. My sweet tooth has never been one to turn down a cupcake so I had to have one!

#Halloweentime Disneyland Pumpkin Spice Cupcake

The Pumpkin Spice Cupcake was decorated like a pumpkin with tendril vines, a chocolate stem and a magical sprinkling of edible sparkle. Topped with thin chocolate discs, the cupcake was magically Mickey (but I didn’t get to eat either of the “ears” as my toddler got to them first!)

It was a hearty cupcake with a moist dense cake and a light not-too-sweet whipped topping. The sparkles sent me over the edge; this was certainly a decadent and delightful dessert!

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