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


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!


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!






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.





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

 Have you ever DisneyBound before? Tell me in the comment below!


Disneyland Family Media Day – #Halloweentime

Our family in Carthay Circle at Disney's California Adventure #Halloweentime

This past weekend my family and I were fortunate enough to spend the day at the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland! We were invited to be a part of the Family Media Day event which included Park Hopper tickets for the day as well as a private reception and some very special treats (and Halloweentime tricks!)

#Halloweentime at Disneyland

Adorable costumes in the World of Disney window and the Halloweentime Welcome sign at the Mickey and Friends Tram

We started off the day at Disney’s California Adventure. While the big kids and my husband were enjoying the Radiator Springs Racers, my little guy and I visited with Lightning McQueen and Mater in Carsland.

Carsland at Disney's California Adventure

There were plenty of Photo Pass photographers around all day to hand my camera to. They captured some wonderful shots of my family enjoying our special day!

Carsland at Disney's California Adventure #Halloweentime

My kids were able to get me on California Screamin’, even though fast coasters aren’t really my “thing”. This ride is so smooth that the motion doesn’t bother me at all. You can see though that I was nervously anticipating the take-off during the ride countdown!

California Screamin' at Disney's California Adventure


After a spin on King Triton’s Carousel and Toy Story Mania, we headed over to Stage 17 for the Family Media Day reception. Wow, this event completely blew me away! The colorful room was set up so dramatically with lighting, tables, balloons and huge floral arrangements.

Family Media Day #Halloweentime at Disneyland

Family Media Day #Halloweentime at Disneyland

There were silhouette artists, spray-tattoo art and a few games for the little ones. The Master of Ceremonies was playing dance music and also hosted a hula-hooping contest and name-that-tune game.

Jack & Sally at #Halloweentime at Disneyland

There were three meet-and-greet spots with rotating characters so we were able to take photos with Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve never seen Jack or Sally in the Parks before so getting a photo with them was fantastic! Dillon wasn’t so crazy about it, though…he was clinging to me for dear life! Sally set him at ease by saying, “It’s okay, Jack only scares on Saturdays” (Ahem…it was Saturday!)

#Halloweentime at Disneyland Family Media Day event

The snacks were plentiful and delicious including Mickey pretzels with various mustards, cheesy garlic twists, candy corn cotton candy, pumpkin twists, fresh apples with caramel, apple cider, Mickey pumpkin cupcakes and popcorn. My kids were in heaven because frankly, we never buy those things! It was a special treat, for sure!

Family Media Day #Halloweentime treats at Disneyland

We received Fast Passes for specific times to ride Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as well as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Disney also gifted us a souvenir popcorn bucket in a Haunted Mansion theme and four tombstone drink coasters. We were honored to be a part of this special event and had such a wonderful time enjoying the treats, games and offerings.

#Halloweentime at Disneyland

We reluctantly dragged ourselves from the air-conditioned comfort inside the reception area and out into the blazing sun for more rides and adventures!

Over at Disneyland, Main Street USA was beautifully decorated for fall with hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins, fall leaves and candy-corn striped banners on the buildings and lamp posts.

#Halloweentime at Disneyland

#Halloweentime at Disneyland

While the big kids took advantage of the thrill rides like Star Tours and Indiana Jones Adventure my little guy took a nap (on a pillow of cotton candy…only at Disneyland!) They said they didn’t care for the Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. They thought that the “ghost” was a bit too creepy and devilish rather than spooky and ghost-like.

Napping on a pillow of cotton candy...only at Disneyland!

Unfortunately Disneyland was teeming with guests in the late afternoon so we didn’t get to ride as many things I would have liked. Plus the little one was taking a long nap. We totally missed going into Frontierland for the Halloween Carnival event! The only rides we did in Fantasyland was The Matterhorn and Mad Tea Party.

Mad Tea Party at Disneyland

Once Dillon woke up we did enjoy The Finding Nemo Subs before the parade and dinner. We staked out a great spot on Main Street for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade and the Frozen pre-parade float. On our last visit Dillon had slept through the parade so I was happy he was able to watch the entire show this time; he loved it!

Frozen pre-parade at Disneyland Resort

Mickey's Soundsational Parade at Disneyland

Dinner at The Plaza Inn with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and biscuits hit the spot. We ordered 2 platters and shared between the five of us…plenty of food to go around!

Plaza Inn chicken dinner at Disneyland

Our magical day ended with a reserved fireworks spot in the center of Main Street USA, directly in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle! In all my years I’ve never witnessed a Disneyland fireworks show from such an amazing location and this didn’t disappoint. We were all goosebumpy and teary-eyed watching this incredible show.

It was the perfect end to a perfectly Disney day!


Thank you to Disney for the invitation to this Family Media Event. We were given free Park Hopper tickets for the day as well as an invitation to the private reception. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Click the link for more information about Disney’s Halloweentime events.