Disney Halloween costumes Archives

October 31, 2015

Planning ahead can mean big savings on Disney costumes


This weekend, parents everywhere have Halloween costumes on their minds. I know I certainly do. And now that one of my children has outgrown dressing up, I find myself feeling a little nostalgic for the days when my now 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter wanted to look like Disney Channel stars, Disney Princesses, Disney pirates and assorted variations of Mickey Mouse when they went out trick-or-treating.

Because our family has a tradition of going to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in September, my children have long had to commit to their costumes earlier than many kids. And that led me to shopping for costumes year-round, especially when they were young enough that they didn’t change their minds as easily about what was “in” for that year. Also, knowing that my children would wear their costumes not just to the Halloween party but also on regular visits to the Magic Kingdom drove me to find costumes that would endure more than one night out.


Over the years, my family has purchased many children’s costumes from the Disney Store (located nationally in shopping malls) and Walt Disney World. We have found both places to have high-quality products and every conceivable related accessory; for those years, it was relatively easy to find everything we needed with one-stop shopping. The drawback was, of course, that such convenience and gorgeous designs came at a hefty price tag.

But with a little planning, it is possible to save some money on the fancy princess ball gowns and official Mickey Mouse costumes. Although you may be focused on Halloween plans for this year, now is also the time to think about next year! That’s because most costumes and accessories for kids already are half off at Not all sizes still are available, but it might be worth your time to peruse the selection.

When our children were little, one of my friends and I would wait at different local Disney Stores before they opened on Nov. 1 because that’s when the costumes used to be marked down to 50 percent of the retail price. Although we both found good deals over the years, perhaps the best was when we found adult Minnie Mouse costumes for ourselves for $20 apiece! (Baby and adult costumes are not yet on sale; check back on Nov. 1.)

Even if you’re hesitant to buy Halloween costumes this far in advance, you might consider the costumes for other purposes, such as Christmas gifts. Young children love to role play year-round – not just in October.


October 27, 2015

Last-minute ideas for Disney Halloween celebrations


It’s less than a week until Halloween! If you’re like me and you’re wondering where the month of October went, don’t worry! We have some last-minute, time-saving ideas from Disney to get you and your family ready for the big night.


Who said costumes have to be elaborate or store-bought? Disney Family shows readers how to make a Stitch costume in no time:


“Put on some Elvis records and get down to crafting to create a Stitch costume headband that is truly out of this world. (Directions and template can be found here.) Complete the look with all blue everything, a lei, and, if you’re feeling wild (as Stitch so often is), some blinged-out sunglasses.”

Prep time: 25 minutes


Star Wars costumes are especially popular this year because of the new movie, The Force Awakens, coming out in December. If you didn’t pick one up in time, here are two easy ideas for creating Jedi knight costumes for boys and girls. Disney Family offers at-home printable templates to make a quick and inexpensive Star Wars lightsaber.

Prep time: 20 minutes

When my children were little and they wanted to dress up for Star War Weekends at Hollywood Studios, I came up with a no-sew option. I purchased one cut of fleece – white for my daughter and brown for my son – that was double each child’s height. Then, I folded it in half and cut an opening in the top for the child’s head. Once on the child, I secured the fleece with funky ribbon or cording to tie around the waist. On my daughter, we styled Princess Leia buns.

Another easy alternative if you can’t find a pre-packaged Star Wars costume but don’t mind spending some money is to purchase a lightsaber toy and a solid brown or white bathrobe for the padawan costume.

Pumpkin-carving tips

Lon Smart, a creative concept artist for Disney Parks, is responsible for many of the themed jack-o’-lanterns guests see on Main Street, U.S.A., during the Halloween season. He recently spoke with Jennifer Finkley-Baker on the Disney Parks Blog and offered these tips for carving pumpkins at home:

** Draw the face with a dry erase marker. It’s easy to wipe off if you make mistakes!
** Parents should use real kitchen knives rather than the kits sold in stores because they are sturdier.
** Instead of sawing with the knife, “chug” it across for more control. Make sure you position the knife away from your body for safety.
** Undercut your shapes of your design because it’s easier to take away than to add.
** Don’t use real candles to light your pumpkin. Tea lights, glow sticks and even flashing bicycle lights are safer alternatives.

See Lon’s video and find templates of pumpkin faces featured at the Magic Kingdom here.


Disney Family also offers print-at-home templates of beloved Disney characters for pumpkin carving here.

Haunting music

Finally, want to set the mood for trick-or-treaters or a Halloween party? Oh My Disney has created the ultimate Disney Halloween playlist on Spotify that is available for you to save to your library. It includes playful tunes, spooky villain songs and everything in between:

“They Don’t Scare Me” by Mickey Mouse
“This Is Halloween” by The Citizens of Halloween
“Jack’s Lament” by The All-American Rejects
“Grim Grinning Ghosts” by Ghosts
“Oogie Boogie’s Song” by Ken Page and Ed Ivory
“Monster Mash” by Goofy
“Poor Unfortunate Souls” by Pat Carroll
“I Put a Spell on You” by Freak on a Leash
“999 Happy Haunts” by The Happy Haunts
“You’re Only Second Rate” by Jonathan Freeman
“Friends on the Other Side” by Keith David
“I want to Scare Myself” by Tigger
“Be Prepared” by Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings



October 25, 2014

Last-minute Halloween ideas for Disney costumes, pumpkins & treats


Has Halloween snuck up on you? Never fear, Disney Family website has plenty of spooky and sweet ideas for last-minute costumes, carving pumpkins, treats and crafts. Here are a few of my favorites from this year's crop of ideas.

Pumpkin Carving


Frozen's Olaf

Create your own jack-o'-lantern inspired by the lovable snowman from Disney's Frozen. The great thing about this version of Olaf? He won't melt.

First, download the template here.

1. There are two ways to transfer your design onto the pumpkin. One is to copy it freehand onto a clean, dry pumpkin with a water-based marker. (Mistakes can be easily corrected with a paper towel.) The other is to tape your template to the pumpkin, then score the design into the skin by poking holes through the template with a nail or plastic poking tool (available in some pumpkin-carving kits).

2. Carve by starting at the center of your design and working outward. (This avoids putting pressure on areas already carved.) Begin with the innermost and smallest details. As each shape loosens up, gently push it out of the pumpkin with a finger or a dull pencil point (a good job for young kids).

3. Use 2 more pumpkins (1 slightly smaller than his head and 1 slightly larger) to create Olaf's body. Cut 1 circle in the middle pumpkin and 2 circles in the bottom pumpkin (these are his buttons). Cut the tops off of the 2 pumpkins that make up his body so the pumpkins sit carefully inside one another.

4. Use 3 small tree sticks and put them on top of his head. Use 2 small tree sticks to create arms (put 1 on each side of the middle pumpkin).

5. Carefully stack all of the pumpkins in order and make sure he's in a safe place where he can't topple over!


Or, how about this template of Maleficint's Dragon's head? Download the template here and follow the same first steps.



Malificent Horns

Speaking of Malificent, she calls herself the "Mistress of All Evil," and indeed she is a force to be reckoned with. Clothed in a dark robe and a distinctive horned headdress, this green-skinned fairy can cast any number of evil spells as well as shape shift into a monstrous dragon. With this spiky poster board headband and a little face paint, so too can your trick-or-treater perform a stunning transformation - into Maleficent herself.

1. Download the template here and print it out. Place the sheet with the horn base atop a plain sheet of paper. Then cut out the horn, going through both layers of paper so that you end up with a pair of matching shapes.

2. Glue the two cutouts together.

3. Then use the full piece as a pattern for cutting the same shape out of neon yellow or green poster board.

4. Next, use the sectioned horn template to cut out two of each section from black cardstock.

5. Starting in the center of the poster board base and working your way to the tips, glue the sections in place atop each horn, spacing them slightly apart as shown. Brush a coat of glue sealer on both sides of the completed horns. Then, if your child opts for a sparkly effect, she can embellish them with glitter glue.

6. Next, make a headband by cutting a long 1½-inch-wide strip from poster board. Glue the horns to the center of the strip. Then overlap the ends of the headband and secure them with glue dots or staples to form a circle that fits around your child's head.


The Hitchhiking Ghosts

Don't have a costume for the party? The Hitchhiking Ghosts are happy to let you use their faces for a small fee, and as always, the haunting's free.

1. Download the templates for all three here.

2. Print out the masks on regular paper or cardstock and cut them out. Use a craft knife to cut along the dashed line around the nose and the two eye holes. Do not allow children to use the craft knife.

3. Punch holes on sides of head where indicated and thread string or ribbon through the holes to hold the mask in place.



Jack Skellington Bento Box

1. Jack Skellington Sandwich: Cut both slices of bread into a circular shape (Jack's face isn't a perfect circle). Fill sandwich with favorite ingredients, the above sandwich is peppered turkey and cheddar.

2. To make Jack's features, cut two larger ovals from two spinach leaves. Set aside.

3. Using a smaller oval cutter, cut the edge of one of the spinach leaves. Flip the cutter and re-cut the same piece of spinach to make an almond shaped nostril. Repeat for the second nostril.

4. For Jack's smile, use kitchen shears to cut a smile shape from the edge of a spinach leaf.

5. To assemble, dip toothpick in cream cheese and use very small dots to adhere Jack's features to the bread.

6. Using kitchen shears again, cut small sections of spinach leaves to finish Jack's mouth. Dot with cream cheese and press in place.

7. Zero Boiled Egg: Slice egg in half lengthwise, save the other half to put in the bento box underneath Zero.

8. Using oval fondant cutter, cut two eyes for Zero. Attach to the egg, using cream cheese if necessary.

9. Slice end off of one carrot, then slice a single circle for Zero's nose. Attach with a dab of cream cheese.

10. Slice/shave two strips from the sides of a carrot to make Zero's ears. A thinner carrot works better for this. Cut a small point at one end.

11. Using the tip of a knife, pierce the side of the egg enough to insert one ear, then repeat on the other side.


Little Yummy Jar of Souls

Poor unfortunate souls have no chance against Ursula, the spell casting, soul gathering sea witch. You and your Halloween party guests don't need to take your chances in order to create your own (sweet) field of souls. Delight your guests with a personal jar filled with poor unfortunate gummy souls in seawater (colored gelatin). No spell casting required!

1. Wash, rinse and dry a small Mason jar. Tip: Straight-sided, wide-mouthed jelly jars work best, because they're the easiest to fill and the easiest for the kids to empty.

2. Open boxes of green or blue gelatin dessert powder - or a mixture of both - and shake them into a heatproof mixing bowl or large measuring cup. A standard-size package of gelatin makes 2 cups of wobbly dessert, enough to fill two 1-cup jars or four ½-cup jars, so determine how many jars you'll need ahead of time and purchase as many boxes as you need.

3. Pour 1 cup of boiling water for every box of gelatin into the bowl and stir it until the powder dissolves completely. Add an equal quantity of cold water and stir again. If you're in a hurry, use 2 cups of ice in place of each cup of cold water. When the gel begins to thicken, after 5 or 6 minutes, remove any unmelted ice.

4. Fill each jar about 2/3 full with the gelatin and place it in a rectangular cake pan or other baking pan. When the jars are all filled, the pan makes it easier to transfer them to your fridge. You'll have gelatin left over, at this stage. Set it aside in a warm place, because you need it later.

5. Refrigerate the jars of gelatin for roughly 20 minutes, until the dessert begins to set but is still quite soft. If you used the ice-cube technique, cut that time in half.

6. Cut the gummy worms into varying lengths with a knife or clean scissors while the gelatin begins to set. This is optional, but gives the worms - for lack of a better term - a more "lifelike" appearance. The movie's poor unfortunate souls moved around and reacted to Ursula's threatening song, and the gummies look more real at varying heights in the jar.

7. Remove the pan of Mason jars from your refrigerator, and slide several gummy "souls" into each jar. The gelatin should be thick enough to hold them upright, but not set enough to make it difficult for you to slide them in.

8. Soften your leftover gelatin by melting it in your microwave or over a pot of boiling water. Divide it evenly between the jars to make a smooth, even surface and conceal any fingermarks.

9. Return the jars to your refrigerator until they set completely. Keep them cold until party time.

10. Let guests know just what kind of treat this is with a custom label for each Mason lid. Trace the tops of your lids on purple or blue construction paper and write "Poor Unfortunate Souls" on each circle with a marker or silver paint pen. Cut out the labels and tape one to the top of each lid.

11. Offer each guest their very own themed utensil to gobble up those yummy 'souls.' Cut out a simple tag made of construction or Kraft paper, with the words 'Dinglehopper' written in silver paint pen, and tape it to a spork or fork. Make sure you make enough for every jar. Write the name of each guest on the back of the label so it becomes a favor at the end of the party.


October 11, 2014

Where to find most popular Disney Halloween costumes


It should come as no surprise to anyone who has a little girl in his or her life that costumes from the Disney animated blockbuster movie "Frozen" are among the most popular this year for Halloween, according to Yahoo search results reported by Disney Consumer Products.

Although this is the first Halloween since the movie's theatrical release, costumes for dress-up were in very short supply during the winter holiday season last year. The demand was so high that many parents were willing to pay double the retail price on sites such as eBay or wait in large crowds when new shipments were expected at Disney Stores nationwide.

A year later, the Disney marketing machine seemingly has caught up, and Anna and Elsa gowns and accessories can more easily be found at Walt Disney World, Disney Stores and other national retailers. The popularity of all things "Frozen," however, does not seem to be thawing.


At Walt Disney World, guests can find Elsa's traditional ice blue gown and Anna's royal blue winter gown and red cape at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post at Hollywood Studios. The same gown for Elsa and Anna's green-and-gold coronation gown can be found at Sir Mickey's in the Magic Kingdom. That location also carries the royal wigs, crowns and other coordinating accessories. An assortment of Anna and Elsa merchandise also can be found in the gift shop at the Norway pavilion at Epcot and at World of Disney at Downtown Disney.

The stock at the resort is being replenished regularly, so check back if you don't find your child's size right away. I was able to find the coronation dress for my daughter after stopping back at Sir Mickey's several times. Another option is to call the mail order line at 877-560-6477. Items purchased this way can take up to 3 weeks to arrive, so this may be better if you are searching for the gown for a Christmas present rather than a Halloween costume.

One bonus about the costumes sold at Walt Disney World is that they typically have a larger range of sizes, extending to a youth extra large. Typically, that XL is a size 14-16.


Costume sales at Disney Stores peak during the first week of October, Disney Consumer Products reports, so most related items are now on sale -- up to 40 percent off. "Frozen" items are not among those on sale at the, but there still is a great selection available in almost every size. Choose from regular and deluxe gowns for both Anna and Elsa.


Both the online store and physical shops also carry an Olaf costume for kids. Although it is temporarily sold out, it is expected to be replenished next week, a spokeswoman told me.

Disney Store locations nationwide will be hosting a fun "Dress Rehearsal" event next weekend for kids to dress up in their Disney costumes, participate in a parade around the store, play games, crafts and more. The event takes place from 5 o 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct.18. The minimum age to participate is 3. There also is a similar party for children of Disney Visa card members at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at Florida Mall. This exclusive event requires an RSVP to obtain a pass, and card members must show their cards to enter the store before it opens.

Among other fun costume facts:

** The most popular costume in Disney Store history is Cinderella.
** Sofia the First was the top-selling costume at Disney Store last year.
** More than 2.1 million kids will dress up as Super Heroes this year.
** Spider-Man has been in the Top 5 for costume choices for the last 10 years, according to the National Retail Federation.
** In years with Star Wars theatrical releases, up to 10 million lightsabers have been sold in a single year.
** $350 million will be spent on costumes for pets.
** The first Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse costumes were introduced in 1932.
** 162 million Americans are expected to celebrate Halloween this year.


September 18, 2012

Tips for families attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


My family has attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party every year for almost a decade, and although we have tweaked our touring plan for the evening as changes to the party come and go, it essentially remains the same. Here, I offer our tried-and-true strategies for maximizing fun for young kids during this year's five-hour party.


To begin, know that kids and adults alike will dress up in costumes for the party, so get planning! These can be as elaborate or simple as you like, but remember that because this is a family night, gory costumes and the like are not welcome. However, ingenuity is on display. We have seen so many clever Disney-themed costumes over the years -- from a Dole Whip to FASTPasses to entire families dressing as characters from a single movie. Our most attention-getting costume was one worn by our son who went as Ghost Mickey one year.


For the last two years, my own children have enjoyed having an afternoon makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirate's League. That means we have had a couple of princess and pirate costumes, which never go out of style at Disney World! Both salons stay open later than usual on Halloween party days to accommodate extra guests. The BBB was running pretty close to on-time this year, but we waited more than 30 minutes past our appointment time at The Pirate's League. Because of this, I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time in between reservations for either place and/or restaurants. And be sure to make reservations early because they tend to fill up quickly on party days.


That brings me to my next tip: Even though the party doesn't start until 7 p.m., the folks at the Magic Kingdom typically will allow you to enter before the actual party starts, usually between 4 and 4:30 p.m. You are not guaranteed early entry, but I have not heard of anyone being turned away during the last several years. If you already are in the park with a day pass, you can go to the front gate between 4 and 7 p.m. to show your tickets and get a wristband, which is required for the party. Cast members in party attire also will be stationed in several locations in the park, and you can visit them for wristbands as well.


We always go early, which gives us time to take a family picture in the Halloween photo spot on Main Street, U.S.A. and have dinner so we don't waste precious party time. One thing to be aware of, though, is that some restaurants close early on party days. And by that, I mean they close even before the 7 p.m. witching hour rolls around. We were surprised to find Columbia Harbor House closed at 5:15 p.m. last Friday. Be sure to take a look at Jack's blog for a list of which restaurants will open during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

This year, one of the new party offerings is a Halloween card for the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card game that debuted earlier this year. Even if you don't plan to play the game during the party -- and we didn't -- it's worth getting the special card since that's the only time it is offered. We saw folks lining up outside the Main Street fire station as early as 6:30 p.m. We got in what appeared to be a rather long line about 6:45 p.m., but it moved quickly, and we had our cards within 15 minutes. Cast members designated a separate line for guests who just wanted to pick up the card and not start a new game and that certainly helped. Know that you will need to have your Halloween Party admission tickets, which will be punched, to claim SotMK Halloween cards.


After that, the party was in full swing, and we headed off to visit the must-see characters and trick-or-treat. Many parents of little kids choose to see the first Mickey's Boo To You! Parade at 8:15 p.m., but it is jam-packed every year. Guests stake out their places more than an hour ahead of time. I certainly understand that little ones might not be awake for the 10:30 p.m. parade, and this is one that's not to be missed. For our family, however, it's more important to get out into the park.


We hit the treat trails -- one between Storybook Circus and Tomorrowland and the other near Splash Mountain -- so the kids can gather a bunch of candy quickly. There also are individual treat stations throughout the park. Cast members are generous when they put handfuls of candy in each bag, and, for those who have asked, there is plenty of chocolate and other yummy treats in those barrels. The thrill of actually trick-or-treating in the Magic Kingdom is one that doesn't lose its appeal in our house.


Once the candy stash has been established, we usually stop for any special character photos my children have requested. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are wearing their Halloween costumes in the Town Square Theater. This year, Duffy the Disney Bear has moved from his photo spot adjacent to City Hall and can be found at the Liberty Belle boarding area in Frontierland. In his place, Phineas and Ferb are greeting guests at the prime location in Town Square. Captain Jack Sparrow is in Adventureland, and the Seven Dwarfs are near Splash Mountain. The Disney Villains will pose with guests after each Mix & Mingle dance show on the Castle Forecourt Stage.

We also usually take time to ride a few attractions because there is just about no wait. How can you resist a five-minute wait for Space Mountain and walking right on to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at night, even if you have been on both coasters more times than you can count? My daughter likes to visit the dance parties, as well, in Tomorrowland and Frontierland.


Then, our goal is to be back on Main Street, U.S.A. by 9:30 p.m. for the special Happy HalloWishes fireworks, followed by the Villians Mix & Mingle and then the second parade. When all that wraps up, we usually join the crowds and head out about 11 p.m. This year, though, my 8-year-old and 10-year-old got a second wind so we stayed until the bitter end, hitting a few more rides and candy spots.

A little bit of planning and strategy before you attend the Halloween festivity will go a long way toward helping you and your family enjoy all the party offers. Now isn't that not so scary?

Please share your tips in the comments.

August 28, 2012

First look: 2012 Halloween costumes and merchandise at Disney World


Parents everywhere just finished shopping for clothes and supplies associated with a new school year, and already the store shelves are starting to show signs of the next retail opportunity -- um, holiday -- Halloween.

Is it too soon to start planning Halloween costumes and parties?

Maybe for some parents, but if you're someone who enjoys sewing it's understandable that you need to start now on your handmade creations. And if you have more than one costume to whip up, you certainly need the extra time. Or, perhaps, you need to spread out the cost of multiple costumes, so starting the shopping early helps with the budget.

And then there are those of us who just love the excitement of the holiday and aren't bothered by the extended retail season. I really dislike seeing Christmas merchandise before Halloween, but I don't mind the orange and black before there's even a hint of coolness in the air. Strange, huh?

Recently, we noticed some of the first kids' Halloween costumes have made their way into stores on Disney World property. The resort regularly stocks Disney princess dresses, including that of the newest addition to the royal family, Merida from Disney-Pixar's Brave. (To read more about where to find Merida gowns for girls of all ages, please see my previous blog post.)

Pirate costumes for both boys and girls also are a staple, and the widest selection can be found in the gift shop adjacent to A Pirate's League and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Magic Kingdom. There are two boys' outfits -- Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner -- and one generic Disney pink pirate costume for girls, as well as many T-shirts and accessories to create your own look.


At Disney's Hollywood Studios, we recently saw a kids' furry Perry the Platypus costume that was adorable. With this costume, only your child's face would escape the blue and orange of Agent P.



Also at the Studios, we spotted the new 2012 Halloween Minnie Mouse costume, and Mickey's girl is taking on a more traditional look. For the last few years, Minnie's costume sold at Disney Parks was orange and purple. This year, it is orange and black polka dots with green trim and a Minnie Mouse cameo on the neckline. Although the coordinating hat wasn't in the store we visited, it is already online at



So far, we spied two new designs on Walt Disney World treat sacks for this year. The iconic glow-in-the-dark pumpkin Mickey bucket wasn't yet available, but it, too, is already online at


New this year: a green Haunted Mansion Mickey Mouse lantern and orange door hanger. And, of course, the Halloween Mickey and Minnie plush have been updated with their new costumes.


You can bet Disney World retail locations will have more choices for Halloween costumes as the holiday approaches. Be sure to let us know if you've seen something new for 2012's Fright Night.

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