School may not even have started, but it is already time to start thinking about the next big holiday – Halloween! The Disney Parks really go all out – from the decorations on Main Street U.S.A to the special parties at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, it is a great time of year to visit. If you are planning on attending either the “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” at Walt Disney World or “Mickey’s Halloween Party” at Disneyland, part of the fun is dressing up and going trick-or-treating!! And it doesn’t matter if your 3 months or 90 years old…single, a mom or dad, baby, toddler, a tween, teen, or grandparent…size extra-small or extra-extra-large, Halloween at Disney is a time to dress up and “feel” like a kid again! So let your imagination run wild…and just think – you won’t see any of the other Guests again anyway!! Now that you are getting excited, you need some costume ideas! Here are a few:
The Incredibles – you can go classic with the actual costumes, or get creative. Elastagirl could be covered in rubber bands; Violet could be all in purple or covered in flowers; or you could all wear eye masks and the letter “i” on your shirts!
Mickey Mouse Club House – With Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Clarabelle Cow, Pete, Willie the Giant, and Chip and Dale you have a lot of characters to choose from!
Peter Pan – This is great one, especially with a large family with multiple generations. You have Peter Pan and Tinkerbell of course, but then you have Wendy, John and Michael Darling, their parents George and Mary Darling, Nana, the Lost Boys, Princess Tiger Lilly and the Indians, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, the pirates, and the mermaids too.
Pirates of the Caribbean, The Avengers, and Star Wars Characters – just be careful of the no weapons rule! If you don’t want to worry about packing a costume, you can always go shopping at Tatooine Traders (for Star Wars in Hollywood Studios) or make an early appointment at The Pirate League for a complete makeover!
King, Queen, Prince and Princesses – you could go as a family of royals, like maybe the characters from Brave, or even the real British ones! Remember, if you are making an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, you should do so as soon as possible!
Other Disney Movie or TV Characters – Toy Story, The Aristocats, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Alice and Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Monsters, Inc, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Nightmare Before Christmas, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, Jessie, Hannah Montana, Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, Handy Manny…whichever is your favorite, a costume can be made representing it! Maybe do a theme from Best Picture winners, or worst Villain – there are just so many options!
EPCOT Countries – each person in your party picks their favorite country and dresses like they are from there! Lederhosen anyone?
Food – dress up like your favorite Disney treat! You could be a Dole Whip or a Mickey Ice Cream Bar!!
Sports – soccer, baseball, football, basketball, Olympic athletes, cheerleaders, track and field, or any other sport you can think of! Just put on your favorite team’s jersey/t-shirt, maybe a ball cap or Olympic Gold Medal, shorts or sweats, and sneakers and you are good to go!
Pick a decade and run with it- 50’s: Roll up your jeans, un-tuck your button down shirt, put on some penny loafers, grease back your hair and you are on your way. Double extra points for a poodle skirt! 60’s: Dig out that old tie-dyed t-shirt, put on some beads and peace sign jewelry, jeans or a long skirt and sandals and you are good to go! You could even make your own Disney Logo t-shirt or get one on etsy.com! 70’s: Bell-bottoms, wide collars and Farrah Fawcett hair! 80’s: anything neon, mini-skirts, or a “Relax” t-shirt! 90’s: one word: Grunge.
Animals – dress up like a mouse, or cat or a dog. Paint your face, put on some ears and a tail and you are good to go! In college once my girlfriends and I dressed up as the 3 Blind Mice – a mouse costume with some sunglasses and a cane was all that it took!
Other (non-Disney) Movie/TV/Book Characters – Harry Potter, Megamind, Kung Fu Panda, Wizard of Oz, Mario Brothers, Shrek, Batman, Hunger Games, and Gone with the Wind…there are just too many to mention. Again, whichever is your favorite, a costume can be made representing it! Maybe do a theme from Best Picture winners, or worst Villain – there are just so many options! I go to an Oscars Party each year where you have to dress up to represent one of the nominated films – last year I went as a Kindle with all of the books made into movies on it!
Disney has posted guidelines for those Guests choosing to dress up: Costumes should be child-friendly. Costumes should not be offensive to other guests or violent in nature. Nor should they drag on the ground or contain sharp objects that may accidentally hit another Guest. Costumes cannot contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon. Masks may be worn, but they must not block your vision, and your eyes must be visible at all times. And finally, although it surprises me that this even needs to be said, guests who dress like Disney Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests!
For your own safety, costumes should not interfere with your ability to get on and off attractions or transportation systems. Costumes should also be made of a lightweight material (it is still pretty warm in Florida and California in October, so the last thing you want is to have a heavy costume), comfortable, and easy to move around in. This goes for shoes as well – those cute “glass” slippers seem like a good idea until you have a crying little girl on your hands. Bring an extra pair of sneakers just in case! If you have ever seen the Modern Family episode where they go to Disneyland you will know what I mean! Remember, if you are flying, you also need to be able to pack your costume in a suitcase, so simple is better. The most important tip – have a fun, and happy not-so-spooky Halloween!
If you are interested in attending, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can start planning!
Originally published on September 4, 2012.