One of my favorite parts of Halloween is carving a pumpkin – how about you? This year, I’m excited to share that tradition with my son, who has been fascinated with pumpkin patches over the past few weeks.
When it comes to designing the perfect “Disney” pumpkin, you can sure find a lot of inspiration at a Disney theme park – this year there are nearly 200 jack-o’-lanterns lining Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park alone!
For inspiration on your own pumpkin designs this year, check out the gallery above, as well as these previous blog posts that give insight into how jack-o’-lanterns are designed at Disney Parks.
- In Tom Smith’s previous post, David Hartmann, an art director with Walt Disney Entertainment, shared tips on creating out-of-the box designs for jack-o’-lanterns.
- Download a Disney character template you can use to create your own pumpkin in this previous post by Erin Glover.
- If you’re daring enough, try pumpkin sculpting this year instead of carving. See how it’s done in Valerie Sukovaty’s post from Disneyland Resort.
Did you know that there are 300 jack-o’-lanterns decorating Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, and there are no two alike? The biggest one, of course, is the 16-foot Mickey Mouse Pumpkin at “Pumpkin Point.”
I liked this next photo because of how the balloons are lit up; and the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin stands out so well.
After a day of fun-filled attractions, great food and of course, that special souvenir, there is the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin giving every guest a great big wink – as if he was saying, “Thanks for coming by and Happy Halloween!”
With Halloween only a few days away, I’m still deciding how I want to dress up this year. I already dressed up as a space cowboy during the Disney Parks Blog meet up in September (that event was filled with some wonderful costume ideas). But I’m considering some other options including my awesome “TRON: Legacy” costume that I would wear everyday if I could. Here are a few costume ideas for showing off your Disney Side during Halloween at Disney Parks.
The image above features a Sheriff Woody zip-up sweatshirt that would be perfect with a cowboy hat, jeans and boots. The Buzz Lightyear t-shirt could be paired with Buzz Lightyear gloves that we also carry at Disney Parks.
I snapped a candid image around our offices of the new hooded sweatshirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I would add some Mickey Mouse gloves and yellow slippers for a simple nod to these classic Disney characters.
We have a variety of Disney Princess costumes, which are a perfect addition to an ultimate makeover experience for guests ages 3-12 at the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney Marketplace or in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, or at the Disneyland Resort.
We also have two new costumes (with matching accessories) inspired by Anna and Elsa from the upcoming Disney animated feature “Frozen”. I can’t wait for this film!
While we do not carry adult-sized costumes at Disney Parks, the softlines team updated two popular costume t-shirts from last year featuring Minnie Mouse and Snow White.
Other new costume t-shirts include one inspired by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Finally, I liked the new Star Wars-inspired costume t-shirts featuring a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (the latter would look great with a new Mouse ear helmet).
Have you made it out to our splendiferously spooky edition of the Mad T Party this year? We stirred in a bit of Halloween spice to make it even more devilishly delicious! Have a look:
This particular brand of fantabulous freakishness fades into the night after this weekend, so don’t be late! If you can’t make it, though, fret not. The Rabbit Hole will soon open again for some holiday celebratiousness and a bit of snowfall, just in time for T!
For more on Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, click the links below:
We’ve been celebrating the fall season all month at Disney Parks with Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Looking for some costume inspiration? Look no further than some of the guests recently spotted by our style squad.
LEFT: You’ll look super… (oh, you know the rest!)… dressed as everyone’s favorite nanny. A smart blue dress, carpet bag, proper hat and brawly (umbrella) bring the whole look together. It’s practically perfect in every way.
RIGHT: This dress is super cute for a day in the park and a dream for Halloween. Inspired by Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, you could amp up the character quotient and top it off with a bright red wig.
LEFT: If it looks like a duck and dresses like a duck, it must be none other than Donald. This sweet rendition of a Disney classic left us quacking for joy. The yellow sneakers and sailor top are precious.
RIGHT: Mickey is always a favorite inspiration for guests, but we especially like this mod interpretation done with color blocking. The yellow leg warmers are a clever touch.
LEFT: These friends on Main Street at Disneyland park inspired us to never want to grow up! We love their take on the characters from “Peter Pan.” Group costumes are a great way to extend Halloween fun.
RIGHT: A platypus on a secret mission is the inspiration for this look from Phineas and Ferb. We love the turquoise and white dress paired with the bowler hat. Though it will be hard to maintain your cover with a look this spot on.
This week’s “Finish that Tombstone” showcases a classic that can be found at Magic Kingdom Park. The wording starts with “Good Old Fred…”
Can you tell us the remainder of the inscription, which has been blurred out here?
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Last month, we announced the debut of Pumpkin King Jack Skellington and his love, Sally, at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. In honor of his appearance, we’re offering Disney Parks Blog readers the chance to win a Jack Skellington Popcorn Vinylmation.
Here’s how it works: Between 10:00 a.m. (ET), October 23, 2013, and 10:00 a.m. (ET), October 25, 2013, we’ll be sharing a #NotSoScary RT-to-Win tweet on our @WaltDisneyWorld account. When you see it, simply tweet or retweet the entire message along with “#Sweepsentry,” and you will be entered for a chance to be one of 30 people who will win one Jack Skellington Popcorn Vinylmation. For your entry to be valid, you must follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter.
We just launched our first tweet at @WaltDisneyWorld. We’ll notify potential winners after 10 a.m. on October 25. Here’s a link to the sweepstakes rules. Please read them before you enter.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside the U.S. and where prohibited. Open only to persons, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S. or D.C. and who have reached the age of majority in their primary state of residence. Sweepstakes starts 10:00 AM (ET) on 10/23/13; ends 10:00 AM (ET) on 10/25/13. Click here for Official Rules.
Hanging up bat decorations for Halloween is great holiday fun but at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we also want to keep real bats hanging around. Bats play a critical role in nature, helping to control pests and pollinate countless plants, including delicious fruits like bananas and mangoes.
On Halloween, we’re celebrating Bat Day with special activities at Rafiki’s Planet Watch where guests will discover that bats are cool, not creepy. Guests can enter a “bat cave” and test their skills at identifying North American bats. Fun games help guests learn what bats eat and what challenges they face. Guests also can meet our bat keepers and find out how we care for the bats that make their home on the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They might even see one of our bats getting its wellness exam in the Veterinary Hospital.
Did you know?
- The Malayan Flying Fox, which guests can see on the Maharajah Jungle Trek, is one of the largest bats in the world with a wingspan of close to 6 feet. Another bat species at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the Rodrigues fruit bat.
- Contrary to popular myths, bats are not blind and do not become entangled in human hair.
- For 2013, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is supporting Bat Conservation International projects that are helping to protect long-nosed bats in the Caribbean, golden-capped fruit bats in the Philippines and straw-colored bats in Africa. This year, the DWCF also is supporting a Lubee Bat Conservancy project that is helping flying foxes in Madagascar.
All this month, Disney cruisers have joined Mickey, Minnie and friends in celebrating Halloween at sea with special activities, including haunted costume parties and spooky movies, along with frightfully delicious concoctions like spider cakes, “Spooky Juice” and lots of candy, of course!
On the Disney Dream, guests are being treated to an extra-special celebration during our Halloween on the High Seas cruises. These sailings are loaded with spooky surprises, beginning when guests step aboard the ship to see a huge tree in the middle of the atrium lobby. It isn’t long before they learn the story of The Pumpkin Tree and use their imaginations (plus some magic pumpkin seeds) to bring this dead tree to life. Overnight, the tree is magically transformed with an enchanted personality and pumpkins sprouting from its branches. The Pumpkin Tree even talks and interacts with guests, and its pumpkins sparkle during a spectacular light show!
The surprises don’t end there. During Haunted Stories of the Seas, the bravest cruisers gather beneath the stars as an eerie sea captain tells thrilling stories of ghosts and zombies that seem to come to life right before their eyes!
Other special events include Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, where kids dance and play with favorite Disney friends, and the Creepy Cabaret adult costume party with those mischievous Disney villains. And during A Nightmare Before Christmas – Sing and Scream, guests join in a 3D sing-along showing of the creepy classic, complete with real fog and special effects. At the end of the movie, they even get a surprise meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally!
Check out the gallery on Disney Cruise Line’s Facebook page for some of the photos we’ve seen so far, and let us know in the comments which Disney cruiser you think deserves the best dressed award!
Halloween is fast approaching and our celebration of the return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party continues this week with a new Disney villains wallpaper here on the Disney Parks Blog.
This week’s downloadable wallpaper was created by Disney artist Mike Britton and features the Scar from “The Lion King.” To download for your computer or mobile device, simply click on the image below.
Have you ever dressed as a Disney villain for Halloween? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
Check out more Disney villain wallpapers in these posts: