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Disney Trading – Trick or Trade

Steven Miller

by , Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walt Disney World Resort

Mummy Mickey and Pumpkin Pin

I’ve mentioned before how much I like Halloween. Okay, I’ll admit – it’s the candy (who’s with me?). It’s my second favorite holiday, after my birthday, which has presents (I’m seeing a theme here). With that spirit of giving in mind, I dug into the Disney Pin Vault to take a look back at some of my favorite Halloween pins.

Halloween Pins From the Past

Over the years, we’ve released a variety of limited edition pins celebrating this holiday. One of my favorites is the Chip and Dale pin that was released on October 31, 2003. It features the mischievous chipmunks dressed as astronauts (I love the 1950s rocket in the background). This pin was part of a “Trick or Treat” collection where different pins were released at different locations at Walt Disney World. I also like the Disney Cruise Line pin from 2004. Donald’s nephews remind me of the classic cartoon short, “Trick or Treat” from 1952. As a child, I recall watching that short on a slide projector in my basement (who uses those things anymore?).

Halloween Pins

Each year, we create pins for the special Halloween events at Disney Theme Parks. I chose the Hades pin from Mickey’s Halloween Treat in 2007 (now known as Mickey’s Halloween Party) as a favorite. Why? Because Hades rules! New this year to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom in Florida is a limited edition pin (above right) that will only be released on October 31 (a popular night from what I have heard). This pin was created based on guest feedback from previous years. We thought this retail pin was a great way to offer something unique for those attending the Halloween night party. Cool part – it glows in the dark (all together, “Oooo!”).

Halloween Pins

Julie Young, our long-time developer for open edition pins, helped me with the final selections. I chose the candy corn with mouse ears. I love simple designs, and this one screams (ha) Halloween. Julie chose a new open edition pin featuring Tinker Bell. She really liked her festive dress (something not often seen on Ms. Bell). Julie also raved about a new lanyard that features sublimated printing. The image used on this lanyard was from a Halloween style guide that was created for usage at Disney Parks around the world (something of a first for us). A style guide gives reference material, character designs, backgrounds and more that are used to achieve a consistent look in all the merchandise created. If you aren’t the dressing-up type or you are looking for a simple costume, this lanyard should work for you.

The only other pin not represented is a chocolate one that I could devour. Wouldn’t that be yummy? Sadly, we haven’t created a pin like that yet (but feel free to send any chocolate my way). Do you have a favorite Halloween pin in your collection? Please share, and Happy Trick or Trading…er, Treating.


  • I also have a Vinylmation question for you Steven. I was really excited when I saw on the vinylmation website that the Holiday #2 Series “Halloween” 9″ figure was going to be released online in the Disney Parks online store today, October 22nd. Well, to my surprise, when I checked the Disney Parks online store this morning, the “Halloween” 9″ vinylmation figure was nowhere to be found on the website. So, will the Holiday #2 Series “Halloween” 9″ figure ever in fact be released online in the Disney Parks online store or not????

  • Went to WDW Halloween 2009 party I really think DL Halloween party really gose out of there way.Going to DL Halloween 2010 Party taking the Happy Haunts tour really looking to have a great time.Hoping to catch some awesome collectibles.

  • How do you become a pin creator? I would LOVE to do that!

    A true pin collector!!

  • My favorite Halloween pin is definitely the Annual Passholder pin from last year’s (2009) Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It is a pin of the Mickey jack-o-lantern that hangs on all the lighting posts throughout the park during the party. Plus it has dangle candy corn elements on the bottom. I just LOVE it.

    On a side note, Steven, I have a vinylmation question. I can’t wait for the Park #5 series combo pack with the Sorcerer Mickey vinylmation figure. I know it won’t be released in the parks until Oct. 29th. My question is, will this combo pack with Sorcerer Mickey ever be sold online in the Disney Parks online store?

    Also, will the 3″ figures from the Park #5 series be showing up in the Disney Parks online store eventually as well? Thanks for your help.

  • It was very disappointing to see that there will be no more Pin Trading Nights in California this year.

  • Steven – Now that you have announced that there will be no more Pin Trading Nights in California for 2010… How and when do you plan on releasing the last 2 PTN pins for 2010? It would be nice to be able to complete the collection of 10 pins for the year.

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