The frightfully friendly ghosts from The Haunted Mansion have returned to merchandise at Disney Parks. You may recall that last year we introduced a new art program featuring Disney characters outside The Haunted Mansion (you can read my interview with Disney artist Cody Reynolds in this article). The artwork proved so popular for merchandise that it was reintroduced for Halloween this year. I recently visited the World of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida to get a first look at returning favorites along with some new items.
In recent years, the Halloween assortment has grown to include a variety of items including home and decorative goods, plush, Vinylmation, pins, souvenirs, softlines and much more. One thing I immediately noticed was a new pumpkin antenna topper, which was placed near toppers that featured a scarecrow and a ghost Mickey Mouse. The souvenirs team said to look for a Hitchhiking Ghost topping coming in October.
Another new item that caught my eye was the singing busts ornament set. This set was design by Costa Alavezos from Disney Design Group, and features five stylized busts inspired by the graveyard scene in The Haunted Mansion. This set seems like a nice complement to the other Haunted Mansion home items that were introduced last February.
While many of the Halloween items are now available at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, there are a few items coming soon. In particular, the Vinylmation team is releasing two new 3-inch figures designed by Disney Design Group artist Caley Hicks on September 20. If you are headed to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties at Magic Kingdom Park starting September 10, be sure to look for new pins created especially for this annual event.
Here are a few more images from my visit. You can find many of these items and more on our Disney Parks online store.
Trick or treat!
OH MY GOSH I want it all!! Those antenna balls are super cute! Wish we could make it to a Disney park this year! Jealous! Thanks for showing us these awesome goodies! Love the holidays!
I love the size of the new pumpkin topper.
Hey Steven! As always, thanks for giving us a terrific sneak peek at things to come. Disney’s Halloween merchandise is without a doubt my personal favorite of all the seasonal items. I too went wild over last year’s assortment of items with the new art program. This year I am going to be at WDW in October and was planning on buying some new items “in person” – unlike last year when I did all my purchasing long distance. I was hoping for a new “Halloween 2013” t-shirt but see that last year’s design has been used again, with the 2012 date replaced with 2013. Will there be any new designs also? I hope so! Thanks again for fantastic postings! – Jim
@Jim – I’m glad you liked the article. I hope you have a great trip. I don’t know of many new designs this year. I’m working on a story about a new Halloween shirt that should be appearing in locations very soon. It’s a unique one, so please stay tuned.
I always enjoy your blog posts, Steve. Will there be any merchandise updates for the upcoming Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland?
@Lonna – Thank you for the kind comment. I have good news. See this article from my fellow author Michelle Harker about the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon:
wait… are those madame leota glasses?!?!?!?!?
thank goodness i’ll be hitting the park this weekend and again for the 13th. SWOON!
In prior years, there has been a framed pin set at Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disney World. I think it was about $200. Will there be one again this year?
Are the MNSSHP pins available at Downtown Disney or only at the park? Are they sold all day long or only in the evening during the event? Thank you for the info.
Rafael, party specific merch. is only sold at the park and only during the parties. You have to attend a party to purchase.