Writing about anything Halloween is a little difficult for me, because I didn’t really celebrate Halloween as a kid, and my son, Walt, is still too little to eat any of the candy he would receive this year. Because of these two minor details, I decided to take a different look at Halloween and Disney! My husband and I have been to two Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party events at Walt Disney World and have absolutely loved every minute of them. (Quick tip, go to the party before you take a Disney Cruise Line cruise, because then you have tons of candy to munch on while sailing.) I wanted to write about what costumes I would wear and coordinate with my toddler while attending. (My husband doesn’t really get into the whole dressing up part, so I will just write about mom and toddler.) I’ve focused on three separate categories: Disney Characters, Disney Cast Members, and Disney Resorts!
There are way too many characters that would be amazing to dress up as a mom/son combo (Baby Jack-Jack and Mrs. Incredible would be fun, but I don’t think I would want to don a complete spandex outfit!!), but I want something a little different and unexpected if I am going to be at Walt Disney World celebrating with lots of other Disney fans and their families. That being said, I am going to choose from a very recent movie released this year: Inside Out.
While I can dress as anyone, I feel the character that best fits my personality is Joy, and it would be fun to be annoyingly happy and bouncy all evening. Plus, having a major sugar rush from all of the candy would help the situation. Then, I would dress my son up as Anger so that when he is throwing a fit and screaming his head off from being overwhelmed, people would just look at him and laugh thinking it was just part of the act!
Disney Cast Members:
I need to give a description of what these costumes would entail. Dressing as a Cast Member would require you to wear clothing inspired by (or that matches) the costumes/outfits worn by on-property Cast Members. It could be ride operators, maintenance, show Cast Members, parade characters, or even wait staff!
I really love the outfits that the Cast Member Tour Guides wear with the big Disney “D” pin and the plaid vest and skirt for women/pants for men. I think it would be adorable to dress Walt and myself up as these Tour Guides for the Halloween party and just walk around to see if anyone really noticed! It would be even better to dress Walt up as an obvious tourist (complete with fanny pack and sunglasses around his neck!) and myself as a tour guide!
Walt Disney World Resorts:
This costume would be the easiest to pull together as you would just need a look that was inspired by one of the Walt Disney World resorts. For example you could dress up like a park ranger and be themed toward Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, or wear something very modern and you could be Disney’s Contemporary Resort. I doubt many people would understand what you were trying to dress as, so this would be a costume that needs explanation. I think it will also be a really fun costume idea for a larger group. For example if you had 4 separate people going MNSSHP, you could dress three of them as the Monorail resorts and then dress one person as the actual monorail!
For this one I am going to stick with one of our favorite resorts for myself and dress up as the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. I would dress up Mardi Gras style – don’t worry it will be family friendly! I think it would be fun to dress in green, purple, and yellow clothing and add some beads and maybe some other themed costume pieces. Any party supply store would sell these year-round and maybe even discounted after the holiday has passed.
For Walt, I am going to choose the Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and theme him to a little Tiki Man! A little brown outfit with black accents would just be way too cute, and the main Tiki Man in the lobby can serve as a great model for what I would be wanting to dress him as. We could get him a little flower lei to wear just to emphasize what we are going for.
I hope you have all enjoyed my ideas for Halloween costumes that I would like to try over the next several years! Having a little one can be lots of fun because they don’t care yet if you are dressing them up to coordinate with your costume. I think as big Disney fans, we should think outside the box and use the Disney Resort area and Disney-isms as inspiration for costumes for these hard-ticketed events!
(All photographs are from the authors personal collection.)
What are your “out of the box” ideas for Disney Halloween costumes?
Alyssa Wiseman (also known as ajwiseman09 in the box), her husband Brandon, and infant son, Walt, reside in central Indiana (too far from Disney). Alyssa and Brandon enjoy traveling to Disney several times a year to see what is new and enjoy classic Disney. While traveling, and at home, Alyssa is frequently shopping for Disney products and making a list of items to buy while in the parks. Please follow Alyssa on twitter @ajwiseman09.