When we moved to the Midwest, I was very surprised to learn that Trick or Treating didn't happen on Halloween. Instead, they had Beggar's Night which was a designated night for trick or treating. I'm not sure of the origin but it was just something that we got used to.
|Getting the party started!|
Back to this year, it felt a little weird to be planning out Halloween so early as we got ready for our Disney trip but it was a party that we were all excited to do. My sister ordered some shirts for her and Gavin from Etsy....her shirt was a cute Snow White shirt and Gavin's was an Iron Man shirt. I wasn't as creative and simply combined red shorts with a polka dot shirt and mouse ears to be a Minnie Mouse type costume.
The park was closed to non-party guests at 7PM. We got there around 5:00 and decided to split up prior to our dinner reservations at 6:30. This allowed Lindsey and Gavin to play a sorcerers game throughout the park and I got to ride some of the rides that I hadn't gotten to ride yet. We met up again for dinner and when we finished it was around 7:50. The big parade started at 8:15 so I staked out a claim for us in front of a vendor cart which meant we wouldn't have to worry about any crowds behind us. The spot was perfect and very close to the parade start so we were able to move on to rides quickly after the finish.
My favorite part of the parade was the Haunted Mansion section which included grave diggers and the waltzing ghosts that are my favorite part of the ride attraction.
We took part in most of the trick or treat stops and had lots of fun seeing everyone dressed up in their costumes. Both adults and kids were dressed up and it was so much fun to see the coordinated family costumes. One of my favorites was the soda family that was all dressed as a different flavor of soda. Sadly, I became that Pinterest person when I asked a couple if I could take their picture since her homemade Toy Story costume was so cute that I needed to share it with my sister and Pinterest. Check out my Pinterest page to see it!
The fireworks display was amazing too. We were in Fantasyland during most of the fireworks and it felt as if you were surrounded by fireworks. The finale was so great and it truly was an awesome fireworks display. The park was also decked out for Halloween and included green, purple, and orange lighting accents and I loved the creepy voice hosting the party over the loud speakers. Even Big Thunder Mountain was decked out with a spooky skull on it.
Overall, it was so worth it to stay out late in the park and participate in the Halloween Party. If you get a chance to visit Disney World in late September or October, check the schedule to see if the Halloween Party is available. It's only on select nights and requires an additional ticket purchase but I think you'll find it to be fun and worth the ticket price!