Sunday, October 24, 2010

Celebrate Halloween in Disney Style!

We are only a week away from Halloween and us Disney fans always have to find some way to incorporate our Disney touches into our celebrations.  The parks do it well with the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, but there are a lot of us (including myself) who are not able to celebrate the season with Mickey.  So, if we cannot visit Mickey in his home, we just have to bring him to ours!

When I think of scary and Disney, there are two attractions that I think of right away; Tower of Terror and Haunted Mansion.  There are several ways to incorporate these attractions into your Halloween.  My first and one I find very fun and interesting is I did blog post quite a while ago about this website, but for Halloween, I just had to bring it out again.  This site has ride simulators on them, allowing you to be in charge of and run some of the hit attractions on Disney properties around the world.  For Halloween, there are two simulators that I wanted to highlight, though all of them are good.  There are simulators for Tower of Terror and Disneyland Paris' Phantom Manor (aka Haunted Mansion) and not only are they fun to play around with because you can find out how some of your favorite attractions work, but they have the spooky atmosphere perfect with Halloween.  Play these simulators by yourself or with your children and feel like you are in the parks!

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Another way you cannot go wrong when it comes to Disney and Halloween is with music.  Going back to Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror, these soundtracks make great background music for a Halloween party. If you want to feel like you are in the park celebrating, you could get the Magic Kingdom Event Party Music CD, which has the full soundtracks from the Boo to You Parade, Hallowishes and Halloween Villains Mix and Mingle, among other fun soundtracks including music from the Pirates and Princess Party.  Other music you may not have immediately thought of could be some of your favorite villains "theme songs" per se.  Some of these tracks include "Poor Unfortunate Souls" (Ursula), "Gaston" and "The Mob Song" (Gaston), "Prince Ali (Reprise)" (Jafar), "Be Prepared" (Scar) and so many more! Oh, and don't forget to check the music from Fantasmic, there are lots of villainesque music from that soundtrack as well!

Movies are a great way to get in the Halloween Spirit! Every movie has a villain, which is scary for Halloween, but there are some movies out there that specifically for this time of year.  One scary movie would the The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, as featured on the October 25 Tweetwatch, sponsored by (look for a post about Ryan's project coming soon). The "Halloweentown" series are very cute and fun movies to watch this time of year, my little sister and I love to watch those!  Some others include Black Cauldron, Nightmare Before Christmas (also could be used for Christmas), Haunted Mansion and, from television show "House of Mouse"- "House of Villains".

Those are just some ideas that I have on how to incorporate Disney into your Halloween.  There are tons more ideas of course, I would love to hear how you incorporate Disney into your Halloween! Leave a comment here or send me an email with your ideas!

I will leave you now with just one more idea, a picture that I took at Linvilla Orchards. What would you carve into a Disney pumpkin??

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