Should you wear a costume to Disney's Halloween Party?
I have seen a lot of blogs about whether you should or should not go to the Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween party. I’ve also seen many about how to navigate the party, or explaining what is available to you as a party guest. But, something I have not seen that I think could use more information is costuming at the party. So I am going to give my opinion on that topic; should you or your child wear a costume to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party?
So first of all, yes this is the one event at the Magic Kingdom where adults are allowed to wear a costume to the park. It is a great party full of Halloween fun, and you get to roam around trick or treating all night long. I strongly believe this is one of the best events at Disney and love to attend. This is our second year of going and we went twice this year! You can find out all about the party and the costuming rules here. But the general takeaway is family friendly, no weapons, and nothing covering your face.
Should your child wear a costume?
YES! I mean, why not right?! It’s a lot of fun to get to Trick or Treat in front of Cinderella Castle and I don’t see any reason not to let a child dress up. Piece of advice though; don’t have too many pieces in your kid’s costume. What I mean is, don’t have too many things that part way through the night your child will decide that you now need to carry them. This includes wings, hand-held accessories, hard to walk in shoes, capes, hats, and pretty much anything that is not soft and comfy. My daughter went as Tinkerbell and had an amazing time, but she ditched the shoes before we even made it into the park. To make it worse, we forgot to bring her spare shoes too! I don’t know how that happened… we even talked about not forgetting the spares all morning. Either way, a new $40 pair of Disney shoes later and we were having a better time, shoes wise, but the next thing to go was the hairstyle followed quickly by the wings. She held her wand most of the night (which was a surprise to us) but if we didn’t have a stroller we’d have been forced to carry all of these things or risk an incident. Long story short; really think about what your child is wearing so that you don’t end up carrying it the whole night. The party is from 7-12 but you can show up early so it could be many hours of carrying sparkly shoes and wings.
Should you as a parent wear a costume?
MAYBE!? This really depends on how much you like costumes and what your other obligations will be. You won’t feel out of place at all if you choose to go costume free - so if you don’t like costumes don’t wear one. If you want to go costume-lite then Target has a whole line of last minute costume headbands and shirts. I feel like this is the perfect costume for parents. Anything from a shirt that simply says “Costume” to a unicorn headband can really help you feel like you are part of the party, without investing too much into it. And then there’s the full on costume group. Join us! You won’t feel even a little out of place if you wear a costume as an adult, because the park is full of us costume clad adults.
If you do decide to costume (do it!) then, just like the children, you should consider what you will be doing and how long the night is before you commit to your costume. Please remember that…
It will be hot. Sure, you think that since it’s October that means cool weather. Ha, not in Florida! Welcome to our “fall” weather, instead of 100° and humid - it will be 90° and humid. Do not wear velvet and plan to carry your now tired 3 year old all over Disney. You will die. The tickets to this event are not cheap and you don’t want to be miserable. Or dead. If you do just have to wear long sleeves or velvet for some reason then bring a change of clothes. Keep them in a backpack or in your stroller.
Dress for parenting. What if you had to get on the ground to help your child pick up spilled candy? Or if you had to carry them so they could see the fireworks? Or run after them? You are going to a theme park with your children and will still have to do all of the things you would normally have to do with them, but now in costume. Dress to impress, but don’t make yourself helpless. Nothing is sadder than watching a parent try to keep up with their kid in 25 lbs of fabric.
Wear shoes that don’t suck. I mean that. I ignored my own sound advice and wore dance shoes with zero arch support. Sure, I looked amazing but at some point I thought about renting a wheelchair and my husband almost had to carry me to the car. Don’t do that to yourself. Especially if you are taking a child with you alone. I think my feet are still bloodied. Learn from my mistakes.
At the end of the day this is a fantastic party that I can’t recommend enough. If you want to wear a costume go for it. But if that’s not your thing then don’t. You really can’t go wrong, I feel like it is split pretty evenly between costumed and not costumed adults. This really is my favorite event, and I hope you enjoy having a spooky time with your family.