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Need a great idea for a fall gathering? Maybe for a Birthday or just a Halloween party? I have the best idea for you! This time of year Walt Disney World throws Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Why not have your own Disney Halloween Party?!
For my son’s first birthday, we had a Not-So-Scary Halloween party and it was a hit! All of our family and friends thought it was a great idea and couldn’t wait to partake in the fun! It was a great opportunity for the kids to wear their Halloween costumes besides that one night a year! Instead of calling it Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, I called it John’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party…. I know, inventive, right ? 😉
I have a lot of great tips, tricks and DIY ideas for your event! So let’s get started! These are quick and painless ideas, just what we like. And some Free Printables! Woo Hoo!
Let’s start first with the Halloween themed games! Yay! So I started off by making a banner that said Ghoulish Games! The background pattern is the wallpaper theme from The Haunted Mansion Attraction in Disney. Of course I have to tie Haunted Mansion in somewhere or it just wouldn’t be a Disney Halloween Party, so I also included images of the Hitchhiking Ghosts!
Here is a FREE PRINTABLE for the “Ghoulish Games” sign design! Just print on a thicker card stock, cut out and hang as you wish! The Hitchhiking Ghosts can be included on either side of the sign or just all at the end, your choice! Add ribbons and bows and you have a festive Halloween sign for your lawn games!
What kind of games should you have!? I found great Halloween games from Oriental Trading that made quite the impression on my guests, but I didn’t have to break the bank to buy them! Here is a list of all of the games I purchased:
- Candy Cane Bowling! – $9.99. What’s better than giant candy corn!? Um, nothing.
- Jack O’Lantern Bean Bag Toss – $14.99
- Jack O’Lantern Can Toss Game – $11.99
- Ghost Inflatable Ring Toss Cooler – $15.99. This game is well worth it’s price. It’s large so it looks like you really went all out on your games, and at the same time, you can use it as a cooler for your drinks! I used it for the kids juice boxes, so they could access their drinks quickly.
Probably the best game was a Trick or Treat prize search for the kids to do! You could do this for adults too, it’s so much fun for anyone! I wanted to replicate the trick or treating they do in the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!
I got loot bags for the kids and hid random toys and gifts around the yard. I laid out the loot bags next to a poem I wrote up detailing the rules of the game. Get your FREE Trick or Treat Halloween Poem printable here!
Lastly, let’s not forget pumpkin decorating! It just wouldn’t be Halloween without some pumpkin decorating! This is where my husband and I went a little out of that “on a budget” mindset. We bought at least 10 small pumpkins for the kiddies to decorate. I just wanted the little rug rats to have something to do besides wreck the place! I bought foam pumpkin face stickers from the Dollar Tree and spread them all out for the kids to go nuts with.
This was part of their party favor because they were able to bring home their newly decorated pumpkin! Here is a FREE Printable for the Decorate a Pumpkin Sign that I framed and put on the table, which of course follows the same Haunted Mansion wallpaper theme!
So how are we going to decorate?! I found wonderful ideas and priced out each one on various sites to find the best buy’s so now you don’t have to do any of the work! I knew you would like that!
For the tables, we did plain black plastic table cloths, from Dollar Tree. Awesome because they have both round and rectangle available. But you don’t just want plain old table cloths so, to add a pop of color, I ordered a purple roll of table cloth plastic from Oriental trading. I cut the purple runners the same length as the table to put down the center, now I have made my own runners for a lot cheaper than if I had to buy them separately!
Now centerpieces! The icing on the cake or on the table we should say! For the base I used the Dollar Tree silver circle trays, which always make a centerpiece look complete. On top of those tray I added a glass mason jar (which I actually already have as my casual drinking glasses) I didn’t care because they were cheap off amazon, and I knew I would just wash them and put them right back in my cabinet after the use!
I love using items around the house that I already have because that is money saved in my pocket!
In the mason jar, I added candy corns at the base to add some weight so they didn’t blow away. That would be a party fail! I also found these great Vampire Mickey Balloons that are hand-held, you can blow them up yourself and then just stick them directly into the mason jar!
I kept all of them even after the party was over because you can blow them up over and over again! They are amazing, and my son loves them! Around the outside of the mason jar I taped three black and white polka dot balloons that I just blew up the slightest bit.
Around the tops of the mason jars, I added white and orange ribbon just to spruce them up a bit! I was happy with how they came out, and everyone asked me where I got them from!
Let’s not forget the plates! I always feel as though the at least the large dinner/lunch plates have to follow the theme, so I was determined to find Mickey Halloween plates! You would be surprised that I found NOTHING here in the US, but low and behold, the UK has Mickey Halloween paper plates on EBay! I had enough time, so I ordered a bunch! They are so cute! I’m here to testify that they were great quality as well!
Let’s add another way to decorate your Not-So-Scary party! I added a pumpkin and hay scene with a wooden wheelbarrow and wagon wheel. It’s a great setup for your guests to take pictures in front of, and really sets the Halloween mood.
I got the wooden wheelbarrow and wheel for a great price from Christmas Tree Shops! I was so happy that I got to keep these two pieces for after the party as well! Great decorating items!
The wagon wheel is now hanging on my wall in my house. It’ s great decorative piece, and you can hang special items around the spokes. I love putting my son’s artwork on it, and he loves looking at it and knowing it’s on display!
To add some additional Disney magic, we painted silhouettes of select Disney characters on the pumpkins to make them look like they were carved that way! I didn’t use real pumpkins because I wanted to keep them to display forever around Halloween!
I got fake pumpkins (that looked pretty real by the way!) from Oriental Trading as well! I just love them, great prices, great products, what’s better than that!?
Not too hard, huh? I did A LOT of research for this party that you now don’t have to do! I also did a lot of bargain hunting and price comparisons, which takes a lot of time in itself! Believe it or not, there is not a lot of Mickey Halloween Party items! I was surprised myself, but with these great DIY ideas we just covered and a little Disney love, your guests will think they are in the middle of the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!