I went to a Halloween party on the Disney Cruise — here's why you should too

Heather ConcannonDisney Cruises hosts a Halloween party every year.

If you love Halloween and also love cruises, you may not think the two have much in common. But that’s where Disney Cruise Line for Halloween on the High Seas comes in.

During select cruises in late September and October, Disney Cruise Line commemorates Halloween through a series of themed events and parties.

I experienced this spook-tacular sailing a couple of days ago and it was a perfect and unique way to celebrate the season.

Heather ConcannonDisney Cruises hosts Halloween events through late September until late October.

I am a huge Halloween fan and was excited to see how the Disney Cruise decorated for the holiday. In typical Disney fashion, they did not disappoint.

The atrium is decked out with carved Mickey-shaped pumpkins, foliage and purple banners all around.

Heather ConcannonThere are plenty of Mickey-themed carved pumpkins.

The carved pumpkins were shaped like your favourite Disney characters and their likenesses were truly impressive.

The most prominent decoration is the pumpkin tree.

Heather ConcannonThis tree is the centrepiece of the Haunted Stories of the Sea event.

The tree loomed large over the atrium with a grandiose grin and topped with several glowing pumpkins. The pumpkin tree is also the center of the first Halloween event of the cruise, the Haunted Stories of the Sea.

Guests can gather in the atrium to hear the tale of Sleepy Hollow and witness the pumpkin tree awaken with song and light.

Heather ConcannonIt’s a cute event — especially if you love hearing the song “This is Halloween” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

I did think the show was a little too long, as you could see kids in the front get restless. This event does get crowded so definitely get there early to snag a spot. I decided to get a view from an upper deck, which was an improvement.

Speaking of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, guests can take in a special viewing of Tim Burton’s masterpiece during the cruise, including a meet-and-greet with Jack and Sally.

The biggest event of Halloween on the High Seas is Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween attire or costume to attend an hour of dancing, games, a chance to see some of your favourite characters and the best part – trick or treating.

Similar to other big Disney Cruise Line deck parties, Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party takes place on the top deck.

Heather ConcannonThe main deck party is Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party.

There are many viewing areas although the main stage show is live streamed on the ship’s gigantic screen called, “funnel vision”.

Trick or treating takes place around the stage show. There were several stations where cast members were handing out candy.

Heather ConcannonTrick or treating is always a highlight.

Out of all the Halloween-themed events, I found this party the most enjoyable. I loved seeing everyone in Halloween costumes and you really can never go wrong with trick or treating.

It was a great opportunity to get in the Halloween experience and feel like a kid again.

Heather ConcannonEmbrace your inner kid and go all out for the event.

If you decide to go, definitely get into the event and pack a costume.

Although you can see your favourite characters in their Halloween costumes during Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, you have an opportunity to meet them around the ship during the day.

Heather ConcannonThe characters have special outfits on Disney Cruises.

Even though you can see Mickey and Minnie in their Halloween finest during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom, they are wearing different costumes aboard the Disney Cruise. Personally, I think these costumes are more intricate and feel more festive.

My favourite was definitely seeing Goofy dressed as a mummy.

Heather ConcannonIn addition to things geared towards kids, there are also adult-only events.

If you’re not into characters and are interested in something a little more mature, there is a “Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids” party specifically for adults. This ghoulish gathering features a late-night costume competition as well as a “thrilling” dance take-over. It was a really entertaining experience that I highly recommend.

Although there are plenty of entertainment options, Disney Cruise also has tasty treats to help get you in the Halloween spirit.

Heather ConcannonThey pull out all the stops for Halloween themed food.

In addition to pumpkin spiced cupcakes and themed drinks, each table during your seated dinner included a spooky chocolate spider. This sweet surprise was sensational and a perfect way to cap the Halloween festivities.

The Halloween on the High Seas was a great way to celebrate Halloween.

Heather ConcannonOverall, Halloween High Seas is a great experience.

It does not detract from a relaxing cruise experience but adds an exciting and frighteningly fun atmosphere to your cruise’s entertainment.


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