Disney Cruises celebrate Halloween with both kid-friendly and adult-only events. Here's what it's really like.

Heather ConcannonDisney Cruise Lines celebrate Halloween.
  • Disney Cruise Line celebrates Halloween on the High Seas on select ships throughout the fall.
  • Halloween on the High Seas includes adult-only events, family parties, and plenty of candy, special treats, and costumed characters.
  • As an adult, the onboard experience made me feel like a kid again because of all of the costumes and candy.
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Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween on the High Seas is the perfect seasonal event for those of us who want to celebrate the spooky holiday while onboard a decked-out ship.

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

Here’s what it’s really like.

The whole ship was decked out for Halloween.

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 and there were tons of pumpkins hung around the ship.

The atrium was 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 beloved favourite characters and their likenesses were truly impressive. There were tons of these around the ship.

The most prominent decoration was the pumpkin tree.

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

The tree loomed large over the atrium with a grandiose grin and it was topped with several glowing pumpkins.

The pumpkin tree was also the centre of the first Halloween event of the cruise, the Haunted Stories of the Sea.

During the cruise, guests gathered in the atrium to hear the tale of Sleepy Hollow and witness the pumpkin tree awaken with song and light.

Heather ConcannonIt featured music and storytelling.

The show was a bit long (and some guests were noticeably restless), but it was packed. I recommend arriving early to snag a spot.

I decided to watch the event from an upper deck, which gave me a great view of the spooky tree.

Guests were also able to attend a special viewing of Tim Burton’s masterpiece “The Nightmare Before Christmas” during the cruise.

Plus, there was a meet-and-greet with the film’s stars Jack Skellington and Sally.

That said, the biggest event of Halloween on the High Seas was Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party.

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

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

Guests were encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween attire or costume to attend. The event consisted of an hour of dancing, games, posing with beloved Disney characters and the best part – trick-or-treating.

There were many viewing areas where guests could watch the main-stage show, but it was also live-streamed on the ship’s gigantic screen called “funnel vision.”

Trick-or-treating took place around the stage show and there were several stations where cast members were handing out candy.

Heather ConcannonGetting candy is always a highlight.

Out of all the Halloween-themed events, I found this party to be the most enjoyable. I loved seeing everyone in costumes and you 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, I think you should definitely get into the event and pack a costume. Tons of people were dressed up, including me.

Although we saw characters in their Halloween costumes during Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, we had an opportunity to meet them around the ship during the day.

Heather ConcannonThe characters have special outfits on Disney Cruises.

Even though travellers can see Mickey and Minnie in their Halloween finest during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom in Florida, they usually wear different costumes aboard the Disney Cruise.

Personally, I thought these onboard costumes were more intricate and festive.

My favourite was definitely seeing Goofy dressed as a mummy.

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

For anyone not super interested in characters, there was also a “Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids” party specifically for adults.

This ghoulish gathering featured 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 were plenty of entertainment options, Disney also had tasty treats to help get us in the Halloween spirit.

Heather ConcannonThey pulled out all the stops for Halloween-themed food.

In addition to pumpkin-spiced cupcakes and themed drinks, the ship also served up spooky chocolate spiders.

Overall, I think Halloween on the High Seas is a great way to celebrate the spooky holiday.

Heather ConcannonOverall, Halloween High Seas is a great experience.

Ultimately, the Halloween festivities didn’t detract from my relaxing cruise experience, they just added to it.

The cruise was still relaxing and exciting … it just had a little extra spookiness and some more candy.

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