If you are heading to Disneyland or Walt Disney World in the fall you may just find yourself at one of the many Halloween parties. Of course you go for the trick-or-treating, the parade and the fireworks but remember you need to get in the mood for the party. And for most that means dressing up!!! The best part is that everyone can dress up. Even adults. So, now what to wear?

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Disney Park Costume Guidelines

At all other times the official Walt Disney World policy on adult costumes or clothing is that anything viewed as representing an actual Disney character is NOT allowed to be worn in the theme parks. But for the party Disney encourages everyone to dress up.

Costumes Should be child-friendly

Costumes Should Not:

  • Be obstructive, offensive or violent.
  • Drag on the ground.
  • Contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Contain any weapons which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Layered or have props that surround the entire body (may be subject to additional security screening)
  • Capes that go below the waist.
  • Include masks (masks may be worn by guests under the age of 13, but they must not obstruct vision and eyes must be visible at all times.)

Guests wearing costumes may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests

Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.

Option 1: Off the Rack Costumes

At these events you are going to see a lot of princesses and pirates. Many of the outfits come straight from the Disney store or the Disney Store Outlet.

These are easy costumes that you can find on property or at the local outlets. They will also have all of the accessories you may need. You can also try the Disney Store online.

If you are on property you may also want to schedule a trip to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for your princess or The Pirates League for your little pirate. This will make it extra special and who doesn’t want their hair and makeup to match their costume.

My friend Lisa of Adventures in Familyhood is leveraged a store bought costume and added her own touches. Now don’t you think that is the cutest Peter Pan ever!

Halloween Costume Ideas

Make a store bought costume your own: Peter Pan and Tinker Bell (photo courtesy of Adventures in Familyhood)

Option 2: Homemade Costumes

Many kids come in homemade costumes. Everything from Big Hero Six to a Disneyland Churro. It’s all in fun and the more creative the better.

My son, John, chose to go as characters from his favorite movie (at the time), Ratatouille one year. It was quite an easy costume. The Luigi outfit was created from a chef’s hat, apron and coat from Amazon (Hint: the real kids apron cost less than the costume one). Then we added a stuffed Remy. Voila! Luigi it was.

Another year it was a Disney Railroad Conductor. A pair of overalls, a safety lantern and a conductor hat is all you need.

One of the more creative ideas was to take a whole bunch of spare boxes and create my own TestTrack car. It really isn’t as hard as you think. Just a bit of patience and a lot of hot glue (turns out duct tape is not great for making cardboard box cards).

Halloween Costume Ideas

Luigi and Remy from Ratatouille

Halloween Costume Ideas

Disney Railroad Engineer

Halloween Costume Ideas

Cardboard TestTrack Cars

Option 3: Matching costumes

Families have the most fun as they can choose matching outfits.

My favorite example of this is Beth of Pursuing the Magic. Her family went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as the cast of Toy Story. Even her husband got into the spirit!!

Another friend of mine, Becca of Love Our Crazy Life, shares some of her favorite Father-Son costumes.

Lin of The Disney Mamas shares her Father-Son costume idea of being Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

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Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Woody and Little Bo Peep from Toy Story (courtesy of Pursuing the Magic)

Halloween Costumer Ideas

Russel and Mr. Fredrickson from UP (photo courtesy of Love Our Crazy Life)

Halloween Costumer Ideas

Fix-It-Felix and Wreck-It-Ralph

Halloween Costume Ideas

Jake and the Neverland Pirates (photo courtesy of Disney Mamas)

Halloween Costume Ideas

Phineas and Isabelle from Phineas and Ferb (photo credit: Rolling With the Magic)