Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

One of the things I was most excited to do on our recent WDW trip was attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The party is a special ticketed event at Magic Kingdom that runs on select days from the end of August through to the start of November, and we actually attended the very last party of this year’s season on November 1st.

Being a special ticketed event, one of the biggest selling points of the party is that it offers exclusive access to Magic Kingdom for the evening, while all other guests are booted out early, and runs up until midnight each night, so you’ve got a good amount of time to play in the park with a restricted number of guests. Other big factors for most guests are the rare character opportunities, and the fact that guests, including adults, are allowed to dress in costume for the party. Oh, and did I mention trick or treating?!

The party runs from 7pm until midnight, but guests can enter the park from 4pm, and rather than heading down Main Street USA, you’re directed down a backstage route into the park, and along this path you’ve got a bunch of photo opportunities, but this is also where you’ll be given your trick or treating bag and your first handful of candy. Trick or treat spots are located throughout the parks, and each visit will gain you a huge helping of sweets and chocolate! The standard issue bags are fairly small and aren’t anything special in terms of decoration (ours was a plastic bag with adverts for upcoming films, nothing Halloweeny at all!), so if you want something a little more fancy, you can bring in your own bag or bucket to use. I would also definitely recommend that you don’t put anything valuable in your candy bag as its really easy to get them mixed up with someone else’s, or leave on a ride as Matthew did.. But don’t worry if you do lose your bag, just head to a trick or treat station and they’ll give you a new one!

If candy isn’t your main priority, there’s a tonne of other entertainment for you, from the Tomorrowland Dance Party where I met Sully and Boo, to the Hocus Pocus Castle Show, Hallowishes fireworks and Boo to You Parade. As I’m not a fan of Hocus Pocus, we didn’t bother to see the castle show, but we did make sure we saw the fireworks and the parade. The night we did the party, the fireworks were only on once during the evening, which meant that it was very busy in front of the castle, but we still managed to get a decent spot on Main Street near the hub grass and despite not always being that impressed by firework shows, I really enjoyed them!

Boo to You Parade is generally on twice each night, so we did the later one, which was a proven good idea as after the fireworks a lot of people started heading out of the park, and we decided to get in a spot straight away to ensure a good view and about 5-1o mins before the actual parade began, the Headless Horseman graced us with his presence as he rode down the parade route! I’m a sucker for a parade, so of course I loved it, with my favourite floats being the Haunted Mansion and villain floats.

And what characters can you expect to meet? Well there’s all your favourites dressed up in their very own Halloween costumes, and then some rarer appearances such as the Seven Dwarfs, Lotso and Jack and Sally, but be warned, these lines can be killer! We waited about 30 mins for Lotso, and just under an hour for the Seven Dwarfs, although I know people who have queued for a lot longer than that!

Ticket prices vary from night to night, with October 31st being the most expensive at over $100 per person, but if you hit an early September weeknight, you can pay as little as $40-50 per person (prices based on 2017 tickets) so its definitely worth being flexible with dates if you can! Dates get released late April/early May and tickets go on sale mid-May normally.

As someone who really isn’t a Halloween person, I had so much fun being not-so-spooky with Mickey!

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Lottie and Matthew Do Disney: Day 2

Jambo friends! Our early night actually led to us being up stupidly early today, but oh well! 

We grabbed breakfast at the hotel, then hopped on a bus to Animal Kingdom, arriving just before opening time. Now Pandora is here, everyone is headed straight there in the morning, but as we had Fastpasses booked for later and on other days, so we weren’t among that mad rush. Instead, we went to Expedition Everest, and rode that twice with absolutely no wait, then went over to Africa for Kilimanjaro Safaris. We were really lucky to see all the safari animals, including all three of the resident lions moving around, which is a rare occurrence from my experience!

After the safari, we finally headed across into Pandora. First of all, just wow. The place is STUNNING, and the detail is incredible – I was blown away. Today we only had a fastpass for Navi River Journey, which got us onto the ride in under 5 mins, unlike the crowds that were queueing for 75. Again, the ride was visually amazing, but I would have been a little disappointed had a queued for over an hour as the actual ride itself left a little to be desired, if you ask me.

After a short wander around the area, we headed back into Africa and went to see the Festival of the Lion King, and followed that up with Kali River Rapids. You know there’s always that one person who seems to get more soaked than anyone else? Well today that was me.

Having soaked myself through, we got lunch at Rainforest Cafe, and then headed back to the resort for a quick nap – our early morning was catching up – and then got ready to head into the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

First up, we grabbed our candy bags and headed into Tomorrowland, where we met Lotso, then Sully and Boo at the monster dance party, and after that had a ride on Space Mountain. Then we headed to Storybook Circus where we queued to meet the Seven Dwarfs (an hour wait, for anyone wondering), which put me just over my goal of meeting 100 characters this year, yay!

After some more trick or treating, we got ourselves a spot for the Happy Hallowishes fireworks, and after that grabbed ourselves a parade spot. We watched the headless horseman make his way down Main Street USA, and then the final Boo To You Parade of the year, before making our way back to the hotel for a good nights sleep!

Hidden Pumpkin Cupcakes

The spookiest day of the year is now just around the corner, and while I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween, I love a good bit of baking, and I can’t believe I’ve never shared this recipe before!

With one of my cousins having her birthday on the 29th, I have been baking Halloween themed treats for her birthday parties for years now, and it was actually 5 years ago that I came up with these surprise centre cuties, and now you can make them too!

For 12-15 cupcakes, you will need:

  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 105g self-raising flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • Plus..
  • 65g caster sugar
  • 65g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 65g self raising flour
  • Orange food colouring
  • Orange flavouring (optional)
  • Green candy melts
  • Your favourite chocolate frosting

You’ll also need a cupcake tray and either a cake pop machine or a cake pop baking mould!

Pre-heat your oven to 190C and start by making your little pumpkin balls! Cream the 65g butter and caster sugar together, then whisk in the egg and add the flour. Once the mixture is smooth, add the orange food colouring and flavouring. Bake for 10 mins, or as per your cake pop machine’s instructions – I think mine takes about 6 mins!

Let these cool, and use the remainder of the ingredients to make the chocolate cupcake mix using the same method. Line a cupcake tray with cupcake cases, and place one orange cake ball in the centre of the case, then using a teaspoon, add chocolate mix around the edge of the pumpkin – its ok if the top of the pumpkin isn’t covered because the cake will rise around it!

Bake for 12-15 mins, and while baking, chop the candy melt buttons into thin strips – it doesn’t matter if these aren’t perfect! Once the cupcakes are done, let them cool for about 5 mins, then carefully push each little green strip into the centre of the pumpkin, and then allow them to cool fully before icing. I personally like to keep the icing simple so it doesn’t give away the surprise inside, but you can find your own style!

Then sit back and watch the amazement when your unsuspecting consumers discover they’ve just bitten into a pumpkin!

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The Disney Halloween Gift Exchange

Its no secret that I’m pretty gutted I’m not going to Disneyland Paris for the Halloween Soiree, but I was really excited when the lovely Hannah from Courage and Kindness announced she’s be organising a Halloween gift exchange – kinda like a spooky secret Santa – I was so up for it!

And while I sorted getting the gift for my recipient a few weeks before the deadline, I then promptly forgot about it, so when a mysterious parcel arrived with my name on it, I suddenly became super excited, and rightly so..

Disney Halloween Gift Exchange

I received an amazing pile of goodies from the lovely Amber (@judddddddddd on Twitter) including some awesome Lion King socks, the Lush pumpkin bath bomb and a spooky black Yankee Candle, not to mention a huge amount of Halloween confetti which attacked me as I opened the package, haha! I was honestly so grateful for such a fabulous present!

I was given Nicola to buy for – which was kinda perfect because she had me for Secret Santa last year! I wanted to keep to the spooky side of gift buying as much as possible, so I got Once Upon a Dream from the Twisted Tales collection as I know she’s a big Sleeping Beauty fan. I also found this amazing Disney Villians tote bag and topped it off with a semi-spooky Mickey Mouse design card from Redbubble.

Disney Halloween Gift Exchange

The whole thing was a lot of fun, especially as I don’t do much to celebrate Halloween! It’s also such a great way to bring people together, so a big thank you to Hannah for organising it!

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Seawitch OOTD

I’ve been waiting to post this outfit for AGESSS, and I finally decided that Halloween was the perfect time to share this villainous look.

Seawitch Ursula Disneybound

Seawitch Ursula Disneybound

Seawitch Ursula Disneybound

Seawitch Ursula Disneybound

Seawitch Ursula Disneybound

I’ve never really been one for Disney villains, but about 18 months ago the idea of this Ursula-inspired skirt came to me and I took to my sewing machine. About two days later, I had one finished skirt (or semi-finished, as I’ve never actually hemmed it!) and I’m so proud of it! If I was going to DLP for Halloween (which I’m pretty gutted I’m not to be honest), I’d definitely be packing this!

As I think the skirt is the centrepiece of this outfit, I just paired it with a simple black crop top and chunky black Chelsea boots, and the lipstick is Winky Lux Stella Marina. This is also the first time I’ve been able to use my remote shutter control, meaning I’m finally in focus for a change, yay!

Who is your favourite Disney villain?

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Pumpkin Macaroni Cheese

Before you read on and think ‘hang on, there’s no pumpkin here’, I’ll explain.

Butternut squash patch

I had every intention of doing this post using pumpkin, but this Cinderella has a butternut squash patch in her back garden, and I decided to pick one of them instead! The recipe works exactly the same, yay winter mac and cheese!

Pumpkin macaroni cheese

Pumpkin macaroni cheese

Pumpkin macaroni cheese

Pumpkin macaroni cheese

  • Cook 250g macaroni (or any pasta!), drain and set to one side
  • While the pasta is boiling, chop 400g pumpkin (or squash!) into chunks, and boil for 10-15 mins until soft.
  • Once drained, put the pumpkin back into the saucepan, add 3 tbsp butter and 150ml milk and using a stick blender, blitz until smooth. You can also do this in a food processor.
  • Add 100g cheddar and 1 tsp paprika and blend again, then stir in another 50g cheese.
  • Add the pasta to the sauce, and stir to combine

This can be stored in the fridge and reheated either in a saucepan or microwave, and is such a great winter warmer recipe! Its also a good way to get kids to eat veggies without noticing!

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Jack Skellington Candy Apples

I think I must be fairly odd as Halloween doesn’t get me all that excited; I love carving pumpkins but other than that I’m always just way to pre-occupied with the thought of Christmas coming to really get into a spooky spirit. I do, however, love making Halloween-y themed food, so I thought it would be the perfect time to post my third candy apple post!

Jack Skellington Candy Apples

You’ll need 12-15 apples (I think green works best!), 5 cups of caster sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water, plus some black food colouring (gel or paste), lollipop sticks, and black and white chocolate or candy melts. You’ll also need a candy thermometer!

  • Start by mixing together the sugar and water in a saucepan, and get it boiling away. It needs to reach 150C, which will take a little while but you can use this time to get the apples cleaned and on their sticks.
  • Once the sugar hits temperature, stir in the black food colouring, dip the apples and swirl them around to cover in the candy, then place on a tray covered in greaseproof paper to set – which will happen quickly!

Now I can’t stress this enough: the sugar is HOT. We’re talking hotter than boiling water, so please please please be careful! This is definitely not an activity that children should be doing, even under supervision; its just not worth the risk of burning.

  • Once the candy has set hard, you can start melting the white chocolate, and either dip the apples into it or spoon it on, and pop these into the fridge to set.
  • When the white layer is hard, melt the black candy, and using a piping/ziploc bag with the corner cut off, pipe a spooky (or smiley!) face onto the apples and pop back in the fridge to let it set.

Jack Skellington Candy Apples

These can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a week, so you can get them ready a few days before its time to get spooky! And if Jack doesn’t take your fancy, why not try my original Poison Candy Apples?

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