This year for Halloween we will be in Disneyland. Could I be any more excited? I'm not sure that I can. It feels like forever since we were there last (I think it was March or May) which might not sound like that long ago, but when you have season passes, it feels like an eternity. When we go, we like to go for 5 days. My dad was like, 'what? 5 days don't you get bored after the 2nd day' (he's learned since then how nice it is to space things out). I think if your going to drag kids anywhere you need to give yourself enough space and time to enjoy it. We go for 5 days so we can take things at a reasonable pace and see ALL the shows, parades, special events, etc. We really take the time to enjoy our trip. This year for Halloween we bought tickets for a special Trick or' Treat event. We've never done it before, but from what I understand it is a closed section of the park with trick or treating with characters, music, food, games, etc. I will give you the low-down on it when we get back... but also for all you (adult) dress up fanatics, this is the one time you can dress up and be in the park. Paige wants me to be either Lady Tremaine (Cinderella's wicked stepmother or the fairy godmother, I want to be a princess).
I am also excited to experience the Halloween version of one of the best kept secrets at the park. There is a place called "Little Patch of Heaven" it's located at the back of Frontierland - right behind the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Normally it is the cutest little petting zoo. In the spring & summer they have smallish livestock; goats, pigs, cow, horse, turkeys, sheep, etc. There is a small cabin where the kids can color pictures and they usually have a few farm hands wandering about to keep the kids from hurting the livestock or vice versa. At Christmas last year they had the cabin decorated up so cute, live reindeer for the kids to pet, and you could meet Santa Claus. The kids could take pictures with him and then in the picnic area next door was Mrs. Claus decorating cookies with the kids. They had a magician and singers that would preform on a small stage. It was so cool to just hang out in a fun festive atmosphere while Paige decorated cookies with Mrs. Claus (she was with Paige alone for at least 10 to 15 minutes). Paige also got to meet "Baa-key" a fat chicken on the older cartoons. It was a highlight of that trip.
Okay so to get to my point, at Halloween they have "Woody's Halloween Roundup" where you can hang out with Jesse & Woody, you can decorate Halloween cookies & listen to ghost stories. I am so excited. This is what makes Disney so magic - there are these little nuggets of fun. No one is in a rush - your excited to stand in line (to meet Santa etc.) and it's just a time to take things slow and be together. Okay that's my two cents. If you want suggestions on what to do on your next trip -Beware, my friend Amber ended up with 6 pages of shtuff... I am pretty full of it after all.