Disney with Special Needs: Tricks and Treats for the Ultimate Halloween Trip Packing

It’s late August and tonight the Magic Kingdom will host the year’s first of the most spectacular event of the year, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Oh yes, Halloween has arrived in Disney, and that means that it is fair game for everyone. Of course, there are some of us who have been salivating over Halloween decorations and hoarding fall candles since June, but when the Mickey jack-o’-lanterns make their appearance on the light posts, it is officially on.

Unfortunately, my family won’t be making the pilgrimage to the Halloween party this year. We’ve decided instead to do a pilgrim pilgrimage and head home for Thanksgiving. But that doesn’t take the not so scary love out of my heart, and I will be dreaming of seasonal sweets, treats, and spooks along with all of you lucky people who will be there this fall.

That brings us to what I want to talk about today — what should you bring when you are planning a frightfully good time at Disney World for Halloween? With all of my family’s special needs, you know that packing for us is an event in of itself, but that’s part of the fun. Bringing along what we’ll need plus a few extras helps to ensure that we have the best time, while also keeping our needs under control.

So let’s take a peek inside my Halloween bag.

Treat bags. Yes. Very meta. One of the most important extras that we bring along with us when we are going to celebrate Halloween at home is treat bags. While the Cast Members will give each of you a little treat bag when you first walk into the party, these are hardly adequate if you are really in it for some hardcore trick or treating. In this case, bring your own bag. The bigger it is, the more candy you will be able to collect. Trust me, Magic Kingdom trick or treating is not a “one piece per stop” type of place, and if your bag looks empty, they will make sure that it doesn’t anymore. For extra Halloween points, design your bag with your name on it or to match your costume

Hot weather Halloween clothes. My mind might be firmly amongst pumpkins, hayrides, and crisp leaves, but the truth is, it is still August in Florida. Or September in Florida. Or even October in Florida for that matter. While the evening might cool off a bit closer to actual Halloween, if you are going to one of the early parties, or you are just looking to be properly festive during the day, you aren’t going to be enjoying chilly weather. Instead, it’s likely to be hot, muggy, and sunny. That is where Halloween-themed hot weather clothing comes in. We like to have some themed t-shirts and tanks with us so that we can still show off our “spirit” while staying cool. Since I have problems with overheating, this is important for me both during the day and to tuck into my bag for the party just in case my costume gets to be too much for me and I need to cool off

Glow. There’s nothing like a glow stick to add some pop to your night, and that goes extra when it is Halloween. To keep up with the spooky atmosphere, the Magic Kingdom gets darker than usual during the party. This adds to the thrills and chills, but it can be a little much for some people. Even if you don’t have a problem with the dim conditions, glow sticks, glow necklaces, glow bracelets, glow hair extensions and the like add personality to your look and make you feel like part of the decorations. Or maybe that’s just me

Makeup and nail polish. Makeup and I are very close friends. We have been for a long time and I don’t see us having any kind of breakup any time soon. While I am known to wear red lipstick and mascara to the mailbox, things get serious when I’m in Disney at Halloween. Fun colors, costume coordination, glitter, and metallics all make their appearance. This is a fun way to show some Disney themeing even if you aren’t planning a full costume or for during the day when you aren’t allowed to wear a costume. Get creative! There are tons of video tutorials online to teach you how to Disney-ify your nails. I might just bring some Halloween into my Thanksgiving trip this year with some Haunted Mansion candle nails.

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Taryn was born and raised, and still lives in Richmond, Virginia. Neither she nor her husband ever had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World when they were children, but when their daughter Avalon came along, they decided she was not going to follow in their footsteps. They brought Avalon for the first time when she was 3 and have been hooked ever since. Now along with Taryn’s mother and equally Disney-loving older brother, they go “home” at least once a year, and by the time she is staring longingly at Cinderella Castle from the ferry on their last night, Taryn is well on her way to planning the next trip. As a group consisting of two adults with Asperger’s, including one who is also vegan, a very accommodating husband, an only child, a senior, and a service dog, they are a pretty special family, but Taryn is excited to show that the World really is The Most Magical Place on Earth and that there is a place there for everyone. When she isn’t thinking about her next Disney adventure and trying to come up with a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party costume that will beat her Oozma Kappa nerd look, she is a professional blogger and novelist, but Taryn also likes to indulge her Disney passion on her Etsy shop It’s Better in Vinyl.

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