"This is Halloween! This is
Halloween!" Yes, we are all well aware of the
lyrics" origins" and the fact that this holiday
is once again upon us. While most adults are
worrying about what their kid is going to wear,
there are quite a few of us "grown ups" (and I
use the term loosely) who are concerned with
what we will wear! I have never been so consumed
with this issue, as I was this year. It would be
my very first time attending "Mickey"s Not So
Scary Halloween Party" " MNSSHP to us hip kids.
My sister Donna and I attended this candy-filled
event on September 30th.
For those of you that have never
been to MNSSHP, well, I"d say words fail to
describe it, but that would make for an awfully
short article. So here"s my attempt to paint a
picture for you: There"s candy, costumes,
characters, candy, chaos, parades, fireworks and
oh " did I mention? Candy.
As you enter the Magic Kingdom,
cast members are there to greet you with a trick
or treat bag and a park map with candy
locations. Walk down Main Street and take in the
d"cor. To say that it"s festive would be an
understatement! I"ve never been in more
Halloween-y surroundings! One thing that really
impressed me was the lighting around the park.
Imagineers use special effects such as spider
webs on Space Mountain and funky colors to
accentuate the different lands.
BTW, entertainment abounds
during MNSSHP. The "Boo to You" parade is not to
be missed. Make sure you get a good spot to
watch as the Headless Horseman makes his way
through streets. One of the coolest beginnings
of a parade ever! You"ll also see tons of spooky
floats and characters that you don"t typically
see during a regular day in the parks. Clara
Cluck, the whole gang from the Country Bear
Jamboree and the Hitch hiking ghosts from the
Haunted Mansion were the characters that really
stood out for me. I think my favorite part
included those shovel-wielding gravediggers!
Their choreographed routine included gruesome
stares towards the crowds and precision shovel
maneuvers complete with sparks flying. Do a
quick search on YouTube to see what I mean! The
parade happens twice a night " 8:15 and 10:30.
Everyone loves "Wishes," the
Magic Kingdom"s nighttime fireworks spectacular.
Well, "HalloWishes" is sure not to disappoint!
It"s the Villains" turn to steal the spotlight
during this special edition of the sentimental
favorite. We hear from all of those "no-good-niks"
from Maleficent to Oogie Boogie. As always, the
fireworks are jaw-droppingly stunning, but what
makes crowd go crazy, is the finale, which
completely surrounds the park " you simply don"t
know where to look!