Bummed that you don’t have a Walt Disney World vacation planned for this fall? Not to worry, there are plenty of autumn activities that you can do at home to add Disney flavor to your days. We hope this article inspires you to Disneyfy your fall!
1. All the Spooky Disney Movies
There are so many awesome spooky Disney movies to watch as your family gets hyped for Halloween. Hocus Pocus is the Disney Channel Original Movie turned Halloween classic you likely think of this time of year, but there are other must-see Disney Halloween flicks as well. Thanks to Disney+ streaming Disney fans can watch The Haunted Mansion, Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire, the Halloween Town Series, Phantom of the Megaplex, Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie and numerous other not too scary Halloween movies.
2. Don’t Forget Classic Autumn Disney Movies
This is the perfect time of year for your favorite fall-themed Disney films. Though not Halloween films, there are cozy Disney films that are perfect for an evening at home with the family. For a full list of Disney films visit D23.com and choose fall flicks from the complete Disney movie list for your family. Here are just a few of my favorite fall Disney films.
- So Dear to My Heart – A classic film about a young boy showing his lamb at a county fair
- Melody Time (Johnny Appleseed Story) – Great music and short fun film about an American legend.
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad – Two short films featuring the hair-raising story of J. Thaddeus Toad and Ichabod Crane’s spooky night in Sleepy Hollow.
- Freaky Friday (1977)– The original is the best, follow the adventures of a mom and daughter that switch bodies for a day.
- Coco– Beautiful Pixar animation tells the story of a young boy’s adventure on Dia de Muertos.
3. Themed Dinners
If you can’t make it to a Walt Disney World restaurant for dinner, bring the magic home to your table! A themed Disney meal can channel a Disney resort, movie or park and can be a fun way to get the family involved in cooking. Maybe you are going Polynesian themed with roasted pork sliders and homemade Dole Whips. Maybe you want to Lady-and-the-Tramp-it with Tony’s spaghetti and breadsticks while watching the classic Disney movie. A fall food theme would be a fun way to celebrate the season while watching movies and pumpkin carving. Think Alison’s apple cider from Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas cookies, Johnny Appleseed inspired apple cake and savory Animal Kingdom Lodge Butternut Squash Soup from Boma for a main course.
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4. Decorate Disney Style
Why not decorate for fall Disney-style? Get inspired by park photos of fall decor at Walt Disney World. Arrange fall flowers, scarecrows and pumpkins to remind you of your favorite spot in the parks. Carve pumpkins with Disney quotes and characters to remind you of your favorite Disney movies. If you are looking to acquire some new Halloween decorations, hit the Shop Disney app to purchase wreaths, décor and trick or treat essentials all Nightmare Before Christmas themed!
5. 31 Nights of Halloween
Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween is a fall entertainment essential in my family. For nights when you don’t have a fun movie, meal, craft or activity planned, tune into 31 Nights of Halloween to enjoy the awesome programming. Do not miss some of our favorite movies like Toy Story of TERROR!, The Adams Family and Dark Shadows.
6. Trick or Treat as Your Favorite Character
Channel your favorite Disney character by dressing the part for Halloween. Regardless of if you are handing out candy, trick or treating with your family or hitting a Halloween party with friends, Disney costumes are a ton of fun. Plan a group costume and dress up as the Big Hero 6 group, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or the Sanderson Sisters. There are so many fun Disney duo costumes, princess costumes and Pixar inspired characters you could dress up as this year!
7. YouTube the Boo-to-You Parade!
Are you as bummed as I am to hear that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is not happening this year? Remember past parties by flipping through old photos to reminisce on vacation memories. Next, steep a yummy fall drink like cider, cocoa or hot tea and press play on a YouTube video of the Boo-to-You Parade. Watch vlogger park walkthroughs of Mickey’s Not- So-Scary Halloween Party to feel like you are back in Orlando celebrating again this year.
8. DIY Your Favorite Park Treats
It’s no secret that one of the best parts of a Disney vacation is sampling the incredible treats around the Disney property. A trip to Main Street Confectionary in the Magic Kingdom is always on my vacation to do list. Bring the magic of Disney sweet treats home by DIY’ing your seasonal confectionary favorites with your family. Research fall treats that fill the cases at Disney sweet shops, then take to the kitchen to build your own! Jack Skellington chocolate dipped apples, Mickey pumpkin shaped crisped rice treats and white chocolate mummy marshmallows would all be fun treats to make at home.