Looking for Halloween fun outside of the Disney Parks? We had a great time and were so excited that we got to experience Halloween on the High Seas. We didn’t attend every event (there is never enough time!) but loved the ones that we did get to see.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream
The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream is an interactive movie 4D experience. We attended on the first night of the cruise since there was only one other offering. We were afraid we would miss it and I was really looking forward to it. Unlike other movies on the ship the sing and scream takes place in the Walt Disney Theater so they can add the extra elements to the show. At one point fog rolled in and it snowed when Jack was delivering gifts. The 3D version of the movie is awesome so I highly recommend taking the time to see it. After the film there is a meet-and-greet with Jack and Sally in the lobby in front of the theater.
One tip, for the shows in the Walt Disney theater they will take wheelchair users downstairs and then back up to the theater to the wheelchair seating. This was not an option during the Nightmare Before Christmas show since they have to have permission to open the water tight doors to get you there. I recommend sitting in the balcony on deck 4 to have a better view of the screen. The view on deck 3 will be obstructed by the balcony above.
The Halloween Tree
The Halloween Tree is now one of my favorite Disney Halloween decorations. The tree is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s classic tale about the traditions of Halloween, “The Halloween Tree”, which I brought with me to read on the cruise. Each ship in Disney’s fleet has it’s own tree and each has a different face.
One the first night of our cruise a storyteller told the story of the Pumpkin Tree and how celebrating Halloween began. Kids sat close, repeated a chant with him, and then gave him pumpkin seeds. We were told to come back on Sunday to see what we what we had done. After we left the Sing and Scream we came out into the atrium and pumpkins had magically appeared on the tree. I have no idea how they got there so quickly!
On Sunday night the storyteller appeared again. I loved him because he reminded me of the caretaker in the graveyard in the Haunted Mansion.
After a little more chanting we brought the pumpkin tree to life and both the tree and the pumpkins on the branches lit up. They played the version of This is Halloween from HalloWishes at the Magic Kingdom and the lights on the tree danced to the music. It was so cool!
Haunted Stories of the Sea
This was something that I thought would be really cheesy but I ended up really liking it. It takes place outside on deck 11 where the sail away party and the Pirate Night activities take place. A couple of Cast Members come out on stage to introduce the Captain who tells a few ghost stories. They weren’t too scary but they were a little scarier than I thought they would be. It was also fun being on deck with the wind blowing and the sounds of the ocean while the Captain shared his tales.
The ship also had lots of Halloween decorations. The atrium had a few pumpkins and decorations on the railings. Each of the main restaurants had beautiful pumpkins displayed at the entrance. There were also pumpkin faces on the round windows on the ship so that when the sun hit them it looked like there were pumpkins all along the walls.
More Halloween Fun:
- Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party: In addition to Pirate Night, Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party took place in the atrium towards the end of our cruise. Guests could dress up in their Halloween costumes and play games, trick or treat, and meet some of the Disney characters in their Halloween costumes.
- Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids: Another event we skipped was the adults-only party Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids. It was held in Evolution, the nightclub in the Adults only area in the ship. There was a costume contest and some Disney villains made an appearance.
- Creepy Cabaret : a party in the atrium featuring favorite Halloween-themed music performed live by a band of ghostly musicians.
- Spooky Movies: To get guests into the spirit of the season, Halloween-themed movies will be shown in Buena Vista Theatre, on Funnel Vision by the family pool and in guest staterooms.
- Ghoulish Delights: Disney Cruise Line chefs have conjured some very special treats for Halloween, including chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes and “Spooky Juice.”
There are also more Halloween-themed activities for all ages scheduled during the cruise. They are listed in the navigator left in the stateroom every night or you can check the Disney Cruise Line app. Like I said, while we missed some things overall we really enjoyed Halloween on the High Seas and would definitely take a Halloween themed cruise with Disney again.