When Does Disney Cruise Lines Offer Halloween On The High Seas
Starting mid-September through October Disney Cruise lines offers Halloween On The High Seas sailings. All four of the Disney Cruise Ships offer Halloween On The High Seas, each one with varying itineraries. Guests can choose between 2 night – 7-night cruises with the majority of them offered in the Caribbean and West Coast. The cruise line even offers special Halloween themed decor for your room, ghoulish treats to be delivered prior to sailing and more! We sailed on the Disney Dream for the 4-Night Bahamas Cruise.
Other cruise lines offer Halloween Cruises. Take a look at the different Halloween themed cruises here.
Budget-Friendly Tips For Planning Your Halloween On The High Seas Disney Cruise
Save Money Booking
The first question is when do you book your cruise?! I recommend two things: One is following Disney Cruise Line on social media and second sign up for their newsletters. That way you will receive notifications when they have a sale. The best sale that I have come across is the day after Thanksgiving they ran 20% off cruises. That is better than the 10% off cruises they offer those onboard as an enticement to book. (The sale that I took because I had only seen 5% off or a reduced deposit until then). Either way, wait until they offer a sale to book your cruise. Halloween on the High Sea sailings does tend to sell out so I would not recommend waiting till the last minute.
Save Money On Costumes
Save Money On Booze
Bring two bottles of wine with you. The cruise line allows guests to bring up to two bottles of wine with them aboard the ship. Alcohol aboard the ship comes with a hefty mark-up so save a little money by bringing your own. The cruise line will provide glasses in your room.
Save Money By Bringing Your Necessities
In the event, you forget to bring your swimsuit, toothbrush or other necessity expect to pay top dollar for it onboard the ship. I recommend creating a packing list to keep you from forgetting anything important. Keep in mind the ship does provide pool towels and towels for beach use. Another trick is to purchase Disney attire, decorations and toys prior to boarding the ship. The mark-up is tremendous when you can get the same thing for a fraction of the price at your local Disney Store.
Ten Tips For A Halloween On The High Seas Cruise
Download The Disney Cruise App
I recommend downloading this app right now if you have a Disney Cruise booked. The app has everything you need at your fingertips. It even works on the ship so you can pull up the Navigator (The daily schedule of events), make reservations, and so much more. This is how you are going to know when and where the Halloween events are. You can also pick up a paper copy of the Navigator in the lobby at guest services.
Pack A Costume or Two
Pirate night happens on every Disney Cruise regardless if it is Halloween On The High Seas Sailing or not. That means that you get to dress up for two nights. For those not looking to bring multiple costumes consider dressing up as a pirate for both nights. This is what we did because we simply didn’t have the room in our luggage. On Pirate Night the cruise line does provide complimentary Mickey Pirate bandanas in your stateroom in the event you forgot your costume.
Fun Family Disney Cruise Costume Ideas
Here are a few of the great costumes we saw on Costume Night:
Te Fiti, Maui, Moana, and Hei Hei; Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tinker Bell; Snow White and Seven Drawfs (where the dad was Snow White and his wife and kids made up the seven Drawfs; Cruella De Vil and Dalmatians, Dad’s dressed up as Prince Charming with their little princesses these are just a few of the great costumes we saw on ship. Other great Disney characters I saw were the entire cast of Aladdin, a family of villains, the ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and the tiniest Sebsation in a pot with chef Louie!
Join the Storyteller Around The Pumpkin Tree
Sample the Spooktacular Goodies
There Is Trick-Or-Treating
It isn’t Halloween without a little Trick-Or-Treating, is it? On the night of Mickey’s Mouse-Querade Party children can go trick-or-treating at stations set up throughout the ship. Depending on what ship you are on there will be 10 or 11 Trick-or-Treat Stations. Each station will have a bag for your child to take with them that is already prefilled with a handful of candy. The candy the cruise line gives out is quality candy, not the cheap stuff. However, if your child has a nut allergy I would recommend bringing a separate goodie bag for them.
Mickey’s Mouse-Querade Party
Adults Only Costume Party
Kids aren’t the only ones who get to have Halloween fun on this cruise. Sip creepy cocktails, boogie down with the DJ and wear your favorite costume at the adult-only costume party. A few of the parents dropped their kids off at the Kids Club or Small World Nursery and then joined the party. This is just one of the many adult-only Halloween events happening onboard the ship. Ensure to check the Navigator for details.
See Jack and Sally
The only time during our cruise where Jack and Sally were present was at the Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Sing + Scream. This was disappointing as I was hoping these popular Halloween characters would have made more frequent appearances during a Halloween On The High Seas Cruise. This late-night interactive movie experience is one that is bound to get you in the Halloween spirit. After the movie is when you have the opportunity to meet Jack Skellington and Sally.
Check Out The Shops For Special Disney Halloween Merchandise
Halloween Themed Events Throughout The Ship
Decorate Your Cabin Door
What is a Fish Extender?!
This is not an official Disney Cruise activity but rather something that fellow cruise mates put together prior to sailing. Right outside each statement room is a little fish or sea themed wall hanging. Families that are participating in the Fish Extender hang a nice bag or pocket from the fish for others to drop off little gifts in. The gifts exchange is set up through an online group. To find a Fish Extender group simply search Facebook for the name of your ship and sail date. Often times families sailing together will only do the exchange between themselves.
Planning To Visit Disney World Before Or After Your Cruise
Many Disney Cruise passengers often contemplate spending a few days before or after at Disney World. While there are perks to both we recommend visiting Disney World after your cruise. A great option is to plan your visit so that you are hitting Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. It is a fun-filled way to round out your Disney vacation if you have any money left.