Hard to believe, but we are halfway to Halloween! It’s such a fun time of year! To celebrate and to bring some spooky Disney magic at home, Disney has released some delicious recipes. Catch all the details below!
Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Karen McLintock:
For many of us, the Halloween season is a favorite time of year with all the creative costumes (for humans and pets!), festive parties, over-the-top decorations, and, of course, fabulous food!
In honor of our #Halfway2Halloween celebration, I was excited to feature a couple of my favorite Disney Halloween and fall recipes from years past. (Full disclosure – I love anything pumpkin!)
The challenge? I could not decide which were my top two favorites so I turned to my team to select their favorites. The challenge? We had a six-way tie!
So here you go – in no particular order – our favorite autumnal Disney recipes (plus a just plain adorable sugar cookie!) to celebrate Halfway2Halloween. And a bonus – the Pumpkin Crème Brûlée recipe is new and exclusive to Disney Parks Blog. Click the links below each photo for the downloadable recipe. Happy Halfway2Halloween!
These twists of pumpkin delight are super easy to make with frozen puff pastry. The pumpkin pie filling is what makes this delicious hand-held snack so special … for all you Halloweenies out there! Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe.
Scrumptious Pumpkin Pancakes slathered with butter and syrup. ‘Nuff said. Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe.
This gluten- and vegan-friendly Pumpkin Soup is a warm hug in a bowl. Great as a side dish or a main meal. Yes, please! Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe.
Of course, we give Halloween icon Jack Skellington his own cookie! Have fun baking and decorating this treat any time of the year. Beverage choice – milk, of course! Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe.
These Pumpkin Bars are bites of pumpkin heaven complete with a graham cracker crust. What’s not to love? Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe.
Everything about this Pumpkin Crème Brûlée will “wow” family and guests. This French classic with a nod to the Halloween season is actually easier to make than you think and definitely worth the effort – promise! Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe.
RELATED ARTICLE: 5 Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Visit Disney World
by Cindy E. Nykamp
One question we get often is “When is the best time to visit Walt Disney World?” It is literally the Happiest Place on Earth, so I don’t think there is a wrong time. However, there are good times to visit and great times to visit. The best of the great times is without question the fall. I could easily list a couple dozen reasons this is true, but here are the top 5.
5 – The Weather (October and November)
Those of us who live in central Florida have come to love the month of October. It is usually around the second or third week of October that Orlando ceases being hotter than the surface of the sun. The “humidity bubble” that covers Orlando during June-September, magically disappears and we actually begin to cool off with little or no humidity. It’s a welcome relief from oppressive summer weather. For those who are traveling from the north, you may think our upper 70s/low 80s is a bit warm, but your kids will love that they can swim outside in Disney pools in November! Fall is a great time to visit Disney World, because you’ll find comfortable temperatures in the afternoon, cools temps in the mornings and evenings, and you can enjoy being outside all day without being miserable!
4 – Lighter Crowds in September, November, Early December
Along with better weather, the fall is a great time to visit if you want to experience lighter crowds. Now “lighter” is a bit relative. I do believe the days of walking on every single ride all day is over. You’ll still find waits. It will be busy, but it should not be crazy busy. Disney has done a great job of getting people to visit in the fall with resort discounts, free dining plans, and awesome special events (See how I slipped a couple of extra reasons to visit in fall in there 🙂 ).
However, if you come in early September, especially after Labor Day, mid-November, and early December, you may experience lighter crowds than other times of the year. Again, it will still be “busy,” the lines will just be shorter. For example, we recently saw a 20-minute wait for the Mine Train in Magic Kingdom; substantially lower than the 90-120 minutes that is normal during peak season.
Notice I did not include the month of October. You may find a few days here and there that are lighter, but overall October is a busy time.
3 – Celebrate Christmas Early in November at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Early in November, Magic Kingdom transforms shedding its Halloween decorations and magically, becomes a Christmas wonderland. If you visit the first week of November, you’ll start the week with Halloween decorations and end it with Christmas. If you like celebrating Christmas early, then you’ll love Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This special event party is a fun time which includes a special holiday parade, fireworks and stage show. It certainly will get you in the holiday spirit!
2 – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Starting in September and running through Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will be your absolute favorite special event! Read all you need to know about the party here. Also, don’t miss our 13 Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
1 – Food & Wine Festival
The hands-down number one reason to visit in the fall is the Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. The Food and Wine Festival brings out over 30 global marketplaces where you can taste the best food and drink from around the world. Also, popular is the Eat to the Beat concert series, which brings in favorite artists from past glory to entice you to dance the night away. These shows run every evening throughout the festival. There are also many excellent seminars and special tasting events in addition to the kiosk around World Showcase. You’ll want to spend a lot of time in Epcot exploring and tasting your way around the world during your fall visit! Read our 9 Strategies for the Food & Wine Festival to get the best experience!
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