Being in the Halloween parade at Disneyland by Christa Dougherty

Written by Christa Dougherty

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For years I had wondered how those lucky families got chosen to be in the spotlight at Disney parks. Family of the Day at the park, getting to be IN the parade, anything like that would be an awesome experience for my children (and me) and last October, it HAPPENED!

We had never been to Mickey’s Halloween Party and decided to go on October 15th, partly because the crowds would be smaller than on the weekend, but mainly because my triplets (a son and two daughters) were turning 10 the following week. It would be a great early birthday gift.

The kids decided on a Toy Story theme for the family.  They assigned characters as follows: Dad was Woody, I was Little Bo Peep, Ross was Rex, Brooke was Jessie and Morgan chose Buzz. I purchased many parts of the costumes online through various party websites, and added my own touches to make them just right.

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We got ourselves all decked out and went to the Halloween Party, having an awesome time admiring the great Halloween decorations, the kids trick-or-treating for LOADS of candy. As we were walking on a quiet stretch between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, a CM stopped us to compliment us on our costumes. She then asked us if we’d like to be IN the Halloween Cavalcade that evening!  My husband and I were stunned! The kids jumped around screeching, “SAY YES!  SAY YES!”  Of course we did, and got to ride in our own vehicle, waving and smiling to the sweet little princesses and scary little monsters lining the streets of Disneyland!  It was hands down one of the best experiences my family has ever shared. Looking up to see Main Street lined with people excited for the parade and knowing that we were part of it was so incredible. My daughter Morgan summed it up afterward when she said, “Mom, my face hurts from smiling so much, but I just can’t stop!”


About Christa:
Christa Dougherty lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is married and a mom to 10-year-old triplets, all being raised as true Disney fans, which is, of course, the only acceptable way to raise children.  They travel to Disneyland regularly and this year will be making a 10-day trip to Walt Disney World in July and spending a week at Aulani, the Disney resort in Oahu, Hawaii in August.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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