Did you know about The Halloween Tree in Frontierland?? We didn’t know about it until we were huddling beneath it for shade and noticed a plaque which read-
“On the night of Halloween 2007 this stately oak officially became The Halloween Tree realizing famed author Ray Bradbury’s dream of having his symbol for the Holiday become a part of Disneyland.”
Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1972 novel “The Halloween Tree”, it’s decorated in lights and jack-o-lanterns. Next time you’re in the Frontierland keep your eyes open for this cute oak tree!
The best part about Halloween is PUMPKIN SPICE! Okay- that’s just Kenzie’s personal opinion but is she wrong?? I don’t think so. As we approached October, we started to deck our halls in orange and black and thought it would be festive to make some cookies for the occasion. We looked online for pumpkin spice recipes and found The Mommy Mouse Clubhouse’s recipe on Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies. It was our first time making these cookies and I think we found our new Halloween tradition!… All Abooooaardd!
Refrigerate the dough for at least two hours. While the dough is in the fridge you can start prepping the icing or if you’d rather use store bought icing like we did, then you can watch a little Halloween movie instead while the dough is setting!
For the icing, we originally used this recipe on the pumpkin-shaped cookies but found that the flavor of the icing took away from the flavor of the cookie so we went with some good old fashion Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting for the skeleton-shaped cookies.
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies
Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, salt, and baking powder to the mixture. *Note: Next time we would add a little more pumpkin spice so we can REALLY get a stronger flavor* Stir in the flour just until mixed. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the dough until 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes. Let them rest on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.
Typically, we only dress like our favorite Disney characters during Halloween but this new(ish) Disney trend is giving us the freedom to dress like them whenever we want! We’ve been noticing some folks in the parks taking part in the Disneybounding craze and we can’t wait to try our hand at it! Kenz created these inspiration boards for some of our favorite characters. You can find all of our Disneybounding inspiration here.
We stopped by Sugarfina to pick up their limited edition Mickey The True Original candy. This is just one of the many collaborations celebrating Mickey’s 90th Birthday… at this rate, it feels like we could be celebrating all year long (YAY!) so stay tuned!
Out of the three candies, our favorite was the Mickey Mouse Buttons (berry flavored gummies). We’re trying to find a reason to justify another trip to the store within a couple days of each other but really, we just want more candy and another look at that cute hidden Mickey!!
Kenz just got this cute loungefly backpack from Boxlunch…it seemed like the perfect prop to match. This will be Disney backpack number three for us…we can’t help ourselves, they’re all just too cute!
Mickey Mouse turns 90 this November and in celebration, milk’s favorite cookie has released limited edition birthday cake-flavored Oreos. We were able to get our hands on the delicious cookies by going to Target, but they will be sold nationwide starting Sept 24th while supplies lasts!
Last weekend, we ended our day at the park with a purchase at the Castle Holiday Shoppe in Fantasyland. The cast member helping us asked if we were annual passholders (we are) and then she asked us what our favorite part about being an annual passholder is. We haven’t been asked that question in a loooonng time and it made us think…what IS our favorite part about being annual passholders?
Kenzie: “You can be a little spontaneous! Many times when Courtney and I have been down in Orange County visiting our parents (and the dogs), we’ve made a pit stop for some churros or popcorn. We used to do it in High School too, after class we’d go to Disneyland for the night and just hang out. No pressure, no plans.”
Courtney: “My favorite thing about being a passholder is being able to go to the park any time. We can go just for dinner or to catch a parade or show that we haven’t seen in a while. Also, we get to experience Disney year round, through every holiday. I can’t wait to see the park all decked out for Christmas! It’s my favorite”
Cody: “The Food. That’s not really an annual passholder answer but my favorite part is the food…”