Disney World cancels tonight’s Not So Scary Halloween

Walt Disney World has canceled tonight’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

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There was still no word from Disney or Universal Orlando about general park closures, and Universal has not canceled tonight’s Halloween Horror Nights. “Universal Orlando Resort is closely monitoring the weather and at this time there are no changes to our operating hours,” its website says this morning.

However, Disney is evacuating its Fort Wilderness campground this morning. The resort has also offered to make alternative lodging arrangements for people staying in its Polynesian Village Resort bungalows and its Saratoga Springs Treetop Villas.

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SeaWorld Orlando will close at 2 p.m. today. Its Discovery Cove park will also shut down early. SeaWorld’s Aquatica water park will be closed all day today. All three parks will remain shuttered Friday.

Legoland will close early today and remain shut down Friday. A number of other smaller Florida attractions have announced reduced operating hours as the storm approaches.

Also, Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando have once again offered discounts for Floridians looking for shelter. The special distress rates, ranging nightly from $55 to $105, are for hurricane evacuees and any other state resident displaced by the storm.

Everything you need to know for Halloween at Disneyland, Knott’s Scary Farm 2016

The Hitchhiking ghosts, shadow men, ghouls, and villains will scare guests from atop floats along Main Street, U.S.A. in a new parade at Disneyland.

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At Knott’s Berry Farm, a new virtual-reality attraction will place visitors in the middle of a horror movie.

Halloween season for theme parks kicks off this week.

RELATED: Here are all the big Halloween attractions in Southern California for 2016

Starting Thursday and select nights up to Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm will transform into it’s very scary alter ego, Knott’s Scary Farm, where more than 1,000 costumed monsters await.

Beginning Friday and not far away, Disneyland will host a family friendly Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Here’s a guide on what’s new, where to buy discount tickets, what to wear, and tips to get the most out of your visit:

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What’s new? The Frightfully Fun parade: This cavalcade will feature floats of the three hitchhiking ghosts, Jack and Sally from the “Nightmare Before Christmas,” Dr. Facilier and his shadow men, and Disney’s other famous villains such as the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Ville.

What’s returning? Jack-o’-lanterns decorated across Disneyland, the Cadaver Dans, and the Ghost Galaxy overlay of Space Mountain. The Halloween Screams firework show and Haunted Mansion Holiday are also back. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” overlay of the Haunted Mansion has a new gingerbread house decoration and a full-size Sally model.

What to wear? Disney prohibits visitors ages 14 and older from wearing masks or certain costumes. Children under 13 can wear costumes and masks so long as they don’t entirely cover the face. For those 14 and older, guests are allowed to don face and body makeup, themed shirts, blouses and sweatshirts.

Cost: $79 to $89 (separate from the regular day pass).

Parking: $18 at the Mickey and Friends structure and Toy Story Lot.

Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 6 to 11 p.m; Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m. to midnight.

Discounts: Annual passholders receive $7 off the $79 tickets with advance purchase.

Tips: Disney gives guests small bags but you might want to bring your own. There are several trick-or-treat stops, and employees are generous with handing out candy and health treats.

More: disneyland.com

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KNOTT’S SCARY FARM

What’s new? FearVR: 5150. For a $10 to $15 extra charge, visitors can get sucked into a horror experience that culminates with them getting strapped into a dingy brown wheelchair and donning a virtual-reality headset, where they will feel like they are in the middle of a horror movie. Other additions: a redesigned Special Ops: Infected, a new scare zone featuring the Headless Horseman, and two haunted mazes – the Red Barn and Shadow Lands.

What’s returning? The fog is back where 1,000 costumed monsters throughout different areas of the park will unexpectedly jump out to scare guests. Elvira will headline her own show, “Elvira’s Danse Macabre.” The Tooth Fairy, Paranormal Inc. and other haunted mazes are back as well.

Cost: $72 at the door (separate from the regular day pass).

Parking: $20. All-season parking is $65.

What to wear? Visitors are not allowed to wear costumes.

Hours: Thursdays, Sundays and Halloween Night: 7 pm to 1 a.m.; select Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Discounts: Tickets on Knotts.comare $40 to $52, depending on the night. Passholders receive an additional $5 off. Purchase a special cup at Subway to save up to $34. Visitors can also get tickets ranging from $35-47 by going to visitbuenapark.com and clicking the coupon titled “Killer Knott’s Scary Farm Deals.”

18 Pikachus dressed up for Halloween

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Um, okay, Flight Attendant Pikachu seems marginally safer I guess and way, way more adorable with her neckerchief and little purse. (By the way, flight attendants in Asia really do still wear neck scarves.)

Sure it might be annoying when an electric-generating mouse tells you to turn off your cell phone for takeoff, but admit it – you’d actually watch the in-flight safety briefing if a Pikachu were conducting it. Plus, she’s so darling. In the inevitable Halloween costume contest, Flight Attendant Pikachu gets my nomination for ‘cutest’.

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7 Easy Animal Makeup Tutorials For Halloween That’ll Have You Looking Perfect

An animal is the simplest Halloween costume you can choose. You can literally wear anything, throw on a pair of animal ears and a little makeup, and you’re completely set for Halloween. It’s the ultimate lazy girl Halloween costume, and these easy animal Halloween costume makeup tutorials will set you up for success.

Every year, when it comes time to choose a Halloween costume, I procrastinate until the absolute last minute. My conversations with my friends usually go something like this: “What can I be for Halloween that will allow me to wear my usual all-black going out uniform and still be warm?” And every year, I pretty much choose the same answer — a cat. It’s the easiest costume for a lazy girl like me, and if I want to wear black leggings and a black T-shirt, it’s totally acceptable.

This year, I’m a little bit more excited about the holiday, so I’m planning to step up my costume game a little bit. But I guarantee I won’t be straying away from the classic animal costume. It’s easy, cheap and it even gives me the opportunity to test out some new makeup skills. Use these seven simple tutorials to emulate an animal with your Halloween costume this year.

1. Deer

Bambi, anyone? This tutorial is absolutely adorable, and you can even make antlers out of sticks you find outside! Totally resourceful and crafty. I’m seriously tempted by this one.
2. Leopard

Seeing spots this Halloween? Use this easy leopard tutorial to paint your face. It’s deceptively easy too — other than the spots, you just need some whiskers and a nose. The rest of the makeup is totally optional.
3. Lion

You’ll be king of the African Sahara with this easy tutorial. The key to a good lion costume is obviously the mane, so you’ll need to step up your hair game for this costume to work. Hairspray and teasing will be your best friends for this costume.
4. Fox

Foxes have such a mischievous reputation, so I think this costume is perfect for Halloween. The one thing you need for a fox costume is a tail — your look won’t be complete without it. Grab a bushy tail, some ears and a little makeup and you’ll look foxy (ha) in no time.
5. Mouse

Ah, the classic Karen Smith costume. Yes, a mouse costume has a bit of a Mean Girls reputation, but it’s also a totally adorable costume option. This tutorial will teach you how to do your makeup perfectly. Add some ears and enjoy spending the rest of the night pointing at them and saying “I’m a mouse…duh!”
6. Tiger

The mascot of my alma mater is a tiger, so I’m a little biased, but I think this costume is one of the cutest ones on this list. You’ll be queen of the jungle with this costume. Looks like those tiger ears I used to wear while tailgating might be coming in handy…
7. Cat

You didn’t think I’d end this list without including the classic cat costume, did you? Yes, it’s a little cliche. But if you’re as lazy as I am when it comes to Halloween, a cat may be your best bet. Follow this easy tutorial to take your look from good to great.

If you’re looking for a last minute costume idea, these animal tutorials will save the day.

Disney rolls out their fun and not-so-scary Mickey’s Halloween Party

Spooky projections played on Main Street, U.S.A. and Disney‘s most famous villains came out at Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland.

Disneyland kicked off its not-so-scary Halloween celebration on Friday, the first of a 17-night special ticketed affair that runs on select nights through Oct. 31.

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But instead of gore and bloody decorations or costumed monsters roaming in the shadows looking for a scare like other theme parks, Disneyland offers a family friendly environment.

As part of the party, visitors are allowed to dress in costumes of their own making or more.

Angelina Rubio of Mesa, Arizona, came dressed as the character of Mary Sanderson, a witch played by Kathy Najimy, in the movie “Hocus Pocus.” One of the features of the character was her hairdo, which looked like an upside down beehive.

“My hairdo took forty minutes to create,” said Rubio. “It took a foam cone, a lot of teasing and a lot of spray glue.”

Over in Frontierland, a thick fog covered the Rivers of America. Wisecracking Scarecrows poked fun at costumed guests, while some of Disney’s more macabre music played over the PA.

Click here to watch a video of the costumed fun.

Along the waterfront, near the Haunted Mansion Holiday, many people dressed up to visit the quirky attraction, based on the movie “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Logan Holmgren and Patty Waterworth of Mission Viejo dressed as Jack Skellington and Sally from the movie, with her sporting orange hair and him with stitches painted across his face.

“We’ve loved the movie since it first came out,” Holmgren said.

Since this was a Disney experience, there were plenty of villains on hand with Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty,” Hades from “Hercules” and Jafar in “Aladdin” making many appearances.

There were also monsters appearing in the park, but they were Sully and Mike Wazowski from the “Monsters Inc.” franchise. They were in Tomorrowland where they hosted a Monsters U dance party on the Tomorrowland Terrace stage.

The signature attraction is the 10 to 12 minute fireworks show called: Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies. It features orange and other different colors, along with some spooky apparitions projected on the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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One of the unique features of the party is a chance for children and adults to pick up treats at Trick or Treat stations throughout the park, Disney handed out special Trick or Treat bags to each guest entering the park, giving them a chance to load up on the sweets in a safe environment.

Mickey’s Halloween Party can cost upwards of $84 on select nights. The first one in 2005 was priced at $18. Most of the scheduled events for this year are sold out.

Elsa, Han Solo, Minions Will Roam the Streets This Halloween(See the Top Halloween Costumes of 2015)

See the Top Halloween Costumes of 2015

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This Halloween you’ll see a lot of Minions, Han Solos and Elsa running around, according to the National Retail Federation.

The NRF’s 2015 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey lists the top costumes for kids, adults and pets. Most fan-favorites reference pop culture, and few are classically-spooky costumes. Halloween spending reaches into the billions, hitting $7.4 billion last year, according to the NRF. It is the 8th largest spending holiday, ranked behind Super Bowl and Father’s Day but ahead of Saint Patrick’s Day.

For children, the top three costumes this year are princess, Batman and other action figures and superheros. Princess has been the top costume for 11 years, the NRF said, with an estimateed 3.2 million kids picking the costume this year. In the No. 5 spot are costumes from Disney’s “Frozen,” including Elsa, Olaf and Anna. More than 1.8 million tots will go as Star Wars characters (looks like anticipation for “Star Wars: Episode IV — The Force Awakens” is heating up) and 1 million will select a little yellow Minion costume as they celebrate Halloween.
Top pet costumes are pumpkin, hot dog, Batman character, devil and bumble bee, according to the NRF survey. For adults, the top costume is witch, with 4.3 million adults donning the costume for the 11th year running. Star Wars costumes moved from No. 12 last year to No. 5 five this year. With debates and election ads running, 774,000 adults are choosing a politically-inspired costumes.

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“It’s easier than ever for consumers to find creative Halloween costumes given the popularity of Pinterest and Instagram and the immediate access to societal news,” said Prosper Insights Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow in a press release from the National Retail Federation.
Spirit Halloween also came up with a list of trending costumes for this year, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles;,”powerful women” such as Wonder Women and Supergirl, Caitlyn Jenner, Day of the Dead-inspired looks, pop culture references from “The Walking Dead” and “Orange is the New Black,” Star Wars characters, and characters from games such as Mortal Kombat and Assassin’s Creed.

10 things not to miss during the “Halloween Time” celebration at Disneyland

Disneyland has a lot to offer during their Halloween Time event that runs from Sept 11 to Nov 1st. Take a glance at our list of not to miss things from this years celebration so you will be prepared for all the fun to come.

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1. Visit Haunted Mansion Holiday

New Orleans Square has become a thrilling Disneyland Halloween tradition, with Jack Skellington from the Walt Disney Pictures classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” moving into the Mansion to spark a collision between Halloween and Christmas. As in past years, some eerie new touches have been added to the Haunted Mansion Holiday experience. The Hatbox Ghost, who recently rejoined the Mansion’s happy haunts, is staying to celebrate Halloween and Christmas cartoon with Jack Skellington and his friends.

2. Spot the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house

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Inside the Mansion, the 15th annual Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house resembles a leaning and careening “house of cards” this year. A corps of zombie gingerbread men in orange-frosting safety vests stands beneath the towering confection to supervise construction while a team of “helicopter bats” hover above the teetering tower. The “helicopter bats” are lowering spiders that will add the final gingerbread cards to the tower from their sticky, suspended webs.

3. Take a ride on Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

Another Halloween favorite is Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a Halloween-themed reimagining of the popular thrill ride in Tomorrowland. Guests on board the speeding Space Mountain vehicles are thrust into a ghostly galaxy where they are bombarded with eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spine-chilling spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out and menace space travelers.

4. Party “Day of the Dead” style

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In Frontierland, guests will enjoy the observation of the traditional Mexican “Dia de los Muertos” celebration with a skeleton display near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant. Free sugar skull face painting is also available.

5. Attend the extra ticketed event “Mickey’s Halloween Party

The popular separate-ticket, after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party returns this year, expanding to 17 nights beginning Friday, Sept. 25, with an array of special entertainment. For the first time, the “Paint the Night” parade, which made its debut in May for the Diamond Celebration, will be presented during this special event. In addition, the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular and the “Monsters U Dance Party” at Tomorrowland Terrace are exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party.

6. Enjoy a special Halloween treat

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If you are looking for something scary to snack for the Halloween season Disneyland offers plenty of different options. The French Market Restaurant will offer a Haunted Mansion Cake, pumpkin cheesecake and twists will be on hand and, of course, plenty of scary caramel apples.

7. Quench your thirst with a villainous drink

Every villain fan needs to have a special cocktail just their own. The Evil Queen made sure to supply her fans with this Poison Apple-Tini featuring a special glow ice cube.

8. Say hello to Jack Skellington and Sally

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Meet the host and hostess of Haunted Mansion Holiday outside of the Mansion itself. If you look close by at the popcorn carts you may spot Zero himself too.

9. Wonder at the splendid Halloween decor

Tons of places around the park is decked out for the season but you will see the most pumpkins on Main Street. How many pumpkins can you spot?

10. Visit the Big Thunder Ranch that comes alive as the Halloween Roundup

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This most likely will be the last season Big Thunder Ranch will be decorated for Halloween so make sure to make a visit to check out all the decor and special scarecrow pumpkins.

This Groot costume will make you rethink your Halloween plans

With a nearly $127 million domestic box-office haul, an inescapable marketing campaign, countless merchandising tie-ins and a soundtrack debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, it’s safe to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is worming its way into our pop-culture consciousness. And come Halloween, the streets and malls will be crawling with little trick-or-treaters dressed as Rocket Raccoon, and every grown-up party will feature at least two Draxes, a Star-Lord and a Gamora.

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But few of them will be able to hold a candle to this Groot costume created by Calen Hoffman. The photos show the work in progress, which will likely clue in cosplayers as to how he produced the almost movie-ready ensemble. The last time I sculpted anything was in 11th grade art class, so I’m happy to just sit back and marvel at the finished product.

On Hoffman’s Facebook page, he says trying to gauge interest in a full-sized bust or head sculpt, so you may want to put your orders in now. See some of the photos below, and many more at Mascotshows.com.

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