Today I’m going to share with you how to make an Ariel Mermaid Halloween Costume and share with you ideas for what to wear to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. If you like this post you may also like this tutorial showing you how to make Harry Potter Quidditch Robes.
My kids also love dreaming up their costumes for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and we have had quite a few lively dinner conversations about what we were going as. Usually the more “lively” conversations occurred in years where we were all trying to match our costumes. There always seemed to be one dissenter among the group. So far Peter Pan, Star Wars, Grecian and Superhero themed costumes have always been nixed by one person who didn’t want to participate. Many years my kids would BEG me to just buy them a costume at the store for Halloween, and I not wanting to let go of the fun of sewing the costumes, would always say “No, you get a handmade costume!”
This brings me to 2014- One kid is off in college and one is a teenage boy who is too “cool” for almost every costume on the planet. The only one remotely excited about her costume this year was my teenage daughter. I knew that my sample fabric for Derby Style would be showing up a few days before we left for fall break. So I told my kids that we’d just go to the store and pick out costumes this year. I had NO spare time to sew. Which was met with a resounding NOOOOO. Really? The ONE year I don’t have time to make a costume is the one where they don’t want a store-bought one? My daughter told me “I’m going to be Ariel, on the Land, with a blue skirt, a red wig and a big blue bow.”
So 2 days before Fall break we headed off to Joann to pick up fabric to be “Ariel, on the Land”. Her brother had originally wanted to be a “sheet ghost” (ala Charlie Brown) which would have been easy enough to make but then walked into Target and picked up a giant pirate hat and changed his mind.
His costume was easy enough, he wore my husbands jacket from his Ichabod Crane costume a few years ago, then added the foam hat and beard. Easy peasy (except he got overheated and ended up sick and almost left Disneyworld on a stretcher but that’s another story- he’s fine btw).
(wig is from Amazon, I made a big blue bow and pinned it to the wig)
The Ariel costume was actually quite simple to make. I purchased blue satin fabric (that did not fray so I would not have to hem it) and made a simple circle skirt. It took about 20 minutes. (google “circle skirt tutorial” if you’d like to make one, there are a million tutorials online).
We purchased a peasant shirt then I made her vest. I measured around her torso then cut a piece of black faux suede fabric 1″ wider than the widest measurement. I then added a separating zipper to the back seam and zipped the vest onto her inside out. I simply pinned the fabric under her arms until it was the same shape as her – essentially creating side seams and darts at the same time). I just sewed up the marked side seams and that was it… Ariel had a vest.
Once we got to Disney World she had the idea to pin Flounder to her skirt, which I thought gave the costume a fun and clever touch.
(she had to get her photo next to the Ariel ride, and I do admit it made a nice backdrop for a photo)
We spent Fall Break in Disney, I actually ended up flying from Orlando to Houston for Market, I didn’t want to miss either so just hopped from one event to the other. It made me insanely tired, and I started Market already worn out, but that was the only way I could figure out how to squeeze both events in.
(hubby and I went as Mousketeers, an easy costume to throw together at the last-minute)
Last time we were at Disney we attend the Halloween Party and were not 100% sure we were going to go again. It was so crowded compared to years past, we could barely walk down the street there were so many people. To top it off my husband and I got food poisoning from a drinking fountain that night. We decided to give it “one more try” and I’m happy to say that the crowds were perfect. Crowded yes, but not overwhelming and we were able to walk onto most of the rides. Disney also added a lot of fun activities to the party, I was really glad we decided to go again. (Oh and you should have seen the triplet 3 yr olds dressed as the three fairies from Sleeping Beauty, I about died of cuteness)
Everything was fine that night until my son when on a ride he had been on a million times and didn’t “feel so good” when he got off. To make a long story short, he got sick and dizzy and wouldn’t stand up or walk, Disney noticed and 10 min later there were 3 paramedics, a cop, a fireman and about a dozen Disney employees around us. I will have to say that Disney is über prepared for sick kids, they were very nice and helpful. We decided he didn’t need to go to the hospital, but he did end up leaving Magic Kingdom that night in a wheelchair. It was memorable for sure… and my daughter made sure I knew she was mad she missed the Halloween parade and most of the party (oh, the perils of being a twin). I think we still need to go back to the Halloween party again though, we need to try to “break” our streak of bad luck with it. Maybe in a couple of years, we’ll see.