Disney lovers rejoice! This Mickey pumpkin is a great way to share your love of Disney over the autumn season. It's an easy, no-carve Jack O' Lantern that your kids will adore and can be saved and displayed year after year. Use faux foam pumpkins, craft paint and a little bit of modeling clay to make this Main Street Mickey pumpkin replica.
My husband and I recently took our daughter to Orlando, Florida for a week-long vacation. We had a blast checking out all the theme parks and fun stuff Orlando has to offer. We had never been to Florida before and we wanted to hit up as many of the parks as we could. I had no idea just how much stuff there is to do in Orlando.
Rob and I visited Disneyland in California about 10 years ago but Walt Disney World is so much bigger. There are actually 4 Disney theme parks and 2 Water parks plus Disney Springs, a outdoor Disney themed shopping mall. And that's just Disney. There's also all the Universal Parks and SeaWorld Parks. I'm pretty sure you could go to a different theme park every day of the year in Orlando and always find something fun to do.
October is a great time to visit Disney. Since it's the off-season the crowds and lines aren't too long and the weather isn't super hot. We live north of Seattle so getting away from the rain and heading off to a tropical climate is always a nice treat.
While we were in town hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle pretty hard. Luckily we were far enough away that it didn't effect us or get in the way of our vacation plans.
Another reason why October is a great time to visit Disney is they have everything decorated for Halloween. We attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party one night while we were there. For those of you who haven't heard about it, it's a separately ticketed event where the park closes for the party at 6pm and stays open until midnight.
During that time they have extra Halloween themed activities, decorations and trick or treating around the park in addition to the usual rides and other stuff.
Party-goers can enter the park at 4pm, and all the other patrons are forced to leave at 6pm, so you get 8 hours of fun during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and since there are less people in the park, the lines are way shorter. I actually got to ride on Splash Mountain with no wait time and I got the whole log to myself!
If you are ever at Disney in August through November and have a chance to do the Halloween Party I definitely recommend it.
Main Street Mickey Pumpkin Tutorial
One of the most iconic images at Disney during Halloween is the Mickey themed pumpkin. When you enter the Magical Kingdom park there is a giant Mickey Mouse Jack O'Lantern that greets you on Main Street.
I decided to make my own mini version of the Main Street Mickey pumpkin.
Mickey Pumpkin Supplies
- 10 inch foam pumpkin
- 2 5 inch foam pumpkins
- 2 Bamboo skewers
- Orange and yellow acrylic craft paint
- Black permanent marker
- Green polymer clay
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
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Directions for Main Street Mickey Pumpkin
- If the large pumpkin and smaller pumpkins do not match in color, use the orange craft paint to paint them all the same color. Set aside to dry.
- Trace or free-hand draw Mickey's face onto the pumpkin. If you don't have artistic skills try using a stencil like the one above. It's for sale on Amazon.
- Paint the eyes, nose and mouth with the yellow paint. Do two coats letting the paint dry completely in between layers.
- Use the black permanent marker to outline the yellow paint.
- Make a small leaf and vine out of the green polymer clay. Bake in the oven at 275 degrees per ¼ thickness of clay.
- Glue on the leaf and vine
- Pierce the pumpkin on each side with the bamboo skewers where you would like the ears to be placed.
- Attach the small pumpkin ears onto the pumpkin skewers.
- Secure with hot glue if needed.
- Display your Mickey pumpkin.
My daughter, Chloe absolutely loves the Mickey pumpkin. It's a fun memento to remind us of our wonderful vacation.
Have you ever been to Disney at Halloween? What was your favorite part? Tell me about it in the comments!