20+ Disney Costume Ideas for Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash
Going to Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash? If so, you need a fun costume – that isn’t hot or bulky. After all, you are in Central Florida… with crowds of people… and riding attractions. The best Disney costume ideas are creative AND comfortable!
Are you going to Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash? If so, you’ll need a Halloween costume – for everyone in your group! Whether you dress as a group, or individually, these DIY Disney costume ideas will inspire you to be creative (while staying comfortable in Florida heat!).
This post was originally created for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) which did not occur in 2020 due to the pandemic. For 2021, Disney is hosting the After Hours Boo Bash in place of MNSSHP. While the event is different, the costume rules are similar. Therefore, the ideas in this post will work for either MNSSHP or the Boo Bash.
These Disney costume ideas are perfect for trick or treating in hot climates. After all, who wants to wear a blow-up dinosaur costume when it’s 88 degrees outside?
Tip: Grab a Halloween Scavenger Hunt to play while trick-or-treating or at a Halloween Party.
What to wear to Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash?
If you’ve never been to MNSSHP of the Boo Bash, you might be wondering what to wear. Here are some frequently asked questionsaboutwhat to wear to Disney World’s Halloween Party.
Q: Can you dress up for Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash or Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Q:Do you have to dress up for Mickey’s Halloween party or the After Hours Boo Bash?
A: No, dressing up is not required to attend MNSSHP or the Boo Bash.
Q:Can adults dress up for the After Hours Boo Bash or Mickey’s Halloween party?
A: Yes! During MNSSHP and the Boo Bash, Disney World allows adults to wear costumes. While adults are permitted to dress up, make sure to familiarize yourself with the adult-specific costume guidelines.
Note: This is unlike their normal costume policy, which prohibits adults from wearing costumes (here are the details).
Q:Can you paint your face for the Halloween party or Boo Bash event?
A: There is no policy against face-painting for MNSSHP or Boo Bash.
Tip: Disney costume ideas that incorporate face paint would be cooler than a mask – and more suitable for Florida weather!
Q: Can you wear a mask at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party?
A: Per the current policy, only children 13 and under can wear a mask (unless they are medical masks for guest safety).
Q: Are there any costumes that are NOT allowed at the After Hours Boo Bash?
A: Yes! Make sure to familiarize yourself with Disney World’s costume guidelines. In short, costumes that could be offensive or dangerous may not be permitted.
Is Orlando Hot in October?
Often, I’ll hear people mention going to Disney in October because “it’s cooler.”
While, yes, it’s true that it’s cooler than the summer… that doesn’t mean it is actually cool.
In fact, here are Orlando’s average temperatures for the months in which MNSSHP and the Boo Bash occur:
Average Temp in Orlando, Aug-Oct
As you can see – while it is definitely more comfortable in October – the average temps are only 6-7 degrees lower than in August.
Therefore, one of the most important things to consider about Disney costume ideas at the Boo Bash is this: “Will this costume be comfortable in hot weather?”.
Of course, you might get lucky with a cool day in late October. In that case, plan layers when you make the costume (such as a long-sleeve tee as a backup).
Still, the vast majority of Halloween Party nights are going to be warm in August through October. Therefore, plan accordingly!
16 Disney Costume Ideas for Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash
As described above, the best Disney Costume Ideas for MNSSHP or the Boo Bash are:
not bulky, and
meet Disney World’s costume guidelines.
With that in mind, we’ve chosen plenty of DIY Disney costume ideas that can easily fit that bill! You may need to make a few modifications (such as a short sleeve tee, instead of a long-sleeve shirt), which we’ve noted in the comments.
So, which DIY Disney costume idea is your favorite?
This DIY Snow White costume comes complete with a poison apple! Learn how to make a Snow White costume for your little girl. For hot Florida weather: (1) swap out the long sleeves for short sleeves, (2) shorten the skirt to tutu length, and (3) skip the tights.
Pirates of the Caribbeanfans can look rough and tumble, just like mischievous Jack Sparrow. This tutorial includes a cool, comfortable costume (perfect for the parks!) and how to apply bearded pirate makeup.
Looking for a family costume idea? These Jake and the Never Land Pirates costume ideas from Mom Endeavors are darling. Since the set is primarily accessories (vests, belts, hats, wings, etc.), it's a practical costume for a long day at the park.
Likewise, if the whole family wants to dress up in a Phineas and Ferb theme, take a peek at this group costume from My Insanity. Perry the Platypus is even included! Adjust Dr. Doofenshmirtz's lab coat to a short sleeve in order to beat the heat.
This DIY no-sew Elsa costume from Eighteen25 is such a great idea for the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Perfect for Frozen-loving little girls! A lightweight tee and tutu will keep your princess cool (or frozen? hehe).
Whether you’re looking for a solo Peter Pan costume or a family costume, these Peter Pan themed costumes are the cutest. If it's going to be hot, choose shorts and tees over pants and sweats. Tall socks, themed hats, and accessories will easily communicate the theme.
This Flynn Rider costume from Make It & Love It is a great costume idea for a little boy! Again, the focus on accessories makes it easy to create a hot-weather version. Khaki shorts, a white tee, and skip the boots... your kiddo will stay cool while partying at Disney!
What’s cuter than a little boy in a Prince Charming costume? Not much! This costume idea from Make It & Love It does require some sewing... as usual, shorten the pants and sleeves for a hot-weather version.