Our girls are like a lot of kids their age: obsessed with all things Disney! They love Minnie and Mickey and all their friends, too. And a while back we discovered a fun Disney toy that was price conscious enough for us to start a collection: Tsum tsums. Over a number of months, we have collected quite a few of these fun little toys. And so when it came time to dress up to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party, we thought it would be fun to have the girls dress up as Mickey & Minnie Tsum Tsum!
The costumes ended up being really simple to put together, so I thought I would share a quick how-to with you about the costumes.
Our Halloween Tradition
When we dress up for Halloween, we kind of have an established tradition. We have a friend who makes us amazing crocheted hats. The first one she made for G was a pig (she was obsessed with pigs), she made a chick for a tiny W. Then, she made a set of Monster’s Inc. hats for all 4 of us. And this time around she crocheted the Mickey and Minnie Tsum Tsum hats.
All I had to do was dress the girls from the head down. I had a talk with G where we identified all the parts of the Tsum tsums that we needed: shirt, shorts/skirt, tail, and yellow shoes. And I thought that black tights would work better for the look of the costume, so I added those in. I was also planning on finding some white gloves and modifying them for the girls, until I found the perfect solution!
Tsum Tsum Mickey & Minnie Details
I found some cheap black t-shirts from the craft section of Walmart for each of the girls. I purchased over-sized shirts so we can use them for other dress-ups in the future.
We had a white skort for W (Minnie) that was stained. So I purchased some red dye to turn it red. If I had to do it again, I would have purchased a simple skirt like this one because it is so versatile and I LOVE the colors from this brand, Primary. That is where I purchased a red pair of shorts for G (Mickey). Again the color is vivid and the quality of the clothing is wonderful!
A shopping trip to the mall uncovered a clearance pair of tights from Crazy 8 in black for each girl.
We tried to find a pair of yellow shoes that were inexpensive enough to purchase for this costume. But we couldn’t find anything at a price point I could swallow. So we decided to try our hand at dyeing a basic pair of white tennis shoes from Walmart. It worked VERY well using Rit Dye in Golden Yellow. We took out the laces to dye the shoes and never put them back in – it made them easier for us to put on!
The gloves! I was shopping for a completely different reason at Party City when I found the perfect Mickey Mouse Clubhouse gloves to complete the girls’ costumes! These are simply perfect!
Oh, and I stitched together a simple black tail for each costume using a worn out black t-shirt. Then I attatched them using safety pins. So cute! I also made a simple belt for W (Minnie) with polka dots – a nod to Minnie’s favorite pattern.
The girls LOVED dressing up in their Tsum tsum Mickey & Minnie costumes! And they had a wonderful time at Mickey’s Halloween Party.
In case you have never heard about Mickey’s Halloween Party: heads up! This is the best way to experience Disneyland with young families! It is much less expensive than a typical day and is the perfect amount of time in the park. Mickey’s Halloween Party happens about 10 times a year during the months of September and October. The event takes place while the park is closed to the general public – only people with tickets (wristbands) for the party are allowed! And the tickets are discounted quite a bit from a typical day pass for Disneyland.
We love Mickey’s Halloween Party because it is a great opportunity to experience Disneyland in a more manageable amount of time for young kids. The wait times for most rides are diminished greatly. This year we were able to ride the Winnie the Pooh ride as many times as a person would want to in 15 minutes. We are also able to get on some of the bigger rides really fast, too! During the fireworks – something our girls just don’t enjoy – we rode Buzz Lightyear 2 or 3 times!
The reason the ride wait times are shorter is there is a mad dash for trick-or-treat candy in the rest of the park! Don’t get me wrong – we do a little bit of the trick-or-treat thing at the party. But our focus is not on waiting in line for candy. Our focus is on experiencing as much of the thrill of Disneyland as we can!
UPDATE: The girls loved their costumes so much that they would ask to wear them months later! We are currently in the process of planning our next Mickey’s Halloween Party costumes!