Well, well, well. It has been a very long time, hasn’t it? Let’s just say that Japanese public school has been just as awe inspiring as expected. Sarcasm intended. Nothing but negative stuff to report there……
So, in an attempt to counteract the oppressive school environment that El is doing her best to wade through, we decided a couple of days at Disneyland might be needed and Halloween seemed a good time to go.
Halloween in Japan is fairly lame, and why shouldn’t it be? It’s something that’s grown little by little into the well marketed but fun-deprived opportunity to score candy if you wear a witch hat from the 100 yen store. Trick or treat is just an expression, no one actually does it.
Soooooo, we figured if there were any place worth being on Halloween it would be Disneyland. We could not have been more correct!
We were looking forward to fun decorations but little did we know that Halloween at Disney is an annual costume party with plenty of regulars. Aside from Chip and Dale, we saw NO cast members wandering the park. They would have simply blended in….
Day One. October 30th.
The park decorations were everywhere. I miss big orange pumpkins and this is the only place El will ever see them.
It became apparent pretty quickly that there were a lot more interesting things to look at than the decorations.
There were costumed people everywhere. It seems like costumes fall largely into two categories: homemade lame and homemade amazing. Decide for yourself….
The afternoon parade was colorful and entertaining.
But the real entertainment was hanging out in front of Cinderella’s castle.
Turns out the effort involved in these kinds of costume transformations can be exhausting.
El needed some recharging too.
Day two. October 31st. Halloween!
A lot of visitors to Disneyland show up at crazy hours to wait on line so that they can make a mad dash to the Fast Pass kiosk of their choice. I kind of wanted to see that but it is just not how we roll.
We headed first for Tom Sawyer’s Island. Not many people out there at all so it was a great way to start out the day.
Costumed people were everywhere and we didn’t see even one official Disney character on this day. No one would notice them. El took pictures with a few and here they are…..
Bert and Mary Poppins were my personal favorites.
El’s not used to being photographed so much and I guess it wiped her out.
After all this it was time to focus on what was really important.
We figure that a visit to Disneyland should become our family’s way to spend Halloween from now on.
Sure beats walking through the local department store collecting hard candy from register staff.