We got back last night from Disneyland’s Halloween Party. We’ve been looking forward to it for months, and it’s one of my favorite things we do every year. It’s been getting more and more popular, and many of the nights of the party are already sold out. Buuuuut, if you want to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party, I have four tickets to give away for the October 9th event! This is unsponsored – our family did get into this weekend’s party with press tickets, but we bought these four passes ourselves. To enter, just leave a comment telling me you want to win! This contest is open to anyone who can be at Disneyland on October 9th. I’ll pick a winner on Friday via Random.org.
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle with a haunted makeover.
And for anyone who is already going, I’ll be writing up tips for the Halloween Party for Mommy Nearest this week and I’ll link it once it’s live. This is our fourth (maybe fifth?) year attending, so I have lots of tidbits to share.
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~Remember trouble dolls? Now Worry Eaters dolls are helping kids manage anxieties.
~TV vs. the Internet: Who Will Win?
I’ve been admiring tiny bar earrings lately. Maybe for Christmas, Mike?
~These pavé posts are so colorful.
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~Annabel has 15 minutes of assigned reading every night, and finding something new for her every night has been a challenge (she’s really good at memorizing, so I want to make sure she’s reading instead of reciting). My cousin gave me a Kindle for my birthday, and we signed up for the Freetime service – it gives unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games, although we’ve only used it for the books so far. It costs between $2.99 – $10 per month, depending on how many kids you have and if you have Amazon Prime. We’ve been using it for over a month now and I highly recommend it! If you’re thinking about getting a Kindle for your family, the Kindle Fire is on sale starting at $50. That’s so low I am seriously tempted to get one so I can reclaim the Kindle Leah gave me!
Happy Sunday, everyone!
UPDATE! We have a winner!!!
Congrats to Erin! Look for an email from me.
Thank you to everyone who entered! I really wish I could give you all tickets!
Tammy Britt says:
I want to win Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets! Thank you.
My family would love to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party on October 9th! Thank you for the opportunity! ??
Oh goodness. Those question marks were a smiley face. =)
We would love to go more than anything. We have a four year old (and two Bigs) who adores all things Disney.
Barbara De Lap says:
Thank you for the chance to win!
My kids would love Mickey’s Halloween Partyy!! They’ve never gone before, but they love Disney and Halloween!
Been a loyal reader of your blog for years and I would love to go to Disneyland!
We have not been there in years!! My 11 year old would love this. She has not been there since she was 6! ?
I WANNA GOOOO!! can it include airfare from Nashville to LA?
Ummm I am highly considering getting one of those worry eater dolls for myself.
And wow the kindle fire is cheap. Wow! I’ve had a nook for many years but it’s about time to upgrade.
Those shopkins are so cool. Also, reading the article, one of my first thoughts was, “how do you become a “toy trend expert?” I want that job.
I do not understand the Anne Hathaway thing. I love Anne. I’ve loved her since she brought Mia Thermopolis to the big screen. I knew she would get the Oscar for Fantine the minute I saw the movie’s trailer- she is immensely good at what she does. She seems like a decent person. I’ve never heard of “people” disliking her in favor of JLaw (whom I also love for different reasons) until I read this article. Makes it sound like this writer has an issue with her to me.
She’s talented, funny (not in a goofy JLaw way), and is likeable to me. What’s the fuss about?
The Pup Quiz bit on Fallon is so fun. I love Kaley.
I like Kyle’s article! I agree. It’s nice to have a movie where there is conflict, but not necessary a character that creates said conflict. There’s enough drama in the world to watch movies filled with it sometimes.
We would love to go! Thanks!!
Kim Rogers says:
We would love to win–so long since we have had a family trip to Disneyland!!
I hope the person who wins was having a bad week.
Claire Neuberger says:
We would love to combine our 2 favorites: Halloween & Disneyland! Free being the cherry on top! Will you be our cherry giver, please? ?
We would LOVE to win Disneyland tickets!! Fingers crossed!
We would love to go! We have a new baby and it would be so great to do this with the big kids. Thanks, Heather.
Would love to go!
Allison Pela says:
I sooooooo badly want to win!
Oh! I wanna win! So fun!
Kiera Farrar says:
What a sweet thing to do! We’d love to win!
Amy Asistin says:
What a fantastic giveaway!! We would love to go! Thank you!!
I would love to win this for my 4 & almost-6-year old! How fun – thanks for the giveaway!
Kristina Venegas says:
My family would love to go!!!
I will be in the LA area for four months starting October 5th and would love to take my friends son, who has never been to Disney!!
Carrie Mattson says:
I would love to take my grand babies!
My Linh says:
My family and I would looove to go!!!
I’ve always wanted to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party! I would love to win so I can take my husband, son, and daughter!
I’d love to win!!
We loooove Halloween and Disney and have never been!! Can’t wait to read your tips!!
So generous of you! We could drive down from the Bay Area!
Us! We live close enough and we would go!
We would love to go!
We would love to go on October 9th
Been a longtime reader of your blog. Would love to check out the Halloween party as we have been long time pass holders but haven’t actually done the halloween party. Not to mention this is also my daughter’s 5th birthday and she would love it.
First, your proximity to Disneyland makes me positively green with envy. And as a wise frog once mused, “It’s not that easy being green!”
Second, this was an unusually good Surfing Sunday. This is one of my favorite Sunday wind down activities and this week was good.
Third, Trapped in the System: A Sick Doctor’s Story really resonated with me. I have a chronic disease. Interstitial Cystitis. Not life threatening, but enough to make me miserable 4 of 7 days a week and requires regular medications. Some of those are narcotics for pain management. Every three months I dissolve into a puddle as i navigate this bloody, mess of a system to get my scripts refilled. I am a savvy health care professional. I have excellent insurance. I make a decent living. It is a nightmare. Yet, every month I still manage to thank God I know what I am doing. Because I cannot imagine trying to navigate this mess without the knowledge base I have. God bless those who don’t!
Related, I live in Seattle so boo, no Disneyland for me 10/9. Good luck to you So Cal peeps!
would love to win!! we were going in late October but had to cancel because of financial reasons!! Love Disney at Halloween time!!
I would love love LOVE to take my kids to Mickey’s Halloween party! We live less than an hour away from D-land, yet my 10 and 11 year old boys have not been in 5 years. I feel like EVERYONE we know has passes, but with 4 kids that’s like a million dollars.
Heather, I would love to go! It’s on my mom bucket list to take my kids. We would drive over from Arizona!
I would love to win.
Pick me Pick me I love Mickey!!
So excited about this giveaway! Would love to win!
We would love to win the Halloween tickets! We were just talking this weekend about it!
Melanie Hoolihan says:
I would looooove to go to Disney
Love the site, love Surfing Sunday, and would love Disney tickets!
Derinda Z says:
I would love to win these tickets for my family!
My husband’s birthday is October 7th and he has always wanted to go the Halloween party at Disneyland.
Oh my gosh! I would love to win! How kind of you to do this. Fingers crossed!
How to looe weight… – beautiful! Thanks for sharing the link. Read of my day
Julie C says:
Would LOVE to go!
Shannon D says:
I would love to go to Mickeys Halloween party!! Thanks for always being so generous!
Christina S says:
Oh I so want to win! I have a wonderful family I’d like to gift these to!
I would love to win! Love Mickey, love Disney and Halloween is my bday (day before) so all things spooky are in my DNA. Thanks for sharing your tickets with a lucky winner
I want to win and we are available to go!!
Karly Stern says:
Love reading the Sunday surfing, I’ve read things I would of never found without your links. My boys would love a chance to go to the party!
I want to win!!!!
Diane B. says:
I would LOVE to win! I can definitely be at the park on the 9th.
We would love to go!
Would love to win! Thank you for the chance.
We don’t live close, and my family has aged out of Disney trips. Good luck to the winner! What a fun contest!
I really enjoyed the Avenger/ Lockerbie and kidnapping articles. It’s interesting to read another perspective on things.
The Shopkins trend reminded me of the local IKEA store opening. There is a line of people – waiting for 48 hours! They’re waiting to get into a store for the privilege of spending their money. It’s the ultimate display of consumerism. The Shopkins remind me of the same thing – shopping for the glory of shopping. I don’t really understand it. I get the appeal of the toy but I don’t really understand the shopping angle..
Thanks for the great links!
My boys would love to go!
My kids would LOVE to party with Mickey
Our kids would love to go! Mickey’s Halloween Party sounds like lots of fun!
My family has not had the chance to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party yet & we would love to go! Thank you for the opportunity!
Shiree M. says:
We would love to go next Friday! My boys birthdays are on the 7th and 14th so winning these tickets would get us out of buying
My family would really enjoy experiencing this event for the first time. Sounds like a great time!
Melissa P says:
We love Disneyland, but have never done the Halloween celebration. My daughters would be over the moon if we could take them!
Laura A says:
We’d love to win tix to Dland! So sweet of you to think of your readers, Spohrs!
Oooooh, I’d love to win! Taking my girls will be the highlight of the season! Thank you for the chance to win!
I would love to go! I’ve never been to Disneyland despite having lived in SoCal for 25 years.
My daughter would love to go! What a treat it would be.
Barbi Jensen says:
I would love to win! thanks!
Stacey T. says:
We would love to win tickets. My husband, kids and I are Disney addicts, but live up in Monterey. I’d love to be able to surprise them with a one day special occasion trip!!!!
I want to win Mickey Halloween Party tickets for my family! My 4 and 2 year old would be in heaven! And it would give me an excuse to fly out to LA from Indiana!!!
My kids would adore going to Disney’s HalloweenTown! We’ve already been listening the Nightmare Before Xmas soundtrack for the last several weeks. It’s time!
I would love to go to the Halloween party!! I just moved to the LA area for school and I’ve been wanting to go to the parks but it’s so expensive!
GABBY ZARATE says:
I WANT TO GO!!! TAKE MY KIDS TO ENJOY THIS TIME AT DISNEYLAND. THANK YOU!
What an awesome giveaway! I would love to take my family to celebrate my birthday (which happens to be the day you have tickets for) as well as my daughter’s. Our birthday’s are only 1 day apart
I would LOVE to win these tickets! My son is 2 now and I have been wanting to take him on his first Disneyland adventure. We live locally so no problem being there on the 9th. I’m now crossing all my fingers and toes.
Shannon Bettencourt says:
You rock Heather! We’re available and ready to go to the Halloween party on October 9th!!!
We’ve been planning to take my son to Disneyland for the first time in October. I’m a Disney nut, so this is a big deal for us. We had some sudden and unfortunate expenses this month so I don’t think we’re going to be able to make it happen now, but maybe we can win them!! Yay!
Rhea Wilcox says:
I would really love to win!!! Thank you!
I want to win! My three-year-old is obsessed with Mickey.
Maureen W says:
I would absolutely love to take my family!
Would love to take my son (a few days older than James!) to the Halloween party at Disney! Not sure if he is really going to “get” the whole idea this year but would still be a blast!
This is such an awesome and kind thing for you to do!! I’m happy for whoever wins!! I would love to take my four boys…very pricey with four of them!! I can’t imagine how happy they would be….oh my goodness!! We live in Huntington Beach, so just a hop, jump, and a skip away!! Thank you for being so awesome.
Carrie Grummons says:
We live 15 minutes from Disney but have never dobe the Halloween night. We would love to go!!
What a generous give away! Thank you! We would love to win and take my three kiddos to the Happiest Place on Earth.
shelli culley says:
Hi! My family would love to attend The Happiest Place on the Earth on Oct 9th!!!
We would love, love, looooove to go! I’ve been wanting to take the kiddos to the Halloween Festivities! Ok,and myself.
Have never been to disneyland at Halloween time, would love to go!
Can’t wait to read your tips post
I would love tickets!
Ashley Goldsmith says:
I want to go soooo badly!!!!
Christina Holt says:
We would LOVE to take our 7-year-old for this! He’s obsessed with Halloween and we’ve been trying to get up the guts to take him (special needs).
I would love to take my family to it again. We went last year and loved it. Hubby didn’t want to pay for the tickets again this year.
Mickey and Minnie and Donald, Oh My!
A family trip to Disney, I’d cry!
My kids are so big, just five and also seven,
So I’m pretty sure this trip would be heaven.
Sadly this year, mommy and daddy must work on the 31st.
And as Halloween is our family fave, it’s the worst!
So bring us this very special trick and a treat,
We’ll snap lots of photos of the new friends we’ll meet!
I want to win mickeys not so scary halloween party tickets!!
I would love to win tickets to take my son to halloween time ar Disneyland! !! Yay thanks for this. Good luck all!!!
My daughters birthday is the 11th, this would be the coolest way to celebrate!
I would love to win these tickets. My son is a Halloween bday boy and this would be a great celebration!
Disneyland is my favorite place in the whole world!! I would love to win!! Thank you so much!!!
I would love to be able to take my family! Thank you so much!
I want to win, to take my Cinderella and Prince Charming to Halloween nights…. Not as cute as you guys but c’mon that would be cute.
Sher Edwards says:
Hey Spohrs Family!
Thanks for the opportunity! I’m already singing the Pirates of the Carribean song!
I also hope to bribe you with many beers in your future if we win!
I want to win! I logged in to buy tickets last night ( I know, I waited way too long) and all of the nights we can go are sold out. Great giveaway!
Me! Me! Pick me! We’ll road trip from Vegas for it; we went last year and had a blast!
Me! Me! I wanna go
Stephanie V says:
Believe it or not, living in so cal my whole life and have never been during halloween season! I would love to go and take my kids to experience it!
Jackie M. says:
How fun! It would be my twins first time to Disneyland!
RookieMom Heather says:
Pick me, my kids’ll freak!
Erin Botsford says:
Would love to take Collin Were in full pumpkin mode
Maybe I will spy Gwen in the bathroom like you did! But honestly I would love to take my three lil monsters for an amazing experience! They love Halloween even more than Christmas!
Arlene Munoz says:
Please pick my family! ! I have 4 kids and they would be thrilled. Thank you Spohr family
Was just talking with my sister about how awesome that would be! We’d love to go to Mickey’s Halloween!
I have been debating if I should take Addy this year. If I win then I will
My son is OBSESSED with all things decorated for Halloween.
Kristen D says:
My little family of four would absolutely adore this trip!!! It would be our last trip before a new baby comes and my kids would flip bananas to meet Mickey & Minnie!
I would love to win please!
I would LOVE to win! I’ve been dying to take my nephew to Mickey’s Halloween Party!
My husband and I would love to take our two kiddos to Disneyland for Trick or Treat night on Oct. 9th. Excited to read your tips on Mommy Nearest ?
I would love for my daughter to experience her first mic key’s Halloween party
Sarah Wirth says:
I would LOVE to win!
Rhonda Johnston says:
We got ears say Cheers!!!!!! We would love to go.
This would we wonderful. My girls would love it.
My Halloween loving kiddos would go crazy for this!!
And I should clarify, I’d love to win the tickets!
I would love to win tickets-we went 2 years ago and had a blast!
Alexandria Munoz says:
Please pick me I would take my sisters. They are toddlers.
Alex Munoz says:
Hope my family wins. Would love to go.
Sherry Moreno says:
I would love to win these tickets for our family. We havent been in years
Josie Montes says:
I would love to take my grand daughters!
Dina Johnson says:
This is very sweet of you. Please pick my family!
Dina Johnson says:
Thank you! This is very sweet. I would love to take my family.
Alexandria Munoz says:
My sisters are turning 4 & 5 I would love to take them to Disneyland for their first time. Thank you
Josie munoz says:
Thank you! I would love to take my family.
Kitty Deschanel says:
I want to win! I want to win! Thanks for the chance
Lucretia Pruitt says:
Oh Gosh! Count me in! I’d love to go to Mickey’s Halloween party!
We bought annual passes, but the party isn’t included and it just sounds awesome!!
Moving to California has been all about the mouse for us!