When my family had to choose our Disney-themed costumes for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2009, we took our cues from my then-twelve-year-old son, Billy, who has Autism. At first, he flatly refused to wear any costume. I’m quite sure that the only reason I was able to sweet-talk him into it was because we were going to Walt Disney World!
So, after weeks of getting “No!” “No!” “No!” as a response to “What do you want to be for Halloween?” he abruptly changed his mind. “Pirate!” he said. “I will be a pirate!”
“OK,” I said. “Billy will be a pirate.”
“And Mommy,” he declared. Okay…
“And Daddy,” he continued. “And Tricia and Catie!” (sister & cousin)
If Billy was going to dress like a pirate, we were ALL going to have to dress like pirates! Luckily, the rest of the family agreed to go along with the theme. (You end up doing quite a lot of this when living with Autism.)
As it turns out, dressing like a pirate is not that difficult to do and was an excellent choice for a group MNSSHP costume. It certainly helps that Disney has a long tradition of pirate adventure films:
For example, in 1950, Disney released Treasure Island, a live-action film adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling tale.
In 2002, Disney created an animated science fiction version of this film called Treasure Planet.
Another well-known Disney pirate was Captain Hook, the villain in the animated classic Peter Pan (1953). The film was based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J.M. Barrie.
The franchise was modernized with Jake and the Never Land Pirates, a musical interactive animated children’s show, debuted on the Disney Junior channel in 2011.
(Have you ever noticed how may pirates have prostheses?!)
Of course, there are plenty of pirates in the Disney Parks:
In 2003, the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction inspired a series of wildly successful live action films…
Which, in turn, inspired changes in the attraction!
There were plenty of fellow “pirates” at the party that night…
All in all, I think “Pirates” was the perfect themed costume choice!
I hope you have fun getting YOUR Halloween costumes together this year! Thanks for reading!