Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Remembering Disney Pins for Halloween

Mummy Mickey and Pumpkin Pin

Halloween Pins From the Past

Over the years, a variety of limited edition pins celebrating Halloween was released. A great one is the Chip and Dale pin that was released on October 31, 2003. It features the mischievous chipmunks dressed as astronauts. This pin was part of a “Trick or Treat” collection where different pins were released at different locations at Walt Disney World. The Disney Cruise Line pin from 2004 is amazing too. Donald’s nephews remind me of the classic cartoon short, “Trick or Treat” from 1952.

Halloween Pins

Each year, Disney create pins for the special Halloween events at Disney Theme Parks. The Hades pin from Mickey’s Halloween Treat in 2007 (now known as Mickey’s Halloween Party) is a favorite. Why? Because Hades rules! For 2010 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom in Florida the limited edition pin (above right) was released only on October 31. This pin was created based on guest feedback from previous years.

Halloween Pins

Julie Young, Disney's developer for open edition pins, helped with the final selections. The candy corn with mouse ears is sweet. Julie chose a new open edition pin featuring Tinker Bell. She really liked her festive dress (something not often seen on Ms. Bell). Julie also raved about a lanyard that features sublimated printing. The image used on this lanyard was from a Halloween style guide that was created for usage at Disney Parks around the world (something of a first for us). A style guide gives reference material, character designs, backgrounds and more that are used to achieve a consistent look in all the merchandise created. If you aren’t the dressing-up type or you are looking for a simple costume, this lanyard should work for you.

Do you have a favorite Halloween pin in your collection? Please share :)

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