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Halloween Cruise - spending Halloween on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine

When you are already packing for a half term holiday, Halloween costumes can feel like one more thing to stress about. However, some of our best Halloweens have been celebrated on holiday, one of the most memorable was our ‘Halloween Cruise’, actually just a day within a 2 week Mediterranean cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines, filming as their ‘funnest family’ – but Halloween fell on the last day of our cruise, so it was the kids’ lasting memory.

It’s well worth doing a quick shop for holiday Halloween costumes, and some research on local events beforehand. We found out that Popeye Village when we were in Malta offered trick or treating, but wished we had booked in advance to do the ghost bus in Edinburgh last half term.

For our Carnival Cruise we packed some costumes that could take a bit of crumpling, and still looked good without taking up half our baggage.

It was great fun seeing the ship decked out for Halloween and there was trick or treating and a party for the kids, a pumpkin carving competition and the chefs got their creative juices oozing in the kitchen too!

Halloween Cruise - spending Halloween on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine

Mr A and I bought these Vampire and Devil Capes as they could be just thrown on over our holiday gear and took up minimal weight or space in our case. They make a real impact and have now been recycled for many Halloweens.

Halloween Cruise - spending Halloween on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine

The vampire teeth and the devil horns were light and made a big impact! We took a little face paint kit, enough to whiten faces too. L loved this witch costume, but it was the accessories, the mini witches hat and net gloves, that she was most excited about. Much easier to transport than a full witches hat! Carnival gave her the necklaces as part of the trick or treating. She’s had a few witch’s dresses now, but the accessories keep being recycled year on year.

Halloween on Carnival Cruises

G refused to have a shop costume (my Mum would be proud), so a ghostly old pillowcase came to the rescue. I wouldn’t recommend using hotel pillowcases for this, as it needed a bit of cutting and sewing, but I am sure you could get away with safety pinning a white sheet and painting your face white if you happen to get caught without a Halloween costume on holiday.

Halloween on Carnival Cruises

The year after he decided to reuse the costume and be a ghost pirate, with the addition of a pirate hat and sword – it’s easy to reuse Halloween costumes if you sell it the right way to kids. It’s all about the accessories!

The kids made their own trick or treat boxes in the kids club on Carnival Sunshine, so by the time the evening came they were so excited.  All over the ship there were places to collect treats, ending with a Halloween disco.  They had to scream to get sweeties which they loved. Then we all ate dinner in the restaurant, finishing with this amazing cake creation.

Halloween Cruise - spending Halloween on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine
Remember to take care that kids’ costumes meet the most stringent flammability standards. If you are looking for a bargain for pre half term holiday and Halloween shopping, Zeek sell high street vouchers at 6-8% discount. You can also sell unwanted vouchers. Debenhams and Argos would both be a good bet for Halloween costumes.

I couldn’t resist sharing these little video clips, I had forgotten all about them, aw, the kids are so little, just 4 and newly 7 here, they are 7 and 10 now.



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  1. 18/10/2016 / 8:10 pm

    I have one refusenik and one that loves dressing up We once spent Haloween at Disneyland Paris when the boys were 18 months and 3 and it was an amazing experience.

  2. 18/10/2016 / 8:17 pm

    Loved this post Penny, what a great Halloween! Our best Halloween so far was probably 5 years ago when we got stranded in New York thanks to a snow storm. We bought last minute costumes (pirate hats mostly!) and went trick or treating, it was sooo much fun!

  3. 20/10/2016 / 11:27 am

    That spooky cake creation looks amazing – I wonder if I could recreate something like it as a treat for the kids (and me) x x

  4. 23/10/2016 / 3:43 pm

    That looks like so much fun. I know Americans go to town for Halloween and having been on a Carnival cruise I can only imagine the fun and games

  5. 23/10/2016 / 7:26 pm

    Awww, it looks like a wonderful place to spend Halloween. I am so tempted by a cruise after reading all the blogger posts recently.

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