When my family attended Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2009, we took our costume cues from Billy who, at age 12, flatly balked at wearing 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.
|Long John Silver|
In 2002, Disney created an animated science fiction version of this film called Treasure Planet.
|Captain Hook & Mr.Smee|
|Jake, Izzy, Cubby and their parrot Skully with Peter Pan|
Of course, there are plenty of pirates in the Disney Parks:
|Walt Disney World|
|A classic scene from POC|
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!
|photo by A. Daniels|