Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Fall is my favorite time of year. So, it’s no wonder that out of the blue, several years ago, I asked my husband for a quick weekend trip to Walt Disney World. I wanted to experience Halloween at Disney!

I quickly learned about all the special touches Disney adds to the parks and resorts during the holidays. While the decorations and special touches would be amazing, I wanted to go further. I wanted to experience their special event, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (commonly referred to as MNSSHP) is unlike other theme park’s Halloween special events….it remains family friendly after the sun goes down. Even before becoming a mommy, I appreciated that. :-) But if you like to be spooked, no worries, I have just the thing for you to do (on Disney property) – read down further!

Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Separate Ticket Event: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard ticket event. This means that the theme park (Magic Kingdom) shuts down for this event, forcing non-ticket holders to leave the park. Good to know if you are planning a trip to Disney parks.

In order to attend the event, you must purchase a separate hard ticket. This is not a daily admission to the park, but rather a special event ticket.

Certain Nights: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party event only occurs on certain nights.

Early Entrance TIP: Even though the event doesn’t officially start until around 7pm, in my experience and those of others, Disney will start letting you in around 4pm. They do this to help ease the transition as the next few hours will be spent reminding non-ticket holders to leave the park. This is a great time to catch an early dinner so you can enjoy all the night’s activities.

2014 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party - 7:00 PM to midnight

Select Dates, September 1 to October 31, 2014 at  Magic Kingdom.

Disney Characters in Costume #MNSSHP

I’ll be honest. Even before becoming a mom, you’d find me in line to meet the characters. You see, this was something my parents never really wanted to do when I was little. So, surprise, surprise…..it’s a must-do whenever visiting a Disney theme park.

In fact, one of my favorite things about the holidays at Disney is the opportunity to get my photo taken with the characters. They are dressed up too. Whether it’s Easter, Christmas or yes, Halloween.

Here, Mickey was a scarecrow.

HEARTWARMING STORY – this particular Mickey brought tears to my eyes. There was a special needs child right in front of us while standing in line to meet Mickey. He was older and confined to a wheelchair. Mickey spent so much time with him and I didn’t mind one single bit. It was heartwarming. Disney at its finest!

Cinderella's Carriage at Disney World

I’d heard rumors of it. It was true. During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we spotted Cinderella’s carriage on display in Fantasyland.

While you couldn’t sit in the carriage, you could pose in front of it. There was a long line, but we stood in it anyway! Loved the attention to detail with all the pumpkins.

Main Street Halloween #MNSSHP

Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and Fireworks - A special parade and fireworks occur  during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and there will be a special appearance as long as the weather cooperates. You see, at the very beginning of the parade, before it actually starts, you will hear the hoofprints followed by an appearance by none other than The Headless Horseman. He rides the entire parade route. I didn’t actually take pictures because I was concerned for the horse’s eyes, though I saw they were protected.

SCARE FACTOR: While seeing the Headless Horseman at the beginning of the parade is enough for many, those who want a little more adventure can go off the beaten path for an even more special event. While this one occurs on Disney property, it’s not in a theme park. I discovered it while doing a bit of research before our trip.

I’m talking about the Haunted Hayrides at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Just an FYI….when went previously, you had to purchase the tickets the day of and the line was long at Pioneer Hall. Sadly, they sold out just a few people ahead of us. :-( I heard it was so fun and there might have been some spookiness going through the woods at night! NOTE: Call ahead of time as you want to make sure they are doing it this year.


Disney Villains Meet & Greet Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

What would Halloween be without villains? And Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is just the opportunity to meet your favorites! You’ll find them out an about more than usual.

Boo to You Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

TRICK-OR-TREATING: Now that I have a daughter, I hope to take her to Disney World during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I know she’ll love it and YES,  there is trick-or-treating throughout the park! We left with huge bags!

RIDES: While we loved all the special Halloween touches, we also used the opportunity to ride the rides! Select rides will be open and the lines are incredibly short! Take advantage!

Queen of Hearts #MNSSHP

Have you been to Disney World during Halloween time?


I’m happy to join Folgers in this sponsored campaign for Folgers Flavors, a brand new product found in the coffee aisle.

Be sure to join me for Folgers Flavors Twitter Party #RemixYourCoffee! Details below!


Whether you saw them on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon or just spotted them in the coffee aisle at your local grocery store, Folgers Flavors are making a big splash – right into your coffee mug.

Found in the coffee aisle, Folgers Flavors portable and convenient flavor enhancers come in four varieties.

That makes it easy for a mom like me as I do need a bit of extra flavor in my coffee, unlike my dad who still sticks to black coffee after all these years.

You’ll find Folgers Flavors in 4 Varieties:

  • Vanilla
  • Mocha
  • Hazelnut
  • Caramel

Join me for some extra fun with Folgers on Wednesday, October 22 at 1 p.m. EST for the Folgers Flavors Twitter Party!

Be sure to follow @Folgers on Twitter and @AFrugalFriend on Twitter in addition to using the hashtag #RemixYourCoffee in your tweets!

No RSVP needed!

See you there!


Babies R Us Halloween Event & Pampers Deals! #BRUHalloween

by A Frugal Friend on October 17, 2014

Halloween is almost upon us and P&G along with Babies R Us are celebrating with a fun Babies R Us Halloween event and special deals. I’m excited to be joining them as a part of their sponsored campaign.
Halloween Princess

My princess.

Each year since this little girl was born, I’ve thought long and hard about what she’ll be for Halloween. It’s one of the most fun times of the year for us.

1st Halloween – Raggedy Ann (with wig and all)
2nd Halloween – Snow White
3rd Halloween – Madeline
4th Halloween – Pocahontas
5th Halloween – Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz
6th Halloween – Rapunzel

7th…….we’re still debating! :-)

So many amazing memories. Each and every one.

How about you? What are your children dressing up as this year? What about your favorite Halloween costume of theirs so far?

Babies“R”Us and Pampers are partnering to help you celebrate your Baby’s First Halloween with a special event!

On Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m., all Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will be hosting an in-store Halloween event for moms to celebrate Halloween with their babies!


  • Craft time where you and your baby can design a personal trick-or-treat bag
  • A parade around the store where you and your baby can show of your Halloween costumes
  • Halloween story time where you can sit with other moms and babies and listen to a story from Highlights magazine

So much fun! Plus, pay special attention to the great Pampers deals while you are there!


  • Get a FREE $10 Gift Card when you buy any two Pampers super packs of diapers. (valid 10/12-10/18)
  • Buy any Pampers value box of wipes for only $19.99. (REG $23.99) (valid 10/3-10/23)

#BRUHalloween Giveaway


One (1) lucky winner will receive a Prize Pkg which includes

  • Pampers wipes
  • $75 gift card to Babies “R” Us
  • 1 Year subscription to Highlights magazine
  • 1 Highlights book
  • A Halloween trick-or-treat tote bag

For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me a favorite Halloween memory of your children or of your childhood (anything)! That’s it!

You can earn one (1) extra entry for each of the following (leave as separate comments please for each entry):

2. Like A Frugal Friend on Facebook
3. Follow A Frugal Friend on Google +
4. Follow A Frugal Friend on Pinterest
5. Subscribe to A Frugal Friend via email or in a reader
6. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram
7. Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter
8. Tweet the following as is: Win a Babies R Us and P&G Prize Pkg with a $75 Gift Card from @AFrugalFriend #BRUHalloween http://tinyurl.com/m9j85sv

Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Saturday, October 25th, 2014! Valid for US residents and addresses only. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.


The New Line of GoPro Cameras at Best Buy! #GoProatBestBuy

by A Frugal Friend on October 13, 2014

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
Best Buy GoPro

I’ve been spending so much time at Best Buy lately. Recently we bought a new washer and dryer, and now, I’m heading to check out the brand new GoPro cameras at Best Buy. Why? Well, a magnificent trip to Turks & Caicos is on the agenda for a social media conference and you can bet I want to capture my experiences the best way possible. I can only imagine how gorgeous Turks & Caicos is in person.

Best Buy has an amazing selection of cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, not to mention accessories.

With the holidays coming up, think GoPro! Not just for professionals, GoPro’s new line of cameras are great for bloggers, parents, teens and more because they allow you to “authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life”. What I’ve learned is that capturing memories is so important. What I’d give to have so many of my childhood memories captured like this!

Best Buy Hero4 GoPro

Not familiar with the GoPro…..here’s a quick run down and then head to Best Buy to learn more!

GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.

GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.

GoPro HERO: Featuring high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world. 12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates

I can just imagine how fun the GoPro would be while skiing the slopes this winter!

You’ll want to check out  www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check the GoPro out in person.

Have fun!

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Take advantage of this free shipping deal and combine with their great Columbus Day Sale!

Think gifts for teachers, babysitters, etc!

SALE –> Columbus Day Sale! 60% off Venetian Paisley, Julep Tulip, Sun Valley, Dogwood, Tutti Frutti. October 13th

Happy Shopping!


Cheryl’s Halloween or Fall Cookie Cards just $5.00 Shipped

by A Frugal Friend on October 11, 2014

cheryls jackolantern cookies Affiliate Link in Post Grab this Halloween Deal now! Cheryl’s Halloween or Fall Cookie Card is ideal to send to grandkids or nieces/nephews or just say hello! Better yet, send one to yourself. If you have never tasted Cheryl’s Buttercream Frosting  - oh my!

Each Cheryl’s Halloween or Fall Cookie Cards are just $5.00 Shipped…..they ship via USPS so it’s best to order sooner than later. I’d recommend now!

Best of all, they come with a $5 Gift Code to be used on future purchase – kind of pays for itself! For Halloween:

  • Jack O’Lantern Buttercream Frosted Cookies
  • Ghost Buttercream Frosted Cookies
  • Monster Buttercream Frosted Cookies

For Fall:

  • Owl Buttercream Frosted Cookies
  • Autumn Leaf Buttercream Frosted Cookies
  • Football Buttercream Frosted Cookies

TIP: After you click on the link below (Which is for Jack O’Lantern Cookies), head back to all seasonal cards if you want the other options!

See all the Options –> Halloween or Fall Cookie Card for only $5 delivered



Vera Bradley Columbus Day Sale – Up to 75% off!

by A Frugal Friend on October 11, 2014

Huge Vera Bradley Columbus Day Sale now through Sunday, October 12th! Think Christmas Gifts – teachers, family, and more!

Up to 70% off select Crossbody Styles and Totes!

TIP: When you click on over to Vera Bradley it will say 60% off. But head to HomePage and you’ll see it’s been updated to 70% off!

vera bradley mary jane booties

AND……get up to 75% off Vera Bradley Baby Items!

For example…these Mary Jane Booties are only $7.99 now! Styles going fast….blankets, baby gifts, clothing, etc!

Get a FREE Brush and Pen with any $75 Order + Free Shipping too with $75 Order!

SHOP: Get Special Online Only Prices on Select Styles! October 11th-12th