It’s the end of October, and that means it’s time for costumes! This is also a good time to plan DisneyBounding ideas for an upcoming trip.
If you’re anything like me, you have spent all of your time on your kids’ (and pets’) costumes, and haven’t focused on yourself at all. But it’s crunch time, so now it’s time to hit the thrift stores, craft stores, and your own closet to find a great costume for yourself.
Pro tip- most national craft stores such as Michael’s or Joann have coupons galore with their app or if you sign up for their emailers. The discounts are instant and can save you a few dollars! If you need a plain cap (for the Olaf and Tweedle costumes or many others), a great place to get those is at Michael’s too.
DisneyBounding – What is It?
DisneyBounding is a way to channel your favorite characters without wearing a complete costume. Guests over the age of 14 are not permitted to wear a full costume inside the Disney parks unless it’s a special Halloween event such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Disney’s Boo Bash. By DisneyBounding in the parks on a regular day, you can be comfortable and stylish as well as honor your favorite characters.
In any other setting, we’d just call this cosplay. But at Disney, it’s just called bounding. Most of the costumes I have made would be considered bounding. My main reason is simply that they are so much easier than a full on costume, especially if you have to travel with the costumes, you don’t want to smoosh anything into a suitcase that could get ruined. But most bounding costumes are also quite simple to make and don’t take nearly as much time as a regular full costume!
Disney Costume Ideas
So you’re going to Walt Disney World or a Halloween Party and you completely forgot a costume for yourself. No problem! These simple DIY costume ideas are good for even the non-crafty party goers out there!
Mickey or Minnie Mouse
Mickey or Minnie Mouse are very easy characters to use as a Halloween or DisneyBounding, especially if you already have a set of mouse ears! For Mickey, all you need is red pants or skirt and a black shirt. If you can find them, yellow shoes. That’s really it! You can draw a black nose onto your nose if you want, and for bonus points you can sew two large yellow buttons onto your pants/skirt. Hint- if you don’t sew, they don’t even need to be real buttons, just cut circles out of yellow construction paper and glue them on!
For Minnie Mouse, she often wears polka dots, so grab a polka dotted dress from your closet or thrift store and don your ears and you’re done! For Minnie, just about any dress will do, though, because she loves to dress differently all the time. If you don’t already have mouse ears and don’t want to make some, just grab and oversized bow for your head and that should get the point across just fine.
Chip and Dale
Chip and Dale are incredibly easy characters to make as well! Brown is the color you’ll need for your clothes, or at least just your shirt. For the ears, just grab some hair clips and some felt. Cut the felt into triangles, and glue it onto the clips (Make sure you turn the clips to imagine how they’ll go into your hair!). Grab some eyeliner/ lipliner or some face paint from a costume shop for your nose, and you’re good to go!
Olaf would be a fantastic last minute costume, because all you really need is a white shirt and a couple of other things. Take the white shirt, then sew or glue on some black circles to the front. You can make the circles out of felt or construction paper. Grab a white cap from a craft store and paint on eyes and an orange nose. Bonus points if you make the nose out of felt or polymer clay, but paint will do just fine!
Finally, go into your yard and grab some little twigs and affix them to the top of your cap. Easy peasy!
Vanellope Von Schweetz
Vanellope is one of the best Disney characters around (and the youngest Disney princess, don’t @ me!) Her clothes are pretty iconic, and it’s a pretty simple costume to come across. Hit your local thrift and craft stores, and find a teal hoodie or jacket, and a brown skirt. The tights will be the hardest part, so what I would do is either look on Etsy if you have time (Heather got the tights she’s wearing there), or grab some white or teal tights and some acrylic paint from the craft store. Make sure you put cardboard underneath them so you don’t paint your table! Paint a few stripes on and you’re all set.
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
The Tweedles are a great couples (or BFF) costume! You’ll need a yellow shirt, red cap, red pants, and a blue bow. It’s the Tweedles trademark to have a huge collar too, so you can just grab a large handkerchief for this. My friend and I dressed as Tweedle Dee and Dum a few years ago and we were adorable! This is definitely one of the easiest costumes ever.
The best thing about DisneyBounding or costumes like this is you can get them finished in just a couple of hours. But you can have fun while doing it, and once you have a costume you can wear it many times to the parks or to parties (or to work, I’m not going to judge you!). Pinterest and Google are full of costume ideas for just this sort of thing, the possibilities are truly endless!