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  • On Aug 29, 2009
    Jim from NJ Asked

    We will for the first time be staying at Ft. Wilderness for halloween. We normally arrive the first week after. I read a lot of conflicts on trick or treating for the kids in the loops. We want to plan ahead and be prepared. Looking for answers.

    Jim:

    I'm not sure what conflicting information you've read about trick-or-treating at the fort, but many campers at Fort Wilderness (including my family last year) participate in its Halloween activities for fort guests.  In fact, the month of October brings lots of families who decorate their cabins or campsites for Halloween! 

    OUR STORY: Last year, we hauled several hay bales along with pumpkins and mums to decorate our site and our Mickey lamp post, along with pumpkin lights and tinsel for our golf cart!  My husband worried we'd stand out like a sore thumb.  But after being at the fort for Christmas, I knew we could never decorate TOO much!  (You should have seen the graveyard on our loop that one first place in the decorating with its automated zipline ghost!)  Upon check-in, we received a card with the Halloween Activities at the fort.  Intended for campers to enjoy, trick-or-treating began around 5 p.m.  But the fun didn't stop there!  There was a golf-cart parade, a pet parade for costumed pets, a pool party, pumpkin-carving contest and more!

    Instead of candy, our family handed out glow-in-the-dark bracelets at our site.  Our kids all dressed up as Disney characters: Buzz Lightyear, Prince Charming, Poccahontas, and Musket Mickey/Davey Crockett.  We toured the loops, some by foot and some by golf cart with our youngest.  Our neighbors handed out about 250 pieces of candy while we ran out of our 200 bracelets (10 to a package at the Dollar Tree) a little earlier in the evening.  And certainly no one was made to feel like they had to participate.

    If you want to plan ahead and fit right in, I'd recommend bringing some items to decorate your site (Believe me, I promise you won't have too many) and having about the same amount of candy.  Grab a chair, sit at the end of your drive-way and share your hospitality!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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