From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Thomas Smith
Many may know the legend of the Halloween Tree at Disneyland Resort. From beneath its branches and gnarling bark, stories have been told of witches, mummies, skeletons and more. This special tree was added to Frontierland on All Hallows Eve 2007 as a dedication to author Ray Bradbury. Bradbury, who wrote the novel “The Halloween Tree” in 1972, was a personal friend of Walt Disney and collaborated on many legendary Park projects. This living monument has delighted guests during Halloween Time for more than a decade with its beauty and playful painted pumpkins. You can unearth more about this and other tales of Halloween at the Disney Parks in the brand new book, “Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks.”
Now it’s your turn to weave a tale of a haunted Homebound Day around your very own Halloween Tree. So gather your little pumpkins for a windfall of fun.
A mini tree will do just fine, then spraypaint it a gourdy orange. Add some colorful leaves, fake or real, and a glowing string of sparkling lights.
Now it’s time for some peculiar embellishments like a menacing string of mini pumpkins. Here’s how to create…
You will need:
- A bag of small orange pom poms
- A black marker
- Thin wire or string
- Black ribbon
Instructions: Draw the faces onto the pom poms with the black markers. Make some spooky and make some silly, it’s all up to your creativity. String them together using the string or wire. Wrap the garland loosely with the black ribbon. Finally, wrap your pumpkin patch around the tree.
The Evil Queen has a devilishly delicious treat for you that’s best served around a Halloween Tree. Don’t worry, these are sickly sweet rather than potently poisonous. Be sure to have a parent present to help.
- Cake pop kit
- Red candy melts
- White candy melts
- Piping bag
Instructions: Follow your favorite cake pop recipe. Place the cake pop sticks into the cake pops. Warm up the red candy pellets and dip each cake pop until fully covered. Next, warm up the white candy melts and place into a piping bag. Add the “dripping” top as well as the skull-like face. Plate and serve!
The tree is dreadfully decked out and the treats are tormenting your waiting taste buds. Pick one of these spell-binding movies and enjoy the finale to your Halloween Tree inspired Homebound Day.
It’s the final days of the spooky season, so follow #DisneyMagicMoments and keep checking back for more hauntings.