Anyway, speaking of digital cameras, what better time to show Halloween photos than right after Thanksgiving? Actually, there's kind of a lot of "Let's bring Halloween to Christmas!" type things, which is why our friend Gaston prefers to go the other way around and go caroling instead of trick-or-treating. Sounds like a neat idea to us! But anyway, let's get these pictures posted!
Right, before we get to Disneyland, we were taking pictures with Mom at the playground by her house, and we discovered THIS in the sidewalk:
We just wanted to share.
After that I took some pictures of the Underground Gardens, but they had signs everywhere saying something about how only they're allowed to post pictures on the internet or something. At least, that's what we thought they meant. So anyway, off we went to Disneyland.
That tree just wouldn't get out of the way. I didn't notice until we were almost through the gates that they had the exact same setup (minus the tree) on the other side. Oh well.
Goofy in his Halloween costume.
This is the sign for the fancy Halloween version of Space Mountain.
I think it would have been neater if they hadn't told everyone that they were doing something, but then they might have scared some kids, so it's probably just as well.
Around the iconic Mickey & Walt statue, they had jack-o-lanterns carved to represent each of the different lands. At first I just took the one picture to give everyone the idea, but then I saw that the Adventureland pumpkin featured Tarzan.
Outside Frontierland's Mexican restaurant, they had a Dia de los Muertos display.
And here are my attempts at photographing Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.
And their River Dance-inspired choreography, scaled down. Puddle Prance:
I got some pictures of the Haunted Mansion stuff:
The problem with trying to discreetly photograph characters as they walk by is that I tend to get the timing all wrong and only get their backs.
Incidentally, Jack was doing a very exaggerated version of the way Jack walks in the movie, but it was so exaggerated, it was like, "Look at me, walking like Jack!!!" when it should have been more like, "I have long gangly legs and walk in a slightly unusual manner," without pulling too much attention to itself. Sigh.
I think it's neat that he has "bugs" crawling out of him.
At Big Thunder Ranch, in the petting zoo area, they had about a million elaborately carved pumpkins.
(And pumpkin people)
I wanted to get a picture of this adorable little donkey, but see that rope in the way? I couldn't get close enough to get those fence rails out of the way.
Sometimes, we'll be walking through the park, and we'll notice some neat little display for the first time, like this one.
Or sometimes we'll have known something's been there for a long time, but want a picture anyway. This is the display by Snow White's wishing well. She sings "I'm Wishing" every fifteen minutes.
Finally, this was a kind of neat view we had of Anaheim when we returned to the car to change into our costumes.
And those are all the pictures we took before Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party. The party photos will be coming later.
Today I'm thankful for those really tasty Cheez-its we had for snack time, having a digital camera to take with me at all times if I want, almost managing to finish our Halloween candy before Thanksgiving, having a chance to do a little catching up on Fairy Tail and Shugo Chara!, and Oreo keeping his medicine down this morning.