Monthly Merchandise Report — October 2018

No tricks–there’s plenty of Halloween merchandise available around Walt Disney World, even if you’re not attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Here’s some of the Halloween treats we saw at Mouse Gear on a recent visit.

 

In Mouse Gear, there was an entire section dedicated to Halloween goods. I haven’t heard the news talk about how insane merchandise sales are for this season, but with so many people willing to buy Halloween items, it’s no surprise Disney is in on the act.

 

 

I do love when the characters dress up–and I’d love to get a picture with the actual Donald dressed up in his devil costume. In the meantime, this plush will have to do.

 

 

Goofy as a mummy is also a great choice. Plenty of plush of him available.

 

 

You could also find Goofy as a wall décor item, perfect for decorating your house for the hordes of trick or treaters coming your way at the end of the month.

 

 

Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise is around throughout the year, but at Halloween, sometimes some new (to me) stuff catches my eyes. Isn’t this playing card set fantastic?

 

 

One of my favorite things from the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion when I saw it years upon years ago was the man-eating wreath. Now you can have one for your own house, too!

 

 

For something a bit more inviting at your front door, this doormat is adorable.

 

 

As I mention each month, I have a love-hate relationship with Disney mugs. They’re either way too small for my preferences, or they have weird stuff going on with the handles that make them difficult to use. This is another example of that, but wouldn’t this be great for a pencil cup on your desk?

 

 

At $20 for a set of kitchen towels, it’s a little bit too pricey for my taste, but you have to admit, the embroidered one is adorable. Maybe that’ll be something I’ll keep an eye open for when it arrives at the outlets?

 

 

In my neighborhood, we get around 100 kids for trick or treating, and we’ve given up distributing candy–we now make gift bags with little toys to hand items out faster. Even though this bowl would be too small and would be candy-free, if you need a little bowl to hand out candy, this one is adorable.

 

 

Speaking of decor, this spooky hourglass would look great on a shelf to add some Halloween ambiance to any room.

 

 

I very seriously thought about picking this up–what an adorable Halloween Countdown Calendar. Of course I’d probably get it all set up to go and then forget to change the numbers each day. Do any of you use those kind of countdown calendars for the holidays?

 

 

Having tile floors in the house (plus kid and cats) means that I often skip items made of breakable materials. This tea light holder is really cute, however, and if you get one of those flickering battery-operated tea lights, it will look great all evening long.

 

 

I’m willing to bet that these Halloween/Day of the Dead-themed cars ornaments were probably made for the celebrations in Cars Land out in California, but they made it on the shelves here as well.

 

 

Truth told, I’m surprised this one doesn’t fly off the shelves much faster–a Haunted Mansion-themed apron. Then again, does anyone actually use aprons anymore?

 

 

Of course if it’s a new season, you need new ears for it. The Halloween Minnie ears are sparkly orange with a black and orange bow.

 

 

Like I said before, Devil Donald is awesome–this shirt works really well in my view, but at least down here, it’s iffy if October is cold enough to justify long sleeves.

 

 

The Vampire Mickey sign isn’t as much of a draw for me. What do you think? Who wins in the Donald vs Mickey costume contest this year?

 

 

No babies anywhere in my immediate or extended family, but that is an incredibly cute onesie if you’ve got someone celebrating their first Halloween.

 

 

In general, I tend to skip shirts that have years on them, as I’m not sure I get enough use out of them in the year, and then I feel weird about wearing them in a different year. For the Halloween 2018 shirt, cute though it is, I know I won’t get much use out of it.

 

 

This kid’s shirt has too much Mickey and not enough Donald. (Wait, am I allowed to say that and still keep my annual pass?)

 

And in my prediction for what I’ll see at the outlets soon, it’s R4-BOOO18. Don’t remember the droid with the candy corn colors carrying around the candy corn? It probably was in Rebels or something. 😉

For a while, I bought some of these holiday-themed ones when they came out with the idea that perhaps someday they’d be worth slightly more than the price paid. Overall, while they are cute, I don’t think anyone sees them flying off the shelves. No question, this one will appear at an outlet at some point in the future.

There you have some of the Halloween merchandise for this year — did you see anything that is a personal favorite? Let me know in the comments.

 

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited eight-year-old daughter.

5 thoughts on “Monthly Merchandise Report — October 2018

  • October 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm
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    Thanks for the merch report! I love the orange and black Minnie ears. And I’ve never seen a Halloween “advent” calendar before. That’s a really great idea. I crocheted a Christmas one for our house, so maybe I’ll have to make a Halloween one too!

    • October 11, 2018 at 9:55 am
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      That sounds amazing! I love the idea of counting down to holidays–I just never get around to actually changing the calendar every day.

  • October 11, 2018 at 9:47 am
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    Julia, as usual, great report. I am constantly amazed at the amount of stuff that is put into production by Disney. Looking at some of the above items, I find it hard to believe that there was a merchandise creative meeting where a group of adults actually gave a thumbs-up to some of the items and put it into production. Then to make matters worse they slap a $19.99 sticker on it. I fully understand the impulse buy but a majority of the crap that they green light is a walk by. My only guess as to why they make these ridiculous decisions is so that Derek Burgan has items to ridicule is his award-winning outlet merch articles.

    • October 11, 2018 at 9:59 am
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      All I can think of is that there’s a mindset that merchandise doesn’t always have to be awesome because people don’t pack their brains when they go on vacation. How else do you explain the $60 sweatshirt phenomenon at Disney, where people are willing to buy something like that with a date on it when it is 90 degrees outside?

      I’ve often wondered if Derek has a secret side job in the merchandise planning part of the House of Mouse, and slips in Burgan Fine Art (TM) as concept art for merchandise. It may explain some of the items seen…and by guaranteeing merchandise will make it to the outlets, it’s job security for him.

      • October 11, 2018 at 11:14 am
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        You are correct.

        Honestly, I would probably pony up some cash for some Burgan Fine Art (TM) designed merchandise. It would certainly be more creative.

        Disney puts out all this stuff they have to know that 85% will end up unsold and in the outlets but neglect to offer something simple like a nicely designed frame for the 5″x5″ Joe Rohde prints they give you at the end of your Tiffins meal. Then again they would probably screw that up by etching Mickey or Stitch into the woodwork which would make the whole thing unusable, unappealing and yet something else to send to the outlets.

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