I attended the Trick or Treat Party on Tuesday of this week, and I have to admit that, even though I didn't like it much last year, that this year several things were even worse. On the other hand, some of the things I complained about from last year I found to be more enjoyable.
The trick or treating this year didn't seem so big. Last year, I came home with over eighteen pounds of candy without having to reenter lines, and without having gone to all the trick or treat stations. This year, I think I ended up with about seven pounds of candy and healthy treats, total, after having been to all of the trick or treat statoins, some of them more than once. That said, I was not very pleased with the candy offerings this year. Last year, I got a lot of good candy, too. This year, I mostly got fricken tootsie rolls, which I don't think anybody looks forward to, in light of the other candy selections that Disney offers. I suppose I could have been like the person behind me in a few lines, asking only for Snickers, but I didn't want to be a pig.
Last year, I wasn't very fond of the fireworks show, but also admitted that I didn't think I was in the best viewing area for it. This year, thanks to my fiance staking out a place for it three and a half hours early, I was right up front and center to see it, and I have to admit that I liked it a lot more.
The parade was as stupid as it was last year: very repetative, and not very well thought out, I felt.
The Trick or Treat Party on Tuesday was apparently sold out, which explains why it felt busier during the Trick or Treat hours than it had earlier in the day. That wasn't a big deal, honestly, but one of the things Disney advertises for the party is the chance to be at the park with fewer guests around.
The photo opportunities were nice, though at several of the Character photo stations, there were no photopass photographers around to get really great shots. A few of them worked late the night before that at the Annual Pass party, however, and may have had the day off or something.
There were lots of things to do in the park though. It wasn't just trick or treating, or watching (or if you were my fiance', waiting) for fireworks, or suffering through a lame parade. There were dacne sessions going on in Tomorrowland, and Frontierland. There was uh... lots of people watching if you're into checking out women who aren't dressed appropriately. There's also all the foods and junk available from restaurants and shops around the park.
In the end, though I didn't like the Halloween Party last year, and thought that this year some of the things were even worse, I have to admit that I did have a good time this time around, and that it was almost worth the price of entry. If you're going to be down in the area, give it a shot, you'll probably have fun, if you get into the lines for treats early, know where you're going, and learn to get around the fricking strollers that are everywhere.