Last summer Ron and I decided we needed a fall getaway so we booked a 4 night Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas on the Carnival Liberty. Yes, you know I am a huge fan of 7-8 night cruises but we have learned that sometimes a 4 night can be just what we need when we need to escape. We had done a different 4 night on the Liberty in May of 2016 so we knew the ship and thankfully we even knew the Cruise Director, Chris “Donkey” Salazar!
The dates that worked in our busy fall schedule meant that we would be cruising over Halloween. We aren’t big Halloween people and we were a bit hesitant about booking Halloween on the Fun Ships but in the end we decided to give it a try. We re so glad we did, we had a great time!
Carnival Cruise Line celebrates Halloween all October long, so your cruise dates don’t have to fall over the 31st like ours did. All cruises departing in the month of October include the Halloween festivities.
Halloween Activities on Carnival
- Halloween Decor featuring Patch the Pumpkin-headed Pirate
- Trick or Treating for the kids
- Pumpkin Carving contest
- Costume Crawl
- Patch’s Pumpin’ Deck Party
- Costume Contest
- Halloween themed Dive-In Movies (on select ships)
- Frightfully fun dance classes
- Guess that Frightful song trivia
- Patch’s Spook-tackular Bingo
- Storytime with your Cruise Director and Patch
- The Scary Chest Competition
- Scary story time for kids
- …and more!
One day of your cruise will be designated as “Halloween” and that is when the costumes come out. Most people don’t dress in their costumes til evening. Many, like us, wore their costumes to dinner in the Main Dining Room, and then to all of the evening’s events.
Carnival Cruise Line Halloween Costume Guidelines
from Carnival’s website
Both adults and children are encouraged to bring costumes and join in the fun. Guests may wear masks only in special function areas and guests must be identifiable. Masks must be removed when in common areas. Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics is not permitted. Clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment is not permitted. Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon. Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest. Guests who do not adhere to the costume guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, the event, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards. All costume guidelines apply throughout the duration of any and all costumed events. We do not allow real pumpkins on board. All rules, regulations and guidelines are subject to change without notice.
We had a blast! We went as pirates, I even wore a red and black wig! We wore our costumes to Patch’s Spook-tacular Bingo, dinner, and all of the other events leading up to Patch’s Pumpin’ Deck Party, Costume Crawl, and Costume Contest. It was all so much fun, we are booked on the Carnival Elation October 19th so we can do it again!
One thing I noticed on this cruise, and I will do it next time we go on a Halloween cruise, was giving candy to the crew. Many guests brought little gift bags of Halloween candy for the Fun Squad, wait staff, stateroom stewards and others. It was nice seeing these hardworking individuals, who make your cruise so fun, be blessed in this way.
Those who would like to stay in one destination and explore that place, a Caribbean vacation would be a great idea. You may visit sites like https://www.visitcaymanislands.com/en-us/experiences/tours-adventures to book a travel package for Cayman Islands.