Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent Disney Day

Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent are two of my middle dragon’s favorite movies. I’m not sure what it is, exactly, about Maleficent that he loves so much. When we went to Disneyland in 2019, he was very disappointed that we didn’t get to meet her. Here’s hoping that when our WDW trip comes, it’ll be at a time that she’ll be present and able to do a character meet & greet.

Unable to choose between the two movies, we split the day. We started off by making Maleficent horns with some headbands from Amazon and foam. Find all the details here.

(My oldest dragon, who is almost nine, refused to do this but did wear his Peter Pan hat like he was Prince Philip.)

Next on the agenda was some cookies! We made some simple sugar cookies, with a twist. Are you team pink or team blue for Aurora’s dress? With these cookies you can have the best of both worlds.

When these magical cookies were ready, the dragons sat down and watched the original cartoon Sleeping Beauty.

When the movie was over, we had intended to go outside and play Sleep Tag… but it was raining. So we took advantage of the rainy day and decided to turn Maleficent on after having a little indoor free play.

Now, what’s SLEEP TAG, you ask? It’s like Freeze Tag- only when you’re tagged you fall asleep. For this version, you need two people who are “it”- Maleficent, and Prince Philip. Maleficent puts you to sleep, and only Philip can wake you. If Philip is put to sleep by Maleficent, then the game starts over. At least… this had been the plan. If you give it a try, I’d love to see it in action!

Maleficent Horns Craft

Maleficent is my middle dragon’s favorite villain. When we went to Disneyland a little over a year ago, he was very disappointed that she was nowhere to be found. He especially loves her when she turns into a dragon in the cartoon classic Sleeping Beauty.

When a Sleeping Beauty day was requested, I knew I wanted to make the activities possible to also mix with the live action Maleficent. So we started with the easiest craft for a villain- Maleficent horns on a headband.


  • black headbands (I found these on Amazon)
  • Card stock, construction paper, or foam (I bought this foam on Amazon for our horns, but also did a few print outs of just paper that worked wonderfully!)
  • Hot Glue


  • Use the free template print out and let your littles either color it, or use it to trace the shape on foam to cut out for the headband.
  • Take your cut out horns and glue them to the headband.
  • TA DAH! Yes, they’re that easy. If you want to glam them up a bit- feel free to add some sequins or glitter. My little guys just wanted them plain and simple black. (My oldest, who is eight, refused to wear the horns since Maleficent is a woman.)

    * Another option is to use the printable and attach string/elastic so it wraps around the head. See the printable!

Use the horns with the headpiece if you are just going to cut out with construction paper and tie it around the head, not attach it to a headband. Otherwise, cut along the line closest to the horns without the headpiece and attach it to a headband!

Click to Download/Print.