Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Miss Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party This Year

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is far from a scary event.  It’s a night of wicked crazy Disney magic!  This special ticketed event is one not to be missed.  From the decorations to the exclusive entertainment, you will want to put this on your Disney bucket list.  Here are five of my top reasons you should visit Walt Disney World this month.

Special Halloween Themed Food and Drinks

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Disney knows how to create the ultimate themed menu for their events.  This year’s party has even more sips and sweets than ever before.  The special Halloween themed food can be found all around the park from restaurants to snack carts.  Mobile ordering is available with the specialty menus after 7pm.  Here is a list of a few of the many treats.

  • Maleficent Dessert at Storybook Treats
  • Worms & Dessert at Peco’s Bill Tall Tale Inn
  • Cinnamon Sugar Donuts & Frozen Apple Cider at Golden Oak Outpost
  • Headless Horseman Cheesecake and Chocolate Mickey Waffle Sundae from Sleepy Hollow
  • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
  • Jack & Sally Push-Pops at the snack carts near Cinderella Castle
  • Mickey Pumpkin Popcorn Buckets

Those are just a few of the dangerously delicious sips and sweets you can expect!  Just grab your ticket and go and find out what other food and drinks they offer.

Shorter Wait Times

Since this is a special ticketed event, Disney only allows a certain number of people in to the park.  This means shorter wait times.  Not everyone attends these parties for the rides.  A lot of people come for the shows, parades, fireworks and special character meet and greets.  You might find the lines to meet characters are actually a longer wait than some of the most popular rides.  Especially later in the night during the first parade the lines will become even shorter.  Just know that there are no FastPasses available once the party starts at 7pm.  Some of the rides have attraction overlays.  This year Space Mountain features a spooky soundtrack and total darkness, live pirate actors are integrated in to Pirates of the Caribbean, the Mad Tea Party has special lighting and sound effects and there is a special Halloween version of the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor.  Here is a list of the attractions that are open during the party.

  • Adventureland – Jungle Cruise, Swiss Family Treehouse, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Frontierland – Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Liberty Square – Haunted Mansion
  • Fantasyland – Prince Charming Carousel, Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, Under the Sea with Little Mermaid, Barnstormer, Dumbo, Mad Tea Party, Winnie the Pooh, Mine Train
  • Tomorrowland – Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, Space Mountain, Astro Orbiter, PeopleMover, Buzz Lightyear

Special Shows, Fireworks and Parades

Disney already has amazing shows, fireworks and parades but for this special event they take the magic up a whole other level.  The fireworks show may be one of the best they put on all year.  You should find a spot directly in front of the castle to watch the fireworks and the amazing projections on the castle.  The parade has had several upgrades this year and there are many other shows and dance parties happening throughout the park.  The dance parties are a great way to have special character interactions without standing in the long lines to meet them.  Here is a schedule of the shows, fireworks and parades during this year’s party.

  • Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade: 9:15pm and 11:15pm
  • Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Show – 10:15pm
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – 8:30pm, 10:45pm and 12am to close out the event
  • Zootopia Party Patrol – 9:15pm and 11:15pm
  • DescenDANCE Party – 7:00pm-12am
  • Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam with Vampirina and Fancy Nancy – 7:00pm-12:00am
  • Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Dance Ball: 7:00pm-12am

You Can Dress Up

Disney does not allow guests over the age of 14 to wear costumes when visiting the parks, but they make a special exception during this event.  This is your one and only chance to dress as your favorite character or princess for a whole evening of magic!  Get creative with your group and design a family or friends costume.  There are still rules.  Here is a list of rules below so you are allowed in to the party.

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Your costume 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 these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from Disney parks, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
  • For Guests ages 13 and under, costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground.
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus.  Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.


There are multiple candy stations where you can fill up one of the bags Disney provides during the event or you can bring your own larger bag to really stock up on sweet treats.  Adults are even encouraged to trick-or-treat their way through the parks!  Parents this is the time to fill your own back so you don’t have to sneak from your child’s bag when they aren’t looking or are fast asleep!  The cast members handing out candy are full of spirit and fun and make the whole experience one to remember.

The party starts at 7pm but you can enter at 4pm and party all the way until the clock strikes 12.  If you are visiting the park on one of the party days and don’t have a ticket, the park will close for you at 6pm.  The plus side of entering the park for the party at 4pm is that you can take advantage of booking FastPasses from 4pm-7pm! 

There are still dates available for you to experience Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!  Come party on October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, and of course on the 31st!  If you can’t make it in October, Disney does offer one final party on November 1st.  Let me help you make those last minute plans to experience one of Disney’s best parties! 

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