From mid-August through Halloween, a magical event takes place. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!
As the sun sets over the most beloved Disney parks, a bewitching transformation takes place, filling the air with an electrifying mix of spooktacular delights and heartwarming nostalgia.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park on select nights from August through November 1st. This special event is a must-do for any Disney fan who loves Halloween. There are so many things to see and do at the party. It’s fun for the entire family.
Join us on a thrilling journey through this special after-hours event, where families and friends of all ages can experience the Halloween season like never before.
I had the pleasure of attending Disney’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party last month on my trip to Walt Disney World. I went on vacation with my two-year-old daughter, and we had a blast. Here are some tips and reviews of the festivities:
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Event Dates:
The Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place on select dates from August through November 1st. On Party dates, the park closes at 7 PM for anyone who is not attending the party.
The Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party is held at the Magic Kingdom.
The party runs from 7 PM-12 AM, but they let you into the park at 4 PM.
Is a Separate Tickey Required?
Do I need a ticket? Yes
Is my ticket included with my part ticket? Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is NOT included in the price of your regular park ticket. It is a separately-ticketed event.
The child tickets for ages 3-10 range from $99-$189, and the adult tickets range from $109-$199.
The price of the ticket gets more expensive the closer you get to Halloween. Purchase your tickets in advance as many dates get sold out.
Is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Event Appropriate for Young Children?
Yes, it is appropriate for children of all ages. It’s Disney, so not it’s not scary. I brought my two-year-old daughter, and she loved it; however, being that she is so little, she got tired very early on in the evening. We only stayed about 1.5 hours.
Since she was only 2, I only had to purchase one ticket. The event does get costly if you are purchasing a couple of tickets, so if you have young children that will fall asleep within 1-2 hours, you may not want to dish out an additional $400 plus for tickets.
Are Rides Open During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?
Yes! The rides at the Magic Kingdom are open during the event. This is one of the perks of attending the event.
The park is less crowded since you need a special event ticket to attend the party. Take advantage of shorter wait times at all the rides.
We waited only 20 minutes to get on the Peter Pan ride and 10 for Jungle Cruise. Wait times are also less to see the princesses. We waited 10 minutes to see Cinderella.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Events
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party offers an array of special experiences designed to enchant and entertain the entire family. With its perfect blend of thrills, enchantment, and just a touch of fright, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party promises an extraordinary experience that will leave cherished memories for every member of the family to treasure. Here are some of our favorite offerings.
Special Character Greetings
This was one of the best parts of the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. They have characters to see that aren’t usually around.
Jack Skellington and Sally, The 7 Dwarfs, Jafar and Abu, Alice in Wonderland, Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum and the Queen of Hearts, Genie from Aladdin, Belle and Gaston, Cruella De Vil, Lots-o’-Huggin Bear, Buzz Lightyear, Captain Jack Sparrow, and more.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
This was a fun show held at the front of the castle. The Sanderson sisters from the Disney movie Hocus Pocus put on a great show. The sisters cast a spell on everyone at Magic Kingdom in the show.
Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular
It’s a must-see when Disney does a firework show. This Halloween-themed fireworks display features some of your favorite Disney Characters and is hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The fireworks which are held over Cinderella’s Castle are excellent.
It features songs by Disney Villains such as Ursula’s “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Oogie Boogie Song” from Nightmare Before Christmas, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” from The Three Little Pigs, “Never Smile at a Crocodile” from Peter Pan, “Grim Grinning Ghosts” from the Hunted Mansion Ride, “The Skeleton Dance” and more.
Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
We love seeing Disney parades; they are always entertaining. This parade was excellent.
Make sure you line up early to get a good view. The parades feature the Headless Horseman, and Disney characters dress in their Halloween costumes. This is a must-see while at the Halloween Party. The parades last about 20 minutes.
Monster Mash Party
This was my daughter’s favorite part of the event. There is a DJ that plays music, while you can dance with your children with the monsters from Monsters Inc. This is a must-do at the event.
Kids can trick-or-treat throughout the park. The trick-or-treat stations can be found on the special not-so-scary Halloween party map at the front of the park or on the My Disney Experience App (I highly recommend downloading this app when planning your Disney vacation).
Kids get a whole handful of candy at each station.
What to Wear at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Event
The Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a costume event. At the event, all the children were dressed in their Halloween costumes. Adults can get in on the fun as well and dress up.
There are some rules to wearing costumes: Children under 14 can wear masks as long as they do not cover the entire face.
Costumes with weapons, sharp objects, or anything that can be used to strike another person are not permitted. People over 14 cannot wear masks; the costumes must be appropriate, nonviolent, and cannot be offensive to others.
If you plan on wearing a cape, the cape cannot hang below the waist, no costumes that drag on the floor.
Remember, it’s a not-so-scary Halloween party; you can not wear anything that would scare a small child.
If you have a question about a costume you want to wear, visit the Disney Parks website for more information.
During the Not-so-Scary Halloween event, Disney’s photographers are there to capture the moment with special Halloween Magic Shots. I love magic shots and purchase the photo pass each time I come to Disney.
Look around for the special photo scenes or ask the photographer if they offer a Halloween Magic Shot.
Also, at the event, check out their specialty foods, such as pumpkin cupcakes. The Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is also great for picking out one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
We got a Mickey Mouse Shaped pumpkin candle holder and a special Halloween Christmas Ornament.
If you’re going to visit Disney during September or October, I recommend attending the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!