Pumpkins, candy, and costumes, and Mickey – what a fantastically fun and not at all spooky combination. Fall is one of our favorite times of year to go to Disney and this event is one of our favorites too. Read on to see why we love it so much.

Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a hard ticketed event. It takes place in the Magic Kingdom on select nights in September and October. You must have a Halloween party ticket to be inside Magic Kingdom during the party. You can get into the Magic Kingdom with just a party ticket beginning at 4 pm on party day. Ticket prices range from $74 to $115. Small discounts are available for some groups such as Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders. Disney sells a limited number of tickets to each party. If you are set on wanting to attend MNSSHP during your trip it is probably a good idea to go ahead and purchase tickets ahead of time online. Keep in mind that there are no refunds in event of bad weather so you may be partying in the rain.Unique parties happen each fall and winter at Walt Disney World

6 Reasons Not to Miss Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Riding Rides

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party can be a great time to pack in some rides. Only a limited number of tickets are sold which means less people in the park and shorter lines. Disney is never empty and there will still be a lot of people, but way less people than you would encounter on a busy day in the Magic Kingdom. Planning tip: FastPasses can be booked until 7 pm when the party officially starts. If you are just entering the park for the party, you can book your three FastPasses between 4-7 pm. While you may not want to spend all of the party riding rides, you might want to pick a few of your favorite, popular rides to enjoy with little to no wait.

Boo to You and Fireworks

Attending the party is the only way to experience the amazing Halloween parade and fireworks. The Boo to You Parade is performed twice each party night. Boo to You is led by a headless horseman (weather permitting) and includes a gang of grave diggers and all your favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best. It is so fun and hands down our family’s favorite parade in all of Disney World. Planning tip: the second parade showing is always less crowded. There is also a fireworks show, HalloWishes, unique to the Halloween party which is amazing as well. The musical score and castle projections pay tribute to the Disney villains who don’t get much attention the rest of the year.

Unique Character Meets

Unique characters, and characters in Halloween costumes, come out to play, take pictures and sign autographs. Halloween and Christmas parties in the Magic Kingdom are the only times when you can meet all seven dwarfs, as well as Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. In addition, all the classic characters are out in special outfits and costumes. Locations for all the character meets can be found on the party map. Lines for characters can get long, so it is best to pick a couple you definitely want to meet and not try to meet all of them.

Costumes for All

Typically, Disney restricts the wearing of costumes to the under 14 crowd. However, at the party you will see lots of people dressed up. It can be so fun to plan costumes with your family or travel group, even coordinating them together in a common theme or Disney movie. Before you jump into planning your costume, read over Disney’s regulations regarding appropriate and inappropriate dress. Also remember Disney World is in Florida where it is hot most of the year, so that fleece footed bodysuit you have been eyeing may not be the best bet.

Trick or Treat

Trick or treat locations are scattered all around the park. Everyone, including adults, can indulge in this treat. Sugar will help keep you going until the clock strikes midnight. For those with dietary restrictions, there are certain locations where they have non-candy alternatives as well. The Halloween party is one of the only times where everyone gets to dress up.

Unique Eats

In addition to a never ending supply of candy, there are a host of unique snack and drink offerings. Party specific food and beverages will be listed on the guide along with where they can be purchased. Snacks may include pumpkin waffles, specialty cupcakes, or candy cane ice cream. Who knows what they will brew up from year to year. You can get a sneak peek of it once this year’s parties begin and the party guide gets posted online.

Bonus Fun

Honorable mentions go to the option of picking up an exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom playing card, special PhotoPass magic shots, and the other fun entertainment options and stage shows. All in all, the party has such a fun vibe that is not scary in the slightest.

Attending the party is definitely not necessary to have a fantastic Disney vacation in the fall. You can enjoy the decorations and some of the seasonal food offerings during non-party times as well. If you are looking for a way to add some extra magic to your fall trip, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a frightfully great option!

What are your favorite things to do and see at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

Thanks to our contributor Kelly for this great post and photos!