Now that the kids are back in school and summer is winding down, our Disney dreams are turning to ghosts and goblins and things that go “boo” in the night.
That’s right, it’s time for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which kicks off the spooky season on Friday, Aug. 16 and runs through Halloween.
There’s a ton of frightful fun to be had at the party, including some new experiences for 2018. But never fear, your Disney expert is here with tips to help your family get into the spirit.
Ticket to Fright
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special-ticketed event that takes place select evenings in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. That means your Annual Pass, Florida Resident 3- or 4-Day tickets, or other regular admission won’t get you in. You’ll need to buy a ticket specifically for the event.
Tickets start at around $75 for adults and $70 for children for the August dates, with prices going up on Friday nights and the closer you get to Halloween. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, and you can save $10 by ordering your tickets in advance (excluding Oct. 31).
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 Dates:
- August 17, 24, 28, 31
- September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
- October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
What’s Halloween without trick-or-treating? Just follow the glowing balloons to several trick-or-treat stations all around the park and get your bag filled with Halloween candy galore. And it isn’t just for the little ones – every guest gets their very own trick-or-treat bag, so Mom and Dad can join in the fun, too.
And if that’s not enough, be on the lookout for some party-exclusive goodies for purchase around the park!
Also, if your family has allergy or other dietary restrictions, you can get a specially marked bag for your own tasty treats.
Hauntingly Fun Things to Do
If there’s one thing guests look forward to more than anything else at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it’s got to be the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. It’s a cavalcade of costumed characters and freaky floats with a theme song that you’ll be whistling all the way home. Don’t miss the Headless Horseman’s ride to start the hair-raising fun!
Other traditional favorites returning this year are the amazing Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show, and the raucous Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, where those wicked Sanderson sisters try to cast a spell over the entire kingdom.
If characters are your thing, you’ll find lots of friends out and about ready to say hello! From rare characters like Jack and Sally from “A Nightmare Before Christmas” to some well-known pals in their Halloween costumes, there are lots of meet and greets only available during the party.
Dress the Part
Speaking of costumes, you’ll want to dress up in your own haunting Halloween best for the event! Adults and children alike are welcome to come in costume – just be sure to read over Disney’s costume guidelines ahead of time. Check out the video in the links below for more information. Then, gear up and get going!
Don’t feel like a full-on costume? Try “Disneybounding,” a hot trend among Disney fans that entails wearing clothes inspired by your favorite character rather than donning a whole costume. For instance, pull on a black top, red skirt and yellow shoes, and voila! You’re Disneybounding Minnie Mouse!
New to You in 2018
For the first time in forever, there are some truly new offerings at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! If you haven’t been in a while, hop on over to see these brand new sights:
– Special lights and effects on the Mad Tea Party
– New soundtrack on Space Mountain
– Interact with “rookie” pirates on Pirates of the Caribbean
– Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam Dance Party
Tips for Your Trip
Here are some tips from your very own Disney Mom to get the most out of your time at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:
– Arrive early: The park closes to day guests at 7 p.m., but partygoers are typically allowed to enter as early as 4 p.m. Get there early and enjoy more park time!
– Catch the second parade: The Boo-to-You Halloween Parade steps off twice per night – once before the fireworks and once after. The later version usually will have lighter crowds as families with young children head out for the night.
– Line up early for characters: Some popular characters will have long waits. Scope out their locations ahead of time and get in line before the party starts. If the lines are really long, just skip them. There’s so much else to do!
– Trick-or-treat as you go: The candy stations are open throughout the party, so don’t worry about hitting them first thing. Also, lines are shorter later in the night.
– Don’t fret, and have a frightful time!
Kathy Karalekas is a past Panelist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, an online forum where guests can have their Disney vacation planning questions answered by a group of everyday moms and dads who are seasoned Disney travelers. Currently, Kathy is a contributing writer for the Tampa Bay Moms Blog and appears on MouseLife, a Disney-fan podcast. She’s also a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World with her husband and 8-year-old son.