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Your Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a special event at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park during the Halloween Season! It is a lot of fun for the whole family, and everyone can come dressed in their favorite Halloween costume. From trick-or-treating, magic shots, and characters in their Halloween costumes to parades, fireworks, and specialty eats - there is something for everyone to enjoy when attending this frightfully fun special event!

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​Event Dates and Tickets

Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom with a pumpkin in front on the bottom right during the day

This party occurs on select nights from Friday, August 11, 2023, to Wednesday, November 1, 2023, from 7 pm to midnight! Although the party time is from 7 pm to midnight, you can enter the park at 4 pm on your party date and enjoy the park during regular park hours. Furthermore, ticket prices range from $109 to $199. Disney Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members get a $10 discount per ticket on their Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets on select nights! If you are interested in attending the party, visit their website to see the available dates and how much the tickets are for those select dates. As of 8/31/23, 42% of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dates are sold out, including Halloween Night, and the prices range from $149 to $199.


Starting at 4 pm on your party night, you can grab your MNSSHP wristband, map, and treat bag and be ready to start trick-or-treating right when the party begins at 7 pm. There are various treat stations throughout the park where they will scoop candy into your treat bag. Some cast members are super generous with their scoops, and towards the end of the night, they tend to all be a little more giving! If you or someone in your party have food allergies, you or they will be provided a teal-colored treat bag. These individuals can proceed to trick-or-treat at the regular treat locations, and they will be given teal tokens to redeem at the allergy-friendly centers in Liberty Square or Main Street USA for allergy-friendly treats!

Your Favorite Characters All Dressed Up

DLT! and Goofy at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

During the party, you can meet some of your favorite Disney characters! There are a few meet-and-greets with some rare characters like the Seven Dwarves from Snow White and Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Next door to Jack, you can meet Mickey Mouse in his Halloween costume. Close by the Seven Dwarves, you can meet Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in their Halloween costumes! Since these are the most popular characters, there will be long lines and high wait times. On average, the special character wait times range from one and a half hours to two and a half hours. However, there are other character meet and greets throughout the park with shorter wait times, like the Little Mermaid and Prince Eric; Goofy; and Princess Jasmine, Aladdin, Genie, and Jafar!

Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade

The parade route runs from Frontierland towards Main Street USA starting at 9:15 pm and 11:15 pm on party nights. You do not want to miss this parade as it is full of your favorite Disney characters and Disney Villains! A few moments before the parade begins, the Headless Horseman trots down the parade route, and you do not want to miss it! The first parade of the night is usually pretty crowded; however, we found some great spots near Frontierland and watched the parade both times! Some of my favorites during the parade were the Headless Horseman, Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabelle as the Sanderson Sisters, the Grave Diggers, Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph, and the Disney Villians section towards the end - you do not want to miss a moment of the parade!

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

This spelltacular show occurs in front of Cinderella's Castle at 8:35 pm, 10:45 pm, and midnight. Starting in October until the end of the MNSSHPs, they will add an extra showing at 7:40 pm. Be sure to join the wicked fun fest with the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus and their frightening colleagues of Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent, and many others! You do not want to miss out on this show, especially if you love the Disney Villains! It felt weird to cheer for the Villains, but it was a great show, and they deserved the applause!

Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom with a pumpkin in front on the bottom right all glowing and lit up in the night

If you are a fan of Jack Skellington and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, you will love the fireworks show during MNSSHP! This fireworks show happens at 10:15 pm in front of Cinderella's Castle with projections, laser lights, and music. You will see your favorite Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, along with some Disney Villains for this spectacular fireworks and projection show! If you want to elevate your fireworks experience, you can purchase tickets to Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace. Enjoy delicious desserts, a variety of cheeses, and refreshing beverages, including an assortment of beer and wine for those 21 and over, as you view the fireworks show! Tickets are $114 for adults and $69 for children (3 - 9), including tax and gratuity.

Specialty Sips, Bites, and Merchandise

Char Siu Chicken Wings from Sleepy Hollow during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Throughout the park, you will find various sweet, savory, and spicy food and drink options and tons of spooky, fun Halloween merchandise! For instance, at Cosmic Ray's, you will find Zombie Fingers; at the Friar's Nook, you will find the Buffalo Chicken Hand Pie; and at Sleepy Hollow, you will find Char Siu Chicken Wings (as seen above). If you are a Spirit Jersey, mug, or pin collector, there is merchandise just for you! We scored an adorable Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party pin with Mickey and Minnie on it. If you are a Disney Annual Passholder or a Disney Vacation Club Member, show the cashier for your discount on merchandise!

Other Festive Experiences

The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet and Rusty Cutlass

The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet in Frontierland

In Frontierland, The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet performs haunting melodies intermittently between 7 pm and 10:50 pm. Not only do they sing beautifully, they are quite "punny" as well! Across the lands in Adventureland, you can catch the Rusty Cutlass, a pirate band, periodically between 7:15 pm and 11:50 pm.

Dance Parties

Inside Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café, you can dance the night away with your favorite Disney Junior characters like Vampirina and Doc McStuffins at the Disney Junior Jam! Also, in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, you can have a dance party with zombies, werewolves, aliens, and cheerleaders at the Zom-Beatz Bash. These parties are from 7 pm to midnight and are always so much fun!

Magic Shots, Pictures with Special Effects

There are a ton of Magic Shots throughout the park during the Halloween party! You can get a picture with the Headless Horseman, the Hitchhiking Ghosts, Donald's nephews, and many others.

Rides and Attractions

During the party, you will tend to see shorter lines compared to regular park hours since there is so much to do! As such, you can enjoy your favorite rides like Haunted Mansion, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Moreover, Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor all have a Halloween overlay - whether it be absolute darkness, Halloween lights and music, or the Monsters learning about the human holiday of Halloween! Lastly, you can ride TRON Lightcycle / Run during the party if you can get in the virtual queue using the My Disney Experience App at 6 pm on your party night.

Top Tips for Your First Party Experience at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

- You cannot do everything in one night
- Arrive to the Ticket & Transportation Center by 3 pm or get in line at your resort for the bus at 3 pm
- Figure out what your focus of the party will be before arriving
- Set an alarm for 5:55 pm to start preparing for the TRON Lightcycle / Run virtual queue at 6 pm
- Wear comfortable shoes and lightweight costumes the day of the party - it most likely will be hot
- Attend the later shows and parades as the first ones tend to be more crowded
- If you plan on getting a lot of candy, bring a backpack to store your candy

It is a good idea to plan for the night before arriving at the park so you are not making any crazy or hasty decisions (and make sure you stick to it). It was our first time at MNSSHP, and although we had a great time, we should have better prepared ourselves to get the most out of the experience!

Our goal was to trick-or-treat and see all three special Halloween experiences: the parade, fireworks show, and Hocus Pocus show. We planned to go to the 10:15 pm fireworks show, 11:15 pm parade, and midnight Hocus Pocus show with trick-or-treating before those. However, we ended up watching the earlier parade - almost missing our Tron virtual queue call time and ultimately missing the only fireworks shows at the party. We were bummed, but the Hocus Pocus show at midnight made up for it!

All the candy DLT! scored at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

We also spent too much of our time trick-or-treating that we did not get to visit the Zom-Beatz Bash, go on Space Mountain, or attend a Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor showing. Plus, since we did the treat trials too early, our backpack was getting full and heavy too soon. Although things did not go as planned, we still had a good time and got our money's worth!


DLT! with the Hitchhiking Ghosts as a Magic Shot

Okay, future Not-So-Scary Party Guests, it is time to purchase your MNSSHP tickets and collect your special treats! There are so many great things to do, see, and eat at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and we hope this blog post helps you better prepare for an amazing Halloween party night at Magic Kingdom.

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