The flagship event of Halloween at Disney World is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Presented on select nights from mid-August through all of September and October (and occasionally even into very early November), the party turns Magic Kingdom into Halloween Headquarters for the night. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is what some people refer to as a “hard-ticketed event,” meaning that you must have a special ticket just for the party. Your daily theme park ticket or annual pass will not get you into the Halloween Party. 2023 admission prices for the party range from $109-199, depending on the date. So what do you get for the money?
Exclusive Access to Magic Kingdom After-Hours
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts at 7 PM and lasts until midnight. Because the Disney Halloween party is a separately-ticketed event, you’ll generally find lower crowds at the party than were present earlier in the day at Magic Kingdom, which means that you can enjoy minimal wait times for most of the attractions which operate during the party.
Speaking of attractions, you’ll find that many Magic Kingdom rides are open during the party. However, some of the less-popular attractions may not be available. See the full list of operating rides in our FAQ section at the end of this article. In addition, some theater-style attractions are closed, so they can be used for Trick-or-Treat locations.
Money-Saving Tip: Halloween Party ticket holders can get into Magic Kingdom as early as 4 PM without purchasing a regular theme park ticket. Save a bit of money by making your Halloween Party day a “no other parks” day; skip a theme park ticket that day by spending time in the morning and early afternoon at Disney Springs or your resort hotel pool, then make your way over to Magic Kingdom at 4 PM for three “free” hours in the park before the party begins.
It’s important to note that the opposite is not true. You will not be able to “sneak into” the Halloween party by simply staying late at the park. Disney thoroughly “sweeps” the park at 6 PM, often by forming a human chain of Cast Members, checking to ensure everyone has the required event wristband.
There are also wristband checkpoints throughout the park all night long and at the entrance to attractions. If you have a dinner reservation that crosses over from the regular operating day to the party, you’ll be allowed to finish your meal but will be required to leave the park afterward (unless, of course, you have a ticket for the party).
Special Magic Kingdom Halloween Decorations
When you arrive in the Magic Kingdom area for the Halloween party, you’ll notice that everything feels different. Of course, we’ve already discussed the regular Halloween decorations at Magic Kingdom. Still, you’ll find even more spooktacular decor for the Halloween party.
Giant inflatable Jack-o-Lanterns loom over the parking lot entrance. As you approach the park itself, everything feels far removed from a typical night at Magic Kingdom. Theatrical fog is everywhere; buildings are bathed in colorful swaths of purple, green, and orange light; projections of ghosts fly across storefronts; and creepy music fills the air. You’ll even notice that many Cast Members are wearing special costumes just for the night.
The Ride of the Headless Horseman
A highlight of the night is the thrilling ride of the Headless Horseman. Typically just before the Halloween parade, the sound of thunder rumbles across the park. You hear an ominous warning, followed by the clip-clop of hooves. Even before you can see it, you hear the oohs and ahhs of Guests further down as the horseman approaches.
And then, it’s right in front of you. A towering and fearsome (yet beautiful) black horse — very real — jockeyed by a mysterious creature. The Headless Horseman clutches a fiery Jack-o-Lantern as he rides by, scanning the crowd to see if it’s your head that would fit his needs.
This portion of the evening is not to be missed. In prior years, the horse would tear through the park at full gallop; more recently, he’s slowed down to a modest trot. This is primarily for safety reasons, though it also has the happy side effect of making it easier to marvel at the display before you.
Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade
Mickey’s Halloween Party features what is probably our favorite Disney parade of all time… Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade! Twice nightly during the party, you’ll be treated to a 20-minute Halloween spectacle that starts in Frontierland and goes through Liberty Square and Main Street, USA.
The parade features several enhanced elements that are always a fan favorite, including a Haunted Mansion section featuring real ballroom dancers, hitchhiking ghosts, and a dancing group of gravediggers (sparks literally fly as their shovels scrape the pavement!).
Add in pirates, Disney villains, Disney characters in Halloween costumes, and even classic Disney character Clara Cluck clucking along to Ghost Riders in the Sky — and you’ve got all the makings of a Halloween celebration like no other.
Just don’t blame us if you’re still humming the parade music a few months later. Seriously, it’s that catchy.
Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks
The capstone of the party is a special Halloween-themed fireworks display. Cinderella Castle blasts to life during a dazzling display of fireworks, projections, lasers, and spotlights hosted by the giant Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. While the fireworks are visible from around the park, this is one of those times when it’s worth securing a spot inside the central hub in front of the castle. Many of the effects are most dazzling from there, and it’s the only place you’ll be able to see Jack during the show.
Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party
A separately-priced dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrace is an optional addition to your Halloween party experience. This event, which coincides with the fireworks show, features all-you-care-to-enjoy specialty drinks and themed snacks, such as Chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, seasonal fruits, cheeses, and other ghoulish goodies. Two versions are offered, each at a different pricepoint:
Note that you’ll still need a ticket to the Halloween party, too; it’s NOT included in the price of the dessert party.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Stage Show
Fans of the camp/cult classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus will appreciate seeing the Sanderson Sisters running amuck on the forecourt stage at Cinderella Castle. Of course, many of the worst Disney Hocus Pocus Villains drop by to take part in the festivities as they help complete a devilish Hocus Pocus Party Potion — from modern baddies like Dr. Facilier and Oogie Boogie to classic villains such as Maleficent and Cruella, it’s a rogue’s gallery of Disney heavies.
The show’s finale is exactly what fans of the classic film hope it will be… a live performance of I Put a Spell on You by Winifred, Mary, and Sarah. We know some locals who consider this stage show alone to be worth the entire party’s price of admission! We’re also on the lookout this year to see if there are any changes to the show with the arrival of Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+.
The Cadaver Dans
By day, the Dapper Dans are a barbershop quartet singing pleasing old-timey songs along Main Street USA. But during the Halloween party, they’re replaced by the Cadaver Dans, fresh out of the grave in Frontierland. Although they’ve clearly seen better days (is that a hatchet in that guy’s hat?), their vocal harmonies are always on point. Gather ’round for chilling harmonies from somewhere beyond.
The Cadaver Dans sing a spooky song | Image © Disney
Haunted Mansion During Mickey’s Halloween Party
It’s no surprise that everyone makes it a point to ride Haunted Mansion during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Disney puts extra care into the atmosphere around the attraction during the party.
As you approach, you’ll find the mansion’s caretakers have undergone a disquieting metamorphosis — a cadaverous pallor thanks to ghostly gray makeup that gives them that “fresh out of the tomb” look. They’re even covered in cobwebs!
In past years, a southern belle ghost has been known to appear on the front lawn, lounging on a park bench near the mansion’s conservatory and carrying on saucy conversations with those queuing up for the ride. She certainly is the afterlife of the party!
Expect longer than normal lines as most people visiting the park queue up to volunteer as Happy Haunt number 1,000.
Trick-or-Treating During Mickey’s Halloween Party
It just wouldn’t be Halloween without trick-or-treating. Guests of all ages can fill their bags full of sweets when they drop by several candy stops throughout the park during the party.
Each Guest receives a complimentary (free) trick-or-treat bag upon entering the party, or you can bring your own if you plan on really stocking up. You’ll be pleased to find “name brand” candy — the 2023 sponsor is Mars Wrigley, so expect to find M&Ms, Snickers, and Skittles in your bag.
There’s always plenty of candy to go around; every year, they park refrigerated trailers backstage to hold the tons of candy that are given out during the party!
To find the trick-or-treat locations, search your Halloween Party guide map or MyDisneyExperience, or just be on the lookout for giant lighted inflatables that indicate candy stops. These typically range from single distribution points to “treat trails” that offer several different stops to get candy along the way.
Allergy-Friendly Trick-or-Treating at Disney
Those with allergy concerns or other medical considerations need not miss out on the Halloween fun of trick-or-treating during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Ask for a teal bag and then trick-or-treat with the rest of your group.
Rather than candy at each location, you’ll receive a trick-or-treat token that can be redeemed in a central location for allergy-friendly treats. There, you’ll be pleased to find a counter displaying plenty of allergen-free options, a few sugar-free offerings, and even some small crafts/party favors for a non-edible treat.
All of the options are well-labeled to indicate ingredients and any common allergens that might be present, so you can confidently make your choices. There is always a knowledgeable Cast Member available to answer questions about the treats.
Disney Characters in Halloween Costumes
Many of your favorite Disney characters will be well-dressed for the party. During the parade, you’ll spot Winnie the Pooh and friends in their Halloween finest, along with the “Fab Five” of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. In addition, be on the lookout for special character costumes when you drop by various meet-and-greet options in the park during the party. You might even find some rarer characters’ appearances on these special nights.
Guest Costume Guidelines During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Kids and adults alike are welcome to (and even encouraged to) wear costumes during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The park even relaxes its normal dress guidelines a bit to allow for a little more freedom during the party.
For Guests ages 13 and under, costumes and some masks may be worn. Masks must always provide unobstructed peripheral vision with openings that allow the eyes to be fully seen.
For Guests 14 Years of Age or Older, costumes may be worn according to provided they meet certain guidelines (and yes, Disney’s serious about this).
- Masks may NOT be worn.
- Costume headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- 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.
- Costumes may not contain any props or accessories 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.
- 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. (for example, full-length Princess dresses)
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are also acceptable.
- Some examples of acceptable accessories include transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates in 2023
There are 38 Halloween parties scheduled in 2023. Tickets go on sale to Resort hotel guests on April 27, 2023 — and to everyone else on May 2, 2023.
Here are the 2023 event dates:
- August 2023: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
- September 2023: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
- October 2023: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
- November 2023: 1
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Ticket Prices in 2023
2023 ticket prices for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party range from $109 to $199 per Guest (ages 10 and up), depending on the date. Tickets for children aged 3-9 are $10 cheaper than an adult ticket. Children ages 2 and under do not need a ticket. Prices do not include tax. Discounts are also offered on some nights for Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders. Halloween Party tickets allow Magic Kingdom admission as early as 4 PM; to enter earlier, you’ll need a regular theme park ticket, too.
Here’s a look at the dates for each price point in 2023:
- $109 (Ages 10+): August 15, 18, 22, 25, 29.
- $119 (Ages 10+): September 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17.
- $149 (Ages 10+): August 11. September 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29. October 1.
- $169 (Ages 10+): October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26.
- $189 (Ages 10+): October 6, 13, 20, 27.
- $199 (Ages 10+): October 29, 31. November 1.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Ticket Price Calendar 2023
Here’s a calendar showing the dates of the 2023 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, along with the pre-tax pricing for Guests ages 10+. Pricing for ages 3-9 is $10 cheaper.
2023 Halloween Party Dates & Prices (click calendar to enlarge)
Do You Need a Theme Park Ticket for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separate ticketed event. You don’t need a Magic Kingdom theme park ticket to get in, but you will need a Halloween Party ticket. The party doesn’t start until 7 PM. Still, your Halloween Party ticket allows you to enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4 PM. If you want to enter Magic Kingdom earlier than 4 PM, you need a theme park ticket.
Do You Need a Theme Park Reservation for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?
Your Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket is valid for one date only, so it serves as its own theme park reservation. Halloween Party Guests do not need to make a theme park reservation through Disney Park Pass unless they plan to arrive at Magic Kingdom earlier than 4 PM. If you want to enter Magic Kingdom earlier than 4 PM, you will need to follow whatever reservation rules apply to your regular theme park ticket for that day’s admission.
What Happened to Disney After Hours Boo Bash?
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as the resort slowly returned to normal operations in 2021, Disney offered a smaller interim event called Disney After Hours Boo Bash. Now that the regular Halloween Party has returned in full force, Boo Bash is no longer being offered.