Halloween at Disney: Your Not-So-Scary Guide (2022)

For some people, there’s no better time of year than Halloween — you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy some creepy decorations, dressing up in costume, and having a socially-acceptable excuse for eating seven Snickers bars in one sitting.  Even if you’re not into the scarier stuff, you might still enjoy celebrating autumn.  The weather’s finally cooler after Florida’s blast furnace summer, yellow and orange hues adorn everything, and freshly-made apple cider seems to be flowing around every corner.  It’s hard not to love that time of year, and celebrating it at Disney World makes it even better.  Here’s our complete not-so-scary guide to Halloween at Disney.

Which Disney Park is Best for Halloween?

At Disney World, Magic Kingdom is undisputed as the best Disney Park for Halloween.  The park has by far the most Halloween decor, events, and themed food/merchandise for fall.  Plus it’s home to Haunted Mansion, which serves up a dose of the Halloween spirit (sorry) all year long.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a Halloween-themed dining experience as well as the always-creepy Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction.

EPCOT, while host to the wildly popular International Food & Wine Festival in the fall, has very little in the way of actual Halloween observances — only a “Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit” scavenger hunt.  And of course it’s always Oktoberfest inside the Biergarten restaurant, and pumpkins grow year-round at The Land pavilion.

Halloween celebrations are equally scarce at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, though you might find a few pumpkins mixed in with the animals on Halloween day.  And there are a couple of animal exhibits that seem especially appropriate at this time of year.

Read on to discover more about how each of the theme parks (as well as the resorts and Disney Springs) celebrate the creepiest time of year!

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Halloween Decorations at Magic Kingdom

The moment you step into Town Square at the entrance to Magic Kingdom, you’ll instantly know it’s Halloween time at Disney World.  And the best thing is, you can see the decor even if you haven’t spent the extra money to purchase a ticket to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!  These decorations are visible during the day for Guests who just have a regular theme park ticket.

Dozens of Jack-o-Lanterns are perched atop the porticoes, colonnades, and awnings of the buildings along Main Street USA.  And while you’ll find that most of them are smiling back at you with snaggle-toothed grins, a closer look will show that many of the ghoulish gourds are carved with designs related to the building they’re placed on.  Designs can change from year to year, but here are a few of our favorites from past years which may or may not return:

  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: sundae and ice cream cone designs, plus one Jack-o-Lantern grimacing from an ice cream headache
  • Casey’s Corner:  hot dog, fries, peanuts, baseball, and bat designs
  • Engine Co. 71 (Main Street Firehouse):  dalmatian designs
  • Art Festival:  pencil and paintbrush designs
  • Hall of Champions: Football, volleyball, and trophy designs
  • Uptown Jewelers: diamond ring design
  • Main Street Cinema: filmstrip design
  • Elsewhere:  Three pumpkins stacked as a snowman, reminding you that winter isn’t too far away; a restroom symbol design Jack-o-Lantern pointing the way to the nearest facilities
  • Park Exit: A row of pumpkins, each carved with a Mickey silhouette or a letter, spell out a farewell message, “See Ya Real Soon!”

In addition to the whimsical parade of pumpkins, Main Street buildings are also decorated with a traditional-style autumnal bunting of yellow, orange, and brown.

Lampposts along Main Street feature Halloween Mickey Wreaths, made up of a Mickey Mouse-shaped Jack-o-Lantern surrounded by a ring of colorful fall foliage.  At night, the Mickey Jack-O-Lanterns glow brightly, making an even more festive Halloween display.

Several larger-than-life scarecrows — each with a Jack-o-Lantern head and dressed like a citizen of Main Street, U.S.A. — can be found in Town Square near the train station.

And although it’s not technically a Halloween-only offering, it’s hard to argue that Haunted Mansion isn’t one giant Halloween decoration.  This beloved attraction — home to 999 Happy Haunts — offers hot and cold running chills year-round but always seems to take on an extra ghoulish feel around Halloween.  With ominous music and a delightfully unkempt exterior, it’s a great Halloween sight, day or night.  And of course, once you get inside, there are creaks around every corner.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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As of Mid-September, all 2022 dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are sold out.  This is, to our knowledge, the first year in which every single night of the party has become unavailable for purchase.  2023 party dates are expected to be announced sometime in Spring or Summer 2023.  Read on to learn more about the party so you can be ready to purchase 2023 tickets when they are released.

The flagship event of Halloween at Disney World is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Presented on select nights from mid-August through the end of October, 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.  2022 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 7PM and lasts until midnight.  Because the 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, though 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.  Some of the 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 4PM without having to purchase 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 the morning and early afternoon at Disney Springs or your resort hotel pool, then make your way over to Magic Kingdom at 4PM 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 6PM, often by forming a human chain of Cast Members, checking to ensure that everyone has the required event wristband.

There are also wristband checkpoints throughout the park all night long, as well as at the entrance to attractions.  If you happen to 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 afterwards (unless of course you have a ticket for the party).

Special Halloween Party Decorations at Magic Kingdom

The moment you arrive in the Magic Kingdom area for the Halloween party, you’ll notice that everything just feels different.  We’ve already discussed the regular Halloween decorations at Magic Kingdom, but for the Halloween party, you’ll find even more spooktacular decor.

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 a 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.

Disney Halloween Headless Horseman

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 long Halloween spectacle that starts in Frontierland and makes its way 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 grave diggers (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 a giant Jack Skellington.  While the fireworks are visible from around the park, this is one of those times where it’s worth it to secure 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

An optional addition to your Halloween party experience is a separately-priced dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrace.  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

Fans of the camp/cult classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus will appreciate a chance to see the Sanderson Sisters running amuck on the forecourt stage at Cinderella Castle.  Many of the baddest Disney 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 Malificent and Cruella, it’s a rogue’s gallery of Disney heavies.

The finale of the show 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.

Disney Halloween - Cadaver Dans

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 caretakers of the mansion 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 make appearances 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, and 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 2022 sponsor is Mars Wrigley, so expect to find M&Ms, Snickers, and Skittles in your bag.

There’s always plenty or 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 guidemap 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.

We’ve even seen special treat trail experiences inside attractions that are closed for the night, which are an especially fun way to experience these attractions in a new light.  Some examples we’ve seen in the past include:

  • A walkthrough of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, with the birds very much awake.  This offers a great chance to get an up-close appreciation for the audio-animatronic stars of the show!.
  • Trick-or-Treating inside Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, complete with live improvisational comedy from the citizens of Monstropolis.

Allergy-Friendly Trick-or-Treating at Disney

Those with allergy concerns or other medical considerations need not miss out on the 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 then 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.  Knowledgeable Cast Members are also available to answer questions about the treats.

Disney Characters Dressed for Halloween

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.  Be on the lookout for special character costumes as well when you drop by various meet-and-greet options in the park during the party.  You might even find appearances by some of the rarer characters 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 provide unobstructed peripheral vision at all times with openings that allow the eyes to be fully seen.

For Guests 14 Years of Age or Older, costumes may be worn according 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 for 2022

NOTE: Tickets are no longer available – all 2022 dates have sold out.

  • August 2022: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • September 2022:  2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • October 2022: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Ticket Prices for 2022

2022 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 age 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 4PM; to enter earlier, you’ll need a regular theme park ticket, too.  Here are the dates for each price point in 2022:

  • $109 (Ages 10+):  August 16, 19, 23, 26, 30.  September 2, 5.
  • $119 (Ages 10+):  September 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20.
  • $139 (Ages 10+):  August 12.  September 23, 25, 27, 29, 30.  October 2.
  • $159 (Ages 10+):  October 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27.
  • $179 (Ages 10+):  October 7, 14, 21, 28, 30.
  • $199 (Ages 10+):  October 31.

NOTE: Tickets are no longer available – all 2022 dates have sold out.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Ticket Price Calendar 2022

Below, we’ve assembled a calendar showing the dates of the 2022 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, along with pre-tax pricing for Guests ages 10+.  Pricing for ages 3-9 is $10 cheaper.

NOTE: Tickets are no longer available – all 2022 dates have sold out.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022 Dates and Prices Calendar

2022 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 7PM, but your Halloween Party ticket allows you to enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4PM.  If you want enter Magic Kingdom earlier than 4PM, you will 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 4PM.  If you want enter Magic Kingdom earlier than 4PM, you will need a reservation.

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.  As the resort slowly returned to normal operations during 2021, Disney offered a smaller interim event called Disney After Hours Boo Bash.  Now that the regular Halloween Party is returning in full force for 2022, Boo Bash is not being held this year.

With so many dates and prices for Halloween party tickets, you’d be forgiven for being a bit confused.  Fear not!  Call in the experts at The Vacationeer!  Their team of Disney experts know all about Halloween at Disney World and can give you all the best tips.  There’s no charge to use their planning services, so contact them today!

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Halloween at Hollywood Studios

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While certainly not Halloween Headquarters, Disney’s Hollywood Studios does offer a couple of options to celebrate (though only one is truly a Halloween offering).

Minnie’s Halloween Dine

Join favorite Disney pals for Minnie’s Halloween Dine at the Hollywood & Vine restaurant.  Typically offered from mid-August through early-November, the event pairs the restaurant’s all-you-care-to-enjoy menu with appearances by Disney Characters in Halloween-themed outfits.  Note that this offering is for lunch and dinner only, not breakfast.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Though not necessarily a Halloween attraction, Tower of Terror is certainly high on the creepy factor.  The ghosts of old Hollywood prowl the Hollywood Tower Hotel, where legend has it that a freak lightning strike decades ago sent several unsuspecting vacationers into the Twilight Zone.

Hop aboard an elevator that has certainly seen better days, and you’ll soon realize that this is no ordinary hotel (it’s never a good sign when ghosts beckon you to join them).  Be sure to make time to drop in during your Halloween visit to the park.

Halloween at EPCOT

Disney Halloween at EPCOT

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The month of October at EPCOT is completely consumed by the International Food & Wine festival, but you’ll still find a few nods to Halloween.

Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit

Embedded within this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt called Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit.

For a limited time — September 29 to October 31, 2022 (or while supplies last) — Guests can purchase a souvenir map/sticker set for about $10, then search the park for hidden decorative pumpkins based on Disney characters.

When you’ve found each pumpkin, you put a corresponding sticker on your map showing where the pumpkin is located in the park.  Once you’re through hunting, bring the map to a designated location to receive a surprise.

This type of “buy a map, find the things, get a prize” activity is common fare for the festivals at EPCOT (the Flower & Garden Festival usually features an Easter Egg hunt in the same style).  The prizes are often quite small — something along the lines of a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy — but are usually nicely themed and make for a fun keepsake.  It’s a great way to explore the park and is a relatively cheap add-on to your day.

Even if you don’t want to purchase the map, you’ll still be able to see the pumpkins.  Look high and low all around World Showcase, especially in quiet corners.

One final tip: there’s no “grading” of your map when you go to redeem your prize.  You can find as many or as few pumpkins as you like, and you’ll never be told “nope, that one’s wrong… go back out there and find the right answer.”  So just go out and enjoy it and when you’ve decided you’re done, go grab your goodies.

Pumpkins on Living with the Land

A year-round treat on the Living with the Land attractions is catching a glimpse of Mickey-shaped pumpkins.  The attraction itself — a boat ride through greenhouses and innovative farming methods — is a year-round celebration of the bounty of Earth’s harvest.

One popular exhibit is a unique method of growing pumpkins and other gourds in an elevated manner… hanging from above rather than laying on the ground.  Often you’ll find a pumpkin or squash growing inside a plastic mold shaped like the head of a certain familiar mouse. Even though they’re not carved, they always seem to give off a bit of a jack-o-lantern vibe.

The greenhouse staff have also been known to set up fall harvest displays on occasion, featuring freshly-grown pumpkins, squash, and other gourds, along with bales of hay and a few friendly scarecrows.

Once you’ve seen all the vegetables growing along the boat route, head to Garden Grill or Sunshine Seasons to enjoy a harvest feast made in part with food grown in the pavilion’s on-site greenhouses.

Gran Fiesta Tour and Mexico Folk Art Gallery

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is often incorrectly lumped in as “part of Halloween,” no doubt due to its proximity to the holiday (November 1st – 2nd) and its macabre imagery.

But Day of the Dead is a separate observance — a joyful holiday celebrating the memory of departed relatives.  You’ll find a nod to this memorable holiday in the Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride in EPCOT’s Mexico pavilion, where a cheerful band of animatronic skeletons performs on an archway as your boat passes underneath.

After your boat tour, explore the Mexico Folk Art Gallery; it currently exhibits “Remember Me!” – La Celebración del Día de Muertos.

Dining at Biergarten

Another of those “it isn’t Halloween, but it’s close enough” experiences is to have a hearty feast at the Biergarten restaurant at EPCOT’s Germany pavilion.  This restaurant celebrates Oktoberfest all year long; so while it’s not Halloween per se, it’s certainly a fall festival of flavor and live polka music from the famed Oktoberfest Musikanten.  So chow down on some schnitzel, spaetzle, and strudel while raising a giant glass!

Beacons of Magic (Maybe?)

This is one of those “wait and see” type of things that might not actually pan out.  But, for Independence Day in 2022, EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth icon took advantage of its new “Beacons of Magic” LED lighting capability to display a red, white, and blue American flag pattern.  Now maybe it’s just us… but wouldn’t that giant geodesic sphere make for one fantastic Jack-O-Lantern?  We’ve got our bony fingers crossed!

Mickey Pumpkin Mold image above courtesy of Flickr user Sylvar under CC by 2.0

Halloween at Animal Kingdom

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find much of anything in the way of Halloween-specific celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  That said, we have a few suggestions for celebrating Halloween at Animal Kingdom.

Pumpkin Animal Enrichment

If your trip happens to bring you to Animal Kingdom on October 31st, you might notice that the Animal caretakers have provided some seasonal “enrichment” for the animal along the safari route and exploration trails.

Providing novel items in their habitat allows the animals to practice natural behaviors that they would do in the wild, and for Halloween, that often includes introducing pumpkins (carved and otherwise) into their living spaces.

Because of the unique nature and the need for this to be an “unusual” occurrence for the creatures, you’ll typically find this happening only on Halloween itself, or perhaps one or two days prior.

And while the display provides for some amusing viewing by humans, the pumpkins don’t last long.  They’ll quickly be nibbled, thrown, crushed, shredded, and otherwise demolished.

Gigantic Bats

One of our favorite stops along the Maharajah Jungle Trek exploration trail is an exhibit featuring the Malayan Flying Fox — large fruit bats with an impressive wingspan.

Though not specific to Halloween (these creatures are more fascinating than they are frightening), decades of pop culture have wrongfully saddled these magnificent flying mammals with a reputation for creepiness.  Even their scientific name, Pteropus vampyrus, reflects an early false belief that they were blood suckers.

Halloween is a perfect time to drop in to see them as they truly are — peaceful critters content to spend the day hanging upside down, attacking only any stray bits of fruit that might be nearby.  If you’re fortunate, you might be able to see one of them unfurl its entire 3-4 foot wingspan.

For those who are still thoroughly (or partially) creeped out by bats, you’ll be happy to know that you can choose your own level of exposure to the creatures.  Those who want to avoid them altogether can easily bypass this segment of the trail without so much as batting an eye, while those who want just a little bit of “protection” to feel at ease can view the bats from an area which offers closely-spaced thin wires as a “shield.”

But for the best view, we recommend the main viewing area, which offers a complete open-air encounter with the bats.  Widely spaced vertical dividers form openings that are narrower than the wingspan of the creatures, so any fears you might have of a bat swooping down into your hair (another pop culture myth) are easily assuaged.  And remember, as nocturnally-active creatures, they’re going to spend the daylight hours just hanging around.

It’s Tough to Be a Bug! and Other Insect Offerings

Another year-round offering that happens to fit right in with Halloween are all the creepy-crawlies that call Animal Kingdom home.

Start out with a showing of It’s Tough to Be a Bug!, a 4-D film that offers a few scary moments such as giant (fake) spiders dropping from the ceiling and special effects that simulate insects attacking.  Just don’t be surprised if you leave the show with an appreciation for the role insects play in the natural life cycles of our planet.

Once you’ve seen the show, make time to visit the animal exploration trails around the park.  Hidden away in some of the exhibits you’ll find delightfully creepy critters such as hissing cockroaches, but thanks to It’s Tough to Be a Bug, you’ll appreciate them for what they are (even if they do still disgust you at least a little bit).

Other Animal Encounters, Real and Imagined

For a good old fashioned fright, hop onboard Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.  There, you’ll combine the physical thrill of hurtling backward and forward on a runaway mountain train in advance of an up-close encounter with the mythical Yeti.

For a more serene journey, enjoy a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris.  You’ll get to see not only giraffes, elephants, and hippos — but also the elusive Okapi, known as the ghosts of the forest.  You’ll also spot a creepy baobob tree, with a gnarled almost-dead appearance that makes it a perfect Halloween backdrop.

Fall at Disney Springs

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Disney Springs, the shopping and entertainment district at Disney World, celebrates fall (and Halloween) each year with a mix of seasonal treats and shopping.

Go beyond trick-or-treating with exquisite handcrafted chocolates creations from The Ganachery, a specialty cake from Amorette’s Patisserie, or a top-tier cupcake from Sprinkles.  Seasonal snacks are also offered at many other eateries nearby.

Do a bit of shopping, enjoy occasional holiday entertainment, and don’t forget to keep your selfie game on point with themed photo backdrops.

Halloween at Disney Resorts

Disney Halloween - Fort Wilderness

Halloween at many of the Disney resort hotels is a pretty low-key affair, though there’s one Disney Resort that stands out from the rest

Halloween at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

The folks at Fort Wilderness always take the holidays seriously, and Halloween is no exception.  And what’s amazing is that the vast majority of the celebrations are mainly handled by the Guests staying there!

Halloween Decorations at Fort Wilderness

Guests camping at Fort Wilderness always get into the spirit of Halloween with astounding displays of outdoor decorations at their campsites.  And we’d be lying if we said it isn’t seen as somewhat of a contest among Guests to see who can provide the most impressive display at their campsite (okay, in truth, it IS a contest… Cast Members do judge the decorations).

Trust us when we say, Halloween is SERIOUS BUSINESS for the campers at Fort Wilderness.

Halloween Golf Cart Parade at Fort Wilderness

A mainstay of any major holiday at Fort Wilderness is the Golf Cart parade… Independence Day, Christmas, and of course, Halloween.  It’s truly something to see the creativity the campers show off when decorating their utilitarian golf carts with fanciful decorations.

We counted upwards of 100 golf carts in the 2021 parade, with entries ranging from the simple to the astounding.  Imagine golf carts disguised as Disney Cruise ships, Carl and Ellie’s house from Up, a Star Wars Bantha, and more.  They may all be homemade, but some of the creativity on display is top-notch.

We count the Halloween Golf Cart Parade at Fort Wilderness as one of the best hidden gems of Disney World Halloween.  If you can’t make it out to the Fort, be sure to check out prior year videos on YouTube.

Return to Sleepy Hollow at Fort Wilderness

We’re still eagerly awaiting word on whether Return to Sleepy Hollow will be back on the calendar at Fort Wilderness for 2022.

In prior years, the special event included showings of the 1949 Disney classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, along with an up-close encounter with the Headless Horseman!

The event was placed on hiatus a few years back thanks in part to COVID and construction in the resort area.  We’re hopeful that it’ll return this year, but we haven’t heard anything for certain just yet.

Halloween at Other Disney Resorts

While no other resort puts on quite the Halloween experience that you’ll find at Fort Wilderness, you can still expect a few minor seasonal enhancements if you’re staying on Disney property around Halloween time.

Most resorts offer some limited form of trick-or-treating in the main lobby area, and you’ll likely find themed poolside activities as well as seasonal movie nights.

Halloween Decor in Your Disney Resort Hotel Room

If you’d like to add a bit of the Halloween spirit directly inside your room, you’re free to bring your own homemade decorations… just be sure that you’re not bringing anything that will cause damage to the walls, and of course avoid displaying anything objectionable.

If you’d like a treat waiting upon your arrival, you can also check out the gift basket offerings from Disney Floral and Gifts.

Ready to book your mausoleum — er — hotel room for Halloween at Disney?  Reach out to The Vacationeer!  Their Disney Travel Planners are ready to help you make final arrangements for your trip.  There’s no charge to use their planning services, so contact them today for a FREE quote on your hotel stay and Halloween Party tickets!

Halloween Snacks & Treats at Disney World

Disney Halloween Snacks and Treats

Mickey Pumpkin Waffle Ice Cream Sundae, a Disney Halloween treat from years past

Halloween typically brings a full cavalcade of specially-themed snacks for purchase.  Some will be available at any time of day, and others will be sold only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party.

While the full 2022 list hasn’t yet been released, we’ve already received a sneak peek at the offerings for some locations.

As you look through the tempting treats below, you’ll see a couple of ghoulish icons.

  • 🦇 indicates an item that is new for 2022
  • 🎃 indicates an item that is sold only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Halloween Treats at Magic Kingdom

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

  • Not-So-Poison Apple Pie Milk Shake: Apple pie milk shake, green apple whipped cream, sour apple marshmallow straw, cinnamon donuts, poison apple straw 🦇 🎃
  • Sweet Candy Corn Soft-serve Swirl Cone: Sweet corn & vanilla soft-serve swirl, candy corn chocolate bow 🦇

Casey’s Corner

  • Pain and Panic Hot Dog: All-beef hot dog, sweet & spicy onion relish, sriracha mustard, spicy cheese-flavored snacks 🦇
  • Winifred’s Elixir of Youth: Black tea slushy, kiwi foam, Winifred chocolate piece 🦇

Cheshire Café

  • Binx Pastry Tail: Cat tail, dark chocolate, Binx chocolate piece 🦇
  • Cold Witches Brew Coffee: French vanilla cold brew, pumpkin spiced foam, Halloween sprinkles 🦇

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café

  • Bayou Burger: All-beef patty, jalapeño pimento cheese, crispy andouille sausage, garlic pickles 🦇

The Friar’s Nook

  • Hades Hot Dog: Spicy beef & pork hot dog, Hades’ relish, pickles, house-made violet mustard 🦇 🎃
  • Un Poco Loco Tots: Chorizo sausage, green onion, Hades’ cheese sauce 🦇  🎃

Golden Oak Outpost

  • Spellbinding Fried Pie: Buffalo chicken, mozzarella, blue cheese, flaky dough, candy eye, jalapeño ranch aïoli 🦇 🎃

Ice Cream Cart near Haunted Mansion

  • Chilling Chamber Pop: Chocolate crumbs, cherry buttercream, dark chocolate pearls, Tightrope Walker chocolate piece 🎃

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

  • Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich: Monster cookies, vanilla ice cream 🦇 🎃

Liberty Square Market

  • Monster Cookie: Sugar cookie, candy eyes, Halloween-themed sprinkles 🦇 (Available during regular park hours only)

Main Street Bakery

  • Oh, My Gourd Cupcake: Pumpkin spice cupcake, cinnamon cream cheese icing, dark chocolate ears 🦇

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café

  • Sweet Almond Corn Cake: Almond vanilla cake, white/orange/yellow chocolate, candy corn 🦇 🎃

Popcorn Cart near Cinderella Castle

  • Mexican Spiced Hot “COCO” Brownie: Spice chocolate brownie, dark chocolate ganache, Miguel chocolate piece 🦇 🎃

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

  • Grave Digger Milk Shake: Coconut & matcha blended soft-serve, whipped cream, Grave Digger shovel, chocolate gravestone 🦇 🎃
  • Worms and Dirt Funnel Cake: Funnel cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cookie crumbs, gummy worms, Billy chocolate piece 🦇 🎃
  • Chilling Chamber Pop: Chocolate crumbs, cherry buttercream, dark chocolate pearls, Tightrope Walker chocolate piece

Snack Cart near Cinderella Castle

  • M&M’s Peanut Butter Churro: Churro, peanut dust, peanut sauce, chocolate sauce, M&M’s Peanut Butter 🦇

Sunshine Tree Terrace

  • Jack-O-Lantern Float: Citrus swirl, Fanta Orange, brown sugar whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs 🦇 🎃

Souvenir food items (note: some items may not be available prior to October)

  • Glow Mickey Mummy Premium Popcorn Bucket: popcorn carts throughout the park
  • Donald Candy Corn Sipper: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café, The Friar’s Nook, Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
  • Halloween Candy Glow Cube: Sunshine Tree Terrace 🎃
  • Zero Popcorn Bucket: popcorn carts throughout the park 🎃

Halloween Treats at EPCOT

Connections Café

  • Caramelized Apple Liege Waffle with caramelized white chocolate, graham cracker streusel 🦇 (October 4 through 31)
  • Dark Chocolate Halloween Cupcake with dark chocolate mousse 🦇 (October 28 through 31)

Connections Eatery

  • Donald Candy Corn Sipper including choice of fountain beverage

Regal Eagle Smokehouse

  • S’mores Brownie with pumpkin Mickey 🦇 (October 28 through 31)
  • Donald Candy Corn Sipper including choice of fountain beverage

Sunshine Seasons

  • Monster Mousse: Caramel mousse, apple-caramel filling, shortbread cookie 🦇 (October 28 through 31)
  • Donald Candy Corn Sipper including choice of fountain beverage

Available at Fife & Drum and Popcorn Carts near Canada, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, Creations Shop, and Mission: SPACE

  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mickey Mummy Popcorn Bucket

Halloween Treats at Hollywood Studios

ABC Commissary (October 1 through 31)

  • Black Widow Tart: Spiced milk chocolate tart, orange curd, pomegranate molasses whipped cream, candied orange peel, dark chocolate spider 🦇
  • Frozen Apple Cider: Frozen apple cider, green apple boba balls
  • Spiced Caramel Apple: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, apple cider, cranberry, salted caramel
  • Donald Candy Corn Sipper including choice of fountain beverage

Backlot Express (October 1 through 31)

  • Graveyard Cupcake: Fudge-filled Chocolate cupcake, cookies & cream buttercream, chocolate cookie tombstone, white chocolate bone, Halloween sprinkles
  • Frozen Apple Cider: Frozen apple cider, green apple boba balls
  • Spiced Caramel Apple: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, apple cider, cranberry, salted caramel
  • Donald Candy Corn Sipper including choice of fountain beverage

Catalina Eddie’s (October 1 through 31)

  • Pumpkin Patch Cookie: Pumpkin spice snickerdoodle cookie, pumpkin spice buttercream, pumpkin candies 🦇

Dockside Diner (October 1 through 31)

  • Mickey Mummy Cookie: Mickey-shaped chocolate cookie, white chocolate mint frosting

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge (October 1 through 31)

  • Sweet Poison: Coconut rum, blue curaçao beverage syrup, rum, pineapple juice
  • Spiced Caramel Apple: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, apple cider, cranberry, salted caramel

Hollywood Scoops (October 1 through 31)

  • Candy Corn Milkshake: Candy corn ice cream shake, vanilla cake doughnut, whipped cream, spooky sprinkles, candy corn

Oasis Canteen (October 1 through 31)

  • Spiced Caramel Apple: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, apple cider, cranberry, salted caramel

PizzeRizzo (October 1 through 31)

  • Halloween Candy Cookie Pizza: Sugar cookie “pizza,” strawberry jam, white chocolate, Halloween candy, sprinkles 🦇
  • Frozen Apple Cider: Frozen apple cider, green apple boba balls
  • Spiced Caramel Apple: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, apple cider, cranberry, and salted caramel
  • Donald Candy Corn Sipper including choice of fountain beverage

Rosie’s All-American Cafe (October 1 through 31)

  • Mickey Mummy Cookie: Mickey-shaped chocolate cookie, white chocolate mint frosting 🦇
  • Frozen Apple Cider: Frozen apple cider topped, green apple boba balls
  • Spiced Caramel Apple: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, apple cider, cranberry, salted caramel
  • Donald Candy Corn Sipper including choice of fountain beverage

Sunshine Day Bar (October 1 through 31)

  • Spiced Caramel Apple: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, apple cider, cranberry, salted caramel

Tune-In Lounge (October 1 through 31)

  • Spiced Caramel Apple: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, apple cider, cranberry, salted caramel

The Trolley Car Café (October 1 through 31)

  • Pumpkin Mousse: Pumpkin cheesecake, cinnamon sugar dusted apple cider cake, raspberry dark chocolate stem, purple buttercream 🦇

Woody’s Lunchbox (October 1 through 31)

  • Pumpkin Lunch Box Tart: Pumpkin pie filled pastry tart, marshmallow fondant, candy corn, Halloween sprinkles 🦇

Available at Various Food Carts Throughout the Park (October 1 through 31)

  • Mickey Brownie: Chocolate brownie, Halloween sprinkles
  • Halloween Popcorn sponsored by Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween

Available at Animation Courtyard, Hollywood Boulevard, and Hyperion Theater Popcorn Carts (October 1 through 31)

  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mickey Mummy Popcorn Bucket

Halloween Treats at Animal Kingdom

Available at Mahindi, The Feeding Ground, Corn-Ivores, and Trek Snacks

  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mickey Mummy Popcorn Bucket

Halloween Treats at Disney Springs

Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Black Flame Candle Petit Cake: Devil’s Food biscuit, apricot jam, brandy simple syrup, caramel mousse, candied pecan crunch 🦇 (September 30 through October 31)
  • Pumpkin Apple Tart: Pumpkin spice mousse, red wine poached apple, hazelnut crunch
  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée: Pumpkin crème brûlée, cranberry compote, cran-cherry yogurt cream, spiced sable cookie

Dockside Margarita

  • Monster Margarita: Patron Silver Tequila, Grand Marnier, sweet-and-sour, black cherry, green apple, lime juice

The Ganachery

  • Minnie Ghost Pinata: Dark chocolate pinata filled with treats
  • Sisters’ Elixir Hot Cocoa Bomb: Dark chocolate cauldron, house made cocoa mix, marshmallows (September 30 through October 31)
  • Caramel Skulls: Dark chocolate, caramel ganache
  • Pumpkin Chai Latte Ganache Squares: Pumpkin chai latte ganache enrobed in milk chocolate
  • Apple Whiskey Ganache Squares: Apple whiskey ganache enrobed in milk chocolate 🦇

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Autumn Smash: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, pear nectar, lemon juice, simple syrup, cinnamon stick garnish

Marketplace Snacks

  • Jack Skellington Bubble Waffle Sundae: Chocolate soft-serve, marshmallow fluff, hot fudge, orange sprinkles, chocolate shavings, chocolate Pocky sticks, chocolate Jack Skellington garnish 🦇

Outdoor Vending Throughout Disney Springs

  • Sour Apple Margarita: Patron Silver Tequila, Cointreau Liqueur, sour apple pucker, Granny Apple Smith, sweet-and-sour, lime juice
  • Ghoul Juice: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Blue Curaçao, sweet-and-sour, cranberry juice, grenadine

Swirls on the Water

  • Witch’s Flight: Pumpkin soft-serve, purple cheesecake soft-serve, DOLE Whip 🦇
  • Oogie Boogie DOLE Whip Nachos: Pistachio soft-serve, whip cream, raspberry boba pearls, waffle chips 🦇
  • Angry Orchard Pumpkin Float: Angry Orchard Apple Cider, pumpkin soft-serve 🦇

Vivoli il Gelato

  • Jack O Lantern Float: Vanilla gelato, Fanta Orange, whipped cream
  • Monster Shake: Mint chocolate chip shake, chocolate sauce, whipped cream
  • Vampire Float: Vanilla gelato, Sprite, whipped cream

Various Carts Throughout Disney Springs

  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mickey Mummy Popcorn Bucket

Halloween Treats at Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, and End Zone Food Court (October 1 through 31)

  • My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake, vanilla buttercream, sprinkles 🦇 (Plant-based, Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)
  • Mickey Pumpkin Cheesecake: Pumpkin cheesecake, spiced chocolate cake, buttercream, chocolate décor 🦇

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Landscape of Flavors (October 1 through 31)

  • Spellbound Chicken Adobo Nachos: Blue corn tortilla chips, chicken adobo, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted corn, black beans, zesty pumpkin cheese sauce, lime crema, ghostly pepper salsa 🦇 (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake, vanilla buttercream, sprinkles 🦇 (Plant-based, Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)
  • The Whoopie Monster: Spiced apple whoopie pie, marshmallow buttercream, caramel 🦇

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Mara (October 1 through 31)

  • Pumpkin Mickey Tart: Pumpkin cheesecake mousse, chocolate ganache, chocolate décor 🦇

Boma – Flavors of Africa, Victoria Falls Lounge, and Sanaa (October 1 through 31)

  • Doom-ela South African Margarita: Patron Silver Tequila, South African Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon floater 🦇

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Beach Club Marketplace (October 1 through 31)

  • Mummy Cookies ‘n Scream Trifle: Chocolate cookies n’ cream mousse, chocolate cake, whipped cream 🦇
  • Poison Apple Trifle: Caramel crunch, apple mousse, caramel mousse, vanilla cake, buttercream, fondant décor 🦇
  • Mickey Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie: Pumpkin spice sugar cookie, royal icing décor 🦇

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop (October 1 through 31)

  • Butter Pecan Pumpkin Shake: Butter pecan ice cream, pumpkin flavoring, caramel, chocolate sauces, vanilla cupcake decorated like a Mickey pumpkin, sprinkle décor 🦇

Disney’s BoardWalk

BoardWalk Deli (October 1 through 31)

  • Boo Brownie: Mickey-shaped brownie, ganache, whipped cream ghosts 🦇
  • Creepy Cupcake: Vanilla cupcake, blood orange curd filling, vanilla mascarpone cream, chocolate cookie crumbs, sugar pumpkins 🦇

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill (October 1 through 31)

  • My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake, vanilla buttercream, sprinkles 🦇 (Plant-based, Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)
  • Topsy Turvy Chocolate & Cherries: Chocolate cake, salted caramel mousse, tart cherry filling 🦇

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contempo Café (October 1 through 31)

  • Madame Leota Dark Chocolate Cake: Devil’s Food mini cake, dark chocolate ganache, chocolate glaze, marshmallow webs 🦇

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Barcelona Lounge (through Nov. 30)

  • Caramel Pumpkin Pie Cold Brew: Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee, caramel, pumpkin pie flavors, cinnamon whipped cream 🦇 (non-alcoholic)

Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago (October 1 through 31)

  • Pumpkin Mickey Tart: Pumpkin cheesecake mousse, chocolate ganache, chocolate décor 🦇

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Gasparilla Island Grill

  • Jack O ’Lantern Mickey Cake Pop: Jumbo pumpkin-spiced yellow cake pop, orange-colored white chocolate 🦇
  • Black Flame Candle: Candy corn-colored vanilla sponge cake, caramel buttercream, white chocolate ganache 🦇
  • Bewitching Minnie Mousse Cupcake: Cookies ‘n cream-filled chocolate cupcake, ganache
  • Hocus Pocus ‘Amuck’ Cakes: Chocolate Devil’s Food cupcakes, peanut “boo”tter mousse

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Good’s Food to Go (October 1 through 31)

  • Mummy Mickey Blondie: Caramel blondie, caramel buttercream

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Capt. Cook’s and Kona Island (October 1 through 31)

  • Tamatoa: Chocolate chiffon cake, Hawaiian Chantilly filling, shiny sprinkles 🦇

Pineapple Lanai (October 1 through 31)

  • Not-So-Scary Pumpkin Soft-serve: Pumpkin spice flavored soft-serve, coconut haupia, caramel drizzle, graham cracker crumbs, white chocolate Mickey-shaped pumpkin 🦇

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Everything POP Shopping and Dining  (October 1 through 31)

  • My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake, vanilla buttercream, sprinkles 🦇 (Plant-based, Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)
  • The Whoopie Monster: Spiced apple whoopie pie, marshmallow buttercream, caramel 🦇

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside  

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and Riverside Mill Food Court (October 1 through 31)

  • My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake, vanilla buttercream, sprinkles 🦇 (Plant-based, Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)
  • Tombstone Sweet: Chocolate cake, caramel mousse, caramel milk chocolate mousse, coffee dark chocolate mousse, salted milk chocolate ganache 🦇

Scat Cat’s Club – Café (October 1 through November 27)

  • Pumpkin Spice Beignets: Mickey beignets, powdered sugar, pumpkin spice

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Le Petit Café (October 29 through 31)

  • Monster Mousse: Pistachio mousse, morello cherry, milk chocolate crumble 🦇

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Backstretch Pool Bar (October 1 through 31)

  • Bewitched Cherry Cone: Cherry soft-serve, chocolate bat wings, chocolate-dipped waffle cone 🦇

The Artist’s Palette (October 1 through 31)

  • Mummy Mickey Blondie: Caramel blondie, caramel buttercream

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Geyser Point Bar & Grill (October 1 through 31)

  • Blood Orange: Tequila, blood orange, simple syrup, lime juice
  • Black Magic Margarita: Tequila, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, green apple syrup, grenadine, sour mix
  • Around the Pumpkin Patch: Tequila, pumpkin spice, lime juice, sour mix
  • Poison Apple: Tequila, green apple syrup, lime juice, sour mix
  • Halloween Drink Flight: Flight with all four of the above drinks

Roaring Fork (October 1 through 31)

  • Haunted Forest Apple Mousse: Green cake, cookies n’ cream mousse, sour apple mousse, dark chocolate tree branches 🦇

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

The Market at Ale & Compass (October 1 through 31)

  • Mummy Cookies ‘n Scream Trifle: Chocolate cookies n’ cream mousse, chocolate cake, whipped cream 🦇
  • Poison Apple Trifle: Caramel crunch, apple mousse, caramel mousse, vanilla cake, buttercream, fondant décor 🦇
  • Mickey Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie: Pumpkin spice sugar cookie, royal icing décor 🦇

Select Pool Bars and Lounges at Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

  • Seawitch’s Brew: Lunazul Reposado Tequila, blackberry purée, sour mix, black salt rim, fresh blackberries 🦇 (October 1 through 31)
  • Spiced Caramel Apple: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, apple cider, cranberry, salted caramel, candy-shaped glow cube (October 1 through 31)

Halloween at Disney World FAQs

Disney Halloween Scarecrow

Is Halloween a Good Time to Visit Disney World?

We feel that Halloween is an excellent time to visit Disney World.  In addition to the popular Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ll generally find slightly cooler weather and better crowd levels when compared to summer.  Of course, there’s the unfortunate side effect of this time of year coinciding with the peak of Hurricane Season, though that usually doesn’t interfere with Disney vacations.

When does Disney World Decorate for Halloween?

Magic Kingdom at Disney World is fully decorated for Halloween by the time the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party happens.  For 2022, that means Magic Kingdom’s Halloween decorations will be installed no later than August 12.  Halloween decor in other areas of the resort typically comes along a bit later.

When Does Disney Take Down Its Halloween Decorations?

The transition from Halloween to Christmas is lightning fast at Disney World.  In 2022, Magic Kingdom’s last Halloween Party takes place on October 31, and the first Christmas Party is November 8.

All evidence of Halloween will be completely gone in advance of the first Christmas Party, so Halloween decorations could disappear anytime between November 1st-7th (and the smart money is on the earlier part of that week).

Remember that Halloween decor will have been up for about two-and-a-half months in advance of October 31, so there’s no real reason for them to keep it around after the last boo has been booed.

Is Mickey’s Halloween Party Worth It?

Our view is that Mickey’s Halloween Party is worth the cost because of the exclusive fireworks, phenomenal parade (performed twice), great stage show, and trick-or-treating.

If you’re on the fence about whether the ticket cost is worth it, check our Halloween Party calendar earlier in this article to find some dates at a lower price point.

Even if you have no qualms about shelling out the cash for the lower-cost tickets, the higher-priced nights — especially October 31 — might give you pause.   As always, it comes down to what’s important to you.

How does Disney’s Halloween Party Affect Magic Kingdom Park Hours?

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place from 7PM-Midnight on select nights from mid-August through the end of October.  On days where there’s a Halloween Party, Day Guests will be asked to leave Magic Kingdom at 6PM, and Disney is very effective at clearing out those who don’t have a party ticket.

In 2022, 18 out of the 31 nights of October host a Halloween party, meaning Magic Kingdom will close at 6PM most nights that month.  Be sure to check park hours before you plan to visit.

You can also expect daytime crowds at Magic Kingdom to be a bit heavier on days without a party, as people often factor in park hours when they decide which park to visit.

Are Magic Kingdom Tickets Cheaper on Days it Closes Early for the Halloween Party?

No, you’ll pay full price for a Magic Kingdom ticket regardless of how long or short the park hours are on any given day.

Is the Disney World Halloween Party happening this year (2022)?

Yes, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back at Disney World for 2022.  There are 37 parties being held on select nights between August 12 and October 31.

What Rides Are Open During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

21 of Magic Kingdom’s rides/attractions are expected to be open during the 2022 Disney World Halloween Party:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

Is Disney Better at Halloween or Christmas?

In terms of sheer volume, we can objectively state that Christmas (along with other winter holidays) is much more widely celebrated than Halloween at Disney World; Christmas offerings include decor, entertainment, and events in every theme park, every resort hotel, and virtually every other nook and cranny of the resort.

As for which is actually better, well that’s really going to come down to a matter of personal preference.  Ask a dozen frequent visitors and you’ll likely get an even mix of answers… with a few refusing to take a position either way (much like asking a parent to pick a favorite child).  The two events are so drastically different it’s hard to compare them.

What are the Crowds Like for Halloween at Disney?

Crowds are generally calm during Disney’s Halloween season (mid-August through the end of October), though you’ll find variances from day to day.

The earlier in the season, the higher the crowds, as not all schools will be back in session yet.  And of course you’ll see some spikes around Labor Day weekend and October 31.  Check our Disney World Crowd Calendar to see a date-specific forecast based on historical data.

You can also get a general idea about the relative popularity of different parts of the season by viewing Disney’s theme park ticket price calendar, as well as our Halloween Party Ticket Price calendar earlier in this article — the higher-priced dates on both calendars are usually a good indicator of dates when Disney expects relatively higher crowds.

Does Disney Do Anything Special for Halloween?

Disney celebrates Halloween in many ways, including themed decorations at Magic Kingdom, a special Halloween party, special seasonal food, and more.  In addition, Guests staying at Fort Wilderness usually pull out all the stops by decorating their campsites.  There are plenty of ways to celebrate Fall all around Disney World.

Does Disney do Halloween on its Cruise Ships and other theme parks?

In addition to Walt Disney World’s Halloween festivities, Disney Cruise Line offers its Halloween on the High Seas celebration on most fall departures.  Disneyland in California is well-known for its Halloweentime celebration, and many of Disney’s international theme parks also offer special Halloween programming.

Disney World Halloween Versus Universal, SeaWorld, and Legoland

Each of the major Orlando area theme park complexes offer Halloween events, but you’ll find they’re vastly different.  Some are more family-friendly, while others are intended primarily for adults.

  • Disney World Halloween offerings, predictably, steer clear of sheer terror in favor of a more festive, non-intimidating atmosphere.  Of special note is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, where you’re more likely to find grim grinning ghosts trying to follow you home than you are to have a screeching banshee trying to chase you down.
  • Legoland Florida (about an hour away) provides another family friendly Halloween offering with its Brick or Treat event.  Of course there’s plenty of candy, along with exclusive characters and lots of great themed shows.  A pleasant distinction of this event is that it is included in your daily admission… there’s no need to buy a separate ticket!
  • Universal Orlando‘s Halloween offering, on the other hand, is all about the fear.  The Halloween Horror Nights event is well known for haunted houses and scare zones which are heavy on gore and jump scares.  Though children are not denied entry, the recommended minimum age is 13.
  • SeaWorld Orlando also lands solidly in the terror category with its Howl-O-Scream offering. While those under 18 are permitted to attend, SeaWorld notes that the event “contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, blood, and risqué content that is not intended for children.”

Bottom line: if you have kids in tow (or just don’t like being scared), stick with Disney and Legoland.  On the other hand, if you’re looking for a frightening Halloween experience, Universal and SeaWorld will curdle your blood in all the right ways.

Ready to Experience Halloween at Disney or Universal?

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