Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party held its first event way back in 1995, and has only grown in popularity each year since! Here are some fun facts you should know about this specially-ticketed event!
To get in? You need a special ticket. But you can’t wait until the night-of to get them. These dates sell out sometimes months in advance, due to the limited number of tickets available each night. Let your Firefly Advisor know you’d like to go and they can make this part of your vacation plan! Events run on select nights from August 11 to November 1st, and start at $99.
Come in at 4, leave by 7. If you have a ticket for the Halloween Party, each member of your party receives a special armband. If you’re coming in from outside the Magic Kingdom, or park hopping from another Disney park, you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00 pm. If you don’t have that special band, you’ll be asked to leave the park by 7:00. After 7:00 pm, only those with arm bands are allowed in the park.
On Halloween Party nights, the regular parades and fireworks get a break. If you’re planning on attending the Halloween Party, we would definitely plan on having two evenings at the Magic Kingdom, so you can experience all of the wonderful Halloween Party events, and a second evening to experience the magic of the Happily Ever After firework, lights, laser, and special effects show held in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
Once You’re There
Every ticketed person gets a treat bag and arm band. All of the treat stations will be lit up with special identifiers to let you know it’s a candy spot! You simply follow the path to walk up to the candy spot, and a cast member magically puts candy inside! There are also special maps and the My Disney Experience app to indicate where you can find everything in the park. If you have a food allergy, don’t worry, Disney has you covered. Just let a cast member know, and they’ll give you a special teal bag. At each treat station, you’ll get a token and you can trade those in for special allergy-friendly treats!
Some rides will close, so if you’re in the park earlier that day, you’ll want to make sure to ride or experience everything that would not be open after 7:00 pm. Be sure to ask your Firefly Travel Advisor for advice on must-dos!
You can dress up! (Yes, even adults!) Normally, Disney has some pretty strict rules around adults dressing up in the parks. For Halloween Party nights, if you choose to dress up as a Disney character, you can’t sign autographs or pose with guests. There are some other guidelines that you should check out here, BUT for the most part, put on your coolest costume and get ready to party!
But Is It Fun?
You bet! The Not So Scary Halloween Party includes a ton of special events and activities. It’s not JUST trick or treating! Here are just a FEW of the many things you can do:
- Character meet and greets, in special Halloween-worthy costumes – some of whom are ONLY available to meet at the Halloween Party.
- Special events, dance parties, and treats for kids of all ages, sprinkled throughout the park
- Special snacks and treats, only available during the Halloween Party
- The Disney Villains (like Maleficent, Oogie Boogie, and the Sanderson Sisters run amuck as they host a special Hocus Pocus party
- A very special Boo-To-You Parade and fireworks and laser light show in front of Cinderella’s Castle
And Is It Worth It?
Absolutely! You’ll make amazing memories! Some of our family’s most precious memories are from the MNSSHP, like the year we met Jack and Sally, or the year we had so much Halloween candy left over we gave some away to a random person walking down the highway underpass. And then there was the year my hubby stood in line to get a bright blue cake that I promptly dumped on his brand new shoes! (We talked about that blue stain for months, and it’s still a running joke in our house – no pun intended!)
We can’t guarantee that once you go to a Halloween Party you’ll go to the same extremes we do, like streaming the Boo-To-You parade theme song randomly throughout the year, or playing it on the portable speaker when the little kids in our neighborhood come to trick or treat, but we CAN guarantee there’ll be Halloween fun for EVERYONE and you will have a MAGICAL time!
Ready to add Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to your next trip? Contact your travel advisor today!