Grim grinning ghosts are out to socialize! We’ve spoken with Madame Leota herself, and she’s given us some ghastly insights for a spooky good time at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This Magic Kingdom party boasts spell-tacular stage shows, seasonal fireworks, trick-or-treating opportunities, rare character meet and greets, and more. It runs from the last weekend in August through the end of October, and is guaranteed to be a wicked good time.
Here’s some tips and tricks to make the most of this fun-filled event. And for those who didn’t grab a ticket before it sold out for the season, it will be back year after year!
1. Pick up a Party Map and Times Guide.
As you enter Magic Kingdom and have your party bracelet fastened around your wrist, be sure to pick up a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Guide. This trifold guide contains a Magic Kingdom map like no other! You’ll find trick-or-treat locations, character meet and greets, entertainment options, special merchandise, and other amazing treats only available during the party.
Pro Tip: If you’re already in Magic Kingdom before the party begins, you can find an alternate check-in next to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland.
2. Skip bringing a treat bag.
You may be bringing your favorite costume, but don’t bother taking up valuable suitcase space with a trick-or-treat bag. Each guest, tall and small, will receive a nice disposable bag — and pre-party baggie of candy — upon checking into the party.
Snack on your favorite treats as you take in the festive fall décor of Main Street, U.S.A. and wait to greet your favorite rare characters.
3. Don’t miss the Headless Horseman.
Many guests may not make their way to the parade route early enough to catch one of the spookiest sights in all of the Park. Listen carefully, because about 15 minutes before the parade begins, you’ll hear the creepy clip-clop of horse hooves on the pavement. Look up, and you’ll see a ghastly, glowing pumpkin — carried by the gloved hand of the Headless Horseman. His ride is truly something to behold, but don’t worry. You won’t have to make it across Sleepy Hollow Bridge to escape him … stay put for the Boo-to-You Parade that soon follows.
4. Choose a parade viewing time.
In the Party Guide, you’ll find some good news. There are TWO nightly party parades. Typically, the 8:30 PM parade is followed by an 11:15 PM route, so if you’re dedicated to seeing Sandy Claws or the Seven Dwarfs, you’ll still be able to catch one of our favorite parades in all of Walt Disney World Resort.
The young members of your group will adore snacking on a Halloween treat (the candy apples from the Main Street Confectionery are perfect) as they watch the parade, while night owls will find a slightly lighter crowd for the late-night show time.
5. Keep warm weather in mind when dressing up!
Donning a festive costume is one of the best parts of a Halloween party, and we’re sure your kids feel the same way! Keep the warm Florida weather in mind when you dress up as your favorite character or Disney Parks ride, and make sure to follow Disney’s costume guidelines.
For an added dose of dress-up fun, treat your child to a visit at The Pirates League (Mom and Dad can be made over here as pirates and mermaids, too!) or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. These transformations add some serious magic to a Halloween party!
6. Fear not — you can find allergy-friendly treats, too!
Guests with specific dietary requests can feel comfortable ordering a meal at Disney restaurants, and trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party shouldn’t be any different. Starting in 2016, Walt Disney World Resort added a treat station process to assist guests with food allergies.
As you enter the party, pick up a teal Allergy Friendly treat bag. This will help all treat station Cast Members see you coming, and they’ll have allergy tokens to give you. Collect them at all of the stations while you enjoy the frightful festivities of the party! When you’re ready to collect the candy, take your bag to the Town Square Theater to redeem for allergy-friendly treats or crafts.
For additional Disney vacation tips, check out the Disney Parks Mom Panel.
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