Spook-tacular Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Rising from its pandemic grave, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back for 2022 and better than ever. The spirited soiree kicks off in just over a week, and we’re here to help you make the most of the experience – and decide whether those scary-expensive event tickets are worth it – with this comprehensive guide. So, if you’re hoping to enjoy Halloween at Disney World this fall, keep reading for all the dastardly details.
Going to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
There’s no better place to celebrate spooky season than Walt Disney World, especially Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park. Fortunately, after two long years on a haunted hiatus, this frighteningly fun event is finally making its gloriously ghoulish return.
The shadowy shindig officially takes place from 7:00 PM to midnight. However, party-going guests are welcome to enter the park up to three hours early (and we highly suggest you do), starting at 4:00 PM, with no park pass reservation or regular park ticket required.
Upon your arrival, simply keep an eye out for Halloween party signage and cast members directing traffic. Once checked in, you’ll receive an event wristband, as well as a reusable trick-or-treat bag to stash all your goodies.
Planning to take advantage of those three extra hours in the park? Don’t worry – you won’t need to head back to the main entrance to check in, as wristband distribution areas are typically also located in Adventureland near Tortuga Tavern and in Tomorrowland by Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Before you head out on your quest for candy, be sure to grab an event map. This has all the information you need to make the most of your night, including trick-or-treat trails, character locations, entertainment schedules, Halloween-themed food offerings, the parade route and times, where to score a spook-tacular souvenir and much more.
2022 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets & Dates
Don’t have your Walt Disney World Halloween Party tickets already? No worries! While All Hallows’ Eve and August 16 are already sold out, there are still plenty of dates available to book. Unlike last year’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs each night from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM, with an optional three-hour head start beginning at 4:00 PM.
Here are the dates currently still available at the time of writing:
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates 2022 (STILL AVAILABLE AS OF AUG 4th, 2022)
Friday, August 12
Friday, August 19
Tuesday, August 23
Friday, August 26
Tuesday, August 30
Friday, September 2
Monday, September 5
Friday, September 9
Sunday, September 11
Tuesday, September 13
Friday, September 16
Sunday, September 18
Tuesday, September 20
Friday, September 23
Sunday, September 25
Tuesday, September 27
Thursday, September 29
Friday, September 30
Sunday, October 2
Tuesday, October 4
Thursday, October 6
Friday, October 7
Monday, October 10
Tuesday, October 11
Thursday, October 13
Friday, October 14
Sunday, October 16
Tuesday, October 18
Thursday, October 20
Friday, October 21
Sunday, October 23
Tuesday, October 25
Thursday, October 27
Friday, October 28
Sunday, October 30
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates 2022 (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, August 16
Monday, October 31
So, how much does it cost to attend this autumn-inspired affair? It depends on which evening you go. Tickets start out at $109 for guests ages 10 and up and $99 for children ages 3 to 9 for the earliest event dates, with the exception of the pricier kickoff night, and top out at $179 for adults and $169 for kids the closer it gets to Halloween.
Best of all, annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members receive a $10 discount per ticket on select nights. Keep in mind that while the event is expensive, especially if you’re already paying for a regular park ticket, admission includes several scream-worthy perks, like all the Halloween candy you can carry and tons of enchanting entertainment offerings.
Costume Guidelines for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
While a costume isn’t required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, dressing up is definitely encouraged. However, if you’re hoping to get in the spooky spirit, keep in mind that there are some rules, particularly for guests ages 14 and above. 14-and-up costume guidelines include:
While you can dress like your favorite character, you can’t pose for pictures with or sign autographs for your fellow guests.
Costumes must be family-friendly – no offensive, violent, or obstructive apparel allowed.
Props or accessories that look like actual weapons are strictly forbidden.
Costumes may not contain sharp or pointed objects, materials or design details that could hurt someone when walking through crowds.
Layered costumes or costume props that surround the body may require additional security screening and are highly discouraged.
Long costumes that reach the ground are prohibited, as are capes that extend past the waist.
While masks are not allowed, costume headwear that doesn’t cover the face is permitted.
Remember, Disney has the right to refuse admittance to anyone who doesn’t abide by these guidelines. So, consider DisneyBounding instead or stick to themed apparel with acceptable accessories such as plastic light sabers, tutus and toy swords.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Entertainment & Activities
Just like in previous years, you’ll find no shortage of autumnal activities to enjoy during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. In fact, from the moment you set foot in the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be immersed in all things spooky season, from balconies bedecked with pumpkins to lots of fall-colored bunting. Add in a spine-tingling soundtrack that gets piped in throughout the park, and you’ve got a thoroughly thrilling event.
But, that’s not all. You’ll also find a host of Halloween-themed activities and entertainment offerings to enjoy, including the return of the wickedly popular Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show, Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show.
Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade
From the late-night ride of the Headless Horseman to a troupe of dancing gravediggers – and, not to mention, a collection of Disney and Pixar characters all decked out in their bewitching best – Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade has long been a highlight of this spooky soiree. Luckily, while missing from last year’s Boo Bash, the devilish display is back in full force for 2022.
As with other Magic Kingdom parades, the processional starts in Frontierland and winds through Liberty Square before finally marching down Main Street, U.S.A. Partygoers have two opportunities to catch the creepy cavalcade, which lasts roughly 20 minutes, with showings at 9:15 PM and 11:15 PM.
Similar to most of Disney’s nighttime offerings, the second parade tends to draw a smaller crowd. So, we recommend you wait it out if you’re looking for the best views. Just beware – there’s a good chance you’ll leave with the parade’s ridiculously catchy theme song in your head the rest of the night.
Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Show
Another fan favorite also returning for this year’s freaky festivities is Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular. Hosted by Jack Skellington, this fang-tastic fireworks show transforms Cinderella Castle into a hair-raising haunted house, complete with waltzing ghosts and a gaggle of Disney villains, with the help of state-of-the-art projections, lasers and plenty of pyrotechnics.
Partygoers can watch the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show light up the night starting at 10:15 PM. For reserved views with an extra dose of sugar, consider booking Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party. Along with a spellbinding smorgasbord of Halloween-themed treats and sparkling sips, guests also get to watch the show from a reserved viewing area either in the Plaza Garden in front of the castle or from a table at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
Folks love the Disney Villains, especially around Halloween, and there’s no better way to spot this gang of evildoers than during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular. Headlined by the Sanderson Sisters from the cult-classic film Hocus Pocus, along with the likes of Oogie Boogie, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent, this sinister shindig takes to the Cinderella Castle Stage multiple times each night.
Watching this cast of characters run amuck is one of our favorite things about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and, in our opinion, an absolute must-see. Fortunately, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to fit a viewing into your packed schedule, with showtimes at 8:35 PM, 10:45 PM and midnight during August and September and 7:40 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:45 PM and midnight on October party nights.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Trick-or-Treat Locations
No Halloween is complete without some trick-or-treating. Fortunately, you’ll find no shortage of the sweet stuff at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, with trick-or-treat locations sprinkled across Magic Kingdom. Just keep a lookout for large glowing inflatables marking the entrances.
Best of all, Halloween candy is included in the price of admission. So, feel free to visit the trick-or-treat trails as much, or as little, as you’d like. Stash your sweets in your complimentary, reusable candy bag themed after both the party and Disney World’s 50th anniversary.
For all those with dietary restrictions, never fear – allergy-friendly treats are also available. Just let a cast member know when collecting your bag. In place of a regular trick-or-treating bag, you’ll receive a color-coded bag that alerts trick-or-treat trail cast members of your dietary needs. Rather than regular candy, you’ll be given special tokens, which can then be traded in at the end of your night for allergy-friendly sweets at one of the Allergy-Friendly Centers.
In 2019, trick-or-treat trails were located near:
Main Street, U.S.A.
Town Square Theater
Country Bear Jamboree
Miner’s Cove (near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad)
The Diamond Horseshoe
Liberty Square Ticket Office
Pinocchio Village Haus
Walt Disney World Railroad Station
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Looking for an even bigger sugar rush? Along with trick-or-treating, guests with a sweet tooth can also indulge in an assortment of Halloween-themed goodies created especially for the event. Check out our foodie guide for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for everything on offer.
Halloween-Themed Disney Character Meet-and-Greets
It wouldn’t be a trip to Walt Disney World without some encounters with your favorite Disney characters, and there’s no better time to see them all than during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. With classic characters like Mickey and Minnie all dressed up in their boo-tiful best along with appearances by more rarely seen characters, such as some of the ghosts from the Haunted Mansion, you’ll want to have your camera ready.
Keep in mind that characters do come and go throughout the night. After all, Mickey and the gang want to do some trick-or-treating, too. So, if there’s someone you really want to see, you may need to circle back around to catch a glimpse later in the evening.
Other Walt Disney World Halloween Party 2022 Entertainment
In search of even more Halloween fun? Here are a few other activities to check out when you aren’t tracking down candy at the trick-or-treat trails or watching the Sanderson Sisters run amuck:
The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet
By day, they’re the Dapper Dans. By night during Halloween time, they’re the Cadaver Dans. A Magic Kingdom institution, this zombie-fied barbershop quartet specializes in spooky tunes, tight harmonies and dead-pan humor. The creepy concert takes place several times each night in Frontierland, with showtimes at 7:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30 PM, 9:50 PM and 10:30 PM.
Disney Junior Jam
Hoping to help your kiddos burn off some energy after their sugar-fueled scavenger hunt for Halloween candy? After trick-or-treating, take your little ones over to Storybook Circus in Fantasyland for the Disney Junior Jam. With special appearances by characters from their favorite Disney Junior shows, it’s a spirited interlude created with young partygoers in mind.
Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Rides & Wait Times
One of the perks of Walt Disney World’s after-hours events is getting to enjoy some of the park’s most popular rides without the heavy midday crowds and unbearably long lines. To top it all off, some attractions – including Space Mountain, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and Mad Tea Party – even undergo a haunted transformation especially for the Halloween party. In short, if you only have time for a few rides during the night, let it be these.
Magic Kingdom attractions that are open during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party include:
Pirates of the Caribbean
Swiss Family Treehouse
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
“it’s a small world”
Peter Pan’s Flight
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Mad Tea Party
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
We love taking pictures at Walt Disney World anytime, but with everyone donning their creative costume, you can’t beat an impromptu photo op during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. With Disney PhotoPass Photographers posted up around the park, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take a memorable shot.
While hamming it up for the camera, be sure to ask for a Magic Shot. Some of these enchanted snaps are only offered during the Halloween party, such as the hitchhiking ghosts near the Haunted Mansion. However, be aware that some Magic Shots, like the one we just mentioned, can only be done in specific areas of the park. To take home all your photos from the evening, consider upgrading to the Memory Maker for $69 for one day or $199 for your full trip.
Tips & Tricks for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Heading to The Most Magical Place on Earth in the coming weeks for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Follow these tips and tricks to make the most of the event:
Show up early.
While 7:00 PM to midnight might seem like plenty of time to tackle everything on your Halloween party to-do list, those hours fly by fast, particularly if you want to check out the many entertainment offerings throughout the night. Rather than arriving right at 7:00 PM, take advantage of the complimentary early entry beginning at 4:00 PM. That way, you can enjoy some of the attractions or shop for Halloween souvenirs early, saving the party for event-exclusive activities.
2. Be sure to grab an event map.
There’s a lot to get done during the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and not a lot of time to do it all in. So, don’t waste time just wandering around aimlessly. The special event map is a necessity for keeping the many showtimes, trick-or-treat trails, special food items and character appearances straight and a valuable tool in helping you get the most out of the evening.
3. Don a costume to take advantage of the many photo ops.
While it might feel silly to get dressed up to go to Walt Disney World, with almost everyone decked out head to toe (including most adults), there’s a good chance you’ll end up feeling out of place if you don’t put on a Halloween costume. What’s more, looking spiffy is sure to make for some memorable photos and create the picture-perfect souvenir for your trip.
4. Make the pricey ticket worth your while.
Ringing in at between $109 to $179 per person, depending on when you attend, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets don’t come cheap. Along with capitalizing on that three-hour head start, maximize your time at the event – and your money spent – by enjoying the many included freebies. So, go on. Eat your weight in Halloween candy, pose for a photo or three with your favorite Disney character and watch every parade and show. It will help make the steep price of admission worthwhile.
Well, guys and ghouls, that’s a wrap on our guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Have you enjoyed these frightfully fun festivities before? What are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments! Then, learn how to help offset the cost of admission with our Walt Disney World discount tickets.