“Boys and girls of every age. Wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see this, our town of Halloween. This is Halloween. This is Halloween. Pumpkins scream in the dead of night. This is Halloween. Everybody make a scene.”Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas; 1994
OKAY I KNOW. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas movie not a Halloween movie, but in my defense it is very relevant for this particular story. I’m taking you along with me to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World, so quoting a Disney, Halloween-themed Christmas movie is appropriate in my opinion.
What is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?
Every year, Disney hosts an extra magical, extra fun Halloween Party for all Disney visitors to enjoy at Magic Kingdom Park. This annual event doesn’t just happen on Halloween either! The Party usually begins in August for select dates and goes all the way through early November. Guests who aren’t participating in the Halloween Party still have the opportunity to enjoy the park for the full day, as the Party doesn’t technically start until 7:00 PM but goes until after midnight, so you won’t be running out of there when the clocks strikes 12 like Cinderella (bad joke, I know, let’s keep moving please).
Villains from all across the Disney universe come out and show face to do character meet and greets and join the special Halloween Boo-to-You parade on this magical night. For anyone who loves to capture as many pictures with characters as they can during their visit like I do, this is your time to go! There are so many more characters out during the Halloween Party, and a lot of them aren’t out during the other times of the year.
Like any other special Disney event, the Halloween Party finishes the night off with a parade featuring all of the characters that were hanging around the park during the night. If you missed taking pictures with any, this will be your place to see them and at least take a picture of them since you couldn’t take it with them.
Oh! One more thing. It is a Halloween Party, so make sure you dress your best! Click here to see Disney’s costume policy for the Party.
Is it worth it?
Absolutely. If you have the opportunity to experience this magical night, please do it.
Why should I go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?
Well, how about I tell you about my experience to convince you?
Like I’ve said in a few previous posts, my mom is the best travel planner so she worked out the best day for us to go to Magic Kingdom for the day and for the Halloween Party during our trip to Disney World. We arrived to Magic Kingdom nice and early after enjoying a delicious breakfast at Chef Mickey’s. None of us wanted to be in our costumes for the entire day. We planned out our costumes so we could just add a few accessories and some makeup and be ready for our spooky night at Disney.
The park was decorated with the cutest Halloween decor over every inch. There were even Halloween decorations outside of the entrance to Magic Kingdom. We enjoyed a few hours normally in the park just wandering around, riding a bunch of rides and doing a few character meet and greets. When the evening hit and the Party was about to begin, we made our way to the restrooms and prepped “changed” into our costumes. I was going as some variation of a skeleton, with my inspiration being Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I was all set with my grey and white striped shorts, my Jack Skellington shirt, and my face makeup. My mom was dressed as a hippie and my dad was dressed as a biker. Dad wanted nothing to do with dressing up, so we did what we could with his every day clothing and it turned out alright!
We started our night at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party just by finishing some regular, normal Magic Kingdom activities and rides. Once we were worn out from all of the rides, we began checking out the Halloween festivities and doing some special character meets and pictures. Disney had photographers all throughout Magic Kingdom with special Halloween props for us to take pictures with. When we first were walking around the Park after the Party technically started, Jafar walked right passed us making his way to his designated photo spot. We didn’t get pictures with every villain, but we saw a bunch from a distance or walking by (like Jafar), so we got plenty of pictures of them instead. After a few of the meet and greets and wandering around to see how the park was decorated, my dad was pretty exhausted and wanted to leave. Mom and I were definitely not ready to leave yet…the Party just began! We decided to stay at the park and send him back to the hotel solo. Sorry Dad! Mom and I were also definitely more excited for the Halloween Party than he was, so it worked out where everyone was still happy.
We did a few more meets and greets and then decided to do a few more rides that we missed earlier or just wanted to do again. The most memorable meet and greet we did was with Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. He was EXACTLY as he was in the movie and as I’d imagine he’d be in real life. Narcissistic, rude, muscular, and rude… but very handsome. 😉 Being in the park at night during those extra magic hours has a different kind of feel to it. Every ride feels different, every snack you eat tastes better, and every character picture seems more exciting.
A night at Disney wouldn’t be complete without a fireworks show! During the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party there is the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular firework show that lights up the skies throughout Magic Kingdom. This spooky display is hosted by none other than Jack Skellington himself. The fireworks always add more magic to your experience so don’t miss those! Me and Mom sure didn’t!
What else wouldn’t Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party be complete without? That’s right: a parade! The Boo-to-You Halloween parade happens two times throughout the night so you can plan your Halloween Party itinerary with some flexibility here. The first one happens around 9 and the second one happens around 11. I have to admit, I am not really a parade person. They usually bore me after a few minutes, but not the Boo-to-You parade. This parade is filled with characters and villains and you usually don’t see during the regular Disney season, so get your cameras ready. My personal favorite moment was seeing Pain and Panic from Hercules. I was looking through my pictures and realized I got terrible pictures of the parade, but they are still great memories to see! I bet my mom has better ones… She’s the photographer of the family for sure.
Now I bet you’re thinking: “you’ve seen a bunch of rare characters, you’ve watched a parade (maybe twice) and you saw some gorgeous fireworks. Time to head back to the hotel?” Nope. You’re missing one very special part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. This show happens THREE times throughout the night, and you’re not going to want to miss it so make sure at least one of these times gets added to that itinerary of yours! This fun show is hosted by none other than the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus (big surprise based on the name right). So let them put a spell on you and let’s party!
A few other villains make appearances on stage with these Salem witches. During the show you’ll also see Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Seeing Maleficent was probably my favorite part of the entire night because she is hands down my favorite villain from the Disney universe. Maleficent was generous enough to call a few of her “frightful friends” for the Spelltacular too: The Evil Queen, Hades, Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar, and Lady Tremaine herself!
Mom and I (mostly Mom) planned it out so that we watched the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular and then watched the Boo-to-You parade right after. Being the show is held at Cinderella’s Castle, it put us in the absolute perfect spot to watch the parade. We saw so many different characters and villains I couldn’t believe it. There couldn’t have been a better way to end the night. A spooky good time if you ask me.
After the parade, our feet were sore, our eyes were getting heavy, and our hearts were filled with magic. It was time to head back to our hotel for the night and get some much needed sleep. A jam packed day hanging out with some spooky villains.
Did I do a decent job of convincing you to want to Party with Mickey? I can’t imagine you saying no!
When should you go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?
Unfortunately, the Party was cancelled for the 2020 season, but hopefully you can experience it in 2021.
Like I said before, the Halloween Party dates start at the end of August and run through the end of October/beginning of November usually, depending on how the calendar works out. Disney usually posts the dates nice and early so you can plan ahead.
Have you ever been to the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? How was your experience?! Let me know in the comments below.