Every fall, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World becomes an Autumn wonderland filled with pumpkin decorations and, on select nights, comes alive during a ghoulishly delightful celebration for all ages, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Our "Happy Haunts Guide" will help you navigate all of the ghostly fun that may materialize at this annual Halloween event in Orlando.
From dressed up grown ups to trick-or-treating kids, this separately-ticketed, after hours party, now through Oct. 31, features all of your favorite Disney characters dressed up for the occasion, along with special entertainment and lots of treats.
Trick or Treats!
For the young-at-heart, the event is full of trick-or-treating opportunities. Kids and adults are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costumes. This is the only time of the year adults are now allowed to wear costumes at Disney's theme-parks, although face masks and weapons are not allowed, according to Disney's list of costume guidelines.
Complimentary candy bags are available for all partygoers and are distributed as you enter the park. Don't forget to grab a bag or two; you'll need them for all your loot.
Fallow the "Treats!" signs to the trick-or-treating locations. The new signs are giant inflatables in candy-corn colors marking the entrance to the candy queue.
Special Disney Character Appearances
It's character photos and selfies galore! Attending the party are all of Disney's marquee characters and they're ready for some mixing and mingling. Pose with Captain Jack Sparrow at Pirates of the Caribbean, the cast of Alice in Wonderland near the Mad Hatter Tea Party, the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the cast of Tarzan in Adventureland, just to name a few.
Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade
Set to the tune of "Boo-to-You" this event-exclusive parade is the definitely, must-see highlight of the night. See the ghostly ballroom dancers from the Haunted Mansion, all the mischievous Villains and new character appearances from "Wreck-It Ralph."
There are plenty of great viewing spots along the parade's route from Frontierland to Main Street. And with two viewing times, 8:30 and 11:15 p.m., you have twice the chance to catch the parade. The later time will have less crowds because of all of the young ones who have already headed home for the night.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
For fans of the hit feature film "Hocus Pocus," starring the incomparable Bette Midler, this is a show you won't want to miss. Now in its second year performing at the party, the show features the Sanderson Sisters who use the Cinderella Castle stage to throw a Halloween party of their own. There are three performances throughout the night at 9:15 and 10:40 p.m. and 12 midnight. Arrive early for a good viewing spot!
Happy Hallowishes Fireworks Show
The evening tops off with a special 360 degree fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. The most popular location to view the fireworks is directly in front of Cinderella Castle, certainly that's where you can enjoy the full show. But for a spookier experience, we recommend viewing the fireworks directly in front of the Haunted Mansion. There are unobstructed views of the higher aerial bursts and the year-round ghostly attraction is the perfect backdrop for this show.
Specialty Glow Merchandise
From lit pumpkin necklaces to skeleton head glow sticks, light up the night with event exclusive glow merchandise available from vendor carts throughout the park.
Specialty Food Treats
The treats go beyond just free candy at this party. Available at locations throughout the park are food offerings created exclusively for the event including, a Creepy Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, a Spider Cupcake at Main Street Bakery, a Candy Corn Soft-Serve at Storybook Treats and a Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake at Gaston's Tavern.
See what it's like to experience Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party from a kid's point of view.
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