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7 Ways to Have a Spooky Time at Disney World in October

We absolutely love visiting Walt Disney World in the fall! (Read 5 reasons why here). If you are visiting in the month of October, then you’ll have the chance to experience Disney in at it’s most spooktacular! Halloween is a time when Disney shines. They strike a perfect balance between spooky fun and not so scary. Decorations are festive and put you in a fun fall mood. Here are seven ways for you to have a spooky time during October at Walt Disney World.


7 – Watch The Adventures of Ichabod in your Hotel Room at Night

We have an annual tradition in our house. We love watching The Adventures of Ichabod, better known as the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to get us into the Halloween spirit. Disney, along with the perfect narration of Bing Crosby, brings this classic American tale to life in a fantastic way. It’s the perfect spooky short film for families to get ready for Halloween night. The film, packaged together with Mr. Toad, is available on DVD, Blu Ray, and Digital format. You can plan a frightful movie night in your hotel room if you plan ahead and bring your copy of the film from home! For bonus points, set the stage for your movie night with tip #6!

6 – Enjoy Halloween Tricks and Treats from Disney Floral and Gifts

Many guests aren’t aware that Disney World has a wonderful floral and gift department that can help bring the magic into your hotel room including seasonal offerings. There are a variety Halloween themed packages available including a Disney Family Treats Tote, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Treat Bag, A Spirited Halloween Surprise, and a Disney Balloon Bouquet for Halloween.

For the ultimate splurge and experience, for $400 you can purchase the Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration package.

Mickey Mickey Mouse heard you were visiting so he created a Halloween surprise starting with a light up Mickey pumpkin sash over the door of your Walt Disney World® Resort room. As you enter, discover a welcome letter from our favorite pal letting you know surprises await! Next to the letter, a large Mickey Mouse plush greets you with a one-of-a-kind keepsake character bin holding popular Halloween treats. Nearby, a festive blanket, creepy candelabra, luminaries, cobweb and activities fill the room. Surprise your loved one with this Disney Halloween In-Room Celebration. Personalization of your gifts and surprises available for an additional fee. Offering is subject to change without notice and may depend on current availability of selected product.

Find more details here.

Mickey Spooky Gift Basket

5 – Spice up Your Halloween Costume with Disney Merchandise

If you’re looking to find that perfect accessory for your Halloween costume, then look no further than Disney gift shops. Disney has created lots of different merchandise that is perfect for Halloween. Beyond the “normal” costumes for children, Disney has a special Witch Minnie Halloween dress for girls. Also, there are so many hats and Mickey ears that will allow the shyest guest the opportunity to dress up, even if just a little bit. There are also trick or treat bags, and light up pumpkin Mickey treat containers.

Witch Minnie Dress

4 – Ride the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios

We absolutely love this terrifying attraction at Hollywood Studios. (Read five amazing things about this ride here). Built in 1994, it became an instant classic and must do attraction. Riding this attraction is even more fun during October when you are in the Halloween spirit. Bonus points for riding in the evening. Extra bonus points for riding in the evening, during a thunderstorm!

3 – Ride the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom

For the ultimate spooky experience, you can’t miss a stroll through the lovely Haunted Mansion. This is simply the best-haunted house ride in the world. Part walkthrough, part dark ride, the show actually starts when you enter the line so pay attention as you’re making your way toward the front doors. Be sure to check out the headstones in the family cemetery. Along with some good chuckles, you may get a surprise or two.

While this ride should be approached with caution when it comes to young children, rest assured that this is not a horror house. The haunting is combined with some good humor, and most people find it pleasantly entertaining rather than frightening. When exiting be sure to check out the burial vaults and the pet cemetery on your left. Lot’s of good humor here and some nods to great attractions from the past. RIP Mr. Toad.


2 – Visit Fort Wilderness Campground & Resort at Night

Guests who frequent Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort know that some people go extra crazy decorating their sites for Halloween. If you have the opportunity to get to Fort Wilderness in the evening, then you can ride or walk through the loops and be treated to some seriously spooky decorations.

After you’ve seen the awesome decorations at the campsites, you’ll want to take a walk through the woods and along the lake on the nature trails. Be sure to bring some sort of light with you. These are dirt trails through the woods without any sort of lighting.

Finally, hang around to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Many guests of Disney World are unaware that you are able to get a fantastic view Magic Kingdom’s fireworks at the beach at Fort Wilderness. Not only do you have a great view, but Disney makes the experience complete by playing the music for the guests. Limited beach chairs are available, but you’ll need to get there early to ensure seating. We usually just bring a blanket or towels to sit on. Try to view the fireworks on a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party night for more spooky fun!

1 – Enjoy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

There’s no better way to have a spooky time at Disney World than attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This is Disney at it’s best and it’s worth every penny. Read up on what you need to know about the party. Also, be sure to also check out our seven tips for the party so you have the best night possible! The party won’t disappoint!

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About Cindy E. Nykamp

After friends and family made them their go-to people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Cindy wears many hats for As a content creator, she has written over six hundred articles providing news, tips, planning, and more, for trips to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line to our followers. She directs a team of authors to bring our fans up-to-date information so that they can have the best Disney vacation experience. Cindy manages's Instagram account, sharing photos and videos to bring some Disney magic into our followers' feeds. She is also our chief photographer and has her photos featured on the official Walt Disney World Instagram account. Finally, Cindy regularly represents at Disney media events. While attending these events, she gets an insider's view of all the new things that have come to Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line and passes this information and tips to our followers.