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Top 13 Do’s and Don’ts for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is to DIE for! (Insert creepy laugh here!) Ok, but honestly, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is an absolute MUST in our opinion and by far our favorite party at Disney World. Magic Kingdom is happily haunted by Villains that don’t come out too often, funny monsters, and even regular characters in their best Halloween attire. Creepy (but not so creepy) music, lights, fog, and decorations fill Magic Kingdom – setting the stage for a delightfully spooktacular time!

Keep in mind that MNSSHP is a special ticketed event. This means it is not included in your normal theme park admission. In fact, if you are visiting Magic Kingdom on the day of a party, you will be required to leave at 6 pm, when MNSSHP officially begins, if you don’t have a ticket to the party. The party takes place on select nights from mid-August through October 31. You’ll notice ticket costs vary depending on select party nights and get more expensive as Halloween approaches. The good news is that you don’t need the MNSSHP ticket or park admission. All you need is your special event ticket to gain access to the party.

Thirteen seems like the best haunting number for these top do’s and don’ts for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)!


1 – DO Dress Up

You’re never too old to dress up for Halloween, and MNSSHP Party embraces that as children and adults are welcome to dress up for the party! Get creative and think of unique costume ideas that will work for your family. Since we are absolute Disney nerds, we start planning our costumes months in advance. We’ve gone as the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan characters, and most recently as the Disney Resorts! Just be assured your costumes fall within the Disney costume guidelines. Extra tip – remember it’s Florida which can still be super hot even in late fall. We’d recommend keeping your costume light if at all possible! 

2 – DON’T Wait Until 7 pm To Arrive

MNSSHP technically begins at 7:00 pm, but guests are welcome to enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00 pm, even if they don’t have a normal park ticket for that day. Arriving at 4:00 pm will give you plenty of time to obtain your special MNSSHP wristband, snag a MNSSHP map, and enjoy the park before it shifts to party mode. The park closes at 6:00 pm giving time for regular day guests to leave the party before it begins. If you’ve purchased Genie+ for the day of the party, you can try and schedule an attraction selections between 4:00-6:00 pm. Do note that, Genie+ will not be available after 6:00 pm.

3 – DO Get in Line Early for Characters

Favorite Disney Characters are spread throughout Magic Kingdom, and some are more popular than others. Getting in line early for characters is especially important during MNSSHP because many characters are rarely seen outside the party, and even our regular favorites are dressed to impress. The most popular characters are Jack Skellington and Sally. We also love seeing unique characters like Anastasia and Drizella, Tarzan and Jane, Abu, Genie, Jafar, and even Jack Sparrow! The Cadaver Dans are some of our absolute favorite “characters” that don’t require a line. This deathly barbershop quartet sing a few times throughout the night in Frontierland and are truly worth stopping for.

4 – DON’T Trick-Or-Treat Right Away

It’s SUPER tempting to be drawn to treat locations right at the get-go… BUT, we’d recommend holding out to trick-or-treat later in the night if possible. The lines at the start of the night are rather lengthy, plus you have to carry all that candy around with you through the night. No worries – Disney is NOT going to run out of candy. You will still get unbelievable loads of sweets to take home! Have an allergy? Be sure to request a teal colored trick-or-treat bag. Cast Members will fill your bag with tokens which can then be exchanged for allergy-safe goodies at the Allergy-Friendly Center in Liberty Square before you decide to leave.

5 – DO Enjoy the Specialty Food and Merchandise

Sure, Magic Kingdom has no shortage of awesome snacks and memorable merchandise on a normal basis. Now, visit during MNSSHP and get ready for the specialty food and merchandise to be stepped up a notch! Absolutely awesome sweet treats that are an extra cost but totally worth it. Snag your favorite MNSSHP merchandise at the Emporium.  

6 – DON’T Make Dining Reservations

Now this one may be slightly controversial, so just hear us out but do what is best for you and your family! We feel like we pay enough for MNSSHP that we don’t want to spend our short period of time at the party eating at a table service restaurant. We’ve always made sure to have a big lunch/dinner meal around 2:30 pm, then snack through the evening during the party. Others, however, might prefer to make dining reservations which can be done at some wonderful table service restaurants such as Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, or the Crystal Palace. You can even make a reservation for the Fireworks Dessert Party, which provides desserts and prime firework views at an additional price. Again, a wonderful experience, but the firework viewing areas are less crowded during the dessert party than during normal park days, and sweet treats are flowing for free all around the park!


7 – DO Strike a Pose

In honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration, Disney made a few new additions to the party. Be on the lookout for some event-exclusive step-in photo opportunities. We found a Headless Horseman, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and a Monster’s Inc. photo op. They are a lot of fun!


8 – DON’T Watch the First Parade

Watching Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade is our absolute favorite part of the entire MNSSHP! We’re pretty certain this is the case for everyone else at the party because the parade route gets packed with MNSSHP guests. The costumed Cast Members, spookily detailed floats, enticing music, and of course, our favorite… the Headless Horseman – just whatever you do, don’t miss it! Since the party typically offers two parades, we recommend skipping the first parade. The second parade may be later in the evening, but the crowds dwindle drastically.

9 – DO Arrive Early for the Stage Show and Fireworks

As we mentioned above, the crowds for the fireworks aren’t as massive at MNSSHP as you’ll find during a normal theme park day. With that being said, we still suggest arriving early for both the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show in front of the Castle and the Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks. You’ll want a good viewing area close to the Cinderella Castle hub. Keep in mind the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is typically offered three times (four times in October) throughout the night. The fireworks are only offered once. While the Hocus Pocus stage show is fun, it’s not a huge must-do in our opinion. The Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks, on the other hand, should be in your plans!

Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular. Photo Credit: Disney Photo Snapper

10 – DON’T Skip Magic Spot Photos

Magic Spot locations are available throughout Magic Kingdom during MNSSHP. These are especially fun because you stand and pose for a photo taken by a PhotoPass Cast Member, only to find later that something or someone magically appears in the photo with you! The Headless Horseman Magic Spot is our favorite at the park entrance. We also love the Magic Spot outside of the Haunted Mansion, which features the Hitchhiking Ghosts. Magic Spots are especially great if you already have Memory Maker, which includes all these photos for one set price.

11 – DO Pick Up the 50th Anniversary Halloween-themed Print

We mentioned above that for 2022, Disney made a few new additions to the party in honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration. As you leave the party, be sure to grab a Halloween- themed 50thAnniversary celebration commemorative print. Cast Members will be handing them out and it’s hard to not get one, but be on the lookout as you leave so you don’t miss getting the souvenir!

12 – DON’T Wait to Purchase Your Ticket

Editor’s Note: All of the 2022 parties are sold out. For future years, you’ll want to purchase your tickets as soon as possible, so you don’t miss out. 

This tip may be number twelve on the list, but it’s just as important as the rest! If you’re considering going to MNSSHP, you’ll want to purchase your ticket as soon as possible. This is especially important the closer you get to Halloween as the party gets more and more popular. Pick a spooktacular night that works best for you and purchase the ticket online.

13 – DO Ask for a Rain Check

We’ve entered MNSSHP and then have been rained out shortly after arriving. No parades, no stage shows, and navigating around in a poncho was especially hard in a costume. Since we were only in the park briefly and there was no sign of the storm letting up, Cast Members sent us to Guest Services inside the park, where we were rescheduled for an upcoming party. No reimbursement, but at least we were rescheduled! In the situation of a hurricane threat, guests with MNSSHP have been given options to select from since their party night has been canceled. While this isn’t the case for every party and every situation (especially if you’ve been in the park enjoying the party for a while), it’s worth checking in with Guest Services to see if a rain check is at all possible.

Spend a frightful night in Magic Kingdom for the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and be sure to tell us all about it!

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Matt & Kim

We have had a long time love affair with Disney. We love the magic and the memories we've made at Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. From lodging to dining to Genie+ we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us.
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