There’s no denying how much I love Halloween. I’m more of the fun-loving, costume-wearing, candy-eating type, not the scary, cry-in-my-sleep kind. That’s why Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World and I are made for each other. I attend every year, sometimes twice, because I love it so much. Thank you, Disney, for providing tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for our Glamping Bloggers Retreat! Here are the best things to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (in my opinion).
Best Things to Do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
First, you need a separate party ticket that costs extra from regular park admission. Official party time starts at 7 p.m., but you can enter the park with your party ticket starting at 4 p.m. I usually recommend skipping a park in the morning and getting some rest or taking it easy, because I like to stay until they kick me out at night! If I’m paying extra for my ticket, you better believe I’m making the most of every minute.
When we entered the park in 2017 around 4-ish, they gave us our party wristbands as soon as we entered the gate. Grab a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party map as you pass through. They also funneled party guests to the right of Main Street and handed us our trick-or-treat bags and a sweet treat!
Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade
With the absence of a nighttime parade at Magic Kingdom right now, the value of Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade is worth even more! It also happens to be my favorite parade of all-time. There are 2 parades each night of the party, and although the 2nd parade is usually less crowded, you still need to arrive early to stake out a good viewing spot. Popularity has grown for this spooktacular parade, and you don’t want to miss the Headless Horseman ride through!
What makes this parade so special for me is the music, the variety of characters, the dancing ghosts from the Haunted Mansion, and the Gravediggers. I hold a special place in my heart for Disney Villains, so I love how they’re featured, but there’s still nothing nightmare inducing.
Happy Hallowishes Fireworks
Does Disney World produce kick-butt firework shows every single day? Yes. Is Hallowishes special? Yes. Not only are the music and fireworks spectacular, but the castle projections are awesome, too! The rendition of Grim Grinning Ghosts gives me chills every time and seeing Oogie Boogie on Cinderella Castle is frightfully amazing. Happy Hallowishes is a must-see show every time I attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!
Search for Special Halloween Treats
Trick-or-Treating is fun, don’t get me wrong. I’m the one leaving the party with a full bag of candy and eating everyone else’s candy, too. However, the special party treats are where it’s at. This year they had a Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome, a Jack Skellington Dessert, Haunted Mansion Desserts, Pumpkin Mickey Waffles, Candy Corn Ice Cream, and more! These were only offered during party nights, so that’s another thing to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.
Watch Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
The Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s film Hocus Pocus are having a Halloween party and invite all your favorite Disney villains. They have been performing this for a few years now at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party, and I never added it to my to-do list. This is the first year I’ve seen it, and it blew me away. There’s so much talent on that stage in front of Cinderella Castle, and of course, the Villains appear, so I was giddy!
Take Photos with Characters
Yes, I’m an adult, and yes, I love taking pictures with Disney characters. Even better is when my kids are with me, because the looks on their faces are priceless! During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you can get photo ops that you can’t get anywhere else – like a meet and greet with Moana. Also you can find all Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington and Sally, and many Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes. Some popular characters such as Jack and Sally have been appearing as early as 5 p.m., but you do need a party wristband to see them. I suggest arriving early, because their lines get extremely long.
Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth the Price?
This question is subjective. I think it depends what you want out of the party. Any Disney party is a good time! I admit I balked at this year’s party price. $100 is steep in my book. However, with all the things to do at Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween party, I can justify the price, especially for myself.
I’m a Halloween person and so is my family. My kids LOVE Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, so I set aside the money for the party and then save in other areas. Maybe we’ll skip a character meal or stay in a Value resort for a few nights. Some people come to the party to ride attractions when lines aren’t as long. I enjoy the Halloween extras, so I prefer to spend my time doing those things. Also, my children can stay up late, so we stay until the end. If your children are falling asleep at 8 p.m., then enjoy Extra Magic Hours instead.
I didn’t even mention the special Disney PhotoPass ops with the Hitchhiking Ghosts and the Headless Horseman, the dance party in Tomorrowland, and admiring the creative and amazing costumes worn by other guests. If you need easy costume ideas, check out my Easy Halloween Costumes. There are tons of things to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the party is well worth the price tag for my family. Dress up and enjoy the bootiful ambiance!