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10 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party “Must-Dos” | 2024 Dates

Halloween is a fun time to be at Walt Disney World, but some of the spooky offerings are only at “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.” This can’t miss event at Magic Kingdom is only 5 hours long. The party goes by so fast, you’ll be hard-pressed to see and do it all!

So, what should you prioritize? Here are our 10 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party “Must-Do”s for your family with the limited time you have for this event. Consider this your checklist for having the spookiest time!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a special Halloween-themed event held on select dates in the late Summer and Fall at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park.  MNSSHP features trick-or-treating around the park, special character costumes and rare character meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, snacks and drinks, as well as special entertainment such as a dance parties, stage show, parade, and fireworks spectacular!

2024 MNSSHP Dates

Is it weird to celebrate Halloween in August or September? No! Not at all! Here are the dates for this year’s parties:

  • August 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
  • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29
  • October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31

What’s New For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2024

Every year brings something new for what we believe is Walt Disney World’s best special event, and 2024 is no exception! Here are five new things that Disney has announced for this year’s party:

  • New Costumes for Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
  • More Villains!
  • DescenDANCE Party
  • Bruno Meet and Greet!
  • New Start Time for “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade”

We always love seeing Mickey and Minnie their various outfits. But, the most exciting changes for us are the additions of more Villains to see and interact with at the park, as well as the addition of Bruno Madrigal as part of the Encanto meet and greet.

It will be interesting to see how the new parade time will affect touring strategies for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

How Tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Work

MNSSHP is not included with regular admission or Annual Passes to Magic Kingdom. If you want to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ll need a special event ticket that is specific to the party. You might hear this referred to as a “hard ticket” event.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here to purchase them directly from Disney’s site!

The party officially starts at 7pm, but your event ticket will allow you to enter the park at 4pm and stay until the park closes. There will be a special entrance for guests to check-in and receive their party wristbands.

If you also have admission to Magic Kingdom on the same day as the party, you can enter anytime after the park opens and stay all day. After 4pm, you’ll need to check-in at one of the designated locations within the park to get your party wristbands. There is no need to leave the park and come back if you don’t want to. (If you plan on changing into costumes for the party, you’ll need to plan for that).

Any guests without party wristbands will find themselves unable to do much of anything after 6pm. If you have an annual pass or park hopper option on your ticket, you have the option of hopping over to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney’s Animal Kingdom typically closes by 6pm.

MNSSHP Ticket Prices

The only truly scary part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are the prices. Tickets vary by date, starting at $119 per adult and go up as high as $199 per adult. Children’s tickets (ages 3-9) are $10 less than adult tickets. Children 3 and under do not need a ticket.

Generally, the earlier dates in August are the cheapest, and prices go up as you get closer to Halloween.

Here are the MNSSHP prices for 2024:

  • August 9: $149 Adult, $139 Child
  • August 13, 16, 20, 23, 27: $119 Adult $109 Child
  • August 30, Sept 2, 6, 8, 10, 13: $129 Adult, $119 Child
  • Sept 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29: $149 Adult, $139 Child
  • Oct 1, 3: $169 Adult, $159 Child
  • Oct 8, 10, 14, 15, 17: $179 Adult, $169 Child
  • Oct 4, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24: $189 Adult, $179 Child
  • Oct 25, 27, 29, 31: $199 Adult, $189 Child

Annual Passholders and Eligible Disney Vacation Club Members get a $10 discount on tickets to parties in August and September. There are no discounts for parties on dates in October.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party “Must-Dos”

Given the limited amount of time you have at the party and the wealth of things to see and do, here is what we would prioritize to have the best time at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

1. Dress Up! Wear a Costume or Festive Attire

Dressing as “The Incredibles” was simple, comfortable, and fun!

Attending a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the rare times that everyone in your party can dress in costume inside the Magic Kingdom! It adds extra fun to the party as guests, cast members and even characters will interact with you based on whoever you decided to dress as! It also makes for great photo opportunities!

So be sure to get into the spirit of the season, even if you’re attending the party as early as August.

Of course, there are some guidelines when it comes to what you can wear and bring with you into the party. And you should keep in mind that even in the fall, it can be very warm in Florida. So, you’ll want to strike a balance between what’s allowed and what will be practical and comfortable.

Lisa and I as Jack and Sally at our very first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

MNSSHP Costume Guidelines

Children 13 years old and younger are free to dress in full costumes that include masks, provided that the masks don’t block their vision. Their eyes should be fully visible and they should have good peripheral vision.

With that in mind, you should stay away from full masks that cover the entire head. These tend to be harder to see out of, and they can be very hot as well. It’s better to go with a half-mask that is easy to take on and off.

There are a lot more restrictions on what adults (ages 14 & up) can wear to the Halloween Party, but it’s still way more than adults can typically get away with on a normal day in the parks.

  • Capes must not go lower than your waist, and skirts/dresses shouldn’t touch or drag on the ground.
  • Nothing that looks like a weapon or could be mistaken for a weapon (toy swords and lightsabers are okay)
  • No sharp objects or edges.
  • Nothing offensive or objectionable.
  • No costume masks of any kind or anything that covers your face.

You can check out Disney’s costume rules here.

2. Meet Rare Characters

Two of the most popular experiences at MNSSHP are the meet and greet with Jack Skellington and Sally and the group photo with all seven dwarfs from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Guests line up for these photo ops before the party even officially begins!

You could easily spend the entire time at the party just meeting characters! So we suggest picking a few and prioritizing those.

It’s also important to note that Disney will close the queues for character meets before the party is over. If the line is 45 minutes long, it will close at least 45 minutes before the party ends so that the last “meet” occurs before midnight.

Here is the full list of characters that were available to meet last year:

  • Jack Skellington & Sally
  • Elvis Stitch
  • Mickey
  • Minnie
  • Donald
  • Daisy
  • Goofy
  • The Seven Dwarfs (group photo)
  • Alice and the Mad Hatter
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore
  • Belle & Gaston
  • Ariel & Eric
  • Disney Princesses
  • Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Aladdin & Abu
  • Genie & Jasmine
  • Jafar

We’ll update the list once this year’s lineup is announced.

3. Trick-Or-Treat

Trick-or-Treating inside the park is fun! And nobody does Trick-or-Treating in a theme park like Disney! There are over a dozen places to fill your goodie bag with some candy. A few of the stations even bring you inside an attraction to get your candy, which is super cool.

There is no limit to how many times you can visit a treat station either. Just be aware that the bags that Disney provides when you enter the party are on the small side and will fill up fast! You can bring your own bag or purchase a larger shopping bag at any of the shops.

Allergies? Disney has you covered. Just let the Cast Members know when you pick up your treat bag and they’ll give you a teal allergy-friendly treat bag to use. Using this bag, you’ll receive a teal token at each treat station that can be redeemed for an allergy-safe treat at one of the allergy friendly centers.

4. Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

not so spooky spectacular halloween fireworks
Photo: Disney (David Roark, photographer)

People say that Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular is their best nighttime spectacular. We have to agree. This was true when it was a traditional fireworks display set to music. It’s even more impressive now hosted by Jack Skellington on the castle stage and the projections on Cinderella Castle itself.

Last year, the show kicked off at 10:15pm. The best viewing spots for the show will be in the castle forecourt area. Ideally, you’ll want to be close enough to the castle to see Jack on stage and all the details in the projections, but far enough back that you aren’t craning your neck too much to see the fireworks above and around you.

There is only one showing of Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular during the party, so don’t miss it!

5. Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade

Oh, it’s good to be bad! The “Boo-To-You” parade features some of the villains you love to hate as well as some characters you don’t ordinarily get to see. It’s all set to a fantastic soundtrack! And you definitely don’t want to be late as the parade is kicked off by none other than the Headless Horseman riding his steed through the park!

There are two opportunities to catch this unique parade. The first parade will have a new earlier time of 8:30pm this year. The second showing is less crowded, and takes place at 11:30pm, which doesn’t leave much time for anything else after the parade as the party ends at midnight.

6. Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

hocus pocus villain spectacular at mickey's not so scary halloween party

In addition to seeing your favorite disney villains in the parade, you can catch them on the castle stage as party of a Halloween party hosted by the Sanderson Sisters! Many of us older guests can remember seeing them in “Hocus Pocus” when we were kids! Now they are back, 3-4 times each night during the party, enlisting the help of some of your favorite Disney villains to cast a spell on everyone at Magic Kingdom!

Last year, there were nights when you could watch the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at midnight, which is the least crowded time to catch it, and a good way to maximize your time at the party if you don’t mind staying until the very end.

7. Visit the Ghosts at the Haunted Mansion

What’s a Halloween party without ghosts? While the Haunted Mansion is an attraction you can enjoy any time of year, it is extra spooky during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Added special effects like fog and lighting to the exterior of the mansion make it extra eerie. Some of the ghosts might even come out on the lawn to talk with you while you are on line.

Oh, and the Cast Members go all out with make-up and really “kill it” with their performances.

Other attractions that have a “Halloween Twist” are the Mad Tea Party, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and Space Mountain.

8. Get Your Photo Taken!

You can take all the selfies you want during the party, but Disney PhotoPass photographers have a few tricks up their sleeves to add some magic to your night. So you may want to get them to take your photo at one of their larger-than-life photo frames, or for one of the special magic shots just for the Halloween party!

9. Enjoy Spooky Music!

Nothing sets the mood like some music! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has a little something for everyone. New this year is the DescenDANCE dance party at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.

For the littles, there is also a Disney Junior Dance Party inside Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe where kids can dance with characters from some of their favorite Disney Junior shows.

And don’t forget about the fabulous Cadaver Dans in Frontierland and the Rusty Cutlass pirate band in Adventureland!

10. Snack Around Park!

This last “must do” is a matter of practicality. You have a limited amount of time to enjoy the party, so the last thing you want to do is waste time sitting down to eat a meal. We suggest having a decent meal before the party starts and then snacking through the night.

This is the perfect approach since dining options are limited during the party, and you’ll probably want to sample some of the festive offerings. Taking advantage of mobile ordering and grabbing snacks and treats to enjoy while walking or waiting in line is the best way to satisfy your cravings while also maximizing your time.

What’s your Must-Do?

That’s our Must-Do list for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! There is so much to do and the party goes by so fast! You are going to need to have a plan to get in everyone’s party must-do!

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Carrie Hurst

Wednesday 13th of September 2017

This is great! Boo to You is my FAVORITE, and a definite must do!

Jennifer Kaufman

Tuesday 12th of September 2017

Oh my gosh, you've totally nailed all of the fun things that are offered at the party! My kids would definitely say the trick-or-treating is their must do (I'm always blown away by how much candy you get!), but I'm always a sucker for parades. The Boo to You parade is no exception!


Tuesday 12th of September 2017

I loved being able to dress up in the parks! I had so much fun!

Julie Bigboy

Tuesday 12th of September 2017

Wish I'd done the Magic Shots on my visit, they look great!

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