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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Guide & Tips

Are you planning a trip to Disney World around Halloween and wondering what to do?

Look no further, for the answer is clear – attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom!

This special after-hours ticketed event, often referred to as MNSSHP, offers guests a unique chance to revel in the park’s magic after it closes to the general public.

Tickets are offered to a limited number of people, which helps keep wait times down for even the most popular rides.

Plus there are a ton of fun extras, like special character meet-and-greets, trick or treating, and special snacks and drinks.

It’s basically like the usual after-hours event but with a fun Halloween twist!

The party runs from 7 PM to midnight. However, guests with a valid ticket can enter as early as 4 PM. That’s 8 hours of Halloween fun!

Ready to learn more? Put on your best costume and join me as I tell you all about this delightful Fall time holiday celebration so you can decide if you should go.

Dates and prices for 2023

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This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will run on select dates from August 11 through November 1, 2023.

Party dates typically fall on a Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday – with a few exceptions along the way.

Ticket prices range from $109 to $199, depending on the date. Disney Vacation Club members and annual pass holders get a $10 discount for select dates. Children under 3 are free.

Ticket sales started May 2, 2023. However, guests with a reservation between August and November were able to purchase tickets on April 27, 2023.

August 2023 MNSSHP dates and prices

Check out the table below for dates and prices for party dates in August 2023.

DateAdult Tickets (10 & Up)Child Tickets (3-9)
Friday, 8/11/23 – SOLD OUT$149$139
Tuesday, 8/15/23 – SOLD OUT$109$99
Friday, 8/18/23 – SOLD OUT$109$99
Tuesday, 8/22/23 – SOLD OUT$109$99
Friday, 8/25/23 – SOLD OUT$109$99
Tuesday, 8/29/23 – SOLD OUT$109$99
2023 Dates and Ticket Prices for MNSSHP

September 2023 MNSSHP dates and prices

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Check out the table below for dates and prices for party dates in September 2023.

DateAdult Tickets (10 & Up)Child Tickets (3-9)
Friday, 9/1/23 – SOLD OUT$119$109
Monday, 9/4/23 – SOLD OUT$119$109
Friday, 9/8/23 – SOLD OUT$119$109
Sunday, 9/10/23 – SOLD OUT$119$109
Tuesday, 9/12/23 – SOLD OUT$119$109
Friday, 9/15/23 – SOLD OUT$119$109
Sunday, 9/17/23 – SOLD OUT$119$109
Tuesday, 9/19/23 – SOLD OUT$149$139
Friday, 9/22/23 – SOLD OUT$149$139
Sunday, 9/24/23 – SOLD OUT$149$139
Tuesday, 9/26/23 – SOLD OUT$149$139
Thursday, 9/28/23 – SOLD OUT$149$139
Friday, 9/29/23 – SOLD OUT$149$139
2023 Dates and Ticket Prices for MNSSHP

October & November 2023 MNSSHP dates and prices

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Check out the table below for dates and prices for party dates in October and November 2023. Availability last updated 10/6/23.

DateAdult Tickets (10 & Up)Child Tickets (3-9)
Sunday, 10/1/23 – SOLD OUT$149$139
Tuesday, 10/3/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Thursday, 10/5/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Friday, 10/6/23 – SOLD OUT$189$179
Monday, 10/9/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Tuesday, 10/10/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Thursday, 10/12/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Friday, 10/13/23 – SOLD OUT$189$179
Sunday, 10/15/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Tuesday, 10/17/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Thursday, 10/19/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Friday, 10/20/23 – SOLD OUT$189$179
Sunday, 10/22/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Tuesday, 10/24/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Thursday, 10/26/23 – SOLD OUT$169$159
Friday, 10/27/23 – SOLD OUT$189$179
Sunday, 10/29/23 – SOLD OUT$199$189
Tuesday, 10/31/23 – SOLD OUT$199$189
Wednesday, 11/1/23$199$189
2023 Dates and Ticket Prices for MNSSHP

Are costumes allowed?

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Typically only kids 13 and under can wear a costume in the park. However, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of few times a year that guests of all ages can wear one!

That said, you still have to follow some basic rules when it comes to wearing costumes in the park.

You still have to follow the basic dress code that doesn’t allow obscene, violent, or suggestive clothing.

In other words, don’t reveal too much skin, no swear words, no violent images, and so on.

In addition, the clothing can’t drag on the ground, be excessively torn, or have sharp objects for safety reasons.

So if you dream of dressing as a princess, make sure your gown doesn’t have a train and otherwise isn’t dragging on the ground.

And if you come dressed as a zombie, be mindful of your clothing and make sure it your costume can’t easily get caught on something.

Or if you were wishing to come as a punk rock kid, stick to flat studs and leave the spikes at home.

Next, costume props are allowed, except for realistic weapons and masks.

I’ve seen lightsabers at this event, and they sell toy swords in the park. So the concern here is that the prop can’t be easily mistaken for a real weapon, such as a gun.

Lastly, guests dressed as characters cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.

Overall, this is your chance to cosplay or wear something fun and silly, so go all out – but be mindful of the rules.

As much as I enjoy Disneybounding (or dressing like a character without a costume), I do love a good costume party! Now to think of a good costume idea…so many options!

Some of the best costumes I’ve seen at this party are Stitch Elvis, the cast of Peter Pan, Bluey & Bingo, Tony Stark & Pepper Potts, Jack Skellington & Sally, Flora, Fauna & Merryweather, and pretty much every princess.

I’ve even seen plenty of non-Disney costumes, like Harry Potter characters, Scooby Doo, and the Mario Brothers.

FREE trick-or-treating

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Embrace the kid in you and collect delicious candy from across the lands in Magic Kingdom.

The trick-or-treat stations are sponsored by Mars Wrigley, so you know they’ll have some good stuff, like M&Ms, Skittles, 3 Musketeers, Twix, and more.

Just look for the glowing pillars shown in the photo above and make your way inside where a cast member will scoop some candy into your trick-or-treat bag.

If you have food allergies, you can get a teal trick-or-treat bag from any cast member that lets the cast members at the trick-or-treat stations know to give you a token instead of a candy.

Afterward, you can exchange the tokens at the Allergy Friendly Centers for allergy-friendly treats.

Since there is such a wide variety of food allergies, going to a central location makes the most sense to ensure the smaller locations don’t run out and disappoint the kiddos.

I love that this event includes trick-or-treating – especially for families who may not get to experience this where they live! It’s even more special that they keep folks with food allergies in mind.

Halloween snacks and drinks

Photo of one of this year's Halloween treats at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party with green cookies shaped like fingers in a pot of green pudding.
Key Lime Pie Zombie Fingers / Disney

The event includes a few special Halloween treats that are only sold during party hours, so be sure to save some room for one or two!

These treats are usually available at quick service locations such as:

  1. Auntie Gravity’s
  2. Cheshire Cafe
  3. Cosmic Ray’s
  4. Friar’s Nook
  5. Golden Oak Outpost
  6. Liberty Square Market
  7. Main Street Bakery
  8. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe
  9. Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
  10. Storybook Treats
  11. Sunshine Tree Terrace

Available rides

Photo of the TRON roller coaster at night with Cinderella's Castle in the background.
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A big plus to attending after hours events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is that most of the rides are open and have much shorter lines than usual.

Therefore, Genie+ cannot be used during the event.

Even if you purchase Genie+ the same day as the party, it will not show availability for Magic Kingdom during the event hours.

And yes, for those who really want to get their adrenaline pumping, TRON Lightcycle Run WILL be running during this event.

TRON will still have a virtual queue for this event, so you’ll need to keep that in mind if you want to check it out.

Guests with a ticket to the event will be able to join the virtual queue starting at 6 PM. You do NOT have to be in the park to join the queue.

Here’s a list of rides that will be available during this Halloween party event:


  1. Jungle Cruise
  2. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Swiss Family Treehouse

Frontierland & Liberty Square

  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  2. Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland & Storybook Circus

  1. The Barnstormer
  2. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  3. It’s a Small World
  4. Mad Tea Party (with a special Halloween twist)
  5. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  6. Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  7. Peter Pan’s Flight
  8. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  9. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid


  1. Astro Orbiter
  2. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  3. Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor (with a special Halloween twist)
  4. Space Mountain (with a special Halloween twist)
  5. Tomorrowland Speedway
  6. Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
  7. TRON Lightcycle Power Run

Character meet-and-greets

Photo of Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger dressed in Halloween costumes.
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No matter how old you are, meeting your favorite Disney character is always a special treat!

Many of the classic characters will be available during the party, plus a few extras – and many of them will be wearing their own Halloween costumes!

Just look for the MNSSHP Character Greetings signs for special meet-and-greets (shown above) once you get there.

Photo of a sign for a character meet-and-greet at MNSSHP.
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Disney’s hasn’t announced an official list of characters that will be available in 2023. I suspect they do this to leave the option open to switch things up if need be.

However, you can usually count on Mickey & Minnie, Jack Skellington & Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, a handful of Disney princesses, and of course, plenty of Disney villains. Elvis Stitch is usually there, as well!

So have your camera ready and don’t forget to post your character selfies and videos to Instagram and TikTok!

Disney Junior Jam dance party

Over at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Disney Junior characters will be movin’ and groovin’ to the latest jams at the Disney Junior Jam dance party.

Given that it’s hosted by Disney Junior characters, this one’s geared toward the little kiddos.

And let me tell you, it is a great way for the little ones to get their energy out and have some extra-special fun with their favorite characters!

We took one of my nieces when she was 4 and she absolutely LOVED this part of the party!

She had a grand ol’ time just jumping and running around, super excited that Minnie was boppin’ along right next to her. Plus she looked super cute in the Cinderella tutu I made her!

Zom-beats Bash

Photo of the Zom-Beatz dance party outside Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom with several performers dancing on a stage.
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Over at the Rockettower Stage in Tomorrowland, characters from Z-O-M-B-I-E-S host a fun dance party for all ages.

Music will include popular hits, Halloween tunes, as well as music from the movies.

If you’re not familiar with Z-O-M-B-I-E-S, it’s a fun Disney Channel original movie that’s made its way to Disney+. You can learn more in my post about the best Halloween movies and shows on Disney+.

Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet & Rusty Cutlass

Photo of the Cadaver Dans quartet singing in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom.
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Step into Frontierland for an unforgettable experience of the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet!

These prolific performers, who are actually the original Dapper Dans from the Main Street USA barbershop, will regale you with spooky versions of classic hits and new songs alike.

You can catch these singing dudes over by the Frontierland Trading Post and Shootin’ Arcade.

Check the My Disney Experience app or MNSSHP pamphlet guide for performance times.

Another fun band playing during MNSSHP is Rusty Cutlass, a riotous pirate themed band that plays throughout the party on the stage across from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Powerline Max and crew

Photo of Powerline Max dancing down Main Street before the Boo-to-You Parade at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
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Another new addition to the party this year are pop-up dance performances from Powerline Max and some friends dressed in 90s gear (of course!).

The appearances will happen a few times a night throughout the park, as well as prior to the start of the Boo-to-You parade (after the headless horseman makes his way down the route!).

When I attended this year, I caught sight of him at the Zom-beatz Bash dance party, as well as before both Boo-to-You parade showings.

Disney’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade

It’s not a Disney World After-Hours event without a fun nighttime parade.

Disney’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade is filled with exciting moments, from appearances by your favorite characters, including villains, to dancing skeletons and ghosts galavanting down Main Street.

Photo of the country bears and cast members gathering participants for their costume parade while guests wait for the Boo-to-You parade to begin.
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Plus, if you sit over by Frontierland, you just might get pulled into a special costume mini parade with the Country Bears.

This spooky procession is a wickedly fun time and not to be missed!

The parade typically runs twice during the event, at 9:15 PM and 11:15 PM and runs for approximately 20 minutes as it makes its way from Frontierland, through Liberty Square, and down Main Street.

Be sure to check your event guide in case times change, though!

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Photo of Oogie Boogie, Dr. Facilier, and the Sanderson Sisters performing on stage in the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show.
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If you thought Halloween at Disney World couldn’t get any better, then strap yourself in because the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is about to make it even spookier!

This epic stage show takes place in front of Cinderella’s Castle, where the iconic Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus will be getting up to all sorts of mischief with a little help from villain friends like Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, Dr. Facilier, Hades, Jafar, Malificent, Oogie Boogie, and more.

Follow along as they put a spell on everyone and find out who truly rules this dark night.

Check the My Disney Experience app or MNSSHP pamphlet guide for performance times.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks

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Along with a fun parade, fireworks are a must to cap off a fun night at Magic Kingdom.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular is a special fireworks show you can only see during this event.

Hosted by Jack Skellington, this show is a nightly highlight of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, with an incredible fireworks display plus lasers, dancing pumpkins, and ghostly projections that dance across Cinderella’s Castle.

Watching this show is another must-do at MNSSHP!

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party

Like similar dessert parties at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Desert Party offers special seating for the fireworks along with yummy treats at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.

There are two ticket options available: Tomorrowland Terrace or Plaza Garden.

Tickets for Plaza Garden are $99 for ages 10+ and $59 for ages 3-9. The prices include tax and gratuity.

The Plaza Garden option includes fireworks seating in the Plaza Garden area, as well as the dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrace.

Tickets for Tomorrowland Terrace only are $114 for ages 10+ and $69 for ages 3-9. This option includes the dessert party and fireworks seating at Tomorrowland Terrace.

Children under 3 are free for both options. All prices include tax and gratuity.

Personally I don’t think this party is worth the extra cost, but you may find that it’s worth it for you for the reserved seating alone!

Magic Shots and photo ops

Example of a magic shot photo from MNSSHP with a hitchhiking ghost sitting on a prop with Haunted Mansion in the background.
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Get ready to strike a pose, as there are plenty of opportunities for you to capture and share your spook-tacular memories with friends and family.

When trick-or-treating or attending character meet & greets, be sure to look out for iconic Magic Kingdom photo ops, as well as magic shots.

If you’re not familiar with magic shots – they are photo ops that include fun overlays in the final product, such as hitchhiking ghosts!

While Disney photographers will take photos with your phone, magic shots are exclusive to Disney, so you’ll need to either purchase these photos individually or buy the Memory Maker package.

If you know you’ll be building in time for photos, I definitely recommend getting the Memory Maker package before you go to save a bit of money!

Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party merchandise

Photo of MNSSHP merchandise featuring a tshirt with the Sanderson Sisters.
Abigail Nilsson / Disney

Trick-or-Treating isn’t the only way to enjoy this fun event!

Those in attendance can also pick up special party merchandise to commemorate this spooktacular event.

You’ll find plenty of cute tees, frightfully fantastic headwear, limited edition trading pins, and so much more.

So don’t forget your wallet along with all of your other accessories, because Disney truly has something for everyone when it comes to their show-stopping merch!

Tips for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Halloween at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park is always a special experience, so why not make the most of it?

Make it a rest day

If you don’t have an annual pass, don’t waste a ticket on visiting other parks before the party.

Instead, schedule a rest day! That way you’ll be well-rested and have plenty of energy for the night’s festivities.

Enjoy the resort pool, do some shopping at Disney Springs, have breakfast at a resort with your favorite Disney characters – there’s plenty of non-park activities to choose from.

We got breakfast at Chef Mickey’s and checked out the gift shops at the Contemporary Resort. Afterward, we enjoyed the resort pool at Pop Century before getting ready for the party.

It was nice to rest our feet and stay cool – and still have lots of fun while doing it!

Get in as early as 4 PM

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Next, get there at 4 PM to beat the crowds and ensure you don’t miss any of the events and entertainment lined up.

When you get there, you’ll be given a wristband and directed to a side entrance where you’ll get your trick-or-treat bag and some candy.

Afterwards is up to you! Grab some merch, make a dining reservation, ride some rides; there’s lots you can do in those 3 hours.

We went on a few rides, did some shopping, and had dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table all before the party even officially started.

Make a plan

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Next, come up with a game plan beforehand so you make sure you hit up all the things you want to do.

You can use this post to get a rough idea of what you’d like to do, such as which performances, rides, and character meet-and-greets.

Wear a costume

Lastly, break out your favorite Halloween costume or at least wear something extra-fun to get into the spooky spirit!

One year, my mom, sister, and I dressed as Princess Protection Security, while my niece went as Cinderella. This year, I went as a TVA prisoner variant of Loki from the Disney+ series.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go explore Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and have an unforgettable time!

Will you be attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year?

Photo of a pillar set up near the Magic Kingdom entrance with Mickey Mouse in a costume and a pumpkin that says "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party."
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There’s no better way to make your Halloween extra special than Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World!

With its variety of activities, ranging from trick or treating to special shows and parades, you can make this Fall season one to remember for years to come.

So, if you’re looking for a thrilling night that oozes Autumn vibes and creates memories to last a lifetime, definitely attend MNSSHP this year!

Before you move on, check out these posts for tips on visiting Disney World between August and October:

  1. August at Disney World
  2. September at Disney World
  3. October at Disney World
  4. Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide & Tips

About the author

Photo of Meg Frost on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Blast at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
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Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This post was originally published April 28, 2023. It was last updated October 18, 2023.