Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips Updated For 2023

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We’ve previously shared our top picks for What to Bring to Disney World Parks, but today we have a special edition for you with our top picks for What to Bring to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event that occurs several evenings throughout August through November 1st at Walt Disney World. For the cost of a day’s ticket, you get to enter the Magic Kingdom at 4 pm with your family to Trick or Treat & experience all that the park has to offer without the normal crowds.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

There is special Halloween entertainment, Halloween-themed music pumped out of the speakers, and it’s one of the rare times that you can now see villains in the park!

I promise you that party nights go by quickly. You will want to decide what your main goals are before entering the gates. I always, ALWAYS, wish I could add on another party night. There just isn’t enough time to get it all in!

Do you want to try all the Mickey’s Not So Scary snacks that are only available during MNSSHP?

Would you rather meet the Characters that are only out for Mickey’s Not So Scary?

Is your top priority to find the perfect place to watch Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

Is your main goal to get your fill of Halloween sweets and snacks as you gather up goodies from land to land?

Whatever your goals are for Mickey’s Not So Scary, make sure you know what they are before you go.

Here are our top picks for What to Bring to MNSSHP at Walt Disney World.

mnsshp brochure from resort mnsshp 2023 dates

What to Bring to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

1. Your Plan

My biggest piece of advice for every special event is to go with a plan. I’m not even the biggest planner! If you walk into Magic Kingdom without a plan on the evening of MNSSHP, you will leave at the end disappointed because you didn’t get to do something you really wanted to do that night.

The lines get long. You can get caught up in the dance parties. Time is but a vapor and will slip away.

Maybe that’s slightly dramatic, but as someone who always runs out of time, believe me when I tell you that you need to make your plan. Now.

Skip the dining reservations. Experience the attractions with overlays. See the Characters you can’t elsewhere. Wait to see the 2nd Boo to You Parade. Save the candy lines for later in the night.

2. Glow Sticks & Reflective Items

The Magic Kingdom gets unusually dark at the Halloween party – I think they must turn off some of their normal nighttime lighting which makes it harder to spot kids in the sea of people.

Bring glow sticks as a special treat for the kids, but also for an easy way to spot them should you get temporarily separated. As a bonus, it also helps other grown-ups see your children as I witnessed some near-tramplings when parades ended and the crowds couldn’t seem to navigate the darkened park.

3. Costumes

Although I think any trip to Disney World requires costumes for the whole family, this is especially true for the Halloween party!

However, make sure you are wearing comfortable costumes that allow a lot of walking, no masks, and no toy weapons or guns. (And adults – you may be required to remove your costume if it’s too scary. I also witnessed one lady outside the parks very upset that her outfit was deemed inappropriate for entry, so dress wisely.)

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Also, remember you are in Florida. August, September, and October are still on the warm side so dress light and in layers.

4. Ponchos or Umbrellas

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You are in Florida. During Hurricane season.

In years past, some Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights have been very wet. Packing a poncho, raincoat, or umbrella will help keep you and the costume, you worked so hard to put together, dry.

5. Backpack or Larger Bag

While Disney provides Trick or Treat bags, they are small and plastic – you’re better off bringing a larger Trick or Treat bag that the kids can easily carry. If nothing else, bring a larger bag or backpack to empty their tiny bags into so that the plastic bag’s handles don’t hurt their fingers.

There is no limit to how much candy you can get when Trick or Treating and the cast members are generous in their distribution, so err on the side of a “too big” container!

6. Receipt for Your Halloween Tickets

Since this is a one-night event, you don’t want to risk issues with your tickets. Bring a copy of your receipt just in case – I actually ended up having to produce mine as my Magic Band wasn’t scanning properly the entire day, which could have been disastrous.

Don’t forget your ID! While I have heard of a Cast Member verifying identity with your social media accounts, I’d bring your ID just in case.

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What Are the Dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

You can find MNSSHP 2023 Dates listed below.

MNSSHP 2023 Dates and MNSSHP Ticket Prices

Please note that the prices listed are for ages 10+. Children ages 3-9 are $10 less per ticket, and children age two and younger will not need a party ticket:

  • Friday, August 11, 2023 – $149
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2023 – $109
  • Friday, August 18, 2023 – $109
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2023 – $109
  • Friday, August 25, 2023 – $109
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2023 – $109
  • Friday, September 1, 2023 – $119
  • Monday, September 4, 2023 – $119
  • Friday, September 8, 2023 – $119
  • Sunday, September 10, 2023 – $119
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2023 – $119
  • Friday, September 15, 2023 – $119
  • Sunday, September 17, 2023 – $119
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 – $149
  • Friday, September 22, 2023 – $149
  • Sunday, September 24, 2023 – $149
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023 – $149
  • Thursday, September 28, 2023 – $149
  • Friday, September 29, 2023 – $149
  • Sunday, October 1, 2023 – $149
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023 – $169
  • Thursday, October 5, 2023 – $169
  • Friday, October 6, 2023 – $189
  • Monday, October 9, 2023 – $169
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023 – $169
  • Thursday, October 12, 2023 – $169
  • Friday, October 13, 2023 – $189
  • Sunday, October 15, 2023 – $169
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023 – $169
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 – $169
  • Friday, October 20, 2023 – $189
  • Sunday, October 22, 2023 – $169
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023 – $169
  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 – $169
  • Friday, October 27, 2023 – $189
  • Sunday, October 29, 2023 – $199
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2023 – $199
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023 – $199

Remember, this is a special ticketed event, which means that guests with tickets will be able to enter Magic Kingdom up to three hours before Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and stay until the party ends. Guests without a party ticket will need to leave the park once the party officially begins.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Character Meet and Greets

One of my favorite things about MNSSHP is meeting the Characters!

Yes, I am completely awkward when it’s my turn. I end up doing this weird thing when I talk with my shoulders and stumble of over words, but it’s totally worth it!

Which Characters will you see at MNSSHP? Great question! Disney always reserves the right to change up Characters for party nights – either adding new Characters or not having Characters out. Here is a list of Characters that have been out for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in years past and where you could find them.

Main Street, USA Character Meet And Greets

  • Mickey Mouse in Town Square Theater
  • Sally and Jack in Town Square Theater – Jack and Sally start meeting around 4:30 so try to get in line early!)

Tomorrowland

  • Elvis Stitch near Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
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Fantasyland

  • Rapunzel in Fairytale Hall
  • Elena in Fairytale Hall
  • Cinderella in Fairytale Hall
  • Tiana in Fairytale Hall
  • Alice
  • Mad Hatter
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
  • Anastasia and Drizella
  • Belle and Gaston
  • Pooh
  • Eyeore
  • Piglet
  • Tigger
  • Ariel and Prince Eric

Storybook Circus

  • Minnie Mouse
  • Donald Duck
  • Daisy Duck
  • Goofy

Adventureland

  • Jack Sparrow
  • Aladdin
  • Abu
  • Jafar
  • Jasmine
  • Genie

Frontierland

  • Country Bears
  • Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet 

You will also see Characters in the Boo-To-You parade and don’t miss the Sanderson Sister’s stage show if you love the movie Hocus Pocus!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Attractions

Join the fun on favorite attractions with a Halloween twist:

  • Mad Tea Party with special lights & music for the festivities
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor for Halloween-themed jokes
  • Space Mountain to ride in total darkness with Halloween music
  • Pirates of the Caribbean with REAL pirates

Many other Magic Kingdom attractions are open during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party as well.

Other Available Attractions During MNSSHP

Adventureland

  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse

Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Storybook Circus

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer

Tomorrowland

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

All-New Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular

Watch the skies come alive during a Halloween spectacular debuting this year. 

During this spellbinding display, you’ll follow Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy as they trick-or-treat at a mysterious haunted house—where they’ll encounter dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts, and Disney villains. Their adventure is brought to life through state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting, and dazzling fireworks. 

Disney adds,

“Jack has come to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. Jack’s ghost dog, Zero, then flies off carrying everyone along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. Their journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains.”

Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace

Descend upon Magic Kingdom for a spirited evening during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween PartyTomorrowland Terrace Restaurant offers an indulgent, bewitching buffet featuring swoon-worthy sweets and sips—including chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, ice (affiliate link) cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses, and other ghoulish goodies created daily by our master pastry chef. Sparkling cider, signature lemonades, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will also be served.

Top off this delectable event with sweeping views of Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular over Cinderella Castle for a stunning display of color, music, and light you’ll never forget!

MNSSHP Boo to You Parade

This Halloween parade only runs during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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Love a good villain theme? These Halloween-themed floats containing some of your favorite villains will not disappoint! Some of the Villians you will see include:

  • Captain Hook
  • Constance Hatchaway
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Cruella de Vil
  • Oogie Boogie
  • Dr. Facilier

And tons of your favorite Disney pals like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Captain Jack Sparrow, Edna Mode, Country Bears and more.

When I was at Walt Disney World in 2016, I attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and caught part of the parade on video. Enjoy!

If you love Powerline Max, you’ll want to watch the parade in the Main Street and Town Square area. There is a pre-parade dance party with Powerline Max but it ONLY happens in the Main Street and Town Square portion of the parade route.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dance Parties

Who doesn’t love a good dance party?!

Love Disney Junior Characters? You can find Disney Junior characters at the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam. Kids of all ages love dancing with their favorite Disney Junior Characters throughout the night.

When I went with friends, we had a blast dancing with Mike Wazowski and Sulley in Tomorrowland at the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball.

Don’t miss Zombies, Cheerleaders, Werewolves, and Aliens dancing in Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe at the Zom-Beatz Bash. We typically skip this one because it’s too loud for my kiddos who are sensitive to loud noises.

MNSSHP Trick or Treat Locations

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Market Street (available until 8 p.m.)
  • Chamber of Commerce (allergy-friendly station)

Adventureland

  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Aloha Isle

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain
  • Sawyer Island dock, near Big Thunder Mountain
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Liberty Square Ticket Office for the allergy-friendly station

Fantasyland

  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Walt Disney World Railroad Station
  • Ariel’s Grotto

Tomorrowland

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party FAQs

Have more questions about attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? We have all your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party questions and answers right here.

Does my regular ticket include entry to the Halloween Party?

No, you need a specific, dated ticket to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Magic Kingdom will close at 6 pm.

Do I need a theme park reservation for MNSSHP?

No, your dated ticket to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party doubles as your reservation.

How early can you enter Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

If you have a ticket to MNSSHP, you can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00 pm est on the date of your party. Look for signs to the designated turnstiles for the Special Event.

What time does Magic Kingdom close on nights of the Halloween Party?

Magic Kingdom closes at 6 pm on nights of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Can I use Genie+ during MNSSHP?

Disney Genie+ is not available during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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Does Magic Kingdom have fireworks during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

Yes, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the fireworks and projection show scheduled each night (weather permitting) of MNSSHP.

Are food and drinks included in my Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket?

While all the trick-or-treat candy is included at no extra charge, the specialty-themed food and drink options available to party guests are an additional cost.

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Can My 10-Year Old Dress in Costume at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

Of course! Here are the official rules regarding costumes at Walt Disney World.

GENERAL

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • They may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest are NOT allowed
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, the park unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

GUESTS AGES 13 AND UNDER

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

GUESTS AGES 14 AND OLDER

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

Have you ever attended Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party? What items would you add to this list?

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