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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Spooks Walt Disney World Guests 29 Nights This Fall

Charles Stovall

by , Public Relations Manager

When I say “Boo-To-You,” regular readers of the Disney Parks Blog know that means only one thing – it’s time to start looking toward fall and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
I’m excited to give you an update on this year’s Halloween party including dates – which have more than ever. Guests wanting to get their “Halloween On” at Magic Kingdom Park have 29 nights this year to do it, with one of the most popular special events at Walt Disney World Resort.

Guests trick-or-treat throughout the park, discovering all the boo-tiful ways that the spirits of the season have transformed the park into a happy haunted hallows … that includes seeing many favorite Disney Characters dressed in their very own Halloween costumes.

Guests also enjoy special entertainment including a spook-tastic parade and eerie extravaganza of fireworks. Returning guest favorites include “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” and “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks.

Here is the full list of this year’s dates:

  • September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
  • October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

New this year, we have revised our costuming guidelines for special events in our theme parks. While costumed attire may be worn, guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

For more information including a full list of costume guidelines, check out disneyworld.com and stay tuned to the site and the Disney Parks Blog for updates on ticket prices, on-sale dates, entertainment and events.


  • Well at least they started opening up restaurants after 6:00 pm. But still not later that I have seen. I am anxious to know as well when tickets will be sold. I have my vacation booked no matter what.

  • Are these dates the official dates from Disney? I realize this is a DisneyBlog site and probably have the most accurate info but I’ve read on a few other sites that state the days of the MNSSHP and they are different. And if Disney has released them here, but haven’t they put them up on their site?

  • When will tickets be released for sale …. getting impatient!

  • Yeah, I live near DL and go to Mickey’so Halloween Party every year. This year we are going to the Food and Wine so hoping to fit in a MNSSHP at the World. Can’t wait!

  • Lourdes….Last year the tickets were $79 each for adults. I believe it began at 6pm, and it was totally worth it. I’m going back again in October and will be getting tickets!

  • Any update on when tickets will go on sale?

  • Would anybody that commented above now more or less how much the tickets run for,Is it worth it is it not and how long is it for. I’m heading to Disney in September. Thank you in advance

  • I emailed Disney to ask about the dates for Disneyland’s Halloween party. They responded that the dates had yet to be determined, and that I should check back in August. August? I’m trying to plan my trip for September, and should book now, and they won’t know the dates until only a month or so out? I wish they had the dates like they do for WDW.

  • When do the tickets go on sale? Keep getting mixed info when I call and talk to them some say 2 weeks some say not till August, but I need to be able to make my reservations and not having my tickets prior makes that a bit more guessing then I want to do with a family of 6.

  • I hope I don’t sound impatient here, but if the dates are published, then why are all of the restaurants in MK closed at 6:00 PM for the whole month of September? Shouldn’t reservations open up past 6:00 PM for dates not listed above in September? My fiance and I are getting married at the wedding pavilion on Labor Day and spending our honeymoon in the parks, but we can’t book our reservations in alignment with published park hours… It’s a wee frustrating to have to check the website every single day in case reservations magically open up without notice. I’ve brought this up to guest services, but they claimed dates for MNSSHP weren’t published yet.

  • So excited for MNSSHP! By far our favorite time of year!!! °o°

  • Hello
    How far in advance do we need to buy tickets? Coming 2nd week in October but family
    Plans for trip haven’t been finalized yet. Does this event usually sell out???

  • Yeah I was told that last year no covering of face or any sort of weapons I had a nice face covered masked to go with a biker chain to look like a biker decided to look like Frankenstein instead n match my mickey shirt of Franken mouse

  • I would love to know the dates for the Disneyland Halloween Party. I am planning a trip for this year and have not decided yet if I want to go to the Halloween Party or not. I want to make sure if we decide not to attend then we are not there on a day when the park closes at 630.

  • Do you know when the dates will be released for Disneyland?

  • Pricing last year for this event was from about $70- $100 per adult ticket- not including AP discount of selected nights.
    The new costuming seems similar to the RunDisney-Basically I’d use the RD guidelines…Its more about security, and physical space your costume takes up (i’m guessing).
    The Christmas party dates have been released as well. – November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29 and then December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22.

    My group of 14 adults who always attend the MNSSHP wanted to do the christmas party as well but with no Nov 1st party as there has been in previous years, and the first MVMCP not starting on the first Sunday after Halloween (guessing because the F&W Half After Party is that Sunday Night) Makes it impossible. Most people cant take more than a week off from work at a time. hoping more dates are added since tickets are not on sale yet, but highly disappointing since we’ve all been going for the past 6+ years….

  • Based on the New ‘Disney After Hours’ post of 3 hours = $150, I am guessing this year the 5 hours party will be $250?

  • I’m sure more information will come out as the prices/details of the event are released. I will appreciate knowing in advance as we are flying in from TN and trying to fit my Ursula costume into my suitcase has been a concern. if I can’t wear it, there would be no point in bringing it. The Park Rules don’t really specify guidelines for “costumes” for adults. I’m excited that I’ll be able to go on two dates as long as we can grab tickets the day they go on sale! Halloween is my favorite – I’m looking forward to seeing all the villains! There need to be more villains in the park regularly for those of us who really enjoy them!

  • I hope I can make it to the one on the 8th! That’s our last night there before heading home. 🙁
    That would be awesome to see.

  • So excited for Sept 8 party!!! Thank you Disney! We went the week of Halloween last year and had a blast, decided to do an earlier trip this year and are excited that we get to go to the party again! I hope all the kinks are worked out by the 8th!

  • I will one day make it there for the holiday hard ticket events that is on my bucket list.

  • So happy adults can wear costumes with their kiddos again this year! This is a great event in which kids of all ages can be kids again. Not being able to dress up with my kids is just another day the parks

  • I am so happy that costumes are allowed. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is easily my family’s favorite thing to do at Disney, and that is largely due to the costumes. Not only is it fun to traverse the park in costume, but we love seeing all the other guests and the creativity and talent some pour into their attire. I too would appreciate an elaboration on the layers thing, but even if it means leaving the elaborate pirate garb and princess gowns at home, we can’t wait!

  • I have a Fairy Godmother cape. Would that be considered layered? Need more definition of layering.

  • Im also curious if lightsabers are ok? Like the ones they sell in the parks? We would really like to do Star Wars costumes and if those are ok we would buy the lightsabers in the parks.

    • Yes. Accessories such as plastic light sabers, toy swords, tutus, transparent wings, and headwear that does not cover the face are acceptable.

  • Oh, thank you, WDW, for allowing adults to continue wearing costumes at the Halloween parties! Stricter security screening is a perfectly fine payoff for being able to wear a costume as an adult. Not only is it the one time of year we grownups can rock our costumes, but many families love to take the opportunity to do themed costumes with their kids, and it would be sad if that wasn’t an option any longer. So this is great news; I hope Disneyland follows suit!

  • I am confused about the costume policy. The blog post says one thing, but then it says to refer to the costume policy on the Disney World website. The rules on there are different. Need more clarity on this.

  • Melissa Liebe – Disney has announced a multitude of after dark events AK, which is impossible with a 6:30 closing. With 30 days to go, people just want schedules posted.

  • Why is there no party on Nov 1st like years past?

  • Sweet music to my ears Disney! It’s so much fun dressing up for this event!

  • We’ve attended the MNSSHP and enjoyed it, but much of that fun was dressing up. Please be more specific about what is allowed as a costume and what is not.

  • Any idea on when tickets will be available for purchase? Or prices posted?

  • Thank you for lifting the ban on adult costumes for this special event. Will the dress code be the same at the Anaheim Halloween events? My family and friends look forward to dressing up each year in a safe, fun, family friendly atmosphere (adults and kids together!). And I have no problem submitting to an additional security screening to keep creating fun annual memories! We usually spend a full week as a family at the Anaheim resort, but when we heard adults could not wear costumes we began to try to think of new Halloween plans.

  • As someone who usually goes in fall, 8 times out of 10 goes to MNSSHP and dressed up, you guys gotta clarify on this “not wearing layered costumes” thing. I was contemplating dressing up as Grunkle Stan or Dipper from Gravity Falls, clearly those are simple costumes but if cause there’s layers to it, I don’t want to run the risk of a CM saying “you can’t come in”

    I get it’s your new safety protocols but it’s a little frustrating that the one time of year adults can dress in halloween costumes at the park the policy is basically getting neutered.

  • I think when they say no layers mean no Princess type costumes that have a petticoat and Jedi robes or ones that surround the whole body like the Up House or something that requires a massive article around the body.

  • Maybe similar to RunDisney rules??
    – Layered costumes, that could conceal prohibited items, are not permitted (e.g. Jedi robes).
    – Costume props, including those that surround the entire body (e.g. Death Star, UP House) are not permitted.

  • When will the prices be posted?

  • “costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.” Does this include toy light sabers? I really don’t think anyone would think a light saber was a real weapon, but just wanted make sure before I put my Rey costume together 🙂

  • Very happy to hear that the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is returning. I thought that show was really amazing last year and it made a short weekend trip to Disney totally worth it.

  • Would appreciate a more clear cut version of the rules. What is considered “layering”?

  • Keith Woolley – AK is open from 9a-6:30p on April 22nd.

  • What about Disney Land?

  • Does this mean I can’t wear my 501st Biker Scout or Captain Phasma to the party? I’ve never understood the costume rules.

  • Glad that the costume policy is a bit more reasonable and minds were changed from not allowing 14+ visitors to dress up at all. Thanks to the folk that changed their minds on this.

  • What the heck is a “layered costume that surrounds the entire body”?
    OK I can see that meaning any costume that has a fan to inflate it. (Jabba, Tauntaun, T-Rex, Sumo suits, Baymax, etc.) But the wording is so vague! Does that mean anything with crinolines, like princess dresses? Heck that wording could be applied to wearing a hoodie as part of your costume. Every costume is going to have layers of some kind that surround the body. Disney, could you please elaborate? Like in previous years one of the rules was “No masks that obscure the face.” If you mean costumes wider than the metal detectors, then say “costumes that extend beyond the body more than an inch” or something like that.
    This vagueness is just going to make things harder for the Security CMs & guests.

  • yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Any word on Mickey’s very merry christmas party?

  • No pricing available? Are Christmas Party dates/prices being released soon as well? Last year this info came out in February, it makes it very challenging to plan to Disney’s requirements (dining reservations at 180 days) when guests don’t even know what to plan for!

  • Any word on when tickets will go on sale? Excited to be able to go during our trip, but want to make sure we get our tickets as soon as possible!

  • Really? Details on September/October Events and we’re still waiting for a schedule for April 22 at AK?

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