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A Parent’s Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is finally back with NEW experiences and it’s kicking off earlier than ever on August 12-October 31, 2022 for 37 nights of ghoulishly good fun! If you haven’t purchased tickets already, unfortunately the event is SOLD OUT for 2022. 

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a spooktacular way to celebrate Halloween whether you take the kids or not! (Yes, this TOTALLY qualifies as a parents night out and YES, adults can trick-or-treat with zero judgment!)

After taking a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, this beloved party for all ages is returning and it happens to coincide with another BIG celebration, the World’s Most Magical Celebration to celebrate Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary. So, there will be no shortage of fun and unique things to do during your visit!

It also coincides with EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival which is a great pre-party option!

We admit, this can be an expensive trip when all is said (spent) and done, but it’s worth doing at least once with the kids, especially if you are big Disney fans like we are because Disney knows how to throw a ghoulishly good party!

When is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

The Not So Scary Halloween Party runs on select nights from August 12 through October 31, 2022 for a total of 37 nights.

  • August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 (all of these dates are sold out)
  • September: 2, 5, 11, 13, 18, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

The party begins at 7 pm and will continue on through midnight.

Even though Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party doesn’t officially start until 7pm, you can enter the park as early as 4 pm with your event ticket. You will not need a park reservation since it is a special event.

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Just a heads up–as we mentioned above, many nights including all of August and Halloween night are already sold out. There seems to be a surge in demand this year compared to previous years.

Maybe we blame it on the so-called revenge vacation after 2 years of staying home?? Ticket prices are more expensive this year, so we can’t attribute it to the ticket price…

What parents need to know about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 

NOTE: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is now SOLD OUT for 2022.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is NOT included with regular admission to the park. It is a separate ticketed event hosted on select nights after park hours August 12-October 31 from 7pm-midnight.

Tickets for the Halloween Party range between at $109-$179 per person. The price goes up the closer it gets to Halloween and on Friday nights. Tickets are required for all guests ages 3 and older. You can purchase your tickets here.

Can you day trip a visit to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party from Tampa Bay?

Absolutely! We’ve done it a few times. And we’ve also stayed overnight. It really depends on whether you think you’ll have the energy to make the drive back home to Tampa Bay.

There are some amazing hotel options on property. Some of our favorites include Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Coronado Springs, and Contemporary Inn. We’re sharing even more of our favorite hotels to stay near Disney World here.

The Gaylord Palms has an amazing pool and so does the Marriott World Center in Orlando.

Will toddlers enjoy the Not So Scary Party?

We first attended the Not-So-Scary party when our oldest son was about 18 months old and went every year up until 2020 when the event took a pandemic pause. When people ask us whether toddlers will enjoy the event, we can say from personal experience of bringing two toddlers over the years, YES, they will!

Kids younger than 3 do not need a ticket, so that’s bonus too.

While babies and toddlers may not be able to rally for the entire night, a reclining stroller will be a necessity to give them a place to snooze while the rest of the family continues to enjoy the party.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Baby Care Center at Magic Kingdom–it’s a quieter spot to change diapers, buy any extra items you might need like diapers or snacks, heat bottles, access to high chairs for feeding, and there is even a nursing room. It’s right off of Main Street to the left near Crystal Palace.

Can you wear a costume to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

YES! This is one of the best parts about the Not So Scary Party because even adults are allowed to wear a costume. There are some limitations though. Guests ages 14 and older cannot wear costume masks –and no matter how authentic looking your costume may be, you may not pose for photos with other guests or sign autographs. Leave that to the pros.

You can read the full costume guidelines for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party here.

People get super creative with their costumes, so be prepared for some pretty epic people watching! We saw a family of dalmations, plenty of princesses and even some dads who dressed up as Prince Charming for their little girls! What ever you wear, make sure it’s comfortable.

If you’d rather skip the costumes, like we did, Disney has some great themed options you can pick up in store! Here’s what we picked up in Disney Springs before the party back in 2019:

Disney Halloween shirts

There are some pretty cool shirts and accessories for 2022. We are loving this year’s merchandise offerings for the Not So Scary Party!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Merchandise
Some of what’s new in 2022.

Yes, you can enter Magic Kingdom a few hours BEFORE Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Here’s the not-so-secret hot tip–YES, you CAN enter Magic Kingdom with your event ticket as early as 4 pm. In fact, we urge you to do this!

Head toward the special event line where you will tap your Magic Band or ticket just like you would any other day at the park and then get your party wristband so cast members inside know you’re official.

They will be checking and do a very good job of clearing out the park for the party.

Gran your LET’S BOO THIS event guide map and get ready to party!

You can also pick up your reusable trick-or-treat bag beginning at 4 pm and even get your first treat, a full-sized bag of M&M’s! Just follow the signs when you get there–it’s off to your right before you start the walk down Main Street.

We love arriving early because it’s a great time to go on rides and/or take photos with some of your favorite characters.

Mickey will be in his 50th anniversary EARidescent outfit before 5pm at Town Square Theater near the entrance, so make this your first stop if you need a break from the heat. (Trust us, you will. It’s Florida…)

Mickey in Halloween Costume
Mickey in his Halloween Costume at Town Square. We’re so glad HUGS are back!

You can snap photos with Mickey in this special 50th anniversary outfit early AND THEN head back later in the night for another photo with in his Halloween costume when he changes for his big party.

We also use this earlier time to eat dinner at one of the table service restaurants. We were able to get a 5:55 pm reservation at Liberty Tree Tavern this year.

Where to take pictures with Jack Skelington and Sally at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Town Square Theater is also where you’ll find Jack Skellington and Sally starting at about 4:00 pm, so it’s a great pre-party thing to do.

Photos with Jack and Sally are probably the most popular character meet and greet which also means it’s the longest wait time. When we attended the party on August 16, 2022, the wait time to take pictures with Jack and Sally was 2 hours and the cast members told us that wait time is pretty consistent throughout night.

We did see the wait time dip to 1.5 hours when we checked in during the second Boo-to-You Parade. That was still way too long of a wait for us, so we skipped this character meet and greet. Womp, womp. Maybe next year.

Tip: Eat dinner before the Not So Scary Party

This is super important, especially when attending the party kids. While there are some amazing snacks and treats exclusive to the Not So Scary Party, ensuring your child has had a well-balanced dinner beforehand will help make everyone’s night a bit more pleasant.

You can book a dining reservation at one of the table service restaurants at Magic Kingdom prior to the party like Tony’s Town Square for Italian or go for a Thanksgiving inspired dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern.

You can also wait until the party starts for two table service options —Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella’s Royal Table both offer table service dining DURING Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

There are also quick service restaurants around the park too. Scroll through the dining options on the My Disney Experience app so you can plan ahead and even order via the app.

Other upgraded dining options at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

In addition to the table service experiences at Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella’s Royal Table, you can also upgrade to the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing or seating at Tomorrowland Terrace.

The upgraded party ticket includes a wide array of desserts and drinks along with spooktacular views of the fireworks. Tickets with seating for the fireworks show (Tomorrowland Terrance) start at $115 including tax and gratuity for guests 10 and older and $69 for guests ages 3-9. For the Plaza Garden Viewing, it’s $99 for guests 10 and older and $59 for ages 3-9.

Check-in begins one hour before the fireworks start.

What is there to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

There are so many event exclusive things to do! It’s the whole reason you’re attending, right??

Trick-or-Treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

You will receive a complimentary 50th anniversary themed bag to begin your candy collecting journey! And don’t worry…as we mentioned at the beginning, adults can absolutely go trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

There are 14 treat stations located throughout the park offering several different kinds of candy including Skittles, M&Ms, Milky Way and Snickers! Don’t be discouraged if you see a long line because the lines move quickly.

Allergy-Free Trick-or-Treating

Allergy Friendly Trick or Treating at Mickey's Not So Scary Party
Allergy Friendly Trick-or- Treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary Party.

If your child has a food allergy, be sure to get a teal trick-or-treat bag from a cast member when you arrive at the park or at one of the Allergy-Friendly Centers at Town Square Theater or Heritage House. Your child will receive a special teal token at each of the treat stations which they can later redeem at the Allergy-Friendly centers for a fun treat!

Allergy Friendly Treats at Mickey's Not SO Scary
Our Orlando Parenting editor Dani Meyering’s son selecting his treats allergy-friendly Treats at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary party.

Fun Fact: In 2019, 250 tons of candy were handed out during the 34 parties!!

Trick-or-Treat Trail Locations:

Main Street USA:

  • Market Street Welcome Trick-or-Treating

Adventureland

  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Tortuga Tavern

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain
  • Tom Sawyer Island Dock
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Columbia Harbour House

Fantasyland:

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

Tomorrowland:

  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
  • Cosmic Ray’s Cosmic Cafe

There are dance parties galore at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes on because your favorite Disney characters are ready to boogie down at several locations throughout the park during party hours from 7pm-12am!

The Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam dance party at Storybook Circus is an absolute must for the little ones! They can boogie with their favorite Disney Junior chacaters like Doc McStuffins and Timon from The Lion Guard!

Over at the ZOM-BEATZ BASH dance party at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland, kids can boogie with zombies and cheerleaders inspired by the Zombies original movies on the Disney Channel. This a NEW addition this year.

Monstrous Scream-o-Ween Ball
Boogie with Mike Wazowski of Monsters Inc!

You can also show off your best moves at the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball with Mike, Sully and friends from Monsters Inc. in Tomorrowland!

There are lots of Halloween Twists at some of your favorite rides at Magic Kingdom

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Pirates

Our little guy trying to tell the pirate how to escape. Haha!

Real live pirates have been incorporated into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! Help them search for Gunpowder Pete! Kids love to interact with the pirates. We almost wish this was something they’d do year-round to help pass the time in line.

Space Mountain is spookier than ever with the lights going completely dark as you plunge into deep space to a spookier soundtrack!

Halloween Twist on Tea Cups at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Mad Tea Party is even madder with crazy lights and a soundtrack that will make you spin with delight!

You’ll love the Spooktacular entertainment at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Hocus Pocus at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Hocus Pocus at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Photo provided by Walt Disney World.

Your inner tween is going to leap for joy when you experience Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at the Cinderella Castle stage with the beloved Sanderson sisters and your favorite Disney villains. (This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so I was personally super excited about this. And with the sequel out this year, it’s even MORE exciting for us all!) It’s such a fun show! Disney does not disappoint here.

Boo to You Halloween Parade
The ghosts of the Haunted Mansion make a Boo-to-You Halloween Parade appearance!

The Boo-to-You Halloween Parade is a scary good time featuring your child’s favorite Disney characters dressed up in their finest Halloween attire as they dance and parade with ghostly floats and friends!

There are two parade times: 9:15pm and 11:15 pm and both start as the Headless Horseman making his way down Main Street and the NEW this year is the pre-parade “Stand Out” dance party with Power Line Max. It was super cute and a great way to pass the time before the parade starts.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Spooktacular
Halloween Spooktacular at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Photo provided by Walt Disney World.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular: This fireworks show features cool projections and laser lights. It stars Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas as he tells the tale about Mickey and his best pals as they find their way into a haunted house. Oh, boy! The show starts at 10:15pm.

Special appearances by your favorite Disney Characters

There are 13+ characters you’ll only see at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Two of the most popular are Jack Skellington and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at Town Square like we mentioned earlier and Stitch in his Elvis costume in Tomorrowland.

You’ll see more characters exclusive to the party during  the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade like Big Al of the Country Bears, Jafar (“Aladdin”), Lotso (Toy Story 3), Captain Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean), Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog), Oogie Boogie (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Shenzi, Banzai and Ed (the three hyenas from “The Lion King”) and…of course…three hitch-hiking ghosts from the Haunted Mansion.

There are at least 18 character spots throughout the park, so keep your camera ready and also be ready to take advantage of Disney Photo Pass opportunities. It’s worth the upgrade since their cameras are programmed for the lighting and there are special event only enhancements too.

Attractions and rides open at Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2022:

One of our other favorite things about the Not-So-Scary Party is the rides–you don’t have to wait as long. Just like every other year we’ve attended, we didn’t wait longer than 15 minutes to get on a ride. We don’t usually ride Space Mountain or the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so my guess is, those will have a higher wait time.

You can’t use Genie + during the party, so you’ll have to wait in line just like everyone else. It’s still not as long and not as hot since it’s at night.

Adventureland

Frontierland

Liberty Square

Fantasyland

Storybook Circus

Tomorrowland

What to bring to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

  • A full belly. Eat a healthy dinner before you go. This is the same trick we encourage on Halloween night to help cut down on the amount of candy the kids will want to eat because, trust us, you’ll get a TON of candy while trick-or-treating during this event. We made 3 stops which was plenty for our 4 and 2 year old boys. You will get a bag for trick-or-treating at the entrance, but feel free to bring your own or even purchase one of the adorable Mickey pumpkins! We have them and have used them for a couple years now.
  • Glow sticks and light up toys. We stopped by our local craft store to pick up a lighted bracelet and Halloween glow toys for our kids to play with at the park. Disney offers Halloween themed toys at the theme park, which we have purchased in the past, but figured we’d save a bit here since our kids can be really hard on their toys.
  • A rain poncho. It’s Florida. It rains sometimes. In fact, it rained the night we brought our kids, but they LOVED it! Our puddle jumping 4 year old thought it was the best thing ever. Silver lining, folks. Ponchos are also much more courteous than umbrellas when you are in a crowded enviroment. Save the eyeballs.
  • A change of clothes for the kids. At some point, they MAY want to get out of their costumes, so have a shirt and shorts handy just in case.
  • A fully charged camera. Whether you are using your cell phone or camera, make sure the batteries are fully charged because there are photo opps around every.single.corner.
  • A backpack. This is a MUST if you don’t use a stroller to schlep your family’s stuff. It’s much easier to navigate the park when you’ve evenly divided the weight of your stuff across your shoulders.

The Treats and Food you’ll find at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The Disney chefs have been hard at work whipping up some ghoulishly good treats for you and even some tricks!

There’s a new treat on the menu that just might have you asking…is it cake?? We met up with Wade Camerer, the executive chef at Magic Kingdom to get a tour of a few items you’ll find at this year’s party!

Our favorite things on the party menu was the Mexican Spiced COCO Brownie at the cart near Cinderella’s Castle. It’s not overly spicy and definitely a snack to share with someone else. We also picked up a glow-in-the-dark Mickey Mummy popcorn bucket–we use these as Halloween decorations at home.

Get ready to capture lifelong memories with Disney Photo Pass opportunities 

There are so many event exclusive Disney Photo Pass opportunities located throughout the park. Take as many photos as you want and then go through them on your My Disney Experience app and pick and purchase your favorites for download.

You can follow Disney Photo Pass on Instagram at @DisneyPhotoPass to learn more about Disney Photo Pass options at all of the parks.

Mickey Mouse Jack-O-Lantern Prop Disney Photo Pass
Mickey Mouse Jack-O-Lantern Prop Disney Photo Pass with Laura Byrne and her youngest son.
Hitchhiking ghost Magic Shot Disney Photo Pass Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Hitchhiking ghost Magic Shot with our Orlando Parenting editor Dani Meyering.

 

MIckey's Not So Scary photo opps
Headless Horseman Disney Photo Pass Magic Shot from the 2019 party.

Final thoughts:

Would we go again? Absolutely! Would we recommend it? Absolutely! Will I make my husband dress up again in the future? You betcha I’ll try even if I’ve failed the last two visits. (Photo from 2018 visit to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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