Spooktacular Fun Is Back: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023

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Boo! It’s that time of the year again – and what better way to celebrate than by attending the Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2023, also known as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? If you’re looking for a frightfully good time, look no further than this must-attend event at the happiest place on earth.

With pumpkins galore, Disney characters in seasonal attire, and trick-or-treating like you’ve never experienced it, this is the ultimate Halloween extravaganza for the whole family. So, get your costumes ready and prepare to be enchanted by the spellbinding atmosphere of the Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2023!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023 Dates and Times

Cinderella's castle bathed in ghostly light at Walt Disney World Halloween Party
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If you’re planning on attending the Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2023, it’s essential to know the dates and times of the event. After all, you don’t want to miss out on any of the spine-tingling excitement and enchanting festivities!

Luckily, Disney World makes it easy to plan your visit with a schedule of specific dates and times for the party.

August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29

October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31

November: 1

Hours for all dates: 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

Tickets go on sale April 27, 2023 for all guests holding a current hotel or package reservation at a Disney World resort. For a complete list of eligible resorts, click here.

In addition, guests holding a valid hotel booking at Walt Disney World Swan, Walt Disney World Dolphin or Shades of Green may also purchase tickets on April 27th.

For all other guests, the ticket purchase window opens on May 2, 2023.

How to Find the Least Crowded Dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023

Since the number of tickets sold to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2023 are limited, attendance is capped at a much lower rate than you’ll see during an average day at the parks. This means that ride lines are usually shorter.

However, that doesn’t mean that some areas of the parks won’t feel congested. To find the least crowded times to visit Walt Disney World’s Halloween Party in 2023, look at the cost for tickets across various dates. Cheaper tickets suggest that Disney expects lower attendance on those days, so they drop the cost of the party ticket to encourage more guests to attend.

Generally, the earlier you attend the Halloween party, the less crowded it will be. As you might expect, more people attend closer to the actual holiday. It isn’t uncommon for party days right before Halloween to sell out completely.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023 Events

The Walt Disney World Halloween Party 2023 is the most magical and spooky time of the year at the park, and there are plenty of exciting events and experiences to enjoy during the festivities. From enchanting parades and stage shows to special character meet-and-greets and trick-or-treating adventures, there’s something for everyone.

In this section, we’ll dive into all of the thrilling happenings taking place during the Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2023. So, get ready to be transported to a world of Halloween magic and fun!

Rides and Attractions

What could be more fun than taking in classic Magic Kingdom attractions beneath the happily spooky ambiance of the Disney Halloween party? Guests will find a wide range of attractions operating during the night, and some will even offer special surprises, such as ghoulish lighting seen only during the event.

The following attractions are open during the Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2023:



Liberty Square


Storybook Circus


Check back for information on how to join the virtual queue for TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Entertainment offerings, available attractions and experiences are subject to change.

Shows and Parties

Unique shows abound at Walt Disney World’s Halloween party in 2023, including some special additions not seen anywhere else. From comedy and laughter to the chance get your groove on, you’ll find something to entertain when joining Mickey and the gang for Halloween.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

If you’re a fan of the Disney classic “Hocus Pocus” and its wickedly fun villains, then you won’t want to miss the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023. This live show features the Sanderson Sisters themselves – Winifred, Mary, and Sarah – as they team up with other classic Disney villains to put on a devilishly delightful musical performance.

The show takes place at the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage and features catchy tunes, high-energy dancing, and plenty of laughs.

Cadaver Dans

Most Disney fans are aware of the iconic Dapper Dans, a staple of Main Street USA for generations. At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Dapper Dans are reincarnated as the Cadaver Dans.

It is rumored that the Cadaver Dans first appeared at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2012 and quickly became a fan favorite. Dressed in ghostly white costumes and makeup, the quartet sings chillingly delightful renditions of classic Halloween and western tunes with some much anticipated silliness thrown in.

Halloween Dance Parties with Some of Disney’s Favorite Characters

If you’re in the mood for a dance party, you won’t want to miss the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Dance Ball or the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam, both of which offer lively dancing and interactive shows.

Scream-O-Ween features some of Monstropolis’ finest, offering kids and adults alike the chance to jam with Sully and Mike. This event takes place in Tomorrowland.

Over in Storybook Circus, kids can join the likes of Vampirina and dance the night away to fun and lively tunes.

Character Meet and Greet

One of the biggest highlights of Walt Disney World’s Halloween parties is the chance to mingle with characters. While the big stars will certainly make an appearance all decked out in their Halloween costumes, it’s also one of the few times of year where you can interact with some of the lesser seen stars, such as the Seven Dwarfs or some with a more villainous demeanor. At past events, Drusilla and Anastasia have been sighted bickering through the streets, while the likes of Jafar hold court at their own meet and greet location.

Here are the most likely characters to find at Walt Disney World’s Halloween party in 2023 and where they tend to hang out:

  • Country Bears: Roaming through Liberty Square
  • Captain Jack: Near Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jasmine and Genie or Abu and Aladdin: Adventureland near the Tiki Room
  • Jafar: Across from the Swiss Family Tree House
  • Drusilla and Anastasia: Roaming Fanstasyland
  • Belle and Gaston: Near Gaston’s Tavern
  • Arial and Eric: Near Little Mermaid ride
  • Cinderella, Elena, Tiana and Rapunzel: Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland
  • Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore: Near Winnie the Pooh ride
  • Minnie, Donald and Daisy: Dumbo ride
  • Goofy: Near Goofy’s Barnstormer
  • Alice or Mad Hatter: Near Cheshire Café

Trick or Treating the Mickey Way

One of our favorite things about the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the opportunity to trick-or-treat across the park. Trick or treating is open to children and adults, and there is no limit to how many times you may pass through one of the candy stations. However, we usually leave with a full bag and a thick hoard after visiting only a portion of the stations once. Disney cast members are known for being quite generous with the portions they distribute.

In the past, all the sugary goodness has been supplied by M&M Mars, so you can expect an abundance of chocolatey treats, as well as some options not derived from the cocoa bean.

Guests who arrive at the beginning of the party will be offered a bag for collecting candy as they arrive, so no need to bring your own. If you are in the park before the party starts, you will need to visit one of the special locations throughout the various lands to collect your bag, as well as a wristband to identify you as a partygoer.

Trick or treat stations are located at multiple points in each of the Disney World lands and are easily identified. In 2022, a large inflatable lighted post marked each spot.

Light up post indicating trick or treat station at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
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Another thing we appreciate about trick or treating the Disney way is their regard for sufferers of food allergies. Those with dietary sensitivities are handed a different colored bag. When you approach each station with this bag, cast members will hand you a token.

It may not seem as exciting as watching handfuls of candy fall into your stash, but each token is redeemable for allergy-friendly treats at designated locations. Best of all, cast members are provided with a list of finds that are acceptable to most common allergies, helping to ensure that nothing untoward makes it into your bag.

Photo Booths and Magic Shots

boy and girl magic shot

What Halloween party would be complete without special photo mementos? Disney makes it easy to store up your memories with special photo booths and Magic Shots you’ll only find at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Photo booths allow visitors to step into friendly Halloween scenes and become part of the party action. They’re located at multiple points throughout the park. Most will have lines early in the evening, but these tend to dissipate as the night wears on.

Magic Shots deliver fun surprises when you view your photos and are available at Disney PhotoPass locations. Just look for a Disney cast member holding a camera.

In the past, we’ve gone to view our pictures in the My Disney Experience app to find that the Headless Horseman had joined our photo. At another time, some spooky little haunts photobombed our shot outside the Haunted Mansion.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Merchandise

Donald Duck Sipper, available at Walt Disney World Halloween party in 2022
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No trip to Walt Disney World is complete without taking home a piece of the magic. And when it comes to the Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2023, there’s a whole array of spooky and delightful merchandise to choose from.

From limited edition pins and apparel to spooky snacks and collectibles, there’s something for every Halloween enthusiast. One of our favorites is collecting the limited edition popcorn buckets available only during the party. Last year, we secured a light up Zero and a Mummy Mickey.

Light up Zero popcorn bucket from MIckey's Not So Scary Halloween party
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Disney World Halloween Party Parade

One of the biggest draws to the Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2023 is the spooktacular the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. This iconic parade has been a staple of the Halloween festivities at the Magic Kingdom since 1995 and has continued to delight guests of all ages with its creepy characters, catchy tunes, and hauntingly beautiful floats.

Opening parade float from Walt Disney' World's Halloween Party Parade, Boo to You.
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The parade takes place twice each night during the party and features beloved Disney characters dressed up in their Halloween best, as well as a few spooky surprises along the way. The highlight is a chilling visit by the Headless Horsemen as he trots his way down Main Street. The parade alone is almost worth the price of admission in our opinion.

Special Halloween Treats and Eats

Pain and panic hot dog
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If you’re a foodie, then you won’t want to miss the special treats and eats available at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. From spooky snacks to themed beverages and desserts, there’s something to satisfy every palette at this event.

Many treats are available exclusively during the Halloween party, so you won’t be able to find them anywhere else in the park. Parties from past years saw sweet pumpkin-spiced treat, a Not-So-Poison Apple Pie Milk Shake and the Pain and Panic Hot Dog.

Keep checking back for this season’s exclusives. We’ll be making updates as information becomes available.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks

Another highlight of the Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2023 is the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show, which is a Halloween-themed extravaganza featuring some of Disney’s most beloved characters. The show features a storyline that revolves around the Disney villains, who are causing mischief and mayhem in the park, and Disney’s most beloved characters, who must come together to save the day.

This amazing display of pyrotechnics, projections, and special effects is set to an original soundtrack and features unexpected spooky surprises. If you haven’t seen a Disney World holiday fireworks show, you really don’t know what you’re missing.

Guests who want to experience the fireworks show to its fullest should try to find a spot along Main Street USA or in front of Cinderella’s Castle. These locations offer the best views of the projections and special effects, as well as the fireworks themselves.

Disney World Halloween Party Tickets

Tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2023 can be purchased beginning April 27th for guests with reservations at Disney World resorts. For a complete list of Disney World resort properties, click here.

Guests of Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin as well as Shades of Green are also eligible to purchase Walt Disney World Halloween party tickets during the early presale period. All other guests are invited to begin making their party ticket purchases on May 2, 2023.

Disney World Halloween party ticket pricing varies by date, generally escalating in price the closer you get to Halloween.

Event Date
Event Ticket for Ages 10 and Up (Excludes Tax)Event Ticket for Ages 3-9 (Excludes Tax)
Friday, August 11, 2023$149$139
Tuesday, August 15, 2023$109$99
Friday, August 18, 2023$109$99
Tuesday, August 22, 2023$109$99
Friday, August 25, 2023$109$99
Tuesday, August 29, 2023$109$99
Friday, September 1, 2023$119$109
Monday, September 4, 2023$119$109
Friday, September 8, 2023$119$109
Sunday, September 10, 2023$119$109
Tuesday, September 12, 2023$119$109
Friday, September 15, 2023$119$109
Sunday, September 17, 2023$119$109
Tuesday, September 19, 2023$149$139
Friday, September 22, 2023$149$139
Sunday, September 24, 2023$149$139
Tuesday, September 26, 2023$149$139
Thursday, September 28, 2023$149$139
Friday, September 29, 2023$149$139
Sunday, October 1, 2023$149$139
Tuesday, October 3, 2023$169$159
Thursday, October 5, 2023$169$159
Friday, October 6, 2023$189$179
Monday, October 9, 2023$169$159
Tuesday, October 10, 2023$169$159
Thursday, October 12, 2023$169$159
Friday, October 13, 2023$189$179
Sunday, October 15, 2023$169$159
Tuesday, October 17, 2023$169$159
Thursday, October 19, 2023$169$159
Friday, October 20, 2023$189$179
Sunday, October 22, 2023$169$159
Tuesday, October 24, 2023$169$159
Thursday, October 26, 2023$169$159
Friday, October 27, 2023$189$179
Sunday, October 29, 2023$199$189
Tuesday, October 31, 2023$199$189
Wednesday, November 1, 2023$199$189

Discounts on Disney Halloween Party Tickets

Discounts to special events at Disney World are rare, but there are a few exceptions for anyone attending the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2023 who is also an annual passholder or a Disney Vacation Club member.

Annual passholders and DVC members can receive a $10 discount per ticket on select nights.

Buying Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets 2023

Ticket to Walt Disney World Halloween Party
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To purchase tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2023, simply log into your My Disney Experience account at DisneyWorld.com. Doing so will help ensure that you receive any discounts if you are entitled.

From there, select special event tickets to make your purchase. You may also call 407WDISNEY, but the easiest way is to contact a travel agent specializing in Disney travel. These experienced professionals can secure your tickets at no additional cost to you and provide you with all of the tips and guidance you need to make the most of your party visit.

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Special Ticket Considerations

Before purchasing your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets, you should know that tickets are non-refundable, even if the weather turns foul. It’s a good idea to watch your weather app for the latest forecast the night you attend and pack rain gear for the evening if it looks stormy.

Generally, the later you attend in the season, the lower the chance of rain.

If You’re Going to Dress for the Season: Costume Guidelines

Disney invites guests of all ages to dress for the season, as long as you follow a few common sense guidelines. Avoid any props that could be construed as an actual weapon or those that contain sharp points or edges.

Personal safety is always paramount at Disney, so they also ask that you avoid long costumes that could present a trip hazard. Along these lines, you may wear a cape as long as it is only waist length.

Children under 14 may wear a mask, as long as it does not obstruct their peripheral vision. Anyone over 14 is asked not to wear a mask.

To be sure your costume is compliant, take some time to read the official dress code for Halloween parties.

Is Mickey’s Halloween Party Worth It?

Mickey’s Halloween Party can be one of the most spooktacular events of the season, but whether it’s worth it to you depends on a few factors. First, what is your reason for attending?

If you’re mainly visiting the party to experience short wait times at popular attractions, you may be disappointed. While wait times can be lower than those you’d experience during the day, on sell-out nights the time you spend in line may not be as low as you expect it to be.

If you’re mainly interested in short waits for rides, we recommend you wait until after the first parade of the evening to really start experiencing attractions. Many guests leave after this event. You’ll also find that crowds dwindle as the hour gets later, so you’ll likely have little to no wait the closer it gets to the end of the event.

If your reason for attending Mickey’s party is to experience seasonal festivities with all the Disney flair, then it’s highly unlikely that you would be disappointed with your ticket purchase. With exclusive merchandise, treats, parades and shows, it really is the only way to celebrate Halloween for Disney fans.

Disney Halloween Party FAQs

Do I need a Park Reservation to attend?

If you plan to arrive at Magic Kingdom and enjoy the park before 4:00 pm, you will need a theme park ticket or annual pass valid for that day as well as a park reservation. Otherwise, your party ticket is enough to secure admittance as long as you wait until 4:00 or later to enter the gates.

What are the Walt Disney World Halloween Party Hours?

Party hours run from 7:00 pm to midnight, but guests are allowed to enter the parks as early as 4:00 pm. In fact, it’s common for party goers to start lining up at reserved party gates as early as 3:00 in the afternoon. Guests visiting Magic Kingdom for the day should expect larger than normal crowds at the Transportation Ticket Center, but will notice little inconvenience at the park gates. Separate entry points are open for anyone with a valid park ticket and reservation for the day.

Can I wear a costume to the Walt Disney World Halloween Party?

Costumes are allowed for all guests attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party as long as they adhere to Disney’s costume guidelines (see section above on costumes).

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Kathleen is a travel agent with Mickey World Travel, a platinum level Authorized Disney vacation planner, where she helps people discover the magic of a Disney vacation and other travel destinations. She is also the chief author and editor for Seconds to Go - a travel blog where she shares experiences from traveling the U.S. with her daughters. Kathleen has been a professional writer for more than a decade, helping businesses craft compelling content to advance organizational goals.

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