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Disney World is well known for going all out for special occasions and Halloween is certainly no exception. Disney World breaks out the pumpkin cheer each year with Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, an event that's fit for all ages and includes a number of special twists and treats to celebrate all things Halloween throughout the fall. If you're looking for a reason to visit Disney World on or around Halloween, this is it.

Disney World combines the Halloween spirit with their traditional brand of Disney Magic at the Magic Kingdom Park with Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We'll get to the details of how to get tickets and all that in a minute. Because you do need special tickets to attend the party, but first, here's what Disney World has going on at this year's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

The Mad Tea Party ride at the Magic Kingdom.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the popular film Hocus Pocus. To honor the event, the Sanderson Sisters will take the stage at Cinderella Castle, along with some familiar Disney villains to put a spell on their guests during the Party.

Some Spooky-Fun Twists On Magic Kingdom Rides

The Magic Kingdom throws a few twists and turns on some of their beloved attractions during the Not-So-Scary Halloween party, including live pirates that interact with guests on Pirates of the Caribbean, special lighting that offers an extra glow to the Mad Tea Party, some rockin' music at Space Mountain and a dance party at Storybook Circus.

Costume Fun At Frontierland

There's costume fun to be had during this party for adults and kids alike. And if you're headed to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with kids or grandkids in costume, you'll want to head over to Frontierland for the Costume Promenade where prospector Cactus-Flower Cate is there to encourage guests to show off their costumes.

Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade.

Boo-To-You Halloween Parade

As you might expect, Disney World throws a special parade for the Halloween party, featuring A-list Disney appearances by the likes of Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and other familiar characters, as well as dancing ghosts and the Headless Horseman.

Trick Or Treating

Candy! Who doesn't love candy at Halloween (or any other time of the year, for that matter). Well, it wouldn't be Halloween without trick or treating, and Disney World's event won't let you down. Disney promises plenty of sweets (including allergy-friendly options!) for trick-or-treaters during the event.

Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show

Just as it wouldn't be a Disney event without a parade, the same could be said for their fantastic fireworks displays. The Happy HalloWishes fireworks extravaganza lights up the sky during the Halloween Party, promising spooky music from Disney's Villains.

The Magic Kingdom during Halloween.

How To Plan Your Trip

It's, Well, Not So Scary

If you're looking for a full-on scary production, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party probably isn't your cup of mad tea. This event is designed for all ages, including little ones. (Try Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights if you're up for a more scary affair).

Event Tickets Are Required

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a ticketed event, which means that even with your park pass, you'll still need to purchase a ticket for the Halloween Party. The cost for tickets starts at $75 for adults and $70 for children ages 3-9, if you purchase them in advance. Day-of tickets step the price up to $85 (adults and $80) for kids.

It Doesn't Happen Every Night

The Halloween Party only happens on select nights. Space is limited, so you're advised to get your tickets ahead of time to ensure you'll be able to attend during your visit. Here are the dates for 2018, and note that the price for a ticket varies by event night:

  • August 17, 24, 28 and 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31

As you can see from the above dates, the Halloween season has technically started at Magic Kingdom, so if you're already set to get your pumpkin on, there's no time like the present. But the Halloween party runs all the way through Halloween proper, October 31, so if you'd rather wait until later in the fall, you have that option. (Get tickets here.) It's also well worth noting that this Halloween event overlaps a bit with Epcot's Food and Wine festival, which begins August 30 and runs through November 12, 2018. So if you're considering a fall trip to Disney World, you'd have the opportunity to check that out as well.

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