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Halloween is always a fun time of the year, especially at Disney World. With decorations, special treats, and parties, Disney World really gets into the spirit of the Halloween season. And the fall is a great time to visit, thanks to lower crowds and cooler weather. If you love Halloween or are planning a trip to Disney World during the fall, here’s everything you need to know to celebrate Halloween at Disney World.
During Halloween at Disney World, you will see special decorations, but they are limited. Unfortunately, only the Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs are decorated for the holiday. But these two areas have quite a few decorations.
At the Magic Kingdom, fall-colored banners adorn the buildings on Main Street, U.S.A and jack-o-lanterns dot the ledges and windowsills. The light poles all get Mickey-shaped jack-o-lanterns on them as well.
And the Town Square flower beds get some cute pumpkin scarecrows. You can see these as soon as you enter the park. They are great for pictures!
The Disney Springs holiday decorations are themed more for fall than Halloween. They include fall leaves and harvest inspired items such as pumpkins and corn. They remind me of a trip to the pumpkin patch or a fall festival. You can get some great Halloween photos with some of these decorations as backgrounds.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney has replaced Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with the After Hours Boo Bash for 2021.
The biggest draw during Halloween at Disney World is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. These parties are held in the Magic Kingdom on select nights from August through October.
You must buy a separate ticket to the party in order to attend. Party tickets costs between $85-125 per person, depending on which night you attend. The closer to Halloween you go, the more expensive the tickets are. Halloween night tickets are the most expensive option.
The party starts at 7 pm and ends at midnight. Your party ticket will, however, allow you to enter the Magic Kingdom at 4 pm on the day of the party without using a separate theme park admission ticket for that day.
These parties are the only time when Disney allows adults to enter the parks dressed in costumes. So, if you love dressing up, you should definitely consider visiting Disney World during the fall and attending a Halloween party!
What to Expect at the Halloween Parties
The highlights of the party are the Boo to You Parade, Happy Hallowishes fireworks, and Hocus Pocus Villians Spelltacular stage show.
Of course, you can’t have a Halloween party without some trick-or-treating! There are trick-or-treat trails throughout the park during the party where you can get plenty of candy!
Also at the party, you can meet some popular characters in their Halloween costumes, as well as some characters who are only out during the parties. These special “party only” characters include the Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington, and Moana.
Disney’s photographers will take some magical photos of your family during the party too. Additionally, you will find special entertainment and treats that are available only during the parties.
For more information about the Halloween parties, see Disney’s website.
After Hours Boo Bash
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Disney decided to cancel Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2021. Instead, they are holding an After Hours Boo Bash on select nights from August through October.
This party is from 9:30 pm until 12:30 am or 9:00 pm until midnight and is located at the Magic Kingdom. Like the traditional Halloween party, Boo Bash requires a separate party ticket to attend. But, you can get into the park, beginning at 7:00 pm with your party ticket.
The cost of these party tickets ranges from $129-199 per person, depending on the date.
Boo Bash features special entertainment, including the Cadaver Dans, and a DJ Dance Party.
While there is no special Halloween parade or fireworks during Boo Bash, there are some special character cavalcades. One of these cavalcades features Mickey and friends, one is dedicated to the villains, and the last one showcases Jack Skellington, Sally, and Oogie Boogie.
Additionally, Maleficent, in the form of a fire-breathing dragon, also makes an appearance. Also, you will find some characters in Halloween costumes greeting guests in a socially distanced manner.
Like the traditional Halloween parties, Boo Bash features trick or treat trails. But, unlike Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you can also get complimentary popcorn, drinks, and ice cream at the after hours parties. And there are some special holiday themed snacks for purchases.
Special Halloween Treats
One of the best parts of Halloween is the treats! And it’s no different at Disney World. During the Halloween season, you can find special holiday-themed treats at various locations throughout the parks.
These special treats include everything from a refillable popcorn cauldron to Halloween themed cupcakes, such as the not-so-poison apple cupcake. There are also a few savory treats offered too. Some of these holiday treats are only offered during the parties, while others are available on a daily basis during the Halloween season.
We got our popcorn cauldron at Hollywood Studios during the day.
Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and adults alike. Celebrating Halloween at Disney World makes it even more fun. From the decorations to the treats and parties, Disney World makes the holiday one to remember. Add in the cooler temperatures and somewhat lower crowds, and this is an awesome time to visit.
Have fun celebrating Halloween at Disney World! Happy travels!