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Halloween is always a fun time of the year, especially at Disney World. Usually around August, Disney World starts gearing up for the holiday with Halloween decorations, special treats, and of course, the Halloween parties! And the fall is a great time to visit, thanks to lower crowds and cooler weather. If you have considered visiting Disney World during the fall to experience Disney’s version of this fun holiday, read on to find out everything to expect from 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.
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 canceled all Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties for 2020.
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! During the party, you can also 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.
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 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 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, while others are available on a daily basis during the Halloween season. We got our popcorn cauldron at Hollywood Studios.
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. Prefer Christmas to Halloween? Check out what to expect from Christmas at Disney World in our posts about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and tips for Christmas at Disney World. For help planning your trip, see our step-by-step guide, quick tips for planning your trip, and the best resources for trip planning. Have fun celebrating Halloween at Disney World! Happy travels!