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Tips for Choosing a Costume for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

My husband and John have in the past run the runDisney Tower of Terror the first weekend of October.  While they did go primarily to participate in the runDisney events they somehow found some time to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party .

Of course you go for the trick-or-treating, the parade and the fireworks but remember you need to get in the mood for the party.  And for most that means dressing up!!!  The best part is that everyone can dress up. Even adults. So, now what to wear?

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first you need to understand the rules

At all other times the official Walt Disney World policy on adult costumes or clothing is that anything viewed as representing an actual Disney character is NOT allowed to be worn in the theme parks. But for the party Disney encourages everyone to dress up.

Adults can dress up too. From Phineas and Ferb it's Phineas and Isabelle (photo credit: Rolling With the Magic)

Adults can dress up too. From Phineas and Ferb it’s Phineas and Isabelle (photo credit: Rolling With the Magic)

For 2016, some of the guidelines have changes.

Costumes Should be child-friendly

Costumes Should Not:

  • Be obstructive, offensive or violent.
  • Drag on the ground.
  • Contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Contain any weapons which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Masks (masks may be worn by guests under the age of 13, but they must not obstruct vision and eyes must be visible at all times.)
  • Layered or have props that surround the entire body (may be subject to additional security screening)
  • Capes that go below the waist.

Guests wearing costumes may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests

Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.

option 1: off the rack costumes

At these events you are going to see a lot of princesses and pirates. Many of the outfits come straight from the Disney store or the Disney Store Outlet (Hint: they have sales on costumes right now!)

Many come in costumers bought onsite in the gift stores or at the Disney outlet. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

Many come in costumers bought onsite in the gift stores or at the Disney outlet. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

These are easy costumes that you can find on property or at the local outlets.  They will also have all of the accessories you may need. You can also try the Disney Store online.

If you are on property you may also want to schedule a trip to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for your princess or The Pirates League for your little pirate.

This will make it extra special and who doesn’t want their hair and makeup to match their costume.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League

My friend Lisa of Home is Where the Mouse is leveraged a store bought costume and added her own touches. Now don’t you think that is the cutest Peter Pan ever!

Make a store bought costume your own: Peter Pan and Tinker Bell (photo courtesy of Home Is Where the Mouse Is)

Make a store bought costume your own: Peter Pan and Tinker Bell (photo courtesy of Home Is Where the Mouse Is)

option 2: homemade costumes

Many kids come in homemade costumes. Everything from Big Hero Six to a Disneyland Churro. It’s all in fun and the more creative the better.

John chose to go as characters from his favorite movie (at the time), Ratatouille.  It was quite an easy costume.

The Luigi outfit was created from a chef’s hat, apron and coat from Amazon (Hint: the real kids apron cost less than the costume one). Then we added a stuffed Remy. Voila! Luigi it was.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Remy and Luigi Costumer for a Toddler

Dress like a not so like likely character: Luigi and Remy

My husband tossed around the idea of joining in with the chef theme. In keeping with the cooking theme he was thinking the Muppets Swedish Chef. But in the end chickened out.

But don’t be scared to be original and use what is around it. It is all in fun.

Another year it was a Disney Railroad Conductor. A pair of overalls, a safety lantern and a conductor hat is all you need.

Use clothes from the closet. Disney Railroad Engineer.

Use clothes from the closet. Disney Railroad Engineer.

Technically this idea is ok for younger kids at the park but I probably would not recommend it.  But it is oh so cute and perfect for neighborhood trick or treating.

Take a whole bunch of spare boxes and create your own TestTrack car.  It really isn’t as hard as you think.  Just a bit of patience and a lot of hot glue (turns out duct tape is not great for making cardboard box cards).

Halloween Costume Idea - Cardboard TestTrack cars

What other ideas can you find laying around the house?

option 3: matching costumes

Families have the most fun as they can choose matching outfits. My favorite example of this is Beth of Pursuing the Magic. Her family went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as the cast of Toy Story. Even her husband got into the spirit!!

A Toy Story family costume ideas. Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Woody and Little Bo Peep (courtesy of Pursuing the Magic)

A Toy Story family costume ideas. Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Woody and Little Bo Peep (courtesy of Pursuing the Magic)

Another friend of mine, Becca of Love Our Crazy Life, shares some of her favorite Father-Son costumes.

Father-Son ideas: Russel and Mr. Fredrickson from UP (photo courtesy of Love Our Crazy Life)

Father-Son ideas: Russel and Mr. Fredrickson from UP (photo courtesy of Love Our Crazy Life)

Fabulous Father-Son idea: Fix-It-Felix and Wreck-It-Ralph.

Fabulous Father-Son idea: Fix-It-Felix and Wreck-It-Ralph.

And finally Lin of The Disney Mamas shares her Father-Son costume idea of being Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Don't forget to look at TV shows for inspiration: Jake and the Neverland Pirates (photo courtesy of Disney Mamas)

Don’t forget to look at TV shows for inspiration: Jake and the Neverland Pirates (photo courtesy of Disney Mamas)

where to look for more inspiration

If you still need help you can check out this search for Disney Halloween Party Costumes on Pinterest. You will certainly find an idea, or two, or a hundred there.

I use the search terms DISNEY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES and the search comes up with some good options. I know it is simple. 🙂

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party Costumes on Pinterest

now let’s talk party logistics

Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 

Held on select nights from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM, September 2 to October 31, 2016 in the Magic Kingdom. The tone of the party is not so scary so it is good for children of all ages.

Boo To You Parade

Mickey’s Boo To You Parade (photo credit: wdwnews)

In addition to park entrance (starting at 4 PM) you will also be treated to great Halloween themed entertainment:

  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular  In front of Cinderella’s castle the Hocus Pocus sisters have conjured up a Hocus Pocus Party Potion. Along with some of their villainous friends they use visual projections and otherworldly special effects to cast a spell on everyone in the park. (8:00 PM, 9:20 PM, 10:40 PM, 12:00 Midnight)
  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade  The Headless Horseman leads the parade with a run down main street followed by floats carrying Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. The grave diggers from the Haunted Mansion cannot be missed! (8:15 PM and 10:30 PM based upon 2013 schedule)
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks  The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to be dazzled by their fireworks filled with creepy colors and ghoulis background music. This is not to be missed as it is the largest fireworks display they do all year.  (9:30 PM based upon 2013 schedule)
  • Happy Hallowishes Dessert Premium Package  If that is not enough than you need to treat yourself to the ultimate dessert party with premium viewing of HalloWishes.

Cost: $72(+ tax) and up ages 10+, $67(+tax) and up ages 3-9 depending on dates

Disneyland’s Mickey’s Halloween Party

Held on select nights from September 23 to October 31, 2016. The tone of the party is not so scary so it is good for children of all ages.

Disneyland Mickey's Halloween Party

Mickey’s Costume Party Parade (photo credit: Disneyland PR)

In addition to park entrance (starting 3 hours prior to start of the party) you will also be treated to great Halloween themed entertainment:

  • “Halloween Screams” FireworksHosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington
  • Dance Party
  • The Cadaver Dans ghoul Quartet Hear Halloween-themed tunes aboard a drifting graveyard-themed raft on the Rivers of America
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday Jack Skellington has transformed the Haunted Mansion in a mix of Halloween and Christmas in this “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” inspired overlay. (September 12 through October 31 2014)
  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy Space Mountain is taken over and will launch guests into a haunted section of the universe where ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and the exhilarating drops are punctuated by piercing screams and haunting music. (September 12 through October 31 2014)
  • Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou Dining Experience that includes dinner, live entertainment with Dr. Facilier and priority viewing of the Halloween Screams fireworks.

Cost: $72(+ tax) and up ages 10+, $67(+tax) and up ages 3-9 depending on dates

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  2. Kuleen September 24, 2013 at 7:04 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to go to the party next month. I’m going to reuse my Mom’s costume from a couple of years ago and go as Mrs. Potato Head

  3. Heidi September 24, 2013 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh – I cannot wait to see pictures of your little Chef with Remy. How cute will that be?!

  4. Cynthia L September 24, 2013 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Love the costumes and can’t wait to see this years! I love all of the Disney parks and am planning a trip soon. Not for Halloween, but soon!

  5. Melissa September 24, 2013 at 8:30 am - Reply

    I love the idea for his costume! He is going to look so cute. 🙂

  6. Jen V September 24, 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I wish I lived closer to Disney so we could go for the Halloween festivities! We went over Spring Break and I am going through Disney withdrawal LOL. I am a new reader and am so glad to have found you. I am currently working on a Disney scrapbook, so I will have to look back through your archives.

    • Mary Connor September 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Welcom!! Always happy to meet another memory preservationist. Looks like I need to go visit your site too.

  7. Beth~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts September 24, 2013 at 8:57 am - Reply

    This is an awesome post! Great information about the party, costume ideas and how to find costume ideas. I love it! I also love your ideas for the cooking theme! So creative. Can’t wait to see pictures!

  8. Giveaways 4 Mom September 24, 2013 at 9:00 am - Reply

    This is a great post. I still have to find costumes for my two older boys.

  9. Raquel September 24, 2013 at 10:24 am - Reply

    I had not thought of checking Pinterest for costume ideas. Great idea for those Halloween parties.

  10. Tracy September 24, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Very cute costumes, and I can totally see your husband as the Swedish Chef!

  11. Malia September 24, 2013 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I wish we were able to go! It must be so much fun.

    • Mary Connor September 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Me too!! It’s killing me that they are going without me.

  12. Milena September 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Believe it or not I’ve never been to Disney! Love the pics! Can’t wait to see the new outfits!

    • Mary Connor September 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Say it isn’t so! It is a magical place to go as a family. Hopefully if you hang around here long enough you will get the bug.

  13. Janeane Davis September 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Disney seems to have a knack for finding fun things for families to do at their parks. It is good that they work so hard to make sure guests have a good time while visiting.

    • Mary Connor September 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      So true. And I love that they work for all ages. No one is left out.

  14. Dave September 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    What a great post! One other reason besides sell-outs to get tix early–form many (though not all) MNSSHP nights, it’s a little cheaper to buy in advance rather than at the gate…

    • Mary Connor September 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Good point. And you may also luck into an Annual Pass or DVC discount too.

  15. Ann September 24, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    One year our family went with the Peter Pan theme: 18 month grandson as Pan, his 3yr old sis as Tink, parents, uncle, grandparents as pirates. When they were older, we did High School Musical. Kids as basketball player and cheerleader, adults all with tee shirts with basketball w Mickey ears logo on front and MNSSHP and year on back. That was a huge success with cast members!

    • Mary Connor September 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Those are some GREAT ideas. Love the parents of the High School Musical shirts. Hope you took many photo!

  16. Jennifer B September 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    These are great costume ideas! I think my kids would want to go as some of the Super Heroes!

  17. Shannah September 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    How cute?! I much prefer seeing little kids in fun costumes versus scary ones. I love the idea of a not so scary Halloween party too.

  18. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom September 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    We would go as princess of course…:-)This sure sounds like such a fun even for all ages, I’m only an hour from Disney but never spend Halloween there.. sooo need to change it this year and join in on the fun

  19. Laurie - Steals and Deals for Kids September 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Love that your hubby will join in the fun with your son and dress up!! Very cool costumes….loved the pictures!! Hope they have fun at Disney!!

  20. Amy Desrosiers September 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I have never been to Disney, but this looks super fun! My kids would actually appreciate a non scary party! Halloween scares them so this looks like it would be safe, and up their alley.

    • Mary Connor September 25, 2013 at 5:35 am - Reply

      I don’t think your kids are alone at all! My son likes dressing up but would not appreciate a haunted house or things that jump out at him. I think of it as he want a Halloween to smile at not to scream.

  21. Jenny September 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    how cute 😀 can’t wait to see pics~

  22. Dawn Lopez September 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Oh this sounds like so much fun! Totally love the family costumes, how festive and cute!

  23. Jordyn September 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    We LOVE Mickey’s not so scary halloween party! We always dress up with a Disney theme when we go, the kids love it and so do we. Thanks for the great tips!!

  24. Liz September 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    I hope I get to go some day, and the idea of theme dressing as a family is darling!

  25. Carmen's Coupon Blog September 25, 2013 at 7:39 am - Reply

    This is such a cute idea.. My 6 year old loves trick o treating but after we start she gets freaked out by the scary costumes. So she clutches anyone that is with her.. like she is going to die so I know she would love something that was not scary at all.. Thanks For Sharing

  26. Anu September 25, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

    What cute options they have. Wish we would get to go to a party like this. You have fun with your family !

  27. Shanna September 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    My daughter would love that! Hopefully we can make it to Disney someday.

  28. Kathy Kelly September 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Ah! You will have to post their picture!

  29. Mouse Fan Diane September 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Great tips Mary, It’s such a great party and I would love to dress up for it next time

  30. Kate - Catching Up With Kate October 1, 2013 at 12:56 am - Reply

    We just went to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland CA – we were the Mary Poppins cast! Mary/Bert/Jane/Michael/and a baby Penguin =)

    • Mary Connor October 1, 2013 at 7:08 am - Reply

      Ok, that is just too cute. I love that movie and the Baby Penguin is a perfect addition. That was one of my favorite scenes in the movie.

  31. Wendy October 9, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I love the idea of using not-so-scary costumes. It’s a great option for the kids who might shy away from Halloween because of all the scary stuff. It’s easy to forget that some kids feel that way!

  32. Tina Ashburn October 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Looks like everyone had a wonderful time at Disney World! What fun!!

  33. FrontierlandSta September 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Love these costumes! So cute!

  34. BibbidiBobbidiBooze September 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Love all these ideas! Last year I went as a Fireside Girl from Phineas and Ferb. It was fun to watch some people totally get it and some people have no clue and try and guess what I was (the closest I got from someone who didn’t know was that I was a girl version of Russel from Up… which wasn’t too far off).

  35. CapMagicalMem September 22, 2014 at 4:54 am - Reply

    BibbidiBobbidiBooze I love those costumes that get people thinking.  If you have a photo I would love for you to post it here. 🙂

  36. SavannahMcGee September 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    I saw above that you mentioned any adult costumes portraying actual Disney characters are not aloud. I was hoping to be Rapunzel, and I saw that you went as Jessie and your husband went as Buzz. I would hate to show up and be kicked out or embarrassed. What are your thoughts on this?? Also, do a lot of adults dress up?

  37. CapMagicalMem September 29, 2014 at 7:37 am - Reply

    SavannahMcGee Savannah – normally adults are not allowed to wear costumes. The Halloween party and Star Wars weekends are the exceptions to this rule. 
    And do not worry about being embarrassed. There will be tons of adults dressed up and many of them will be over the top.  So dress up if you go and have fun!

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  41. Tuntuni September 20, 2018 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    matching costumes are the best to pick for my family, my daughter, and I love to wear the same dresses always 🙂 thanks for the nice sharing

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