The Spookiest Night of the Year Meets the Most Magical Place on Earth

Halloween at Walt Disney World

We had the luxury of spending Halloween at Disney World in the Animal Kingdom Villas a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately we were traveling with a sick child so we did not get to experience everything but we did get a sense of what they offered.

Halloween itself isn’t much different than any other day at Walt Disney World and most of the experiences are offered all year long.  But there are a couple of things that ONLY occur on Halloween Day.

Let me show you what you should expect.

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Fall Decorations in the Magic Kingdom

available September and October

Before you even enter the Magic Kingdom park you are going to be welcomed with the sights (and smells) of fall.  It might be 90 degrees and you are walking around in shorts but you will still have that sense of a brisk fall day.

Once on Main Street you are going to want to stop and take it all in.  This is where the majority of the decorations are and they are full of whimsical Disney details.

And do not forget that family photo here!  There are quite a few photopass photographers wandering the areas.  So you can get photos with the castle in the background or with one of the many cute scarecrows.

Magic Kingdom | Select nights August 25 thru November 1

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is probably the most well known event at Walt Disney World during the Halloween season.

It is held on selected nights in October (and August, September) each year and runs 7:00 pm to midnight.  Yes, this year they actually started the parties in August.  Guess to can’t have too much of a good thing.

It does cost extra to attend this party but it includes tons of pleasantly spooky atmosphere, rare Villain meet and greets, and trick or treating.

Must sees: Hallowishes fireworks spectacular (largest fire works display on property all year long) and the Boo to You Parade.

Cost: This event is a ‘hard ticket event’.  This means you have to purchase a separate ticket to attend.  Tickets range in price from $74-115 for adults, depending on the date you attend.

Disneyland | Select nights September and October

Disneyland offers Mickey’s Halloween Party fewer night that Walt Disney World so the party tends to sell out quicker.  If you are planning to go this is definitely one of those events you need to plan well in advance.

Must sees: Halloween Screams, a supernatural fireworks celebration and the Frightfully Fun Parade down Main Street, U.S.A..

Cost: This event is a ‘hard ticket event’.  This means you have to purchase a separate ticket to attend.  Tickets range in price from $96-120 for adults, depending on the date you attend.

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If you want even more info along with tips and tricks from seasoned Disney travelers, check out this video.

Resort Activities

October 30 and 31

On the day of Halloween the resorts will have special Halloween themed activities planned for the guests.  Typically these span two days and include crafts, parties and scavenger hunts (quite similar to trick or treating).

We had the chance to participate one year at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  There were 20+ locations throughout the resort to find.  Once at your location you got a stamp on your ‘passport’ and a piece of candy.  If you got all of the stamps you won a small prize.

A favorite Halloween event that is a favorite of cast members and guest alike is the Cast Members Jack-O-Lantern carving contest. Cast members try their hand at carving some truly original Disney themed pumpkins and then the guests can vote for the best.  Let me warn you, these Cast Member are very talented.  Your job will not be easy.

Fall Themed Events at Disney Springs

During the month of October Disney Springs has that fall and Halloween flair. Some of the highlights include:

  • Halloween-inspired treats at most locations.  You can find such things as pumpkin shakes, bratwurst (think Oktoberfest), pumpkin ale, chocolate-caramel skulls or pumpkin-shaped Mickey Mouse pastry.
  • Halloween and fall themed merchandise
  • DJ dance party
  • Halloween themed photo ops

Final Thoughts

Overall spending Halloween at Disney was enjoyable but I will tell you that other than Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and activities at your resort you are not going to get the full Halloween feeling.

In fact the evening we were there we went to Epcot for Food and Wine Festival and you would never have know it was Halloween. People were not dressed up and there were no festivities.

So if you are taking your family there for Halloween I recommend getting tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and/or search out the planned activities at your resort and Disney Springs.

By | 2017-10-13T15:43:00+00:00 October 13th, 2017|

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  1. Giveaways 4 Mom September 23, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I bet this is super fun. I went to Howl-o-Scream at Busch Gardens and had a blast but I bet Disney World is even more fun.

  2. Rhonda - YVSG September 23, 2013 at 11:02 am - Reply

    One day this would be a dream trip for our family! Thanks for sharing how much fun you had. Adding to my bucket list. 🙂

  3. Karen September 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    I wish we lived close enough to take the kids, I think they’d love it!

  4. Romina September 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I’ve only been to Disney World once and it was funtastic! I can’t imagine how awesome it is during Halloween. Love your Mickey ears.

    • Mary Connor September 29, 2013 at 6:58 am - Reply

      The fall decorations really are the best! You may be wearing shorts but you will think it is fall. 🙂

  5. Michele Ertter Brosius September 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Looks like you had an awesome time. I love Halloween activities. I am too old for scary! LOL

  6. Tina Ashburn October 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    What fun!! It looks like you all had a great time!

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