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

During the months of September and October you are going to be welcomed with the sights (and smells) of fall at the Magic Kingdom.

It might be 90 degrees and you are walking around in shorts but with pumpkins, scarecrows and fall colors at every turn you will somehow still feel like it is 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.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party  (clink on link for the official Disney site and most up to date information) is probably the most well known event at Walt Disney World during the Halloween season.

It is held on selected nights in August, September and October each year and runs 7:00 pm to midnight.  (Yes, 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 (you will come away with quite the load of candy).

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

Check out this great video describing the Halloween Party from the Tim Tracker

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

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

Resort Activities

On the day before and 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.

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.