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What to Know About Choosing a Costume for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is returning to Walt Disney World this fall after a two-year hiatus, and we could not be more excited! The event takes place select evenings in the Magic Kingdom from August 12-October 31, 2022, and it is set to include lots of favorite experiences from years past including Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks, the Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular, trick-or-treating around the park, and more.

This annual Halloween event at Walt Disney World is one of the only times that Guests of all ages can wear a costume to Magic Kingdom Park, but in an effort to keep everyone safe (and to keep the magic alive), there are some guidelines that Guests need to follow as you plan your costumes for the event.

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Before you start planning your look for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it is important to take into consideration Disney’s regular outfit guidelines for visiting the Parks, as these still apply during special events.

For instance, any type of clothing with obscene language or graphics is never allowed at any Walt Disney World theme park. There are also safety considerations that result in certain clothing items being prohibited, including excessively torn clothing or items that drag on the ground, as well as tops that are only held together by ties. You can review Disney’s full non-Halloween specific guidelines for park dress here.

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For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Hallowen party specifically, most guidelines apply to Guests ages 14 and over. For those 13 and younger, the only guideline to note is that masks must provide a fully unobstructed view to the wearer’s peripheral vision with openings that allow the eyes to be seen. Costume masks are prohibited for all Guests over the age of 13.

Even though it is a Halloween event, this is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party we’re talking about, so costumes need to keep with the family-friendly atmosphere. As such, any outfits that are offensive, obstructive, or violent are not permitted.

Real weapons are of course always prohibited from any Disney Park, and during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party costume weapons, or even any piece of a costume that could be mistaken for a weapon, are not allowed either.

Costumes cannot drag on the ground. This rule is the same as the daytime rule, but for costumes it is important to note that this could include full-length princess-style dresses. Similarly, capes are only allowed if they do not hang below the waist.

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Disney’s official guidance also notes:

Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Costume headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the only opportunities that Guests of all ages have to visit the Magic Kingdom dressed as their favorite character. While this is allowed at the after-hours event (where it is not allowed during regular daytime hours) there are still some additional rules to follow if you do dress like a character.

Guests in costume are not allowed to pose for photos or sign autographs as to avoid confusion where they could be mistaken for actual Disney characters.

Ready to plan your costume for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? We can’t wait to see everyone dressed up this fall in the Magic Kingdom!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."