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Your Complete Guide to the Return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

It’s the spooky news all Halloween fans had been waiting to hear!

After a long period of pandemic closures at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disneyland Resort theme parks, it finally feels like the Disney Park experience is returning to normal.

Today, April 28, Disney Parks revealed that the fan-favorite Halloween after-hours party Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is returning to Walt Disney World in Florida, as well as Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Let us be your “ghost host” as we provide our complete guide to tickets, events, activities, and characters at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary’s big comeback!

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From the Haunted Mansion parade floats in the Boo to You parade to the quirky character costumes around the Park, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was one of the most eagerly-awaited entertainment return for Guests on their Disney vacation.

Last year’s Disney Halloween season introduced a new after-hours event at Magic Kingdom called Disney After Hours Boo Bash. This event replaced Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but now, the original is making a comeback!

So, here’s the ghoulish lowdown on all things Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2022. The Walt Disney World Guest-favorite event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on 37 select nights at the Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista.

Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be available online beginning May 18. Ticket prices for the special Halloween after-hours event will range from $109 – $199. The event dates and prices are:

  • August 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, September 2, 5 – $109 for ages 10 and up / $99 for ages 3-9
  • September 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20 – $119 for ages 10 and up / $109 for ages 3-9
  • August 12, September 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, October 2 – $139 for ages 10 and up / $129 for ages 3-9
  • October 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 16, 20, 23, 25, 27 – $159 for ages 10 and up / $149 for ages 3-9
  • October 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 – $179 for ages 10 and up / $169 for ages 3-9
  • October 31 – $199 for ages 10 and up / $189 for ages 3-9

Tickets will sell out quickly, especially for dates close to Halloween itself. We recommend booking your party’s tickets as early as possible to secure the date you wish to experience Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party.

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Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can begin purchasing tickets as early as May 12. This advance purchase window is only available to Guests of Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, as well as Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort.

In exciting news, the discount for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members is returning, with specially priced tickets for select dates. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can save $10 per ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (valid for select event nights).

Ticket holders for Mickey’s Halloween party will be admitted to Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00 p.m. on the valid date of their ticket, giving Guests more time to enjoy Park attractions, rides, and shows before the event even begins!

And remember, these date-specific event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Park Pass reservation.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will see the return of some classic spooktacular favorites that were missed during the event’s pandemic pause. Guests will be able to once again enjoy the ghoulish delights of:

  • The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – a special Cinderella Castle show featuring everyone’s favorite sinister witches – the Sanderson sisters. Watch as they bewitch and bedazzle the Magic Kingdom park with their Hocus Pocus spells and Thackery Binx’s spirit doing the opening voice-over.
  • Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular – this unique fireworks display features many Guests’ favorite Disney Characters and is hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
  • Disney Junior Jam at Storybook Circus – this dance show for younger Guests features some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows.
  • Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade – beginning with the infamous pre-parade ride by The Headless Horseman, this enchanting parade has amazing floats featuring Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Daisy, and Winnie the Pooh in Halloween costumes, as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean characters Jack Sparrow and Barbossa, hoedown dancers, and live-action versions of the three hitchhiking ghosts from the Haunted Mansion attraction set to the song “Grim Grinning Ghosts”. Villains like Jafar, Maleficent, and the Evil Queen are also in the parade with a huge float of their own.
  • Trick-or-Treat Trails – grab a bag and collect M&M’S, SKITTLES, SNICKERS, and other Halloween favorites at locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park. And new this year, Guests will also receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag featuring a keepsake 50th Anniversary celebration and Halloween design.
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On top of all that Disney Park magic, popular Disney characters will also be found around the Magic Kingdom theme park. In the past, Guests have been thrilled to find rare characters like Tarzan, Jack Skellington and Sally, Pooh with Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and Rabbit, as well as all seven dwarfs together for a special photo op.

Guests will also have the chance to ride their favorite Magic Kingdom attractions will shorter wait times and no need for Disney Genie or Lightning Lane reservations, as the party is a limited-capacity event. Rides open to Guests at the Halloween event will be:

  • Adventureland: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Frontierland: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain
  • Liberty Square: Haunted Mansion
  • Fantasyland: Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, “it’s a small world”, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Storybook Circus: Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Barnstormer
  • Tomorrowland: Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

Some of Magic Kingdom’s rides and attractions will also have a special Halloween twist. The Mad Tea Party, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and Space Mountain will be seeing some kind of spooky overlay just for the Halloween after-hours event.

Starting April 28, Walt Disney World will also be selling two new popcorn buckets, including a Jack Skellington Popcorn Bucket at Magic Kingdom and a Mickey Mummy Popcorn Bucket at Disney Springs. These will be available from April 28 through the month of May, while stocks last.

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And remember, Halloween costumes are encouraged! The event would not be the same without seeing everyone’s amazing outfits. Before brewing up your make-believe best, please read Disney’s official costume guidelines for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. You can also visit shopDisney to put together the pumpkin-perfect disguise!

To celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration, Disney will also be offering some new additions to the party. These include a collection of 3D photo backdrops throughout the Park, a reusable treat bag that you can fill with candy and take home, and a commemorative print keepsake themed to Halloween and the 50th Anniversary celebration

The only thing we’ll miss from Boo Bash is the free unlimited treat offering! As well as the traditional trick-or-treat candy stops, the After Hours Boo Bash offered free snacks to Guests. Guests could pick up free popcorn, ice cream novelties like Mickey Premium Bars, and select beverages. These were also unlimited throughout the evening, so some Guests really got their money’s worth!

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Boo Bash differed from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with shorter event hours, no fireworks show like Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, and no Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade. Instead, Guests were treated to cavalcades with appearances from Mickey and friends, The Nightmare Before Christmas characters, and the Disney Villains. The dragon version of Maleficent from The Festival of Fantasy parade also makes an appearance twice each night.

So, what are you waiting for? Secure your tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party’s return, empty your treat cupboards, and start planning your Halloween costume today!

About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer, and chatterbox, who loves to enjoy Disney's theme parks with a Mickey Premium Bar in hand! A British native, she has traveled the world seeking new experiences, and now resides in Florida with her Air Force pilot husband. Find her children's book at @thebearandthehug_book