If you’re a Halloween lover of any age, you owe it to yourself to spend some time at Walt Disney World during the fall. We love visiting Walt Disney World anytime, of course, but there’s something extra special about the spooktacular Disney magic in the air this time of year. And if you’re able to spend Halloween itself at the parks, even better!! Trust us, try it once, and you’ll be hooked! Halloween will never be the same again. Here are a few things you should try if you’re lucky enough to visit WDW on Halloween.
1. Seasonal Photo Opps
It’s probably fair to say you’ll want plenty of photos of you and your loved ones in the most magical place on earth on one of the most magical days of the year! Whether or not you’re in costume, be on the lookout for PhotoPass photographers throughout Walt Disney World’s parks – they will have adorable seasonal props that you can pose with. And think about heading to Disney Springs, where there are specific Halloween backdrops to help you create the perfect spooky picture. And if you’re heading to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, there are even more fantastic Halloween photo options for you!
One of our favorite things to do at Walt Disney World on Halloween is to check out the fantastic decorations throughout the parks. Disney really goes all-out during holidays! The Magic Kingdom is the best place to be dazzled by the wonders of Halloween, Disney style. As early as late summer, you’ll start to glimpse seasonal touches. And by the time Halloween arrives, they’ll be out in full force! You’ll find pumpkin towers, fall foliage wreaths complete with pumpkins with Mickey ears, and plenty of scarecrows with pumpkin heads. Don’t forget to look up at the windows above Main Street USA – you might spot some pumpkins hiding there, too!
Possibly our very favorite fireworks show of the year on Walt Disney World property, you’ll be able to enjoy the delightfully villainous HalloWishes if you’re participating in Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. But fear not! Even if you’re not attending a party, you can still view this Spooktacular fireworks show. Get yourself to one of the following locations for prime viewing: California Grill, Narcoossee’s, the observation deck at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian’s marina, or one of the Polynesian Resort’s beaches.
Halloween hunger doesn’t stand a chance at Walt Disney World! Your options for spooky treats are many and varied, and we can’t list them all here (you may want to check online and make a list of your faves so you know where to head when you get to the parks). From pumpkin or candy corn-flavored ice cream to Halloween-themed character treats to exclusive signature sweets that can only be found at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party, your sweet tooth will love spending the day at WDW! And when you’re ready for a fall-themed meal, head to Disney Springs to enjoy WonderFall Flavors. Some of our favorite offerings include Maria & Enzo’s Fabulous Fall Butternut Squash Gnocchi and Raglan Road’s Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Tart (you can also try their Pumpkin Baileys Irish Coffee while you’re here). Or for a Halloween character meal, opt for Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Hollywood & Vine’s, where you’ll enjoy a spooky feast with Minnie and her friends – in Halloween costumes!
5. Special Events
Our pick for the best special event to enjoy at Walt Disney World on Halloween is, of course, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Nothing beats seeing the Headless Horseman ride down Main Street USA. But if you’re not lucky enough to snag tickets for this coveted event on the day itself, take heart – you can actually experience a much closer encounter with the Headless Horseman at the Return to Sleepy Hollow Experience. Located at Fort Wilderness Resort, this specially ticketed event takes you to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch to view the Disney classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Then, enjoy a Headless Horseman meet and greet, and even a dessert party and some special treats.
What would Halloween at Walt Disney World be without trick-or-treating? Luckily, the vast majority of Disney resorts offer a selection of fun Halloween day and evening events such as trick-or-treating, costume contests, Halloween arts and crafts, and even viewings of spooky Disney movies. Check with your resort to find out when, and where, your Halloween fun will occur!
7. Novelty Items
Want to enjoy Halloween memories of Disney all year long? Then make sure you leave with one of this year’s many Halloween novelty items. There’s a Poison Apple Glow Cube in various colors that you’ll find at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, and at AbracadaBar. Or go all out and purchase the Green Poison Apple Stein, available throughout the Animal Kingdom. The Headless Horseman Straw Clip at Magic Kingdom is a ton of fun, as is the Tire Pumpkin Straw (think Cars meets Halloween). Popcorn Lovers will want to scoop up the Happy Halloween Popcorn Bucket, featuring classic Disney characters, and the light-up Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket, available at all WDW parks and at Disney Springs. There’s also a Happy Halloween refillable travel mug that you can pick up at any Walt Disney World Resort. What a way to continue enjoying your magical Halloween day at WDW once you return home!