The Weird Halloween Tip You’ll Want to Know At Disney World

Magic Kingdom Halloween
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Are you ready for some ghoulish Walt Disney World tricks?

After a long period of pandemic closures at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disneyland Resort theme parks, the fan-favorite Halloween after-hours party Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returned to Walt Disney World in Florida, as well as the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

The Walt Disney World Resort recently announced that the 2023 Halloween party will run select nights from August 11-November 1, 2023. After a sold-out event last year, let us be your “ghost host” as we provide our weird tip for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary’s 2023 season!

Boo to You Parade

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From the Haunted Mansion parade floats in the fabulous Boo to You parade to the fun character costumes around the Park, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the most eagerly-awaited entertainment events on a Disney vacation.

The spook-tacular night features special, one-of-a-kind Disney magic such as the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet, the Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular, and ends with the fireworks show Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular.

There are unique Disney PhotoPass Magic Shot opportunities, trick-or-treating around the Magic Kingdom, as well as rare meet and greets with Disney characters in their Halloween costumes. One of the best things about the night is that you also get to dress up!

Halloween Mickey and Minnie

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Disney Parks released ticket dates and prices recently for purchase on the Walt Disney World website. Tickets for the 2022 party sold out fast, so plan soon if you’re wanting some Halloween fun. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can purchase these special event tickets early beginning April 27, 2023. All other Guests may purchase tickets beginning May 2, 2023.

In 2023, tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party cost $109-$199 for adults depending on the specific date, and $99-$189 for Guests ages 3-9. Special pricing is also available for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members.

  • August 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 – $109 for ages 10 and up / $99 for ages 3-9
  • September 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17 – $119 for ages 10 and up / $109 for ages 3-9
  • August 11, September 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, October 1 – $149 for ages 10 and up / $139 for ages 3-9
  • October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 – $169 for ages 10 and up / $159 for ages 3-9
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27 – $189 for ages 10 and up / $179 for ages 3-9
  • October 29, 31, November 1 – $199 for ages 10 and up / $189 for ages 3-9

Notice how much the price increases as the calendar gets closer and closer to October 31? Typically, ticket pricing for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is less expensive earlier in the season and on weekdays. Weekends and the dates closest to Halloween, including October 31, will be more expensive.

So, here comes our weird tip – celebrate Halloween in August!


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While everyone else back home will start celebrating Halloween in October, you can say “Boo to You!” during the festivities in Disney when they start August 11, 2023.

The Magic Kingdom after-hours party nights on August 15, 18, 22, 25, and 29 are all only $109 for an adult – a whopping $90 cheaper than the dates in October.

For a family of 4, this could save you over $360 (including tax) and leave money for the exclusive merchandise, food, and extras at the Halloween party.

Furthermore, the latter dates will be more crowded, so for that reason as well, we recommend an August Halloween! We have always found the August parties to be less busy, with lower attraction wait times for popular rides such as Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Magic Kingdom Halloween

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Though regular people will have to wait until October to get their spook on, you can start the ghoulish season early at Walt Disney World, complete with costume, trick or treating, and Disney villains – all before Labour Day!

Is it weird? Yes. Do we love it? Also yes.

In the summertime (and late-night sunshine) you can trick-or-treat up and down Main Street, U.S.A., don spooky costumes, watch special performances, and meet rare Disney characters throughout the Parks.

All at a WAY cheaper rate than those that wait until October to celebrate Halloween. You find more of our Halloween tips here!

Halloween merchandise in the Magic Kingdom

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) officially runs 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m, but 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!

If you are not attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but plan to visit the Magic Kingdom on one of the dates listed above, remember that the Park will close to all other Guests at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer, and chatterbox, who has worked at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, and Adventures by Disney! A British native, she has traveled the world seeking new experiences, and now resides in Florida with her husband, an Air Force pilot. Find her children's book at