Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party: A Photo Tour

by Donald and Bonnie Fink, contributing writer
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At the Scream-O-Ween Ball, Mike Wazokski, from "Monsters, Inc." greets children. The Scream-O-Ween Ball is a dance party that runs more or less continuously in Tomorrowland during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Photo by Bonnie Fink.

One of the events that signifies the start of the holdiay season at the Magic Kingdom is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. This year, the party started on September 15, and will run on select nights through November 1 (for exact dates and more information, check out our MousePlanet event guide).


From "Monsters, Inc.," James P. Sullivan (Sully) makes an appearance at the Scream-O-ween Ball. The Scream-O-Ween Ball is a dance party located in Tomorrowland, at the stage behind The Launching Pad. Photo by Donald Fink.


George Sanderson from "Monsters, Inc.," greets guests at the Scream-O-Ween Ball, located in Tomorrowland. Photo by Donald L. Fink.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is what many people call a hard-ticket event, where you need to purchase a separate ticket to attend, even if you already have an annual pass or park admission media to visit the park for that day.


There are many locations throughout the Magic Kingdom where guests receive Halloween treats. Be sure to get a map as you enter to check locations. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


The Boo To You Parade is a highlight of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Photo by Donald Fink.

The procedure is that folks who have a ticket to attend the party can enter the park beginning at 4:00 p.m. You're given a special wristband to identify you as a partygoer. At 7:00 p.m., when the park closes to the general public, all guests without an armband are expected to leave. The treats come out, along with the characters in their Halloween attire, and the party begins.


The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Parade. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


Tigger probably isn't the scariest member of the Boo To You Parade, but he is still popular as he dances his way along the route. Photo by Donald Fink.

There are several special entertainment events that are unique to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, including:

  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – a musical show featuring the Sanderson Sisters from the movie Hocus Pocus.
  • Mickey's Boo To You Halloween Parade – a parade designed especially for the party.
  • Celebrate The Magic – a light show using the backdrop of Cinderella's Castle.
  • Happy Hallowishes – a fireworks display designed just for this party.

There are also treats for tricksters, with or without costumes. Speaking of costumes, this is one of the only times a year when adults can come to the Magic Kingdom in full costume; a practice that's usually not allowed on Disney property.


Wendy is tied to a mast as Mr. Smee plays an imaginary flute aboard Captain Hook's Jolly Roger. It's part of the fun at the Boo To You Parade. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


What's a parade without a few grave diggers? At the Boo To You Parade, grave diggers from The Haunted Mansion entertain, and it seems normal. Photo by Bonnie Fink.

We recently paid a visit to the party, and took a few photos that we thought you might like to see.


Aboard the Disney Villains float, the Skeleton Band plays a few tunes during the Boo To You Parade. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


Another part of the Disney Villains unit of the Boo To You Parade is a float carrying many of Disney's evil villains. Here, you can see Jafar, from the movie "Aladdin," with Maleficent in the background. Photo by Donald Fink.


Dancers re-create the ballroom scene from the Haunted Mansion ride. Photo by Donald Fink.


Street vendors bring out the Halloween gear for the occasion. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


There seems to be a set of mouse ears for just about every occasion. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


Fireworks from the Happy Hallowishes fireworks display at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


There's a special fireworks display during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


Many of the individual fireworks set off during the Hallowishes fireworks show appear to be unique to the Halloween celebration. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


When a fireworks display is underway at The Magic Kingdom, don't forget to watch the castle. There are nearly always interesting projections during the show. Photo by Donald Fink.


The Main Street decorations along Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom light up after dark. This is true of every night, and not just part of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Photo by Bonnie Fink.


On the Stage at Cinderella's Castle, The Sanderson Sisters from the film "Hocus Pocus" appear with Dr. Facilier, from "The Princess and The Frog." The name of the show is the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular." Photo by Donald Fink.


If your taste buds crave something more sophisticated than candy from a trick or treat bag, try a Spider Cupcake from the Main Street Bakery. This pumpkin inspired cake has a chocolate mousse spider on top. Photo by Donald Fink.