By the co-author of the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook ever -- The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Halloween 2015 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 from yourfirstvisit.netWhile Halloween itself is October 31st of course, Walt Disney World provides a special Halloween celebration at the Magic Kingdom many evenings in September, October, and likely even November in 2015.

This celebration is called “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,” or “MNSSHP” for short.

At the party, many of the Magic Kingdom’s rides are open, and trick or treating, special events, and different parades and fireworks are offered.

The official Disney World page for this event can be found here.

Click the image below for the 2014 map and offerings–2015 should be similar.

And you can find a review of the 2014 MNSSHP party here.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Prices 2014 Attractions and Dining


Street Art at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party from yourfirstvisit.netThis party occurs from 7p-12MN  on certain evenings at the Magic Kingdom in September, October, and some years (including in 2015) even early November.

2015 Halloween Party dates are:

  • September 2015: 15, 18, 20, 22, 25 and 27
  • October 2015: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 2015: 1

You need to buy a special ticket for this party. This ticket is different from regular Walt Disney World park admission tickets.

  • The special party ticket does not allow you to enjoy the rides and attractions of the Magic Kingdom before the Party starts–you need a regular ticket for that (but typically you can get in as early as 4p, even though the ticket will say 7p.)
  • Regular tickets used to enter the park earlier the day of a Party do not give you access to the Party–you need to have the special Party ticket
  • In 2014 FastPass+ was not in use during MNSSHP

The party tickets are expensive, so why would first-time visitors be interested? A couple of potential reasons

  • Evening parades are rarer this time of year, so going to one of the parties is a way to guarantee you can see one–though the Halloween parade is different than what you’ll see on regular nights
  • Operating hours at the Magic Kingdom are shorter this time of year, so the Party allows you more time there within the same visit
  • Walt Disney World sells only a limited number of tickets to each party, so the evening waits can be much less long than other nights these months

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party from

Many families go the first time for one of these reasons…and then going becomes a tradition!

On the other hand, families following one of the standard 8-night itineraries on this site will see the fireworks and evening parade, and have plenty of time at the Magic Kingdom.

For that reason, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is not designed into this site’s itineraries.

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1 Karen Gonzalez { 02.12.15 at 6:27 pm }

How much are the ticket for the not so scary Halloween party? Also are there any discounts for 65 and older?

2 Dave { 02.13.15 at 8:04 am }

Karen, prices aren’t out yet. Prices likely will vary by party date and adult/child, and will be >$60 including tax. There’s no price break for 65 and over.

3 Adrianne B { 03.01.15 at 10:23 am }

Dear Dave,
My family is planning our first visit for October 24-28, 2015, and we are finding your site and info invaluable for navigating the ins and outs of the “modern” WDW experience. As I did 30 years ago, my daughter will be celebrating her 6th birthday in the parks during our trip. We are checking out & driving out early on Oct. 28 to visit Weeki Wachee and make our way south to the (free) family condo in Naples for the remainder of our trip.
While at WDW, we wish to stay at AoA (great tip, BTW; I wouldn’t even have considered that resort if it weren’t for your very thoughtful evaluation) and attend the MNSSHP on one evening, either Sunday the 25th (actual birthday) or Tuesday the 27th. Do you have any suggestions as to which day might be preferable? We hope to visit a different park than MK the morning/early afternoon of the party.
Thank you! You do amazing work and have made the type-A “planner” in me much more confident that I can crack this WDW nut, after all!

4 Dave { 03.01.15 at 3:11 pm }

Hi Adrianne, and thanks!! I don’t have a firm opinion on one vs the other. Both should be similar in terms of crowds and such.

One question is what park to go to earlier in the day. MK is actually a great choice on party days, as the lack of evening stuff (other than for throe who have paid for the party tix) drives people away. A day at MK the 27th followed by a break than a return to the party would be really good.

Sunday will be a little more crowded during the day at MK. Beyond that, I need to defer until Disney posts its October schedule (in a week or two).

5 Adrianne B { 03.01.15 at 5:18 pm }

Thank you so much for the quick and thoughtful responses, Dave. I, too, am eagerly awaiting the October schedule to look at the ‘whole picture’ and get my reservations and park days planned.

6 Mark { 03.11.15 at 1:48 pm }

I will be going to Disney this October. I am an experienced visitor, going over 50 times. This will be the first time going to an “hard ticket” event with the new FastPass+ system in place.

I do not plan to visit any parks the day of the “hard ticket” event until 4 p.m., when you can get into the Magic Kingdom early. I am also staying in a Disney Resort and have my Magic Bands for my group, so I can make FastPass+ reservations for times between 4 and 7, but do not want to use a Magic My Way day (I have no expiration tickets still) for obvious financial reasons.

Question: Will I be able to use the FastPass+ reservations between 4 and 7, or will the ride operators not let me on or will I be deducted a Magic My Way Day to use them?

7 Dave { 03.12.15 at 10:27 am }

Mark, the short answer is no, unless Disney changes how things worked in 2014. No regular ticket used, no FP+.

Note, however, that if you already have at least 4 days on your tix, adding a fifth costs only $10.65/person. That’s not a bad price to add three great rides with low waits…

8 Stephanie { 03.15.15 at 4:57 pm }

Thank you for this treasure trove of information. We are visiting over the busy Columbus Day week,Oct. 11-17. What would your suggestion be as far as least crowded Halloween party for that week?

9 Dave { 03.16.15 at 4:27 pm }

Hi Stephanie and thanks! I’d tend towards the Thursday party –11/15

10 Mar { 03.30.15 at 10:47 am }

Question: We don’t really celebrate Halloween and my daughter hates anything scary– ghosts, zombies, etc. Even things that people don’t think are scary bother her. We really wanted to go to Disney World On the weekend of October 10th. If we don’t go to the the Halloween Party, how much more of Disney is covered in Halloween stuff?? Carved Pumpkins and fall stuff is totally fine with us, we would just like to avoid creepy characters and halloween-themed stuff.

11 Dave { 04.01.15 at 11:37 am }

Mar, they don’t add any decorations after the party starts, just some lights. That is, the Halloween decorations–such as it is, it’s pretty mild–is up all the time. My advice is to do a google image search for Halloween at Disney World, look at the photos you will find, and see how the decorations work for her…

12 Jo { 04.03.15 at 10:32 pm }

Hi there thank you for so much info, hoping to pick your Mickey mind on something… Travel to wow on Oct 30, should we get tickets for party on the 31 or the 1? Also on the 31 is there any trick o treating allowed even if you do not do the party, can kids trick o treat anywhere on property? Hank you for your recommendations my child is 9

13 Dave { 04.05.15 at 11:17 am }

Jo the 1st is likely to be less crowded, and no, there’s not really trick or treating elsewhere…

14 Karen { 04.11.15 at 3:35 pm }

Traveling with a senior who has trouble walking distances. Last visit we arrived with no electric wheelchairs available. Pushing was hard as have 2 toddlers and grandma is noy quite as strong ???? can you suggest best resort hotel to stay at with easiest cases to and from park. We will be doing early October mic key’s Halloween. Thanks

15 Dave { 04.12.15 at 10:41 am }

Karen, the park wheelchairs and scooters are first-come, first served. The only way to guarantee access is to always show up before park open, or to rent one. The mos convenient WDW hotel for an MK-focused trip is the Contemporary.

16 April { 04.16.15 at 4:08 pm }

Hi, we are planning to do MNSSHP on 10/27 and I hear they sometimes sell out, what would be the latest we purchase these tickets to avoid sell out (besides the obvious asap) I was thinking at least by early July? Thanx

17 Dave { 04.17.15 at 8:32 am }

April, according to this, that date was available well into October last year…

18 Tracy { 04.30.15 at 8:56 pm }

Is the only place to trick or treat on Halloween is at this party or can you trick or treat in other areas like down diwn Disney or Epcot?

19 Dave { 05.01.15 at 8:01 am }

Tracy, just at this party.

20 Kim { 05.04.15 at 10:55 am }

Hi Dave,
Our family is going to WDW the 3rd week of October. I read somewhere that Adults can not wear costumes at WDW. Does this also apply at the Halloween party? Thanks, Kim

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