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What Only Insiders Know About Disney World’s Halloween Celebrations

The Walt Disney World Resort is a haven for spooky fun and sweet treats throughout the autumn months. The centerpiece event of each fall is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that is held over three dozen times during the season.

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Have a magical Halloween

If you’re looking for a celebration that’s more delightful than frightful, the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World hosts Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party each fall. It is typically held from mid-August to the first day or two of November. During this time, the entire park is decked out for the season. Spectacular fireworks light up the sky with themed shows each night, stage shows celebrate classic Disney villains, decadent treats are available and trick-or-treating stations are rife. Classic and new rides are open with special Halloween twists. If you’re thinking about joining the fun, consider these lesser-known facts about Disney’s fun Halloween festivities. Halloween fun is only one of the reasons fall is the best time to visit Disney.

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Trick-or-treating is open to kids with food restrictions

Disney’s Not-So-Scary Halloween celebration is extremely inclusive for people with specific dietary needs. Kids (and adults) who are vegan for ethical reasons and those who have allergies can still go trick-or-treating on the trick-or-treat trails throughout the Magic Kingdom. Simply ask for an allergy treat bag when you go and you’ll be given little blue tokens at all the treat stations; these can be traded in later at one of the “allergy-friendly centers” marked by a teal sign. (According to the experts at Disney Parks Moms Panel, the Town Square Theater is usually one of the designated locations for trading in candy.) For each token, you’ll get a vegan candy, including dairy-free chocolates or you can ask for non-food goodies. You may even want to consider handing out one of these 16 non-candy treats kids actually love.

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The Hocus Pocus Stage show costumes perfectly match the film

Fans of the beloved 1990s Disney film Hocus Pocus will be thrilled with the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show that debuts at Disney’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2019. Costume Designer Christine Burchett revealed a secret in her interview with Oh My Disney: The costumes that the three Sanderson sisters wear in the stage show are exact replicas of the costumes the actors wore in the film. This attention to detail is just one reason the stage show is a big hit with Disney partygoers. Hocus Pocus is one of our 25 favorite Halloween movies for kids.

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Photo composition from three pumpkins on Halloween. Crying, mad and afraid of some pumpkin against an old window, leaves and candles.Richman21/Shutterstock

All the pumpkins are uniquely carved and themed

Throughout the fall months, enjoy festive décor with pumpkins and vivid autumn colors throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. One detail that most overlook is the fact that every pumpkin that is on display in the Magic Kingdom is uniquely carved and themed to celebrate some aspect of Disney’s celebration. Over 175 pumpkins are displayed along Main Street alone! Try making it a game for you and your guests to identify the details of how each pumpkin is decorated. While you’re at it, keep an eye out for these hidden Mickeys around the park.

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This is the only time adults can don costumes in the parks

At the Walt Disney World Resort, the privilege of dressing up in Disney costumes is exclusively reserved for little kids and official Disney characters. Disney’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party offers an exception to this rule! Whether you always dreamed of being Cinderella or want to jam like Sebastian under the sea, come to the festivities dressed as your favorite character. You don’t have to stick to strictly Disney characters, either. Just be sure to check out Disney’s costume guidelines. Find out why Disney World bans adult costumes in the first place.

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There’s devilish fun in the details

Four rides at the Magic Kingdom get a Halloween makeover for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, according to Yahoo! Lifestyle. Space Mountain gets a Halloween-themed soundtrack while live actors join the animatronic figures in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Mad Tea Party gets mood lighting, and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is even funnier (you have to experience it to believe it). These 23 facts about Disney will blow your mind.

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Disney’s annual passholders get special treats

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders are given access to Disney-related fall treats that nobody else can have. At the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, for example, they’re given Chef Minnie and Chef Remy gifts. Disney World also reports that annual passholders receive discounts on food and exclusive access to fall merchandise and gift cards. Consider these other tips for saving serious money at Disney World.

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There’s a little-known dessert party during the fireworks

Most people don’t know of the fabulous Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace. Guests can enjoy tasty treats and prime viewing spots for the fireworks for an extra fee. It’s one of the special Disney experiences that lends itself to instant happy memories to cherish. Here’s what Halloween looks like at the Happiest Place on Earth.

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Enjoy season passes just for the Halloween Parties

While annual passes are well-known among Disney fans, it’s a little-known fact that you can get a season pass specifically for the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party events. According to the official Disney Parks Blog, you can purchase one pass to enjoy up to 35 of the Halloween events. That’s a lot of trick-or-treating and fireworks-watching! The pass is only available in limited quantities to prevent the events from getting too crowded. Do you like being in the know? Consider these 8 secret spots you never knew existed in the Disney parks.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 is dedicated to Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor, a Disney voiceover legend, passed away in the summer of 2019, as CBS reported. Taylor was so well-respected and beloved at Disney that the 2019 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is dedicated to her. Russi provided the voice of Minnie Mouse for over 30 years. Taylor’s husband Wayne Allwine had provided the voice of Mickey Mouse before his death in 2009. Next, read on to check out 18 vintage Dinsey photos that will take you way back.

Robin Raven
Robin Raven is a travel, lifestyle, vegan food, and entertainment writer. She is also a consumer products expert covering product reviews and gift guides. Additionally, she has expertise in spas, luxury travel, and all things Disney. She has an MFA from California State University, Northridge. As an author, her latest books are Santa's First Vegan Christmas and The Kindness Workbook: An Interactive Guide for Creating Compassion in Yourself and the World.