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Disney Costume Ideas for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by Mommy Frog on August 31, 2023 Orlando

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Get those Disney costumes ready — Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park is here! One of the benefits of this special event is guests of all ages (even adults) can wear costumes. It's the perfect opportunity for your whole group to dress up! This guide features the Disney costume guidelines and tips, plus lots of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party costume ideas.

Disney costumes — Encanto

Overview of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park held on select nights from Aug. 11 to Nov. 1, 2023. The party offers special entertainment, characters, attraction overlays, treat stops, photo opportunities and specialty food and drink. The best part? Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the few times that adults can dress up in costumes!

For more event details, check out our complete guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and grab discount party tickets before they sell out. Now, let's talk costumes!

Guidelines for Disney Costumes

During regular park hours, costumes are only allowed for guests ages 13 and under. During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, everyone is allowed (and encouraged) to wear costumes. Though the party starts at 7 p.m., you may wear your costume when party guests enter starting at 4 p.m.

Be sure to double-check the costume guidelines for these special events:

General Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Costume Guidelines:

  • Disney may deny admission to anyone or remove anyone who is wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from other guests' experiences.
  • Guests may dress as their favorite characters, but cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and not obstructive, offensive, violent or objectionable.
  • Costumes must not contain weapons that resemble or could be mistaken for real weapons.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that might accidentally strike another guest.
  • Guests who do not abide by the guidelines may be refused entry or removed unless their costumes can be modified to acceptable standards.

For party guests ages 14 and up:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag the ground.
  • Capes should not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Transparent wings, plastic lightsabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Costume masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some costume masks may be worn. Masks cannot cover the entire face, and eyes must be visible.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Costume Ideas

With so many Disney costumes, there are lots of possibilities for costume ideas. Perhaps you'll choose a favorite character, dynamic duo or characters from recent films. To help with the creative process, we've put together some of our top Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party costume ideas.


Disney costumes – Family dressed up from "Encanto"

With a colorful collection of characters, "Encanto" makes for a great group costume. Perfect for a large family, the iconic colors and accessories of the characters mean you can keep it as simple as you want. With the popularity of this film, I'm sure we'll see many Family Madrigals again this year.

Little Mermaid

With the success of the live-action film, "The Little Mermaid" is sure to be a popular costume this year. We can't wait to see all the amazing mermaids up where the people are! With a large ensemble of characters such as Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder, Ursula and more, the iconic movie is perfect for a variety of group sizes. Plus, you can meet Eric and Ariel (in her teal dress) together during the party (Eric is typically exclusive to these special parties as a rare character!).


Hi Barbie! Coming off this summer blockbuster, it's time to bust out that pink for some iconic "Barbie" looks! Perfect for any group size, Barbie has so many great looks, plus there can always be Kens (or Allens). Go for the new looks or even dress as Barbie and Ken from "Toy Story."

Peter Pan

We're off to Neverland! With a fun ensemble of characters, "Peter Pan" is a great option for couples or families. Be sure to head over to Fantasyland and pose by the beautiful mural located in the outdoor portion of the Peter Pan's Flight queue.

Toy Story

Family at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

A beloved classic, "Toy Story" is another great option for group costumes. Since there is a wide variety of ensemble characters, there is something for everyone! With such iconic looks, it doesn't take much in the way of color schemes and accessories to capture the complete look.

Haunted Mansion

Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts! With the new film fresh on everyone's mind, plus the iconic attraction right there at Magic Kingdom, "Haunted Mansion" could be another great Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party costume idea. There is sometimes a PhotoPass photographer stationed near the front of the ride queue for the perfect backdrop.

Mickey and Friends

In terms of group costumes, you can't go wrong with the "Fab Five." Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale all make for fun Disney costumes or DisneyBounds. Many of Mickey and friends are available to meet before the party in regular outfits or during the event in their Halloween costumes.

Tips for Wearing Disney Costumes

Here are some of our tried and true tips for wearing costumes at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

1. Prepare for the Weather

Disney Costumes at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

This is truly our biggest tip — dress for the weather. The average high temperature is 91 in August, 90 in September and 85 in October. It can be quite muggy, especially after those still-frequent afternoon rains. We recommend modifying costumes, DisneyBounding or opting for a lightweight T-shirt equivalent. Places such as Etsy have lots of great options for screen-printed shirts and dresses of your favorite character's outfit. This allows you to still dress up while beating the heat! Be mindful of the Florida rain and be prepared with ponchos, umbrellas and extra socks.

2. Coordinate with Your Group 

If attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with a group, this can be a great opportunity to pick one theme. As we mentioned above, there are so many favorite films that feature a variety of characters. Group costumes make it easy for people to go all in or be convinced to wear a themed shirt. Of course, you want to make sure everyone is happy with their costume. Sometimes it may work out better to have no group theme.

3. Correspond to Special Characters

Disney Costumes - Guests in Sanderson Sisters Costumes

With so many special characters at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it can be a great chance to choose your Disney costumes based on meeting certain characters. Perhaps you'll plan to meet Winnie the Pooh and friends in their Halloween costumes or Jack Skellington and Sally. Or embrace a little Hocus Pocus with the Sanderson Sisters, who can be seen during the castle stage show periodically throughout the night. There are so many rare characters who only meet during these parties, so it can be extra magical to dress up as characters from the same story.

4. Create a Unique Mash-up

Put your imagination to the test to create some unique mash-up characters! From Disney princesses as Jedi to modern-day or swapping characters of a different gender, you can make up your own version of a character by combing your favorite fandoms.

5. Consider Booking Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

For tadpoles ages 3 to 12, consider booking a magical makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. With a convenient location by Cinderella Castle, young guests can get a full glam transformation into a princess or knight. Reservations are limited for this popular experience, and you'll want to be mindful of booking a time after 4 p.m. if only utilizing a party ticket.

6. Take Lots of Photos

Be sure to take lots of photos of your magical Disney costumes. There are so many wonderful backdrops to use in Magic Kingdom. There are lots of PhotoPass photographers stationed throughout the park, and they'll even have special Halloween MagicShots. We recommend purchasing Memory Maker for unlimited photo downloads.

7. Have Fun and Embrace the Halloween Spirit

- Characters at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Jack Sparrow posing with family

When in doubt, you can always dress up to celebrate Halloween itself. Grab those orange T-Shirts, spooky ears and celebrate all things not-so-scary!

What Disney costumes will you be wearing this year? Do you like our Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party costume ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Our Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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