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Top 10 Tips for Attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with Tweens and Teens

by Tad on August 1, 2023 Orlando

Calling all fellow tweens and teens! Are you counting down the days until Halloween? Do you love hanging out at an awesome party with your friends and family? Then I can’t wait to tell you all about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party hoppening at Walt Disney World!

If you’re unfamiliar, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event that occurs after Magic Kingdom closes for the day on select nights from Aug. 11 through Nov. 1, 2023. The party runs from 7 p.m. until midnight, and guests are encouraged to arrive in costumes. There are special character meet and greets, Halloween-themed fireworks, a parade, trick or treating and more. Let me be the first to tell you that you’re in for a real treat!

This party is a special ticketed event, which means you'll need to purchase a separate ticket to attend the party. Get excited, as tickets are on sale now! Dates for 2023 are filling quickly, so be sure to check out our hoppin' deals!

This festive party is one of my all time favorite Disney events. Not to mention, I love hooking my froggy friends up with all the tips and tricks to help make the most of your party time. Let's hop in!

Our Top 10 Tips for Tweens and Teens at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

1. Arrive in Style

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the perfect place to get into the Halloween spirit! And if you’re anything like me, I like to make sure I arrive at any party in style. One of the best parts of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is dressing up in costumes. If you’re into Disney bounding, cosplay or have ever wanted to dress up like your favorite Disney character, this is a frogtastic opportunity, especially for frogs 14 and older who normally can't dress up in costumes during normal park hours.

Tweens and Teens at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Arriving at TTC

Dressing in costume is optional, so you can be as creative or low-key as you’d like. Remember that even though many of the party nights technically happen in the fall, it is still Florida after all. The weather is typically hot and muggy throughout the Halloween season. I personally like to wear a ‘fit that I call the T-shirt costume. I can jazz up a pair of shorts with a T-shirt with my favorite Disney character, throw on a coordinating hat or a few accessories, and I’ve got a fun and comfortable costume that keeps me cool in the heat.

Before you go, don’t froget to check out Disney’s official policies regarding costumes.

2. Early Bird Gets the Worm Treats

I’m not what Mommy Frog considers an early riser. I like to take my time and go with the flow, ya know? But when it comes time to take advantage of all that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party has to offer, ya better believe this frog becomes an “early bird,” and I arrive as soon as I can! Ticket holders are allowed to enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m. on the valid date of their event, so coming early gives you more time to enjoy park favorites even before the event begins.

I like to grab an early dinner at Casey’s Corner and fill up on some protein before indulging in all the sugary treats. Oh, and take note! You can grab some specialty food and beverages at several locations throughout the park before the party officially begins at 7 p.m. Hop over to our Halloween Foodie Guide for all the details.

weens and Teens at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Apple Fritter Milkshake with Auntie Gravity's Sign in Background

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland offered a new dessert this season. The Apple Fritter Milkshake scored major bonus points. The green apple whipped cream is a both sweet and tart!

Next, to maximize my time, I make sure to ride as many Magic Kingdom attractions as I can before the party events begin at 7 p.m. Of course, I head straight for Haunted Mansion — it's one of the most popular attractions during the party, and with good reason! What’s a Halloween party without some haunts?

3. Trick or Treat the Night Away

Tweens and Teens at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Trick or Treating

One of the highlights of the party is trick-or-treating, for tweens, teens and even adults! Guests of all ages can trick-or-treat throughout the park, collecting candy from more than a dozen trick-or-treat stations. The stations are well-marked with a glowing inflatable and are easy to find. Cast members are always hoppy to give out extra candy. They are super generous here — giving out a handful or two at each station. By the night’s end, I usually have so much candy I even share some with my sister, Lily.

To get the most out of your trick-or-treating experience, I’d wait to trick-or-treat toward the end of the night when the lines begin to shorten or if you just so happen to see a station with a short line. Treat bags are provided to each guest as you enter the event. Keep in mind that the bags are on the smaller side, so if your goal is to snag as much candy as possible, you’ll want to bring your own treat bag or purchase a souvenir bag at the Emporium.

4. Check Out the Attractions With a Spooky Twist

I’m all about catching the thrills while chillin’ in the parks, so I’m super excited to share that three attractions receive a Halloween overlay during this event. Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor have a few bewitching twists. I loved testing my limits on Space Mountain. The spooky version of Space Mountain is sure to give you a thrill. You’ll ride in complete darkness while creepy music is played throughout. Do you dare to ride?!

5. Dance, Dance, Dance!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party — Dancers at ZOM-BEATZ BASH

If there’s a DJ and a dance floor, you better believe you can find me cutting a rug! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has several different dance parties:

  • Disney Junior Jam at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is perfect for little tadpoles like my sister, Lily. Vamperina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins and Timon make an appearance here. Lily loves rocking it out with them.
  • My go-to party is the ZOM-BEATZ BASH over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage. With music from the popular Disney Channel ZOMBIES, I can't help but show off my favorite dance moves.
  • Be on the lookout for Goof Max as his Powerline crew make appearances at pop-up parties throughout Magic Kingdom this year. These impromptu parties are a "Stand Out!"
  • Avast, me hearties! A pirate band, Rusty Cutlass, has commandeered Adventureland. You'll want to stay extra vigilant as these scallywags belt out their dark tales of the sea.

6. Eat Your Heart Out! (Spooky Pun Toadally Intended)

I know I already raved about trick-or-treating and a few specialty treat items. But let’s be honest ... what’s a trip to Disney without indulging in as many delicious treats as you can stomach? Well, that’s exactly how I feel when partying the night away at Micky’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It’s one of those special nights to indulge. Not to mention that all that dancing really works up an appetite!

Foodie Guide to Halloween at Disney World - Zombie Fingers

You can find ghoulish treats on just about every corner throughout the Magic Kingdom. The Zombie Fingers from Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Loaded Sweet Potato Fries from the Golden Oak Outpost, and of course, the Headless Horseman Cupcake from Sleepy Hollow were the few that really tickled my tastebuds. What can I say? I like a good food mashup!

7. Hang With Your Favorite Disney Pals

Mickey's Not-So Scary Characters — The Seven Dwarfs

It’s exciting to meet rare characters throughout the party. So naturally, you’ll want to hit up the character meet and greets. This is a great opportunity to fist bump and snap some selfies with your favorite characters. Check our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween character guide to know where they’ll appear. The Seven Dwarfs made a return this year and our family was so hoppy to see them again. Heigh-ho!

8. Shop 'Til You Drop

Before going on any of our Disney World trips, I always ask to do a few more chores around the house to earn an extra allowance. That’s because there’s really cool merchandise and souvenirs that I just can’t wait to take home. I already know beforehand that I’m going to do a lot of shopping and I like to come prepared.

weens and Teens at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Halloween Merch Display

From cool swag, collectibles, popcorn buckets and sippers, it’s exciting to hop around and find a unique souvenir to help commemorate the trip. There’s a ton of specialty merchandise to choose from, especially at the Emporium on Main Street. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" Mayor's Car Popcorn Bucket is one of the hottest merch items this year. Don’t you think he'd be the perfect addition for my popcorn bucket collection? You can find it at select popcorn carts throughout the park.

9. Don’t Miss Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

weens and Teens at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Jack Skellington Puppet on Stage in Front of Cinderella Castle

I’m a huge Jack Skellington fan, so I make sure I never miss the spectacular fireworks. With only one showtime at 10:15 p.m., you'll want to plan ahead so you don't miss out. I think the best views are in front of Cinderella Castle to see the projections and the oh-so-amazing Jack Skellinton. However, if you don't want to mess with the crowds in the hub, watching the fireworks from Fantasyland or Tomorrowland is really cool too. I like to stake out a good viewing spot around 15 minutes before the show begins.

10. Catch the Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade

The Boo-To-You parade is not to be missed. This spooky parade is filled with colorful characters, pirates, ghosts and spellbinding choreography. I love seeing the frogtabulous floats with my favorite characters such as Vanellope Von Schweetz make their way down Main Street.

This parade just got a little more villainous. Mmmhahaha! Ursula, Cruella de Vil, the Queen of Hearts, plus Minnie, Daisy Duck and Clarabell dressed as the Sanderson Sisters will be apart of this year's procession. The more villains, the better, in my opinion!

weens and Teens at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Headless Horseman Trotting Down Main Street

The parade has two showings, 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. I don’t have an early bedtime like my sister Lily, so I like to stick it out and watch the second parade because there are typically fewer crowds during this time. You’ll still want to give yourself enough time to find a sweet location, especially if you’re hoping to get a good view of the famous Headless Horseman. I recommend watching from Frontierland, at the hub of Cinderella Castle or near the Firehouse in Town Square.

If you're looking for a party that’s perfect for older kids like me, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the event for you. With special performances, character meets and greets, and trick-or-treating, I know for sure that fellow tweens and teens will have a blast! Let us know in the comments if you're headed to this spooktacular party!

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

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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