Halloween Decorations on Main Street USA Magic Kingdom - image by Terri Peters
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Halloween at Walt Disney World: Everything Parents Need to Know About Spooky Season at Disney

The Halloween festivities at Walt Disney World (WDW) start early, kicking off in mid August and running into early November. While there are ticketed events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Halloween character dining at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are also plenty of ways to check out Halloween at WDW that don’t cost extra. 

From Halloween decorations to spooky treats, here’s everything parents need to know about how to celebrate Halloween at WDW.

And if you want more Halloween ideas, jump over to our list of trick or treating in Orlando events.

Halloween Mickey Lamp Decoration at Magic Kingdom image by Terri Peters

Halloween at Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a ticketed after-hours event that takes place on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park from August 11 through November 1. During this special event, guests are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and kids can trick-or-treat for candy throughout the theme park. There are also special Halloween food and beverage items available for purchase that are exclusive to the event.

The entertainment during this event is also top-notch. From Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, a Halloween fireworks show, to Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, there’s an entire schedule of exciting Halloween entertainment for party guests. 

Headless Horseman riding down the streets of Magic Kingdom During Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Headless Horseman During Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party image by Terri Peters

Characters are also dressed up in their Halloween best for photo ops throughout the park, and attractions are open with shorter wait times than during a normal park day.

Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party range from $89 to $199 ($10 less for kids ages 3 to 9) depending on the date.

Check out these Essential Tips for the BEST Magic Kingdom Halloween Fireworks Experience

Minnie’s Halloween Dine

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, families can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Hollywood and Vine during Minnie’s Halloween Dine, when Minnie and her friends dress in Halloween attire and greet guests. Hollywood and Vine is a fantastic place to dine and interact with characters, and serves up both an impressive grown-up buffet and a buffet full of kid-friendly options.

During this event, characters visit each table and pose for photos in their Halloween best. Silly, spooky music plays in the background as well, making it a fun way to celebrate Halloween as a family.

Breakfast pricing is $42 per adult and $27 per child (ages 3 through 9). For lunch and dinner, the cost is $59 per adult and $38 per child. 

Where to see Halloween decorations at Walt Disney World

At Magic Kingdom, day guests can see Main Street, U.S.A. decorated for Halloween without buying a separate event ticket. There are Halloween displays, Mickey pumpkins, and more throughout the area, making it a great time to capture some sweet fall photos of your family. 

Halloween Decorations on Main Street USA Magic Kingdom for family photos
Halloween Decorations on Main Street USA Magic Kingdom image by Terri Peters

At Disney Springs, there are also some fall and Halloween decorations and photo backdrops. During Fall into Magic at Disney Springs, there’s also Halloween entertainment and treats, so be on the lookout for extra festivities during your visit.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

In past years at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, there’s been a special Halloween event called Return to Sleepy Hollow that typically began in late September and ran through October. The event, which only took place on select dates, included a viewing of the 1949 Disney film “Return to Sleepy Hollow” inside the resort’s Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables.

While the event has not taken place during the last several Halloween seasons, fans hold out hope for its return.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is full of Halloween decor thanks to enthusiastic guests. Plus, it is home to pony rides for little ones – a favorite petting zoo style activity in Orlando.

To check out the Halloween decorations at guest campsites of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground we suggest parking at Disney Springs (which is free) and then hop on the bus to Disney’s Fort Wilderness.

Important note: Halloween at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground is so popular that the resort is “locked out” from all guests except those that are on the overnight reservation or have a Hoop De Doo Musical Revue reservation, during the week of Halloween.

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Terri Peters