Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Guide 2022

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party triumphantly returns in 2022 with parades, fireworks, and live entertainment. Ghosts and ghouls of all ages are invited to celebrate everything spooky during this nighttime special ticket event at Disney World.

The biggest question we get is, “Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party worth it?”. That really depends on your group and what you hope to get out of MNSSHP. Use this guide to better understand the event and I’ll share my recommendations for when the party is likely worth it or not.

What Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

Magic Kingdom's Main Street train station looks spooky with orange and green lights plus fog

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, also known as MNSSHP, is a Disney World tradition. Celebrate the Halloween season with unique parades, fireworks, ride overlays, photo opportunities, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and more. 

On select nights Magic Kingdom transforms with special lighting, music, and entertainment to celebrate Halloween. Purchase a Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket to enjoy this special event.

The party usually runs from 7pm until midnight. However, guests with MNSSHP tickets can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm on party nights.

Get a special wristband to show you are an event guest when entering Magic Kingdom after 4pm. If you are already in Magic Kingdom, find party wristbands at one of the stations inside. After 7pm daytime guests can’t enter ride queues and wristbands are checked continuously throughout the night.

When Are 2022 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties?

There are thirty-seven Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights for 2022. The parties begin in mid-August and continue until Halloween night. Tickets for this year’s party will cost anywhere from $109 to $199 per person depending on the date.

2022 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates:

  • August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 
  • September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30 
  • October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Activities

There are so many special activities and popular rides at MNSSHP that it’s impossible to do them all in one night. The entertainment alone can easily use a majority of your event time. I find it best to have a list of a few items I really want to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and then add in more if I have time.

Boo To You Halloween Parade

Boo To You parade sign kicks off this special Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party parade

The headless horseman gallops down the route kicking off MNSSHP’s Boo To You Parade. This dramatic start is followed by a not too scary cast of characters celebrating the Halloween season. Officially announced for 2022 are the Haunted Mansion Grave Diggers, one of my favorite entertainment groups during Boo To You. 

In 2019, the last time the Boo To You Parade marched, several new characters were added to the procession. I’m hoping that Constance from The Haunted Mansion and Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl (Mrs. Incredible), and Edna Mode all return for 2022.

There are two Boo To You Parade times per night, an earlier parade before fireworks and a later one after the fireworks. Secure premium viewing spots an hour or more before showtime, especially if a castle view spot is important to you.

Although some people recommend the later parade time to avoid crowds, we do not see much difference in crowds between the two parades anymore.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

The Sanderson sisters scheme during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is a castle stage show featuring the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus. The sisters are brewing up a Halloween potion and invite some favorite Disney villains like Dr. Facilier and Oogie Boogie for a fun Halloween party. 

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is an incredibly entertaining show and we’ve been known to even watch it twice in one night. The Spelltacular takes place several times on each Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party night which means you have a few opportunities to see it during the party.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks

Ursula takes over Cinderella Castle during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party fireworks

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party got a completely new Halloween fireworks show in 2019 and we are so excited for it to return in 2022. Jack Skellington hosts Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks with help from his dog Zero.

Jack and Zero tell the story of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy who find themselves exploring a mysterious haunted house while they are out trick or treating. Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular is an incredible upgrade from the previous Halloween fireworks which were also very good.

An impressive looking Jack Skellington puppet begins the show, but it is difficult to see unless you are very close to the castle stage. Getting one of these premium viewing spots requires spending lots of MNSSHP time waiting for the fireworks.

I don’t recommend using precious Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party time waiting for close castle viewing spots. Although it’s a bit disappointing not seeing Jack, his part is only a small portion of the show.

Use your party time for rides, characters, and parades. Castle projections and stunning fireworks are easily seen from anywhere around Main Street and requires less time waiting around. 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Overlays

Pirates of the Caribbean has a fun Halloween overlay during MNSSHP

There are four attractions with special Halloween theming announced for the 2022 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and Space Mountain all have a little extra Halloween flair during MNSSHP.

Special lights, music, and fog add a fun, slightly spooky element to Mad Tea Party. Space Mountain is completely dark with different music, and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor has Halloween-themed jokes.

In Pirates of the Caribbean there are several live pirates around the attraction. A pirate prisoner humorously hassles guests in the queue to help him escape while another pirate chats with you in line. There are also a couple of pirates sprinkled in the ride who try to recruit you while making you laugh.

Low Attraction Wait Times During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Eerily lit Cinderella Castle with flickering pumpkins

Since tickets are limited for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, wait times for attractions are generally low. Each year the exact attractions vary, but here’s my best guess at what’ll be available. I’ll update with a complete list of MNSSHP attractions as they are announced.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Attractions

  • Haunted Mansion
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Astro Orbiter
  • PeopleMover
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

Unique Character Meet and Greets

Who doesn’t love a good character interaction? During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are rare opportunities to meet Disney villains. In previous years we have met Cruella de Vil, the Queen of Hearts, Jafar, Lotso, and many more.

If villains aren’t your thing, other rare characters often make an appearance at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Jack and Sally (from The Nightmare Before Christmas), traditional characters in Halloween costumes, Abu, Genie, Tarzan, Jane, and the Seven Dwarfs have been at previous party nights.

No characters are officially confirmed for this year’s party. I will update this section once we know more.

Special Halloween Photo Ops At MNSSHP

A woman looks frightened at the sight of the headless horseman

There were over 30 special photo opportunities in recent years and I’m hopeful many will return for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022. Some of our favorites are “holding” a poison apple over a cauldron, hitching a ride with the ghosts near Haunted Mansion, or “meeting” the Headless Horseman.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party PhotoPass opportunities begin at 7pm and you must show your party wristband for these special spooky pictures.

Trick or Treating

Get a trick or treat bag when entering MNSSHP. Several trick or treat stations are set up and easily found by following their light-up signs.

New in 2022, party guests will get a reusable trick or treat bag featuring a special 50th anniversary design and a commemorative print. 

We don’t spend much time trick or treating at MNSSHP, but will go through short lines for a quick treat during the night.

Allergy Friendly Trick or Treating

Before 2017, MNSSHP did not have allergy friendly trick or treating. Thankfully teal pumpkin options have been available for the last few years.

Find out more about dealing with food allergies at Disney World here.

How does the allergy-friendly trick or treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party work?

  1. Request a teal pumpkin trick or treat bag when you get your party wristband.
  2. Trick or treat at any of the designated spots at the party. Instead of getting candy receive a teal token.
  3. After trick or treating, take these tokens to either the Town Square Theater or Liberty Square Ticket Office.
  4. Trade in your teal tokens for allergy-friendly treats of your choice. There are several varieties of allergy-friendly Surf Sweets, YumEarth, and Enjoy Life cookies or candies. You can also choose to use your tokens for non-food items like small Halloween trinkets.

My daughter loves having safe candy and not feeling left out during the party. We love that kids and adults with food allergies now have the chance to participate in the MNSSHP trick or treating fun.

Disney Fans of All Ages Can Dress Up

Disney World doesn’t allow guests over 13 years old to wear costumes to the parks. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a rare exception where all ages may wear costumes at Magic Kingdom. 

Although I’m not much of a costume person I absolutely love seeing amazing, creative costumes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Want to dress up for MNSSHP? Review the official Disney World special event costume policy before you go.

Where Should I Stay For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

Disney bus waits for guests

Transportation back to all Disney World resorts is included with your party ticket.  However, at the end of a long night the last thing I want to do is wait for a Disney World bus.

The most convenient Disney World resorts when attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are those within walking distance. The easiest walks are to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower, or Disney’s Grand Floridian

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is another great option because you have multiple ways to get back at the end of the night. Take the large ferry to the Transportation and Ticket Center and walk, ride the small boat directly back, hop a monorail, or walk the 1.5 mile path back to Polynesian.

Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth It?

Vampire Mickey and Butterfly Minnie wave to guests during the Boo To You Parade at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

We attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party every year, and sometimes multiple times per year even when we can’t stay until close. Meeting unique characters, a special parade, a stage show, and fireworks, in addition to shorter attraction wait times have been enough to justify the cost for us.

The answer really depends on your group. Those with small children might not get much value from these pricey tickets which often cost a little less than a one-day regular park ticket.

If you really want to attend the party, but are worried about the cost, save money by attending MNSSHP early in the season. Prices for most August dates are $109 per person versus $199 on Halloween night.

If you have young kids who go to bed early, or are bummed that not all of the attractions are open during the party, I would recommend skipping Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Often you can get more park time for your family by adding on an additional day to a multi-day ticket instead of by buying the party ticket.

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