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Dad’s Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

by Dad
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Yes, I’m taking a cue from the Mom’s Panel. I was looking for something to write about today and came across a blog post on the Disney Parks Blog called “A Mom’s Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.” It’s a really good blog post.

I saw that headline and thought they were baiting me. So, challenge accepted. Check out .

This is going to be Fun. Speaking of Fun, how about a balloon to get this started.

The Scary Balloons at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Even the balloons are not so “scary” – Photo by Wayne Wood

Right up front, let me say that I love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Love it, love it, love it. I’m a big fan of both parties. However.. (More on that later.)

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Mickey Mouse decorations at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Scary Mickey is all down Main Street – Photo by Laurie Sapp

There is a real “spooky” feeling that starts when you first arrive at the Magic Kingdom. Even walking down Main Street Mickey stares out at you from all of those light poles.

One of the cool things about the party is all of the costumes. Yes, even adults can dress up in costumes unlike non-party days. You’ll see all kinds of ghosts, goblins.

The second big thing that makes MNSSHP special is the Trick or Treating. Trick or Treating at the Magic Kingdom is not like Trick or Treating at home. Here you get high quality candy at every station. Over a ton of candy is doled out each night.

The Candy Station at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Now that’s a barrel of candy that would be fun to dive into – Photo by Wayne Wood

Quick Tip: The later you get to the Trick or Treat stations, the bigger the haul. Toward the end of the night the Cast Members sometimes get more generous with the candy.

The candy machine at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Of course if you don’t get enough there’s always this – Photo by Wayne Wood

Next it’s time for some rides. Lines for all the rides during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are usually very, very short. I mean no one at all type short. We walked right on Pirates of the Caribbean at 8:00. It was great.

Oh, and Buzz Lightyear, we just kept going round and round. We did it 3 times in a row without a wait. What fun.

The cool looking cast members at the Haunted Mansion during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Haunted Mansion Cast Members are Fabulous – Photo by Wayne Wood

The one ride that sometimes has a long line is the Haunted Mansion. Duh. Everyone wants to ride the Haunted Mansion during the party. Outside Disney adds some “ghoulish” touches outside in the courtyard just for the party.

The beginning of the Boo to You Parade at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Boo to You Parade is one of the highlights of the night – Photo by Wayne Wood

The big draw is the Boo To Your Parade. It kicks off with one of the coolest things ever. About 10 minutes before the parade starts… A picture tells a thousand words…

The Headless Horseman comes down Main Street at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

The Headless Horseman is pretty “scary” – Photo by Brett Svenson

The Parade itself is really good. It may be the best night time parade at WDW. I’m serious. Check out these dancers –

The ballroom dancers in the Boo to You Parade

Pertty spooky – Photo by Wayne Wood

From the beginning to the end the Boo to You parade is awesome…

The end of the Boo to You Parade

That’s the end of the parade – Photo by Wayne Wood

If that’s not enough there is the little fireworks show…

I’ll be singing that music all week now…

Great Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize…”

I just love that tune.

Hallowishes may be my favorite fireworks show that Disney does at least from beginning to end. I love Wishes, I really liked the 60th anniversary fireworks at Disneyland, Holiday Wishes is incredible, Illumininations is OK and the Holiday addition is spectacular, but beginning to end, I like Hallowishes best.

Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party worth it?

That’s the question of the day. Is it worth it? A family of 4 will spend a minimum of $280. That’s a lot of money.

So is it worth it? I don’t know but maybe this will help.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is worth it if..

  • If you are going for the experience
  • If you are going for the Trick or Treating (although that can be tough with the lines)
  • if you are going for the experience of being in the Magic Kingdom when they “spook” it up with the Cast Members and the special touches
  • If you want to experience the Boo to You Parade and Hallowishes which are some of the best things Disney does
  • If all of that and you like short lines

then yes, it’s worth it.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is not worth it if…

  • You can’t afford it. I’m serious. If you worry if you can afford it, you can’t. It’s a lot of money. Skip it. It’s great, but not worth going in debt over it
  • You are going for the lines
  • You ask more than once if it’s worth it, no I’m not kidding, if you are wondering, then it’s probably not
  • You can’t stay up late, the fireworks are at 10:15
  • if you’re not that into Halloween

then no, it’s not worth it.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of my favorite things. I love the atmosphere, the costumes on the guests, the party feel, the parade, the fireworks and the short lines. It’s all great Fun. I wish I was going tonight. But at the prices these days, it’s an easy one to skip.

Have you ever experienced MNSSHP? What was your favorite part?

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Comments for

Oct 05, 2016 Headless horseman
by: Anonymous

Hi Dad! We are going to our first MNSSHP this Friday, hurricane Matthew doesn’t keep us out. Can we see the headless horseman as part of the parade from Frontier Land?

Dad’s Answer

Sorry to say that Matthew has canceled everything on Friday. Stay safe.

The answer would be yes, the horseman goes all the way through the parade route.

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