It’s Halloween at Disney World, and on select nights, Magic Kingdom will host one of the most exciting events of the year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Halloween at Disney World is a fun, exciting, and safe way for many families to have a bit of spooky fun without the worry of gruesome takes on the holiday. The exclusive party at Magic Kingdom includes several limited options that can only be seen while visiting the special ticketed event. Guests to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party can expect to experience rarely-seen villains running amok around the park, seasonal layovers of their favorite rides and attractions, and lots of Trick or Treating.
Halloween at Disney World Breaks the Rules
On a typical visit to Walt Disney World, guests, especially adults, are discouraged from wearing costumes that may make it difficult for others to tell them apart from real Disney princes or princesses at Magic Kingdom. However, once the sun sets and the Halloween fun begins, most bets are off as adults and children alike are encouraged to dress in a way that would wake the dead!
Of course, there are still rules and costume guidelines in place, but they most certainly are more relaxed during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. As you wander through the lands of Magic Kingdom in the dark, you’ll often encounter guests who have taken the assignment seriously and gone above and beyond to create memorable, and often times hilarious, Disney Halloween party costumes.
Locals and those who frequent Disney World often create costumes that are designed to poke fun at the culture surrounding Walt Disney World. For instance, we’ve seen guests at the Halloween Party dressed as a closed tram sign while waiting for the Boo To You Parade. We’ve even seen Billy Butcherson cheering on the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus as they strut their stuff in front of Cinderella Castle during the Villain Spectacular. Fans of Walt Disney World tend to get very creative and have a lot of fun with the loosened costume restrictions during the Halloween party, and it often makes for a great addition to our fall celebration.
Disney Halloween It’s Not Just Parades and Fireworks
Although Halloween at Disney World wouldn’t be complete without Jack Skellington, Mickey Mouse, and others displaying a wonderful Halloween tale at Cinderella Castle during Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, fireworks and parades aren’t the only thing going on during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Expectations for the seasonal offering at Magic Kingdom are always high, and for good reason.
Just before the weather changes, sometime in August Magic Kingdom makes the leap from everyday operations to fall. Although it’s typically still scorching in the Central Florida theme parks, that doesn’t stop Disney from adding beautiful splashes of fall garnish all over the park. Guests love the pumpkins that line Main Street USA, the Mickey-pumpkin wreaths that adorn street lamps, and the large statue displays that pop up all over the park.
Seriously Good Treats
One thing that sets Disney World apart from other theme parks is their food. Disney doesn’t just settle for simple hotdogs and fries. Although you can get those things, delicious treats hide around every corner all year long and Halloween is no different. Monstrous sized cookies and caramel apples, as well as party exclusive food and drink is a big draw for those attending the evening event at Magic Kingdom. You’ll definitely leave with a full stomach. There are even dessert party offerings!
Guests to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party can also expect to get their hands on a ton of exclusive items that can only be purchased during this time of year. Pins, shirts, sweaters, pullovers, decorations, and even Spirit Jerseys featuring Mickey Mouse and company in their Halloween best fly off of shelves at Magic Kingdom. The only person that should be scared is your wallet. Of course, the Emporium is the most popular place to grab Halloween party exclusives, but they do sell out quickly.
Unique Disney World Halloween Costumes to Stand Out
If you’re going to go through the trouble of dressing up for Halloween at Disney World, you want to stand out above the crowd. I’d guess that some of you probably found this article by looking for Disney-themed Halloween costume ideas. Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Although it’s easy to run to your local store and pick-up a Mickey Mouse costume or a dress to look like Elsa, some of us want to really leave a lasting impact. As well, often many of us like to use our costume designs as their own form of entertainment for other guests at the park during Halloween. So, your typically zombie, ghost, vampires, and witch ideas are out of the question. Today, we’re talking hilarious and epic Disney Halloween costumes that are sure to trip people up on those trolley tracks while they’re staring at you!
Figment Popcorn Bucket
If you’ve followed us for a while or even just been to Disney World, you probably remember, not fondly, the fiasco that ensued when EPCOT released their Figment popcorn bucket a while back. Fans of the mascot lined up for hours and resellers made bank selling the tiny neck accessory online for hundreds of dollars. It was a not-so-proud moment in the history of harmless, yet passionate, Disney World fans.
Figment is always a huge draw. So this Halloween, why not bring the nostalgia of waiting in line for six hours for a piece of plastic that holds popcorn to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? If you’re looking to make new friends, there’s no better way to do it, and guests are sure to stand there in line for hours just for a chance to take you home. Consider it a form of flash dating.
Cancelled Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne Johnson is also a big draw for Disney fans. The Jumanji (2017) actor took the lead bringing one of Disney’s most beloved attractions to life in Jungle Cruise (2022). The former WWE star is currently under fire from fans along with Oprah Winfrey due to alleged misreports regarding donations made to Maui in relief of the recent wildfires that decimated the island.
Of course Disney fans will recall that Dwayne Johnson famously voiced Maui in the extremely popular Disney animated hit Moana (2016) and some records indicate that he will revisit the role in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake. So, for Halloween, go all out. You don’t have to do much to be Dwayne Johnson, just put on 200 pounds of muscle and shave your head. As Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs for several weeks this year, you’ve got time.
Johnny Depp, But Not Jack Sparrow
Keeping to our celebrity trend, people are endlessly talking about if or when Johnny Depp will return to Disney. Here’s the thing, why wait on him? Instead, you can make it happen by becoming Johnny Depp yourself, you just need millions of dollars and a lot of designer accessories-totally doable.
Of course if you’re going to cause a scene during Halloween as the infamous bad boy of Hollywood, you’ll have to leave Jack Sparrow at home. Although Depp is best know for his Pirates of the Caribbean character, as the ride does call Magic Kingdom home, Disney probably doesn’t want to confuse other guests, and as they haven’t reached out to Depp for reconciliation (as far as the public knows), they’re not ready to have Captain Jack back just yet.
Partner Costume: DeSantis Versus Iger
Chances are you’re up to par regarding Disney’s feud with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Despite the serious nature laying the foundation on the battle between Bob Iger and DeSantis, things took an elementary turn when some people starting making threats of building prisons near Walt Disney World. The heated debate got childish real fast, and to be honest, most of us couldn’t get enough of the drama.
What’s more childish than video games (my ex-wife would agree)? Immortalize your 2023 Halloween trip to Disney this year as Iger versus DeSantis, but add the spooky flare of a Mortal Kombat style fight to the death. Remember though, this is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, so no finishing moves!
Danny and Max
This idea is a bit more serious, but adorable to say the least. Nothing says Halloween quite like Disney’s Hocus Pocus. The original 1993 film has gained a large following of fans who hold right to the story of the Sanderson Sisters as they come back for one lively night in Salem. Disney, listening to fans who’ve called for a sequel, actually hit the nail on the head in 2022 when they released Hocus Pocus 2 which saw the return of favorite like Bett Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Doug Jones. Hocus Pocus is so successful that a third installment is on the way.
The perfect father/daughter Halloween costume draws inspiration from the film. Max Dennison promises to take his little sister Danny around for Trick or Treating (which you’ll be doing a lot of during Halloween at Disney World). When confronted by bullies, Danny proudly shouts that her brother is dressed as a “little leaguer.” Recreate this fun scene with your own siblings or children at Walt Disney World for an unforgettable Halloween year.
That Giant shopDisney Mickey Mouse Pumpkin
Pumpkins are a big staple in Halloween culture. You’ll find carved gourds lit up with silly phrases and faces all through Disney World. You’ll also find all the pumpkin spice your heart desires. It’s literally everywhere, even at Disney. However, some of the most notable, photo ready, props around the parks are the larger than life pumpkins you’ll find all over the park.
Paying homage to the giant Mickey Mouse pumpkin that sits at the entrance to Disneyland, shopDisney actually is selling a scaled down version this Halloween. We aren’t here to sell it to you, instead of buying a giant Mickey Mouse pumpkin this Halloween, why not be a giant Mickey Mouse pumpkin this Halloween? You’re sure to be “larger than life,” as you fumble around in 90 degree weather, but at least you’ll have plenty of pics to remember your trip after your heat stroke.
New Ethnic Takes on Classic Disney Princess
While everyone is upset over casting for recent and future Disney live-action remakes like The Little Mermaid or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, instead of shying away from controversy, embrace it. Let’s be honest, many of the arguements against these films online circle around one issue-skin color. Although many simply just don’t get excited for Disney live-action remakes, I have seen plenty of instances online where fans are voicing their displeasure over an African American actress playing Ariel or Rachel Zegler taking on a feminist approach to Snow White.
This one could be fun depending on your skin tone. Let everyone know where you stand by dressing up as a Disney Princess who typically is represented outside of your color wheel. Of course, much like Jack Sparrow, you’ll have to be careful here as Disney doesn’t want to confuse children regarding who’s an actual Disney Princess at the park and who isn’t, but you could make a statement loud and clear by mixing up the normative practices that get so many fired up online!
Look, we understand that Walt Disney himself is the genius behind it all, but if it wasn’t for his brother Roy, Walt would’ve dug himself an early financial grave that would’ve flatlined his dreams faster than you can say “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.” After Walt’s passing, Roy Disney oversaw The Walt Disney Company, eventually leading to the construction of what we now know as Walt Disney World. Although there is a small space of dedication on the start of Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom, Roy deserves a little respect.
As many dress as Walt Disney each and every year for the not-so-spooky Halloween Party, we want to see his brother Roy get a little more love. He’s the ultimate reason Walt Disney World and its theme parks exists in the first place. So, when you’re headed out for the spooky spectacular this year, show some appreciation for the other Disney brother, who is typically only remembered by die-hard Disney fans.
Hatbox Ghost at Haunted Mansion
There certainly isn’t a ride more familiar with the concept of Halloween compared to Disney’s Haunted Mansion. The famous dark ride is a culmination of everything the spectacular Halloween party at Disney World is meant to be. It’s a mixture of frightening and funny rolled into one experience that is cherished and beloved by a loyal following of fans.
Although Disney World’s version remains different from the original ride at Disneyland, the Haunted Mansion is getting an added guest late this November that has spooked California theme park fans for decades. Hatbox Ghost is bringing is spectacular talents to Orlando this year, but why do we need to wait until around Thanksgiving when it’s Halloween? Bring the change your want to see people, be Hatbox Ghost this year at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Disney Halloween Costume Honorable Mentions
Although not completely serious, we do think that some of these ideas would work great as a gag costume from 2023’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. However, if these don’t tickle your fancy, you could always consider a few of our honorable mentions.
- Disney World Trash Can
- Forgotten Disney Characters Like Chicken Little
- The Unfinished Building on I-4
- Something From Harry Potter (walk around asking random guests where Hogwarts is)
- Minnie Mouse, but as a Disney Cruise Captain
- Just Wear Whatever You Wore to Halloween Horror Nights the Day Before
- Your Favorite Disney Snack
- Any Extinct Disney Attraction That Now Is Beloved By Fans
- Save the DinoLand USA Sign
- Bugs Matter Too Sign
- Two-Face, but as Bob Iger and Bob Chapek
- A Fired Disney Executive
- Whatever Specialty Hotdog is at Casey’s Corner This Year
- Wear Christmas Stuff (we’re almost there)
We hope that we’ve helped get your gears turning for hilarious, satirical costume ideas to wear proudly at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year. Any of our selections are sure to garner you a huge amount of attention from fellow guests, some of them may even make your internet famous. The most important thing to remember is this, if you’re attending the Halloween party at Disney World this year, have fun. Be part of someone else’s magic, because we don’t kow if we’ll get next year. Make others laugh and smile, and enjoy your Halloween safely with family and friends.
What are your costumes plans for Halloween at Disney World this year?