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Alternatives to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

August 17, 2023

While Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a lot of fun, it may not be the best fit for everyone.  For some families, the late hours are tough for little kids.  For others, the pricey tickets are not exactly enticing.  However, even if you don’t attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you can still find a lot of not-so-spooky Halloween delights throughout Walt Disney World.

Book Hollywood & Vine Halloween Dine

Minnie at Hollywood & Vine (Photo Credit: WDW News Today)

Over in Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine features character dining year round, but Minnie and friends host different seasonal events during lunch and dinner.  From August 11 to November 4, Minnie and friends host Halloween Dine.  Guests can pose for photos with Minnie, Mickey, Pluto, and Goofy who are dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes.  At $59 per adult and $38 per child ages 3-9, this is a more economical way to get those special Halloween meet and greets.

Watch Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular from Outside the Park

The Magic Kingdom isn’t the only location from which you can view Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, the special fireworks show for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  While you won’t be able to see the castle projections, you can see the fireworks from any of the monorail resorts, such as Bay Lake Tower, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian.  You can even hear the soundtrack from some of these locations.  

Treat Yourself to Halloween Goodies

Black velvet whoopie pie from Liberty Square Market (Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog)

You don’t have to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to get Halloween treats!  Although there are some party-exclusive items, a wide variety of items for Halloween can be purchased during normal park hours at places like the Golden Oak Outpost, Liberty Square Market, Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Treats, Cheshire Cafe, and Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom.  

Check Out the Special Resort Activities

If you have a trip during the Halloween season, be sure to check out the resort activity calendars to see what’s available.  The resorts typically offer Halloween arts and crafts, pumpkin carving or decorating, costume contests, or showings of Halloween movies.  Some resorts also host trick-or-treating events on Halloween itself. 

See the Decorations at the Fort Wilderness Campsites 

Fort Wilderness Train-themed golf cart at the Halloween golf cart parade (Photo Credit: WDW News Today)

During the Halloween season, guests like to decorate their Fort Wilderness campsites with everything from lights to inflatables.  Some of them are incredibly elaborate and themed after attractions like the Haunted Mansion or favorite characters like Jack Skellington.  The resort also hosts a parade of creatively decorated golf carts.  Just note that Fort Wilderness is extremely popular this time of year. Disney often limits access to the resort on Halloween to just guests staying at Fort Wilderness.  

Complete Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit in EPCOT

If you’re a fan of the EPCOT festival scavenger hunts, try out Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit.  This pumpkin hunt takes place from September 29 to October 31.  To participate, purchase a game board and stickers from Disney Traders, Creations Shop, Port of Entry, or World Traveler.  Search for the pumpkins decorated with Disney themes, and match the corresponding sticker to the game board.  Once you’ve found them all, return to Disney Traders for a prize.  

There’s still time to book a trip to check out these Halloween festivities!  Take a look at the confirmed reservations for some great deals at the best resorts on Walt Disney World property. 

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