Fall has arrived in central Florida…well, almost! It’s one of my most favorite times when ghosts, goblins and some of our most beloved Disney characters come out to play. We are right in the middle of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party season and with tickets still available for most of the rest of the remaining parties, let’s talk about my top 3 favorite reasons to attend a party.

#1 – Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween parade and Happy Hallowishes Fireworks

Sure, you can see parades and fireworks in most every Disney park most every day but how many times can you see the headless horseman ride down Main Street U.S.A or see the hitchhiking ghosts hitch a ride along the parade route? Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween parade and Happy Hallowishes are well worth the price of admission alone. The parade runs twice during the party and I would recommend not waiting until the last minute to snag a prime viewing spot. The parade starts in the back of the park between Splash Mountain and Pesco Bill’s and runs through Frontierland to the castle and down Main Street USA. Happy Hallowishes happens once during the party and my favorite place to watch from is on Main Street USA.

Hitchhiking Ghosts! - Photo courtesy Melissa Dobereiner

Hitchhiking Ghosts! – Photo courtesy Melissa Dobereiner

Our family with Cinderella and Prince Charming. Photo courtesy Melissa Dobereiner

Our family with Cinderella and Prince Charming. Photo courtesy Melissa Dobereiner

#2 Special Character Sightings

Want to meet some Princes? How about your favorite villain? MNSSHP is the place to do it!! You can meet Villians during the Villians Mix ‘n’ Mingle or even get your picture with the 7 dwarfs during party nights! Check out the special Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party maps to see where there are various character meeting locations- you never know who you might meet!

Our Pirate and Princess. Photo courtesy Melissa Dobereiner

Our little ones. Photo courtesy Melissa Dobereiner

Photo courtesy Melissa Dobereiner

Photo courtesy Melissa Dobereiner

#3 Dress Up Fun for the Whole Family

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties are the only time that Disney allows adults to dress is costume. When we attended our very first party, the adults in our group were skeptical about it- would we be the only ones? Do we look ridiculous? If you’re wondering these same things, let me assure you that you won’t be the only ones and you most definitely won’t look ridiculous!! A few things to keep in mind related to costumes:

1. Although Disney encourages guests of all ages to dress up, they request that you choose costumes that aren’t offensive or violent.

2. Disney requires that all guests’ eyes must be visible at all times so avoid costumes that have masks or the alike that will cover your eyes.

3. The temperature in central Florida in September and October is generally still pretty warm so consider how comfortable any given costume will be in heat when you are choosing what to wear. Something we have found very helpful to do is translate a costume into t-shirts and shorts so that we are dressed up but not overheating. For instance, 2 years ago we converted some plain white t-shirts into Prince Charming costumes with some ribbon and other assorted decorative trims. We paired those shirts with red shorts and viola, we had a couple of Prince Charmings ready to go in the Florida heat!


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Paul Little is the founder and president of the DVC Rental Store