Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Kicks Off the Season

Magic Kingdom decorated for Halloween
The Magic Kingdom entrance decorated for Halloween, September 2016.

Halloween has arrived Walt Disney World, which means the jack-o-lanterns are lining Main Street U.S.A. and seasonal treats are just around the corner.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will make its return beginning this Friday, Aug. 25 and run several nights a week until Nov. 1. All the primary party offerings will return, including the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, and Happy HaloWishes Fireworks Show.

The two main perks of these parties are pretty obvious: literal buckets of candy being freely distributed and seeing tons of awesome, imaginative costumes. (Be sure to check the guidelines here if you plan to participate in that tradition.)

Beyond that, here are our top three Halloween experiences you can only have at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party:

Watch sparks fly in the Boo-to-You parade

We mean that quite literally. While Disney’s version of Halloween is still pretty kid friendly, this parade is about as dark as things get in the Magic Kingdom. It’s worth the effort to get a front-row seat for this one, especially since that means being there in time to see the parade’s grand marshal, the Headless Horseman.

Collect a limited edition Sorcerers card

Stop by the firehouse on Main Street for this year’s party-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom playing card featuring the Country Bears. This is a fun, free souvenir, even if you don’t play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. I can’t wait to use it and watch Henry and the gang run of a villain with their moonshine-fueled jams.

Stop for exclusive PhotoPass opportunities

This year’s Halloween parties will feature five locations for Halloween-themed “magic shots” with PhotoPass photographers. While the details have yet to be announced, favorites last year involved the Headless Horseman and a mysterious driver of the hearse outside the Haunted Mansion.

Will you be attending Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party this year? Make sure to buy your tickets in advance, especially if you plan to go on a weekend night.