Your Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Disney World

There is nothing like enjoying Halloween in Disney World! The decorations are a mix of scary and fun, the food is perfectly themed, the merchandise is a treat, and the party — well, it’s not-so-scary

The Headless Horseman Joins in the Halloween Fun

Even though the actual date of Halloween (October 31) is still six months away, we’re sure that many of you are already in serious planning mode for your upcoming fall vacations. To help you out, we have put together a guide to all things Halloween in Disney World.

First off — when is Halloween? You may answer October 31, but in Disney World it’s a whole season.  In the Magic Kingdom this year Halloween starts on August 16! The last day of trick-or-treating is November 1 — that’s 77 days of Halloween!

Halloween Decorations in the Magic Kingdom

During those 77 days you will find Halloween decorations up all around the park including the classic fall leaf-Mickey wreaths and jack-o’-lanterns along Main Street, U.S.A.

Halloween Decorations
Halloween Decorations

You’ll also find an interesting group of “citizens” in Town Square as you enter the park.

Halloween Decorations
Halloween Decorations

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event from your theme park admission, known as a hard-ticket event. During the event on select nights starting at 7 p.m. the park transforms into a Halloween wonderland with trick-or-treating, special entertainment, special treats, ride enhancements, seasonal PhotoPass Magic Shots, limited-time character appearances, and a Boo-to-You Parade led by the Headless Horseman. In addition, it was recently announced that this year, a new fireworks nighttime spectacular will be introduced in place of Hallo-Wishes.

The 2019 Dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are:

August: 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
September: 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
October: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
November: 1

Learn more and purchase your tickets on the Disney website.

Special Character Appearances during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Haunted Mansion Float in Boo to You! Parade

In addition to all of the above that are included with the party, you can add the Halloween Fireworks Dessert Party, a special event held at Tomorrowland Terrace, to your party night. Learn more and make your reservations on the Disney website.

Halloween Dine at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood Studios

Enjoy a hauntingly fun lunch or dinner with your family at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood Studios during the Halloween Dine period.  You’ll get to see Minnie and her friends in their Halloween attire for a “spooktacular” feast from August 26 to November 3, 2019. Learn more and make your reservations on the Disney website.

Hollywood and Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Fall Decor and WonderFall Food at Disney Springs

Disney Springs also gets dressed up for the season, generally after Labor Day. You’ll find fall-themed decor around the entertainment, dining, and shopping areas.

Fall in Disney Springs
Fall in Disney Springs

In addition to decor, you’ll find Halloween-themed sweet treats at Goofy’s Candy Co., Candy Cauldron, and Amorette’s Patisserie. In 2018, select Disney Springs locations participated in the WonderFall flavors program. The dishes in this program ranged from appetizers to desserts and flavors were all inspired and influenced by the season. Learn about the 2018 WonderFall Flavors program here.

Disney Springs WonderFall Tasting Passport
Amorette’s Patisserie WonderFall Offerings in 2018

Halloween Treats and Merchandise All Over

Cupcakes, Cookies, Cake Pops, Marshmallow Wands, Krispie Treats, Caramel Apples, and so much more! It is Halloween after all! You’ll find sweet treats themed for Halloween in Magic Kingdom‘s Main Street Confectionery and Big Top Treats, Animal Kingdom‘s Zuri’s Sweet Shop, Boardwalk’s Bakery and Screen Door General Store, Contemporary‘s Bay View Gifts, Disney Springs‘ Candy Cauldron and Goofy’s Candy Co., and more shops, food courts, and spots around the parks and resorts.

Halloween Candy at Goofy’s Candy Co. ©Disney

No one does merchandise better than Disney! You’ll find Halloween-themed clothes, socks, hats, housewares, plushes, pins, MagicBands, and almost anything else at gift shops and stores in all of the parks and resorts.

Halloween T-Shirt
Halloween Plush

There you have it — Halloween in Disney World in a nutshell! Have you ever celebrated Halloween in Disney World? Be sure to leave a review in our Rate and Review section!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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  1. After 3 trips in September and October we are going in August this year. I was looking forward to seeing the parks with different decorations. Nope, Halloween starts in mid-August?!?!?! Too much too soon Disney.