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Your Guide to The Disney Halloween Parties: From Boo To You to Candy Hauls (2023)

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BOO to YOU! Planning for a Disney Halloween party at the parks is in full swing. Tickets for Walt Disney World’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party are on sale and tickets for the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland have sold out for 2023. Use this guide to the Disney Halloween parties for your spooktacular trip!

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Don’t be scared; go ahead and buy your tickets to the Disney Halloween party of your choice right away!

I’ve been to both Disney Halloween parties on each coast and had a boo-tiful time. (See what I did there?)

Both Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World and the Oogie Boogie’s Bash party at Disneyland are a total blast and if you do it right, worth the added costs!

Get ready for the parties by watching these Disney Halloween movies– and no, it’s not too early!



That’s right: don’t blink, folks; Halloween is just around the corner.

If you’re like me, you might be making plans to celebrate the season in style with a visit to a Disney Park. 

If you go east to Walt Disney World or west to Disneyland, you’ll be in for a spooktacular treat. Especially if you hit up one of the special ticketed Halloween parties offered at each park.

Disney Halloween Podcast Episode

We are big fans of the Halloween season and wouldn’t mind seeing Disney do something spooky 365 days a year! 

If you agree, check out the Halloween episode of the No-Guilt Disney Podcast



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Adults can dress up in Halloween costumes during the Halloween parties at Disney.

Your Guide to The Disney Halloween Parties (2023)

The Disney parks put on their finest Halloween decorations and bring out specialty snacks, characters, and events starting in August and running through November 1st.

Yep, I said August. Crazy, right? 

Disney Halloween party planning starts NOW (no, I’m not kidding!), particularly if you want to be there on Halloween night.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) Dates for 2023

When does Magic Kingdom decorate for Halloween? 

They get started the last few days of July and are running all the fall feels full force by August 10, the official start of the Halloween season at Disney World.

The MNSSHP dates for 2023 are:

  • August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
  • September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
  • October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November: 1

For those wondering: Christmas at Disney World starts on November 2! Overnight the Halloween decorations will melt away and BAM Christmas everywhere. 

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Halloween Time at Disneyland Dates for 2023

Halloween Time at Disneyland officially starts on September 1 and runs through October 31. But we’ve been to Disneyland in late July and spotted signs of Halloween around the parks. 

If you show up in late August, you’ll likely see some Halloween decorations as they prep for the season. 

The epic Disneyland Ooogie Boogie Bash will be back for 2023, and you don’t want to miss out on this fun event!

This is your chance to dress up in costume with your whole family. Yes, adults too!

The Oogie Boogie Bash dates for 2023 are:

  • September 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
  • October 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31

Just like at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Christmas follows directly behind Halloween. At the stroke of midnight on November 1, Halloween at Disneyland will quickly turn into Christmas at Disneyland.

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Now that we’ve covered when you can expect Halloween at Disney to start, here are some helpful tips, hacks, and links to get you to the parties this year. 

FAQs For The Halloween Parties At Disney Parks

  1. We can get in early with our party ticket (4 pm at Disney World, 3 pm at Disneyland). But the party doesn’t actually start until 7 pm. Can we ride attractions or do anything while we’re waiting? Absolutely you can! That’s a perk to the party ticket. You can get in a few hours early and spend them just like any other day guest would. BUT… I think you may want to consider getting into some of the early opening character lines and saving the rides until the day guests leave. 
  2. Are there candy options for kids with food allergies? YES! If you have a food allergy, please see a Cast Member to pick up a teal-colored treat bag. When you trick-or-treat with your teal bag, you’ll receive a teal token at one of the treat stations. Later on, you can redeem these teal tokens at our Allergy-Friendly Centers for your special treats.
  3. I don’t have a ticket to the party. Will they kick me out of Magic Kingdom at 6 pm? Yes-ish. They don’t exactly kick anyone out but cast members will start asking to see party wristbands at 6 pm. If you don’t have one, they will usher you toward the exit (kindly). You won’t be able to get in line for attractions or do any of the early opening party shopping or character meets. 
  4. Do characters sign autographs? Most do sign autographs during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Most won’t sign them at Oogie Boogie Bash, however. Jack Skellington and Sally and the Seven Dwarfs are examples of characters who do not sign. 
  5. What attractions are closed for the party? At Disney World, the Carousel of Progress, the Enchanted Tiki Room, Mickey’s Philharmagic, the Country Bear Jamboree, and the dock to Tom Sawyer Island are all operating during the party as a Trick or Treat trail. Disney California Adventure has all attractions open except the Redwood Trails, which are used as part of the party.
  6. Do the rides have any special Halloween overlays for the party? Yes! Magic Kingdom offers a unique Space Mountain experience during the party. It also has special lights and fog for Mad Tea Party and Monsters, Inc has a small Halloween show. At Disney California Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout has a Monsters After Dark overlay. Cars Land also offers Halloween-specific attractions. The Disneyland offerings are for all guests, not just party guests.
  7. Do I need Genie+ during the party? NO. You won’t be able to use Genie+. However, Tron is using a virtual queue boarding group system during the party. You can try for a boarding group at 6 pm.
  8. How about DAS? Can we use the Disability Access Service during the party? There are mixed responses to this. You should be able to use DAS for the attractions just as you would on a normal park day via the app. But the character meet and greets do not all offer a DAS option. I have seen reports that it was available for Jack and Sally at Disney World, but people still stood in the DAS line for up to an hour. 
  9. I want a good place for the parade. When should I pick my spot? If you are only planning to stay long enough for the first parade, be sure to get a spot 60-90 minutes before it starts. If you can wait until the 2nd parade of the night, the crowds tend to be a little lighter (little kiddos tap out after fireworks!) and you may not have to line up as early. 30 minutes is generally a good rule for the 2nd parade. 
  10. Is Memory Maker worth it for the party? Memory Maker is the photo package that you can buy for one day (or for the whole trip). At Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash, the pictures are all included with your ticket. At Disney World’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it is NOT included. I think the pictures are worth it and recommend buying Memory Maker. Just be sure you take advantage of the special photo ops around the park. I have a list linked below for all the Magic Shots offered.

Guide To Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World

The east coast version of this party starts in mid-August and here’s the rundown of the parties at Walt Disney World.

Highlights of this party include Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks.

These parades and shows are ONLY performed during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, so grab those tickets if you need to experience them!

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Tips, Hacks, and Links To Get You Prepared For Halloween At Disney World

Check out the details that will make sure your MNSSHP is a huge success.

Guide To Oogie Boogie Bash At Disneyland

Oogie Boogie is the new girl on the block as she’s only been around since 2019. 

And of course, no one was partying (or doing anything else!) in Disneyland in 2020. 

But the party came back and so did all the Villainous fun! 

If you kinda sorta root for the bad guys and gals, this is the party for you. 

The one negative is that you won’t get a fireworks show during the party in Disney California Adventure Park.

BUT- and here’s why I love Halloween Time at Disneyland so much– you can get Halloween Screams fireworks at Disneyland Park most nights from September through October. And that happens for everyone (no special ticket needed).

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During the day, Disneyland also offers a lot of fun overlays for the season. 

Haunted Mansion Holiday opens in September and features Nightmare Before Christmas with a Haunted Mansion twist. 

Disney California Adventure also has come fun Halloween overlays.

Race to Disneyland Haul-O-Ween in Cars Land and also drop in on the Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout: Monsters After Dark, which happens every day after 3 pm. 

But the star of Disneyland’s Halloween season is the Oogie Boogie Bash, an extra ticket party that sells out day 1 every year. 

If you are lucky enough to have tickets, here’s what you need to know about the Disney Halloween Party at Disneyland.

Tips, Hacks, and Links To Get You Prepared For Halloween At Disneyland

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Plan to Wear a Costume at Your Disney Halloween Party

You know I’m a big fan of wearing costumes whenever I can! At the Disney Halloween parties adults totally can wear costumes.

To steal a phrase from my favorite Marvel movie

Avengers: Assemble!

I love group Disney Halloween costumes for adults like this one.

Disney Halloween Party costumes for adults: Marvel Avengers

Here are some fun costume ideas to get your Disney Adult Costumes ready for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Oogie Boogie Bash. 

I love to dress up and think you may too! But keep in mind that comfort is key when it comes to these Disney Halloween Parties. 

Especially if you are going to one in August or September; things can still be quite toasty!

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Here are some fun quotes, printables, recipes, movies, shows, and playlists to get you in the proper Disney Halloween mood. 


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The Disney Halloween party time period is a fantastic time to enjoy the parks and all that Disney has to offer.

With special events, characters, the chance for adults to dress in costume, and delicious treats, you know it will be a Halloween your family will remember forever.

Boo to you!

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