Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022: Inside The Must-Scream Event

by | Aug 23, 2022 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW Food, WDW News

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Take it from our reporters. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022 is still the must-scream event of the year!

Sure, we had the After Hours BOO BASH last year, but Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is the event Disney Parks fans have been waiting for. 

We were invited to a special media preview of this year’s spooktacular bash. And according to our in-park reporters, it was well worth the frightfully long wait. 

So what sweet treat left our reporters spellbound? And what characters are going bump in the night? Keep reading for an inside look into this year’s party. 

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party map

Photo by Laurie Sapp

But first, here’s what you need to know before you go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022:

  • WHEN? MNSSHP takes place on select nights at Magic Kingdom from August 12 through October 31, 2022. 
  • HOW MUCH? Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022 tickets start at $119.00/ticket. For a list of event dates or to purchase tickets, visit the Walt Disney World website.
  • EVENT CHECK-IN: Go to the Main Entrance to Magic Kingdom at 4 PM to check-in.

Decor: The Devil’s In The Details

Jack o'Lantern outside Cinderella castle at Magic Kingdom

Photo by Laurie Sapp

The Cinderella pumpkins are back, but the party-exclusive decor elevates the Not-So-Scary Party experience. At night, the park is a different world. 

🎃 WDW Magazine Reporter, Julie de la Fe: “I like how the castle transforms after dark. The ghost projections and spooky colors make me happy. There were no Mickey pumpkins at our party but they magically appeared today … I love the way they seem to laugh at night.”

🎃 WDW Magazine Reporter, Maria Salerno: “When the lights come on at dusk, the decorations truly come to life. The combination of the decorations and the lighting/fog effects completely transform the MK, and it’s incredible to see that transformation take place from day to night.”

Snacks At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022

Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022

Photo by Laurie Sapp

We gave you a shriek peek at this year’s party snacks, but now we have first-hand accounts from our taste testers *ahem* reporters. So which spooky snack had Maria and Julie spellbound? Say hello to the NEW Not-So-Poison Apple Pie Milk Shake.

Not-So-Poison Apple Pie Milk Shake

Not-So-Poison Apple Pie Milk Shake. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

🎃 WDW Magazine Reporter, Maria Salerno: “The best snack was the Poison Apple Pie Milkshake from Auntie Gravity’s! They blend pieces of apple pie into the (very thick and creamy) ice cream. It took the cake for me because it’s a 3-in-1 treat! Milkshake, marshmallow poison apple topper, and delicious WARM cinnamon sugar donut holes…and is very shareable.”

Hades Hot Dog

Hades Hot Dog. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Sweets aren’t the only items on the not-so-scary menu. For those that prefer savory snacks, there’s the Hades Hot Dog served with house-made violet mustard, Un Poco Loco Tots smothered in Hades’ cheese sauce, and the Spellbinding Fried Pie stuffed with Buffalo chicken.

Tap here for a closer look at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party snacks. 

Mickey’s “Boo-to-You!” Halloween Parade

Boo To You Parade 2022

Photo by Laurie Sapp

It’s baaack! Mickey’s “Boo-to-You!” Halloween Parade returns to this year’s party. The parade starts in Frontierland and ends on Main Street, U.S.A. You can catch the cavalcade at 9:15 PM and 11:15 PM on party nights.

Here’s a look at the parade’s triumphant return: 

Cruella, Oogie Boogie, and the Queen of Hearts in the Boo To You Paraded the

Photo by Laurie Sapp

🎃 WDW Magazine Reporter, Maria Salerno: “My favorite moment of the parade actually happens before the parade proper—when the Headless Horseman rides! A sudden hush came over the (sold out) crowd when the Horseman rounded the bend that created an eerily perfect atmosphere for his ride.”

Boo To You Parade gravediggers

Photo by Laurie Sapp

🎃 WDW Magazine Reporter, Julie de la Fe: “I love the gravediggers, the villains … the headless horseman is also pretty amazing to see in person.”

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Hocus Pocus Halloween Merch 2022 Spelltacular Sapp

Photo by Laurie Sapp

As a tie-in to the upcoming Disney+ release of Hocus Pocus 2, the Sanderson Sisters and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular are back! 

Before you run amuck (amuck, amuck!) to the Castle Forecourt stage to see the Sanderson Sisters in action, here are the showtimes:

  • August and September 2022
    • 8:35 PM, 10:45 PM, midnight
  • October 2022
    • 7:40 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:45 PM, midnight

🎃 WDW Magazine Reporter, Maria Salerno: “I will always love standing in the Castle forecourt during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular—especially during the music break in ‘I Put a Spell on You’ when the audience gets to participate in chanting ‘ah say into pi alpha mani upendi’ with the Sanderson sisters! Such great energy in that moment!”

Costumed Characters

Mickey and Minnie in the Boo To You Parade

Photo by Laurie Sapp

Our reporter, Julie de la Fe, saw several costumed characters at the party. There’s Mickey and Minnie, of course, but the longest meet-and-greet lines were for the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore appear together in costume. We won’t spoil how they’re dressed. You’ll have to go to the party to find out!

Elvis Stitch makes an appearance at the party as well as Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. You can meet Mickey, Jack, and Sally at Town Square Theater. (Bonus? The theater is air conditioned.)

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party fireworks

Photo by Laurie Sapp

Bring your not-so-scary evening to a fiendish finish with Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022. Look to the skies above Cinderella Castle at 10:15 PM. 

Disney brings a tale of dancing skeletons, ghoulish ghosts, Disney heroes, and villains to life in spooktacular fashion. The show features projection effects, lasers, and fireworks. 

🎃 WDW Magazine Reporter, Julie de la Fe: “The fireworks are unique to the party and they are a brand new show this year! The projections are pretty spectacular and include appearances by Jack Skellington, Zero alongside Mickey and friends. Besides the projections, these are some of the most impressive fireworks Disney has. They literally fill the sky and are almost impossible to catch on camera!”

Final Thoughts: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022

Boo To You Parade 2022

Photo by Laurie Sapp

So what’s the final verdict on this year’s spooky proceedings? Let’s see what our in-park reporters said:

🎃 WDW Magazine Reporter, Julie de la Fe: “Wow was it nice to have a full Halloween celebration back at Magic Kingdom! Spooky Music filled the atmosphere and there was excitement from Cast Members and guests of all ages. The Boo to You parade is my favorite and that just made my ‘not so scary’ heart so happy!”

🎃 WDW Magazine Reporter, Maria Salerno: “I couldn’t stop smiling all night … being back at a full party swept me away in a way I wasn’t expecting. Seeing all the costumes and trick or treating with everyone again made for such a great night. It’s always fun to be at a Party, but Disney more than delivered at bringing it back in full force this year…MNSSHP is BACK!”

Halloween Merch at Disney World

hocus pocus plush dolls Disney Halloween Merch

A set of very huggable Hocus Pocus plush dolls. Photo by Evelyn Long

Disney Halloween Merch will be available at the parks all day, without admission to the party required. But you’ll have to be quick! These creepy items sell out fast. We spotted every Merch line on Main Street in Magic Kingdom:

🎃Check out all the Halloween Merch lines here

Spending Halloween at Disney World?

Check the Walt Disney World website for ticket availability and pricing for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022.

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Written by Natasha Szostak

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Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.
Natasha Szostak

Written by Natasha Szostak

Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.
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