Disney World Halloween – Guide to Events, Parks, & Costumes

Costumed performaers dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald and Daisy Duck in front of Cinderella's Castle at the Disney World Halloween event

Disney World Halloween 2024

If you’re looking for some freakishly good family fun in Orlando this Halloween, Disney World Halloween 2024 is set to be the best yet – with spine-chillingly creative decorations and family-friendly events to make your Disney World Halloween party experience a hauntingly unforgettable one.

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When does Halloween start at Disney World?

Disney World Halloween 2024 festivities kick off with Disney World Halloween Decorations up from August, with the magical Fall atmosphere and special events through September and Halloween until early November. Those looking to explore the parks in the fall are in for tricks and treats galore!  

When does Disney World decorate for Halloween?

Decorations for the Halloween festivities go up from August 11. Then, throughout October, the park brings out all the tricks and treats with exclusive and immersive Disney World Halloween decorations. As the Halloween season approaches, Magic Kingdom decks out Main Street, U.S.A. with charming scarecrows, Jack-o’-lanterns, and even a floral display featuring Mickey Mouse in a masquerade mask at the park’s entrance. The Walt Disney World Monorails join in on the spooky fun, sporting purple and orange undercarriage lights during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Carved pumpkins in front of a building at the Disney World Halloween event

Disney World Halloween Tickets

For all your Disney World Halloween party needs our Concierge team is happy to help! They know all the ‘tricks’ to ‘treat’ your family to the ultimate Disney World Halloween 2024 experience, from arranging park transportation and discounted park tickets to special meet-and-greets, themed party decorations, and private chef experience back at your vacation rental. 

Disney World Halloween Costumes

Children aged 0-13 are allowed to wear costumes, but masks must not restrict peripheral vision, with openings that allow the eyes to be fully seen.

For ages 14+, children and adults, costumes are not allowed, with the exception of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This event is one of the only times costumes are permitted in the park, but with some conditions. So dress up as your favorite character but

  • Do not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Keep your costumes family-friendly (nothing offensive, objectionable, or violent).
  • Don’t take any props or accessories, especially items that could be mistaken for an actual weapon. Leave your Thor hammers at home! This also includes anything pointy on your costume.
  • Costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may hold you up at security screening.
  • No big capes or ball gowns – costumes cannot reach or drag on the ground. Short waist-length capes are ok.
  • No masks.

So what can you wear for a Disney World Halloween Costume? 

Themed Disney World Halloween shirts, T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are all fine. And to accessorize, take your transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. While masks are not allowed you are allowed to wear costume headwear as long as it doesn’t cover your face. 

A man wearing a Halloween Disney shirt at the Disney World Halloween event

Magic Kingdom Halloween

Magic Kingdom Halloween Decorations

Aside from the intoxicating whirlwind of costumes, parades, and fireworks, the Magic Kingdom Halloween decorations themselves promise a spell-binding experience. On Main Street U.S.A, creepy goings-on abound, with scarecrows, garlands, fall-inspired scenes, and unique Jack-o’-lanterns. In Liberty Square, you’ll be able to take in the haunting Halloween atmosphere, with a traditional display of fall leaves, pumpkins, cornsticks, sunflowers, and other natural decorations to set the scene.

Magic Kingdom fans will also spot Halloween-themed ride overlays and ramped-up rides for 2024, including an eerily pitch-black Space Mountain ride, and a scarily good Mad Tea Party ride overlay with freakish lighting, sounds and music. The aptly named Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom also sees a snappier, spooky-themed version of its show for Halloween.

Magic Kingdom Halloween party dates

With the majority of Halloween party events and festivities of Disney World Orlando being hosted at Magic Kingdom, a trip to experience the Magic Kingdom Halloween Party 2024 promises to be the most spell-binding experience of all! Read on to learn what you can look forward to and the key Magic Kingdom Halloween party dates you don’t want to miss!

Costumed performers dressed as Maleficent, Cruella DeVille, Jafa, Dr Facillier, the Queen of Hearts in front of Cinderella's Castle at the Disney World Halloween event

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween 2024

  • Select Dates in August – November 
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. to midnight. 

Guests with party tickets can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00 p.m – inviting you to make the most of the rides and Halloween spirit before nightfall! 

This world-famous Disney World Halloween party promises an unforgettable spectacle, with a ghoulishly good lineup of performances and must-sees throughout the night. From special seasonal character meets with Jack Skellington and Sally at the Town Square Theater and Madame Carlotta, Miss Renatta, and Broome the Butler at the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square, to meet and greets with all your classic favorite Disney characters – all ages will enjoy meeting their Halloween and Disney heroes!

At Disney’s Not-So-Scary Halloween, Magic Kingdom you’ll also be able to catch Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween parade and enjoy a unique “Hocus Pocus” Villain Spelltacular performance. The annual Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks show promises to put the nail in the coffin of what will have been a “fang”-tastic night. 

Nowhere promises to celebrate the Halloween season quite like Magic Kingdom Halloween 2024! Dare to read on to discover all the finer details…

What’s on at Disney World Not-So-Scary Halloween 2024

A Disney World Not-So-Scary Halloween party ticket is the hottest ticket in town – playing host to a following spooktacular line-up of eerily memorable themed shows:

Performer dressed as Ursula the Sea Witch at the Disney World Halloween event

Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade

  • When: Twice nightly, on select nights between August and November, 2024

This much-loved and anticipated Disney World Mickey Mouse Halloween party cavalcade brings forth an assortment of fiendishly fun floats, as each land of the Magic Kingdom park comes together to celebrate during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The Boo-To-You Halloween Parade features Disney characters dressed in their finest Halloween costumes – as they get ready to go trick-or-treating on Main Street, U.S.A. Get swept up in the spectral spirit of the season as floats, dancers, and other spooky Disney characters from The Haunted Mansion ride waltz down Main Street. 

Good to know: Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade is on twice nightly, and is approximately 20 minutes long. Keep your eyes peeled for the Headless Horseman to know when it’s coming!

“Hocus Pocus” Villain Spelltacular

  • When: Select party nights between Fall and November, 2024
  • Time: Three evening shows, with the special ticketed event times varying, depending on the day.
  • Where: Cinderella Castle Stage at Main Street, U.S.A, Magic Kingdom 

Fans of the cult Disney Halloween classic, “Hocus Pocus” are in for plenty of tricks and treats this year – with a spell-binding performance and visual effects from the Sanderson Sisters. Freak out as they summon a host of infamous Disney Villains including Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent. Watch out as they try their fiendish best to finish their spooky Halloween spell to create a spooky Halloween potion that will bewitch the whole of Magic Kingdom!

Performers dressed as the Sanderson Sisters and Oogie Boogie at the Disney World Halloween event

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

  • When: Select party nights between Fall and November, 2024
  • Time: Around 10:15 p.m.
  • Where: Cinderella’s Castle, Main Street, U.S.A at Magic Kingdom

The ‘pumpkin on the top’ of the whole Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2024 has to be Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks display!

Hosted by the lead character of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” – the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town himself, Jack Skellington, this spell-binding show promises to impress! Take in incredible Halloween-themed fireworks, projections, and lasers that light up the crisp, fall night sky. With Cinderella’s Castle serving as the iconic backdrop to the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, you’ll get to hear an original soundtrack featuring much-loved Disney characters as well as some eerily good Halloween magic.

Cadaver Dans 

  • When: Select party nights between Fall and November, 2024
  • Time: Three evening shows
  • Where: Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

This infamous Barbershop Quartet returns to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, with spooky melodies, deadpan humor and eerily-sharp wit that will leave you in stitches!

Magic Kingdom Halloween Food 

Complementing the Halloween candy on offer in the confectioneries and trick-or-treating zones dotted around Magic Kingdom Park, you’ll also find delicious Halloween treats to devour from a host of iconic Magic Kingdom eateries. 

Must-tries include the new-look “Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll” from Main Street Bakery, the Spicy Strawberry-Jalapeño “Tombstone Tart” from the Golden Oak Outpost (located on the way to Adventureland) and the eerily good “Black Velvet Whoopie Pie” from Liberty Square Market.

Ghoulish park fans will be able to wash these treats down with a refreshing, fall-inspired Apple Fritter milkshake from Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland, or a cherry flavor “Queen of Hearts slushy from Cheshire Cafe in Fantasyland. If you need the caffeine kick and love a bittersweet edge, then try the seasonal “Witches Cold Brew iced coffee with pumpkin spiced foam , also served at Cheshire Cafe. 

Of course, those looking to savor a Halloween display that will haunt them for years to come should celebrate in style, with a ghoulishly-good, seated Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party (held during the fireworks show at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant or with reserved seating at Plaza Garden). Alternatively, park goblins tempted by table-service dining will gladly lose their head over a restaurant reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table or Be Our Guest Restaurant (advanced booking required).

Good to know: All prices exclude applicable sales tax. All food and restaurant meals are excluded from the cost of the Disney World Not-So-Scary Halloween ticket. Dining plans are not accepted at Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party (which is also a separately priced experience).

Good to Know for Disney World Not-So-Scary Halloween 2024

  • Separate admission to this Halloween event is required, so you will need to present a valid Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket(s) to receive your wristband ribbon and gain entry to the events (you can arrive from 4:00 p.m. onwards). 
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the only times guests 14+ can wear costumes in the park. It is recommended to review the full costume guidelines before arrival.
  • All entertainment is subject to change without notice.

Disney Springs Halloween 

The popular shopping and food destination of Disney Springs becomes a hotspot for Halloween treats and feasting, with a freakishly-good offering of Halloween-inspired food to accompany its ghoulish-themed events. Disney Springs Halloween 2024 is set to be a fun and varied experience, with something for all ages.

When does Disney Springs decorate for Halloween?

Disney Springs Halloween Decorations go up at the same time across the park on August 11. Throughout September and October, Disney Springs is a charming “Fall at Disney Springs” wonderland. With delightful seasonal decorations, captivating photo backdrops, live entertainment, and delectable treats, the entire area takes on an enchanting autumn vibe. Disney Springs’ decorations are a little less ghoulish than elsewhere in the park, instead with a cozy, fall-themed feeling.

With its incredible collection of seasonal food and inspired Halloween events, Disney Springs is in the Halloween spirit throughout October, inviting you to soak up a spooktacular atmosphere in the run-up to the scariest night of the year.

A pumpkin carved to look like Micky Mouse at the Disney World Halloween event

Disney Springs Halloween events

Family-friendly Goosebumps this “Huluween”

  • When: Each weekend in October, 2024
  • Where: Marketplace at Disney Springs

Brought to you by Freeform, Hulu, and Disney+ each weekend this October, enjoy spotting the strolling pumpkin DJ who rides around the Marketplace and the photo ops available at the “Goosebumps” backdrop, to coincide with the conjuring up of a brand-new TV series, based on the best-selling R.L. Stine books. 

Zombeats Drummers

  • When: Select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October, 2024
  • Time: 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9 p.m. 
  • Where: Disney Springs Town Center

Shake those bones this Halloween month, with the contagious rhythm of the Zombeats Drummers! This costumed zombie drumline marches through Town Center multiple times in the evening on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Look out for Roller-skating witches and Skeleton stilt walkers who will also be haunting Disney Springs Town Center on select evenings in October at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Squad Ghouls

  • When: Select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October, 2024
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: AdventHealth Waterside Stage

Conjuring up haunting melodies, this costumed acapella group guarantees to put you under their spell for the evening, with their entertaining performance and Halloween-themed charm.

Precious Moments Halloween Collection Showcase

  • When: Throughout October, 2024
  • Time: Collection available to view from Open to Close
  • Where: Art of Disney

Perfect for relishing some Halloween-themed retail therapy, head to this gallery-style shop to

take in its seasonal showcase of iconic works of art and collectibles. All inspired by your best-loved Disney films, characters and Disney theme parks, they promise to be a ghoulishly good keepsake from your time spent at Disney World this Halloween!

Disney Springs Halloween treats

Whether you’re visiting Disney Springs on foot or by broomstick this Halloween month, you’ll find a freakishly tempting collection of Disney Springs Halloween treats and beverages to sample and enjoy. No Disney World Halloween 2024 would be complete without one of our favorite Halloween-themed treats. With everything from frightfully artistic Éclairs and devilishly good treats from Amorette’s Patisserie to the fiendishly good seasonal Shakes from D-Luxe Burger (available through Fall, 2024) and frightfully good Halloween-themed Cookies from Gideon’s Bakehouse, Disney Springs is home to ‘boo-tiful’ Halloween-themed food this season.

Green mousses dessert with sponge 'fingers' at the Disney World Halloween celebration event

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you find yourself in Hollywood Studios this Halloween month then there are some terrifyingly good treats just waiting to surprise you!

Minnie’s Halloween Dine 

  • When: Selected days from Fall through November, 2024
  • Where: Hollywood & Vine

Back by popular demand, this Halloween-themed character buffet offers the perfect chance to savor some tasty family meals whilst meeting Minnie and her friends in their fun Halloween costumes. Enjoy their bewitching charm as you rest those weary feet and tuck into classic buffet dishes. Don’t forget to have a photo snapped by the themed Minnie’s Halloween Dine photo-op screen!

Disney World Halloween food at Hollywood Studios

At Hollywood Studios, the Halloween spirit is alive and well – with a gruesomely good assortment of tasty treats to celebrate. Our favorite Halloween-themed snacks and food options for 2024 at Hollywood Studios include the frightful Halloween goodies on offer at PizzeRizzo, the ABC Commissary and Backlot Express. You’ll lose your head over their delicious and imaginative sweet treats!

Hollywood Studios Halloween food extends to a freakishly-exciting offering of mouth-watering beverages from Rosie’s All-American Café (available throughout October, 2024).

Epcot Halloween

Seeking some pumpkin, spice, and all things nice? Head over to Ecpot for its enticing array of Epcot Halloween events!

Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit at EPCOT

  • When: September through October, 2024
  • Where: EPCOT Park

In the run-up and through Halloween, EPCOT will host its popular Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit. This fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt returns for a second season, whisking visitors on a quest around the Park to find 12 decorative Halloween Pumpkins – playfully inspired by Disney characters. As you find each pumpkin, don’t forget to mark its location with the stickers provided on the back of the map. Afterward head to Creation Shop, Disney Traders, or World Traveler at International Gateway and hand your map in – for a magical momento you can take home!

Does EPCOT decorate for Halloween?

Although the Park does not decorate itself to reflect a Disney World Halloween theme, the 2024 International Food and Wine Festival (which runs from July through November, 2024) serves up a devilishly good selection of fall-inspired and pumpkin-flavored treats during this time, which you can sink your teeth into. EPCOT also conjures up some tasty Halloween goodies which you can find around the Park. 

For EPCOT visitors between late September and Halloween, keep an eye out for themed pumpkins scattered around the park, enhancing the festive atmosphere of Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit. 

EPCOT Halloween food 

Halloween foodie fans have a couple of new treats waiting to surprise them at EPCOT. Character Halloween waffles will be served up at Connections Café (available on select dates in 2024), whilst those with extra room for dessert should head to Sunshine Seasons, for their tempting Halloween-themed delights (available on select dates in October, 2024).

A pastry pie shaped like a gravestone at the Disney World Halloween celebration

Boo-k your Orlando Vacation Rental

When it comes to celebrating Disney World Halloween 2024 nobody wants to be haunted by expensive hotel rates. With a Top Villas stay in Orlando, you can say “Boo” to an expensive hotel room this Halloween, and hello to a fun family vacation rental! Fully optimized for vacations, our Orlando vacation homes promise more space, privacy and luxury than a standard hotel stay – with a plethora of exclusive in-house amenities to pick. From private covered pools and epic themed kids’ bedrooms to games rooms and even home theaters you can watch your favorite Halloween movies in, our Orlando vacation rentals take the scare factor out of your Disney World Halloween 2024 break.

Our expert Travel Planners can help you find the perfect villa near Disney World and our luxury Concierge team is on here to arrange your park tickets, transportation and even themed Halloween nights-in, and everything in between to make your Orlando vacation a spell-binding experience. With many of our top gated resorts offering theme park shuttles and incredible on-site amenities, it’s time to put the ‘treat’ back into your accommodation search. Discover our Orlando vacation rentals and Halloween availability today.

Planning the ultimate Disney World Halloween party

When planning your trip to the parks to experience the ghoulishly good Disney World Halloween party events, our Concierge team is here to help you tailor your visit. From Disney World Halloween tickets and theme park transportation to Halloween-themed decorations and candy back at your vacation rental, Top Villas is here to ensure your Disney World Halloween 2024 experience doesn’t end at the parks, but goes all the way back to haunt your vacation home to make it the best family vacation yet!