Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been delighting guests in Magic Kingdom for many years and is a very popular event.

In 2016, the party started on September 2nd and will run through Halloween night. Prices range from $72 to $105 depending on which day you want to go to the party. The closer you get to Halloween, the more you’ll pay!

If you do plan to splurge for the Halloween Party, there are some things you should know that will make your life a little easier.

1. Don’t buy regular park admission

First, this is a hard-ticket event, which means you’ll pay an additional cost and it’s not part of your park admission. I should mention that if you happen to be a Disney Vacation Club member or an Annual Passholder, you can get a discount on party tickets.

Since you’ll be spending a fairly expensive evening in the parks, it might be a good idea to forgo your regular park admission for the day. For example, if you’re planning on spending five days in the parks, buy a four-day pass.

Because Halloween Party guests can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm, you’ll still get a lot of time in the park. Consider spending the morning relaxing at your resort or exploring Disney Springs. Then head over to Magic Kingdom at 4pm. Enjoy some attractions during this time, then get ready for the party to begin at 6:30. All of the attractions will be open and there will be plenty of entertainment to enjoy.

2. Skip Trick-or-Treating

I know that this is going to be a controversial suggestion, but hear me out. I think that you should avoid trick or treating at the Halloween party. Sure, getting candy from the stores and shops is fun, but it’s not specifically Disney-themed Halloween candy.  It’s just candy.

Do yourself a favor and buy a bag or two of your favorite candy and enjoy it in your room. Spend your time in the park enjoying Disney things!

Consider skipping the trick-or-treating.

Consider skipping the trick-or-treating.

3. Visit the Haunted Mansion

One of the best attractions to visit during the Halloween party is the Haunted Mansion where Mansion characters sit on the law and entertain guests as they wait in the queue. This doesn’t happen any other time of the year or during regular hours.

There is also a special PhotoPass location where you can pose with the hitchhiking ghost. This is really the only attraction that changes for the party, so if it’s the only one you make it to, then you’ve done well.

4. Pick up your free souvenirs

There are some great souvenirs available not only at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party but throughout the parks during the season. However, one of the best souvenirs of all is completely free!

Stop by Guest Relations or the Fire Station and pick up your Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom cards. There is a special pack just for this party, so you’ll get exclusive cards that aren’t available any other time. Even if you haven’t started collecting these already, it’s a great (free) souvenir from the party. You can also get cards during regular park hours whether you plan to play the game or not. Stop by once a day to get yours.

Check out the souvenirs available only during the party.

Check out the souvenirs available only during the party.

5. Dress up

Finally, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the only time that everyone regardless of age can dress up. The party is so much more fun if you really get into the spirit!

Disney normally only allows children to wear costumes, but that is not the case here. If you’re over 14 years of age and plan to dress up, try to avoid wearing layers since you may be subject to extra screening.  Plus, it is likely to still be quite warm in Central Florida, even in late October.

Also, don’t worry about making some elaborate costumes. Some of the best ones are made up of things from the local thrift store!

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