Autumn at the Disney Parks is an enjoyable time of year when families can experience special events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World. This is a special ticketed nighttime event for families and children of all ages. From choosing an appropriate costume, Character meet n’ greets, collecting treats through the Magic Kingdom, and the slightly spooky nighttime entertainment, how can you make this special event fun for everyone, even Baby?
I attended this past week with my 6-month old daughter and despite the late hours, we had a wonderful time during the party!
Here are my tips for taking Baby to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
What to Expect
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place on certain evenings during the fall season and officially kicks off the fun at 7 p.m. However if you have a ticket to the event, you can enter the Park beginning at 4 p.m. Each paying guest will receive a wristband. Children 2 and under receive complimentary admission so you will not need to buy Baby a ticket.
Once the party begins, there are certain rides, attractions, and shops that close. You will receive a guide when you enter that explains what attractions will be operating, where you can eat, where the treat stations are located, and where the character meet n’ greets are around the park. I kept the guide close at hand because it also has the entertainment times for the special evening events and I wanted to arrive early enough to find a good location for me and my baby.
What Should Baby Wear?
First and foremost, Baby’s Halloween costume should be comfortable and appropriate for the weather. It’s still very warm and humid in Florida this time of year (even after the sun sets) so dressing your baby in a furry jumpsuit or a costume with multiple layers will cause Baby to be miserable. My daughter’s Minnie Mouse outfit had a beanie cap that I only put on her for photos. There were also black leggings, which I never put on her because the weather was just too warm.
“Test drive” the costume at home to make sure Baby will wear it. Double-check prior to your trip that there is nothing itchy or tight on the costume. My baby girl’s costume had a tutu that she wore when she was in the stroller but when I transferred her to the front carrier, I removed the tutu so she wouldn’t be uncomfortable with the added bulk.
Disney Baby offers a collection of Halloween clothing and costume choices that are suitable for the party. Look for costumes with snaps for quick diaper changes, child-safe accessories, and sparkle that won’t rub off on skin or get in her eyes. A bib over a bodysuit is ideal for the littlest babies. Stretchy pajamas with a fun design work well too (especially if Baby will be sleeping through the party anyway!) If Baby is walking, make sure she is wearing practical shoes that will be comfy and that she won’t trip in.
What Should You Bring?
Everyone in the family can collect treats at designated locations around the Park, even Baby. Disney Park cast members will hand you a small bag for collecting goodies when you enter the party but if you plan on walking through each of the 15 treat stations you might consider bringing in a larger treat bag (they give candy out by the handfuls!)
Because of the moody Halloween lighting throughout the Magic Kingdom during this event, it can be a bit of a challenge to find your stroller. Bring glow stick necklaces and loop a few on the handles of your stroller to find it easily in the dark. It’s a great idea to have other people in your group wear glow stick necklaces as well so you can spot them quickly in the crowds.
What Will Baby Enjoy?
If your baby is smitten with the characters, the meet n’ greets during the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party offer a unique opportunity. There are around 20 character meeting locations continuously through the night with characters dressed in their Halloween costumes. Some of the waits are extremely long (like for Jack Skellington and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) so keep that in mind before getting in queue.
The attractions that are open during the party tend to have much shorter wait times than during usual park hours. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Country Bear Jamboree were delightful for my baby girl!
The entertainment at the party can be loud so if your baby is sensitive to noise, you might want to avoid these shows. Several of the entertainment events are staggered throughout the night with times that are both early and late. The earlier events will be significantly more crowded than the later events as the crowds tend to thin out after fireworks. However you also take the risk that Baby will fall asleep and miss the shows, as mine did. I was able to take in the fantastic Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade but my daughter slept right through it!
Need a Break?
The Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center is open during this event if you need to take a break. I was able to change my baby’s diaper and breastfeed her in a quiet room away from the noise of the party outside.
In the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, there are courtyards with faux grass where guests can sit and relax. I was able to take my daughter out of her stroller to let her sit here and play. This spot also turned out to be the ultimate location for Celebrate the Magic and Happy Hallowishes fireworks spectacular too!
Despite the Halloween theme and some spookier elements, the party is true to its name and there is little here that will actually frighten your baby. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is truly an event that everyone can happily attend together. And if Baby falls asleep early there are still plenty of awesome things to experience while you enjoy the evening. Let him sleep in the front carrier or stroller, grab a Spider Cupcake from the Main Street Bakery and party the night away!