How To Have The Most Spooktacular Halloween At Disney World

We need to talk about this dessert buffet.

Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

You can't treat a trip to Disney World over Halloween just like any standard Disney trip. Given the amount of festive events, spooky attractions, and scary good eats to try, you want to do a little more prep work and planning to make sure you don't miss out on anything, because this FOMO will be so real. is a special, five-hour ticketed event that happens on select nights from August-October (and yes, that means the park will close early to daily guests not holding a Halloween ticket). Party admission is $85 per adults, $80 per child.

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To help make sure you don't lose your mind in the planning process, we've compiled a list of everything you absolutely need to experience while you're at Disney World during the Halloween season. Get ready for the happiest haunting on earth.

The Food

Let's get right down to what's arguably the most important part of a trip to Disney—everything you can eat. In addition to the participating table-service restaurants (Be Our Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table, and the Crystal Palace), you can attend the HalloWishes Dessert Party, a buffet filled-to-the-brim with spooky sweets. And if that's not enough sugar, you can also go trick or treating throughout the park. There's no age limit on this one, so adults can get in on on the action too. Literally zero shame.

Costumes & Characters

Disney doesn't allow guests over age 14 to wear costumes to the park, but the rulebook gets thrown out the window during the Halloween season. Come dressed in your Halloween finest (but make sure you check the list of first), and be on the lookout for your favorite characters all dressed up, too!

Special Events

Monsters Inc. fans can hang with Mike, Sully, and the gang from Monstropolis at the annual Scream-o-Ween dance party. The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is a stage show hosted by the Sanderson sisters, obvi. There's also a Boo-to-You Halloween parade filled with costumed Disney characters, and you won't want to leave without seeing the HalloWishes fireworks show. It's guaranteed to be spellbinding.

Redone Rides

Some of your favorite rides are getting Halloween makeovers for the season. The Mad Tea Party, Pirates of The Caribbean, and Space Mountain will be decked out with new lighting, effects, and/or soundtracks.

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