Don’t be afraid!: The Dates for MNSSHP are here!

With so much news hitting for the Disney Parks and Resorts this week, it could be easy to miss one that was released today that I know myself and a lot of other Nerds were ready for. I am so happy to see that today the dates for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been released, and there has been an update to the costume rules.

Boo to You!
This is one Boo! that won’t make you boohoo!

First things first, if you don’t know what Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is, you’ve come to the right place because it is my favorite hard-ticket event at Walt Disney World Resort. A hard ticket event means that it is a special ticket, not the same as your regular day’s admission. While tickets have not gone on sale yet and we don’t know the exact price, last year I paid less than $70 a ticket, so prices, while they may be a few dollars more, should be in the $60-80 range depending on the dates.

MNSSHP (Disney shorthand for the party) is a fun-filled night with special characters, parades, fireworks, trick or treating and more, plus the best part? You can do it all while wearing your own Halloween costume! I am a grown woman, a grandmother now, but there is not many things more fun to me than dressing up and trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom and this year, MNSSHP is now 29 days of parties; almost a whole entire month!

Ah, the dates you say? Here they are, get planning!

  • September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
  • October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

So now that you have a date (or two!) decided on, you have to think about costumes. There have been some costume changes this past year which has led to some concern over what would be allowed and what wouldn’t be. So, straight from the Disney Parks Blog, here is what they have to say about costumes…

MNSSHP Costumes, on the up and up!
MNSSHP Costumes are on the up and up!

New this year, we have revised our costuming guidelines for special events in our theme parks. While costumed attire may be worn, guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Seems pretty straightforward to me, but break it down to this…don’t go dressed as a StormTrooper or Darth Vader, even if you did just buy the awesome authentic costume over at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While you may love the thought of going as Belle and your sweetheart as Beast, I’m pretty sure the big hairy guy would not be allowed in wearing a full costume like that. There are so many Disney characters, places and things though, you should have no problem at all coming up with something awesome for you to wear to your Halloween party. And don’t worry! If you have a costume concern, you can always post your question on The Disney Nerds Facebook group, where lots of Nerds are there to help with anything that you may be stumped on.

Happy planning and remember,

Just Keep Swimming!


Charlotte Cruce

Charlotte is an author, photographer and social media marketer living in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband in their nearly empty nest. Mother to three and grandma DeeDee to one princess, Charlotte spends her time traveling, gardening, reading and enjoying life with her family, friends and dogs.

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