Last year after trick or treating my then 12 year old told me she was done with Halloween and trick or treating. Many of the houses looked at her like she was too old and she received less candy than her younger brother for being older. I wanted to help her keep this piece of her childhood a little longer but she was done. However, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is our teen Halloween alternative! Find out why.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – A Teen Halloween Alternative
I did receive 4 tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to help with the writing of this post. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
Kids of all ages can trick or treat
When you are at Disney’s Magic Kingdom for Not So Scary it doesn’t matter if you are a kid of 2 or 92, you have the freedom to walk through the treat trails and get some candy. This is such a welcoming environment for teens who still want that bit of their childhood but don’t want the judging looks of adults who think they are too old.
At Disney, your teen can get so much candy with zero judgement.
Cast members with big smiles and treat stop signs welcome them into the line and invite them to open their bags for special treats! If your teen wanted to do nothing but trick or treat, they can loop through the treat trails as much as they want to. Be prepared to leave with A LOT of candy if this is the approach they take.
What if my teen has food allergies?
At Not So Scary you can pick up a teal allergy friendly bag. When your teen goes through the treat stops they will receive tokens. These tokens can be redeemed for allergy-friendly treats. Disney uses tokens to avoid exposure to allergens.
A few tips for making the most of allergy-friendly candy stops.
- Stop at the candy stop at the beginning of the party. You can stop in at the beginning of the party and pick up a bag of treats to carry along with you for the party so that your allergy-friendly person can enjoy candy with the rest of the party.
- Collect tokens but don’t feel like you have to get them all. Each token does not equate to a piece of candy. Instead, you can go in and give them a list of your allergies and they will provide you with a small bag of items that match your allergies.
- You can visit the 2 treat locations more than once. Don’t feel guilty about going to get treats more than once in the treat locations. People without food allergies have the freedom to visit the line as much as they want and you deserve the same freedom.
What are the allergy-friendly treat options?
Surf Sweets brought out the non-chocolate goodies with gummy bears, gummy worms, and jelly beans! All are gluten, dairy, soy, and egg free.
Free2b brought these fun sun cups. They are like a peanut butter cup except they use sunflower seed butter instead. These are gluten, dairy, soy, and egg free.
GoGo Squeez has these apple pumpkin spice flavors that are so delicious! They taste like an apple pie!
Enjoy Life brought the majority of the treats with all the chocolate you could want.
There were also YumEarth lollipops and smarties.
Halloween without the scares!
Not every teen is made for the scare zones in some of the other parks. At Not So Scary you can enjoy all the best parts of the spooky season without any of the scares. Not So Scary brings all the fun of Halloween without trying to scare anyone.
The great thing about the Not So Scary Halloween Party is that it still brings a spooky atmosphere
Teens can hang out with their favorite characters
One of the fun things for teens is to find a favorite character and spend a few minutes visiting with them.
Characters at Not So Scary 2019
*** Potential long wait times
Jack Skellington and Sally ***
Seven Dwarfs ***
Queen of Hearts, Alice, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, Mad Hatter
Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger in costumes ***
Ariel and Eric
Belle and Gaston
Minnie Mouse in a costume
Donald Duck in a costume
Cruella DeVil (Roaming character)
Anastasia and Drizella (Roaming character)
Cinderella and Elena
Rapunzel and Tiana
Lots-o’-Hugging Bear aka Lotso ***
Stitch dressed as Elvis ***
Tarzan, Jane, and Terk ***
Captain Jack Sparrow ***
Aladdin and Abu alternate with Genie and Jasmine ***
One of the things I love about character meet and greets for teens at the party is that the characters are always excited to see your teen. For the time they are at the party, they are kids again able to imagine and enjoy their life.
Teen character meet and greet tips
- Wait until after 10:30 to do meet and greets. Many parents with younger children will leave and the lines will get considerably shorter.
- Pick a few favorites and visit them. Lines can be bad at the party. Make sure to pick a few favorites your teen really wants to meet with.
- Take advantage of special memory maker photos. Many of the photo options will have a memory maker component you won’t want to miss!
Teens can have fun with costumes!
The fun thing about Not So Scary is the complete freedom to show up in costume. Whether they dress up as their favorite Disney character or decide to go with a Disneybound they have the freedom to be themselves and enjoy wearing a costume. There are some boundaries established by Disney.
Here are some of the rules from the Disney site.
Guests Ages 14 And Older
- Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
- Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
- Acceptable accessories include transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- Masks of any kind may not be worn.
Teens can ride their favorite rides!
Many of the rides are still open during the Not So Scary Halloween Party! This year there will even be special overlays on Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain, and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor!
Many of these rides will have shorter ride lines but some may see longer ride lines as you get closer to Halloween. Teens are sure to enjoy getting the chance to loop some of their favorite rides.
Teens can enjoy awesome shows and parades
Get a front-row seat as the Sanderson Sisters take over the night in a fantastic stage show that teens are sure to enjoy! If your teens are going to want the best view possible, plan to get there a bit early and get closer to the castle. This will give them the ability to enjoy every bit of this fantastic stage show.
Most of the time the second show has a lower crowd volume so it might be worth seeing the second showing.
Boo to You Parade
The Boo to You Parade is not to be missed. It is one of the best parades Disney puts on. Even better, it has some fun characters and elements teens are sure to love. I know that we make a point of being at the parade every year.
Worried about the crowds? Don’t watch the parade on Main street. You will get a different viewpoint but you will have the ability to really enjoy the parade. The closer you get to Main street, the earlier you need to get a spot on the parade route.
Teens can enjoy a new fireworks show.
With projection and other special effects mixed with fireworks the new Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular is a fireworks show that can’t be missed. Make sure to get your seats by 9:20 if you are close to the castle and 9:40 if you are planning to sit further down main street.
Don’t forget your Sorceror Mickey card!
Make sure to stop at the firehouse to get your Sorceror Mickey card! This is a party exclusive card that isn’t to be missed!
How to leave with TONS of candy!
Are you there for the candy? Make sure to save the last 45 minutes of the night for candy. You will want to find a few lines you are happy with looping through multiple times. The candy can’t be saved for another party so they will load you up on plenty of candy during this time.
This is the first year we tested this theory and we weighed it at 15 pounds of candy with just the two kids collecting candy.
***That candy will be donated to local fall festivals and used to pass out for Halloween since the teen won’t be out getting candy this year.
Looking for more Not So Scary Halloween Party tips?
Planning a Not So Scary Family Costume <— Find some great easy tips!
Not So Scary Halloween Party with Sensory Issues <— You can do it!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Tips <— Find some simple tips here.