Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Tips for Grown-Ups

Wearing a costume to the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a fun way to add even more magic to your vacation and help you truly feel like a kid again. It's exciting to get into the spirit of the evening and fully immerse yourself in the fantasy of the Magic Kingdom as you trick"or-treat your way through the park.

Fantastic Vinylmation Costume
Halloween Vinylmation Costume

Costume Guidelines and Tips
Disney's costume guidelines state that for safety purposes costumes must not be "obstructive or offensive." In addition to that, keep these things in mind when thinking planning a costume:

  • It's warm in Orlando in October; short sleeves and natural fabrics that "breathe" are ideal.
  • Costumes should be easily transportable to fit nicely into your luggage.
  • You should avoid large masks that will obstruct your vision in crowds.
  • Floor length gowns and corsets can make difficult and dangerous to ride on attractions.

Mickey's Halloween Party
Kuzco and Milo (c)Armadillo444

So what should you wear?
You have as many choices as you can find in your imagination! Characters make for very popular costumes and you will see lots of revelers dressed as Disney friends. Movie themes are common for adult couples and groups that attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party together. If you need some helping finding a look to suit you, DisneyStore.com has some fantastic adult costumes of time tested favorites. We love the Minnie Mouse costume, the Mad Hatter costume, and the Maleficent costume!

Mickey's Trick or Treat Party: Marty McFly, Mary Poppins Group
Mary Poppins, Sweeps and Marty McFly (c)Armadillo444

What? You're still not sure what to do? Here are a few theme ideas to get you started:

  • Alice and The Mad Hatter
  • TinkerBell and Captain Hook
  • Sally & Jack Skellington
  • Prince and Princess
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Pirate Crew
  • Losties or Dharma Initiative
  • Adventurer
  • Hillbillie
  • Doctor or Nurse

WDW Halloween Party 2010
Ellie from Up (c)ArtVixn

Adult costumes may be worn in the park only once they begin accepting Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets for entrance after 4PM. If you planning on being at a park before then, and don't plan on going back to your hotel room to change, you will have to either carry the costume with you or store it in a locker. Once 4:00PM comes and you get your party wristband, you can then make a quick change in the restroom into your costume, and re-store your regular clothes in a locker.

With a little bit of thought and planning, dressing up for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a fun way to add some magic at the most spooktacular time of year!

Visit the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Facebook Page to join the discussion about what costume you'll wear!

JoAnn C wrote on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 13:26:

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Maybe some year I'll make it down there for Halloween. Not sure if I would dress up or not.

Catherine wrote on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 23:14:

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Great tips! I leave in a few days and I'm STILL not sure what I should wear!

Ryesah wrote on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 17:20:

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Just wondering if there are adult costumes to buy in any or all of the theme parks in disneyworld? Is it better to buy there or elsewhere?

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 05/08/2012 - 09:53:

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It's best to come with a costume. They sell lots of them for kids, but not so much for adults.

Joan wrote on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 00:27:

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Can I wear a wedding dress as part of a costume?

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 12:18:

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That's a great question Joan. I'm afraid that I don't have an "official" answer for you on that one.

It may depend on the overall costume feeling. I don't think that they would allow someone in as a "run of the mill" Bride. Women have to pay big bucks to get into the Park for photos in wedding gowns. However, if it is obviously part of larger costume concept, like a Zombie Bride, Ghost Bride, Haunted Mansion Bride then yes I think it could be done. However, it all depends on who is at the front gate when you arrive.

I have seen a woman with a gothic looking wedding dress and Bride of Frankenstein wig at Disneyland.

Hayley wrote on Fri, 08/30/2013 - 19:53:

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Hello, I was wondering if you knew anything about being able to wear wigs? I am going as Merida for Halloween and have a fantastic wig, but I'm not quite sure if they will allow it into the park for Mickey's Not So Scary? I know last year some girls had Snow White wigs, but they're not as crazy as Merida's lol.

Kristen K. wrote on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 16:01:

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I think you should be fine with the Merida wig for the party, as long as you're not presenting yourself as the "official" Disney version of the character.

Mary wrote on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 16:22:

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Hello, I am going to Disneyland for the Halloween Party this year and I wanted to go as a zombie pin up, but I'm not sure if that is ok or not. I'm not too clear on the guidelines. I don't really know what is considered to be too scary.

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 19:44:

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Hi Mary! I think as long as you're not too scary, and not too sexy it will be fine. Just keep in mind that this is a family party and there will be lots of small children. It's better to err on the side of good taste. Have a great time!

johnny wrote on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 23:20:

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I have a great Aladdin costume I put together. I was hoping I could get in the park by just wearing the purple vest.. would that be allowed or would I have to wear a skin colored shirt underneath the purple vest?

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 15:29:

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You'll probably need a shirt under the vest, though it will depend on who is at the front gate when you try and get in.

Christina wrote on Sun, 09/15/2013 - 01:05:

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My whole family is going as Pirates. do you have any idea on their rules about costume props such as fake swords and pistols? I know there are no weapons allowed but I'm unsure as to the rules for fake/prop weapons along with a costume. such as a plastic/wood sword or fake flint lock pistol. Any idea on the rules for this? thanks, glad I came across your post we had planned to all wear our costumes all day and had no idea the asks could not.

Sharelle wrote on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 21:25:

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I just wanted to make sure I'm reading the rules right. We can't wear an adult disney princess costumes/similar clothing AT ALL during any time of the year? Not even for the halloween party? I'm confused.

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 12:38:

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Sharelle - You CAN wear costumes as an adult at the Halloween Party, but that is the only time.

Fernanda wrote on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 00:03:

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My boyfriend and I are planning on going as the joker and Harley Quinn. Do you think they'll be ok with that?

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 21:29:

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As long as your costumes aren't offensive or risque that should be just fine Fernanda.

Alexander wrote on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:02:

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I am planning on coming as Captain America and I was wondering, can I bring my shield? (Its really thin plastic), its going to be on my back most of the time anyhow, like a backpack.

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:52:

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Alexander - I think it would be ok, but I can't be 100% sure. We're not a Disney run website and can only offer our opinion. It really depends on who is at the gate when you arrive, but I think if it's thin plastic and strapped to your back you should be just fine.

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