Guide to Halloween 2022 at Disney World

Halloween is the longest “season” of the year at Walt Disney World, beginning on August 12 and running until October 31, 2022. This guide to spook season will cover everything you need to know about how Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and the resorts celebrate fall–from food to special events, merchandise, and more. (Updated July 6, 2022.)

In terms of basics, we should start by acknowledging the reality that Halloween pales in comparison to Christmas at Walt Disney World. While the Halloween season is technically longer (3 v. 2 months), the holiday season is the biggest in scale and scope of the year. See our Ultimate Guide to Christmas at Walt Disney World for everything you need to know about that.

Every park and resort gets into the holiday spirit for Christmas. By contrast, Halloween is largely confined to Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs, and a handful of other locations–and even then, it’s not as ubiquitous as Christmas. Nevertheless, if you’re planning on visiting Florida during the spook season months, we’ve got you covered with everything to make the trip as ghoulish (in a good way!) as possible…

For starters, one of the most common question we receive is When Does Walt Disney World Decorate for Halloween? If you’re planning a 2022 vacation, we recommend checking that out.

While Walt Disney World’s most prolific park starts earlier, Disney Springs, Hollywood Studios, resort hotels, and other locations–to the limited extent they have seasonal decor and offerings–won’t have everything up until early September.

Halloween Season Crowds

The crowd levels you’ll encounter at Walt Disney World during Halloween vary widely, which should be unsurprising since it’s a 3-month holiday. Generally speaking, weekends and school breaks are the busiest times to visit Walt Disney World from August through October.

This includes the first half of August, which is still summer vacation for most of the United States. See our August 2022 Crowd Calendar for further insights on good and bad times to visit in that month.

Historically, September is the least busy month of the year at Walt Disney World, making pretty much any day during that month a good time to visit Walt Disney World. However, there are a couple of exceptions towards the beginning and end of the month. See our September 2022 Crowd Calendar.

All bets are off in October, which marks the kickoff to Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration. While we’re expecting the entirety of the month to have crazy crowds, a recent wave of cancellations might ease attendance levels from crazy to “only” bonkers. See our October 2022 Crowd Calendar for further details.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticketed event at Magic Kingdom that allows guests to celebrate the spook season at Walt Disney World. MNSSHP features special entertainment, like Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade, Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular stage show, trick-or-treating throughout Magic Kingdom, and the Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show. Lots of characters are out in the park wearing their favorite costumes – and you’re encouraged to wear yours, too!

Last year, this fan-favorite event was cancelled in favor of Disney After Hours Boo Bash. There were a lot of factors that went into this decision, but the good news is that MNSSHP IS COMING BACK FOR HALLOWEEN 2022!!! Accordingly, Disney After Hours Boo Bash will not occur, instead liking fading into Walt Disney World history.

Aside from the last two years (when it didn’t happen), we’ve attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at least once every year since 2008–including over a dozen times the last year it was held! From all of those party nights–and ticket purchases–we’ve learned a lot about how it works, much of which is also covered in our Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which also covers whether it’s worth the money, strategy for the event, and much more.

Minnie’s Halloween Dine

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there’s Halloween fun at Hollywood & Vine where Minnie’s Seasonal Dining is back for Halloween. You can get in the spooky spirit during Minnie’s Halloween Dine. We are huge fans of Minnie’s Seasonal Dines. We raved about Minnie’s Halloween Dine in our review of that character meal, and highly recommend it.

This is still a modified character meal for Halloween, with a “monster feast” served to your table family style rather than the normal buffet. Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, and their friends are still set to appear for a “boo-tastic time” filled with Halloween décor, music, scary good food, and more. However, instead of normal character interactions (poses, autographs, etc.) it’s a ‘smile & wave’ cavalcade through the restaurant. The characters do stop for posed photos and selfies now, but you still can’t come close to them.

Magic Kingdom Halloween Decorations

As noted above, Halloween decorations are already up in Magic Kingdom. The iconic Mickey Head Pumpkin Wreaths are on lampposts up and down Main Street and the Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle.

There are also pumpkins lining the second story of Main Street’s shops, with the carvings on each drawing inspiration from the businesses inside. In addition to that, there are some fall wreaths and other light touches to give the front of the park Halloween atmosphere. However, this is not everything.

The Town Square “Pumpkin People” or Scarecrow Citizens of Main Street have not been installed, and probably won’t be.

While this could be attributed to the 50th Anniversary, they weren’t installed last year, either. This is odd given that they already exist and are sitting in Disney’s Holiday Services Warehouse behind Magic Kingdom.

Disney Springs Halloween Decorations

Throughout September and October, you’ll find “Fall at Disney Springs,” which features seasonal decorations, photo backdrops, entertainment, and treats all around Disney Springs.

There’s not a ton to it, but Disney Springs definitely feels more like Halloween than anywhere at Walt Disney World outside of Main Street at Magic Kingdom. The decorations are nice, there’s plenty of Halloween merchandise, and some fun photo ops. We wouldn’t recommend making a trip to Disney Springs specifically for the fall/Halloween decor, but it’s neat to see on an already-planned visit there.

Halloween Merchandise

Guests visiting Walt Disney World during the Halloween season will find a variety of themed merchandise throughout the theme parks, hotels, and at various shops in Disney Springs.

There are Pumpkin Mickey and Hocus Pocus Spirit Jerseys, Pumpkin Mickey Ear Band, and variety of other options. Thus far, it seems like the variety is scaled back a bit this year, which could be attributed to ongoing supply chain problems, prioritization of 50th Anniversary merchandise, or both.

Perhaps the most popular staple of the Halloween merchandise lineup is the popcorn buckets. Styles from past years have included the Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts (above), Oogie Boogie, Candy Cauldron, and more. Premium sipper cups styled like Jack Skellington and Madame Leota were also tremendously popular last year.

Walt Disney World hasn’t released photos of this year’s popcorn bucket, but did tease that there will be a Mickey Mummy Popcorn Bucket coming soon to all four parks and Disney Springs.

Return to Sleepy Hollow

“Return to Sleepy Hollow” is a fun fall event held at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The evening includes a group viewing of the 1949 animated classic film the Legend of Sleepy Hollow inside the resort’s Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables.

During event nights, you’ll be able to see galloping ghosts and experience an up close and personal encounter with the Headless Horseman. After the movie, there’s a dessert party where guests can enjoy Halloween-themed snacks and desserts.

In the last year it was held, the “Return to Sleepy Hollow” occurred at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground on select weekends in late September and October, plus the last full week leading up to Halloween. Here were those dates: September 28-30, October 3-7, October 10-14, 17-21, 24-31.

With that said, the Return to Sleepy Hollow has not been held for the last two years, and no announcement has been made (yet). The reason for last year’s cancellation should be obvious. The reason it was cancelled the previous year was due to construction of the now-shelved Reflections — A Disney Lakeside Lodge, which also entailed building a new Tri-Circle-D Ranch. That project is now finished, and the reimagined results are pretty impressive.

If we had to guess, our expectation is that the Return to Sleepy Hollow will return in 2022.

“Halloween” Attractions

This is where things start to become a stretch. Unlike Disneyland, there are no Halloween attraction overlays at Walt Disney World. That means no Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Haunted Mansion Holiday, no Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and no “Monsters After Dark” for Tower of Terror.

Instead, Walt Disney World has two iconic haunted house/hotel attractions: Haunted Mansion and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Both are open year-round and are not expressly “Halloween” attractions, but both share bloodlines with–and have served as inspiration for–iconic Halloween stories, movies, and more.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival

This one is another stretch. It’s not even remotely themed to Halloween, but if you squint hard enough, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival might vaguely resemble a fall-themed offering. Depending on the year, you might find a handful of pumpkin-flavored snacks and other fall(ish) treats in Epcot (if you search hard enough). Plus, the event has something of an Oktoberfest vibe (again, a stretch).

Regardless, Walt Disney World’s flagship fall foodie event is fun, and we highly recommend spending some time snacking around the world. See our Guide to the 2022 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival for everything you need to know. We’d also recommend checking out our Food Booth Photos & Reviews to scout things out and plan your snacking strategy.

Other Orlando Halloween Events

Now in its 31st terrifying year, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida is Orlando’s most famous Halloween event for adults, and our favorite current haunt season event. We typically buy Frequent Fear Passes that allow us to visit multiple times during September and October. It’s a great event if you want to be scared–but it’s not suitable for children.

The primary draw of HHN is the walk-through haunted house mazes. Around half are usually based on horror franchises like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Beetlejuice, with the other half being original IP. There’s other entertainment including stage shows, the Halloween: Marathon of Mayhem lagoon show, and outdoor scare zones filled with hordes of scare-actors who try to startle guests. See our Ultimate Guide to 2022 Halloween Horror Nights for everything you need to know.

Howl-O-Scream has washed ashore at SeaWorld Orlando, and the fear is everywhere. At SeaWorld’s Howl-O-Scream, you’ll evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones. Seek shelter indoors, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Deepen the thrill with a nighttime coaster ride. Quench your thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar. Feel the monstrous electricity of a live show.

Above all, try to resist the haunting song of the one who has emerged from the lake. Evil is calling–with a howl and a scream. Experience 27 nights of fully immersive fear this fall from September 10 through October 31, only at SeaWorld Orlando. (Those are SeaWorld’s cheesy words, not mine. Since this event is brand new, we haven’t yet experienced it and are just rolling with the PR copy.)

Disney Halloween Treats

(Note: this list of specific foods is from last year. We’ll update once Halloween 2022 treats are announced, but there’s likely only going to be partial overlap–probably about 50%–with the list below.)

Resorts

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — Sanaa and Sanaa Lounge
    • Sea Witch’s Brew — Vodka, raspberry liqueur, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, muddled berries, and edible glitter served in a Collins glass with a blue glow cube (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort — Contempo Café
    • Mini Halloween Cake — Halloween sprinkle cake with candy bar custard and chocolate glaze (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — Gasparilla Island Grill
    • Hocus Pocus “Amuck” Cakes — Rich devil’s food cake with “peanut boo-tter” filling decorated to resemble all three Sanderson Sisters (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Jack Skellington Pumpkin Pie Pop — Pumpkin pie colossal pop covered in white chocolate decorated as the iconic Pumpkin King (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Sally’s Stitched Up Whoopie Pie Heart — Vanilla heart-shaped whoopie pie adorned with Sally’s signature patchwork (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Be-Witching Minnie Mouse Cupcake — Cookies & cream-filled chocolate cupcake enrobed in chocolate ganache and topped with Minnie Mouse chocolate witch hat (Available 9/1-11/1)
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort — Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits and Olivia’s Café
    • Harvest Refresher — Vodka with cranberry juice and muddled oranges (Available 9/26-11/25)
    • Apple Cider Old Fashioned — Bourbon with fresh apple cider, bitters, muddled oranges, and brown sugar cinnamon (Available 9/26-11/25)
    • Caramel Apple Martini — Vanilla vodka, butterscotch flavor liqueur, and fresh apple cider with a brown sugar cinnamon rim (Available 9/26-11/25)
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort — Good’s Food to go, Conch Flatts General Store, and Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks
    • Poisoned Delight — Violet white chocolate mousse dome with an apple insert and fresh apple cake covered in a white chocolate glaçage (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort — Le Petit Café
    • Milk Chocolate and Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake — Caramel milk chocolate mousse, chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, roasted white chocolate shell, and graham cracker sable-inspired acorn (Available 9/25-11/27)
    • Milk Chocolate and Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake — Caramel milk chocolate mousse, chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, dark chocolate glaçage, and graham cracker sable inspired bat (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge — Geyser Point
    • Blood Orange — Tequila, blood orange, and simple syrup with lime juice (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Black Magic Margarita —Tequila, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, green apple syrup, grenadine, sour mix, and a glow cube (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Around the Pumpkin Patch — Tequila, pumpkin spice, lime juice, and sour mix (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Poison Apple — Tequila, green apple syrup, lime juice, and sour mix with a poison apple glow cube (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Holiday Drink Flight — Flight with all four holiday drinks featured above (Available 10/3-11/7)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge — Roaring Fork
    • Going Batty Cupcake — Chocolate cupcake with ganache icing and sugar cookie bat (Available 10/28-10/31)
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts — The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace
    • Mummy Cupcake — Chocolate cupcake with a pumpkin mousse filling (Available 10/1-10/31)
    • Tiramisu Grave — Aclassic tiramisù with coffee flavor and a chocolate pretzel skeleton with a marshmallow for a head (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn — BoardWalk Bakery
    • Macaroon Pumpkin Pop — Coconut macaroon pumpkin on a stick (Available 10/24-10/31)
    • Candy Corny Cupcake — Vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate candy corn mousse and topped with baker’s cream (Available 10/24-10/31)
    • Vampire Mickey Brownie — Ganache-covered brownie with Mickey ears and vampire fangs (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa — The Artist’s Palette
    • Poisoned Delight — Violet white chocolate mousse dome with an apple insert and fresh apple cake covered in a white chocolate glaçage (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Value Resort Food Courts
    • Spooky Apple Spiced Spider Cupcake — Vanilla cupcake with apple filling and spiced buttercream caramel drizzle (Available 10/25-10/31)

Disney Springs

  • Amorette’s Patisserie
    • Haunted Mansion Cake — Brownie with diplomat filling with purple and black chiffon cake (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • Dockside Margarita
    • Jack O’Lantern — Black rum, rum, white rum, orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, orange juice, lemonade, and a grenadine float (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • The Ganachery
    • Caramel Skulls (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Pumpkin Spice Latte Ganache Squares (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Mickey Mummy Piñata (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Sister Elixir Cocoa Bomb (Available 10/19-10/31)
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
    • Witch’s Flight — Whiskey, white grape juice, lime juice, and sweet and sour with flavors of green apple, orange-tangerine, and blackberry (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • Outdoor Kiosks
    • Witch Way — Vodka, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, orange juice, and pineapple juice garnished with a poison apple glow cube (Available 9/5-10/31)

Animal Kingdom

  • Creature Comforts and Flame Tree Barbecue
    • Scar Cupcake — Red velvet cupcake with toasted marshmallow filling, chocolate marshmallow frosting, chocolate pebbles, and white chocolate flames with an edible icing image of Scar (Available 10/1-11/4)
  • Mahindi, Feeding Ground, Cornivores, and Trek Snacks
    • Poison Apple Sipper
  • Restaurantosaurus
    • Maleficent Cupcake — Purple velvet cupcake with blood orange curd, vanilla frosting, crisp pearls, and white chocolate flames with Maleficent medallion (Available 10/1-11/4)

Hollywood Studios

  • ABC Commissary
    • Caramel Apple Tart — Spiced caramel cheesecake mousse apple served atop a cinnamon apple tart (Available 8/10 — 11/11)
    • Chocolate Mousse — Raspberry dark chocolate mousse, chocolate almond cake, a layer of hazelnut crunch, and whipped chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake (Available 8/10 -11/11)
  • Backlot Express and Trolley Car Café
    • Spooky Ghost Cupcake — Fudge-filled chocolate cupcake topped with cookies & cream buttercream, spooky sprinkles, and vanilla meringue ghost (Available 8/10 -10/31)
  • Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, PizzeRizzo, and Rosie’s All-American Café
    • Frozen Apple Cider — Frozen apple cider topped with green apple boba balls (Available 8/10 — 10/31)
    • Alcoholic Frozen Apple Cider with Whiskey — Frozen apple cider with whiskey topped with green apple boba balls (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
    • Misty Whisper — Vanilla vodka, orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, orange-tangerine syrup, and vanilla ice-cream mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Fairfax Fare and Catalina Eddie’s
    • Pumpkin Spice Cookie — Pumpkin spice shortbread cookie covered in white chocolate (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Hollywood Scoops
    • Halloween Shake — Candy corn ice cream shake topped with a vanilla cake donut, whipped cream, spooky sprinkles, and candy corn (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, Animation Bar
    • Sweet Poison — Coconut rum, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, rum, and pineapple juice (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Outdoor Carts
    • Halloween Brownie — Chocolate Mickey brownie with fun Halloween sprinkles (Available 8/10-9/30)
    • Halloween Popcorn Mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • PizzeRizzo
    • Pumpkin Cannoli — Spooky cannoli filled with whipped pumpkin cheesecake (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Rosie’s All-American Café
    • Witch’s Hat Mousse — Whipped blackberry panna cotta sitting on green apple mousse with salted caramel crispy pearls and chocolate shortbread cookie (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • The Trolley Car Café
    • Pumpkin Mousse — Milk chocolate chai mousse filled with pumpkin bread set atop a chocolate shortbread cookie and vanilla buttercream (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Woody’s Lunch Box
    • Halloween Lunch Box Tart — Chocolate-hazelnut filled lunch box tart frosted with spooky vanilla icing, Halloween sprinkles, and candy corn (Available 8/10-10/31)

Epcot

  • Block & Hans
    • Spiked Frozen Apple Pie with Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine, Minute Maid Apple Juice, and Cinnamon
  • Canada Popcorn Cart
    • Spooky Caramel-Apple Cider in a Poison Apple Sipper

Magic Kingdom

  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
    • Prince John Sucker — Tart green apple lemonade slush topped with whipped cream and a ring pop (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Golden Oak Outpost
    • Mocha Chocolate Chip — Frozen mocha topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a sugar acorn (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Main Street Outdoor Vending Carts
    • Maleficent Churro — Churro covered in chocolate cookie crumble drizzled with purple icing topped with green and purple sugar (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Storybook Treats
    • Five Dozen Egg Slush — Frozen custard with brown sugar topped with whipped cream garnished with a cinnamon stick (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Sleepy Hollow
    • Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake — Funnel cake topped with chocolate cookie crumbles, purple vanilla ice cream, caramel drizzle, and M&M’s milk chocolate Ghoul’s Mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Golden Oak Outpost
    • Apple Ginger Dale — Frozen apple cider mixed with ginger ale topped with whipped cream and chopped TWIX cookies bars (Available 8/10-10/31)

That’s a wrap for our Guide to Halloween 2022 at Walt Disney World…for now. It’s still only July, and Disney has already teased additional surprises and announcements to come, so hopefully we’ll have more news to share as Halloween draws nearer.

So stay tuned. We’ll be sure to keep you posted and this guide updated accordingly!

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Your Thoughts

How do you celebrate Halloween at Walt Disney World? Any other ways to get in the spook season spirit? Wish the other three parks did more to celebrate fall? Do you agree or disagree with our advice? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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