See How Disney Parks Are Celebrating Halloween 2017

If you’ve ever been at Disney Parks in October, or know someone who has, you likely know that the parks spare no expense to celebrate Halloween – in an elaborate, but non-scary way. Now that we’re into October, the theme parks are chalk full of brightly-lit displays in orange, black, and purple, with pumpkins everywhere, of course.

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse statues are dressed up for Halloween. | Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Magic Kingdom Park in Florida

Florida’s Disney World is selling separate-admission tickets to its fall event on select nights through Nov. 1. Called Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the event features a fireworks show called HalloWishes. Adults are allowed to wear costumes into the park (which is normally not allowed), and trick-or-treat candy is distributed.

Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween parade features the likes of the evil queen from Snow White and performers straight from the Haunted Mansion.

One of the popular components of the Magic Kingdom Halloween party is Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, a live show performed in front of the park castle. Featured are villains from Disney film Hocus Pocus and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.

If you are at Disney for the rides, many of them remain open for the Halloween party – with maybe the added benefit of shorter lines! Undercover Tourist provides a list of rides which remain open.

Disneyland Resort in California

Halloween Time has been running at Disneyland since mid-September. The park expanded the festivities in 2017. The Guardians of the Galaxy drop tower ride has a new “Monsters After Dark” theme featuring a creepier story with new scenes.

Disney’s classic characters are still on hand as usual, but are now decked out in Halloween costumes. The Haunted Mansion has been transformed into Haunted Mansion Holiday, featuring the characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

For Halloween season, Cars Land has a “Haul-O-Ween” feature, in which Lightning McQueen and the other cars greet guests while dressed in Halloween “car-stumes.”

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Children in Halloween costumes pose next to Disney characters Donald and Daisy Duck. | Samantha Sin/AFP/Getty Images