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Disney World’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Lauren Passell

Summer and Christmas are popular times to go to Walt Disney World in Florida, but I have news for you -- the hot time to go is now. Every few days through November 1, the Magic Kingdom hosts the coolest party the park puts on, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – which includes the "Boo-to-You" parade, the best Disney rides with much shorter lines (the crowd at the party is half what it is normally), several rounds of enchanting fireworks, trick-or-treating spots throughout the park to satiate your candy cravings, and extended hours (party 'till 1 AM!). The mouse party must-see has to be Stitch's Cosmic Dance Party at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café, where a DJ spins songs for your kids (and you) to boogey down to, along with Goofy, Stitch, and others. Plus, your kids' favorite Disney characters dress up, too. (That’s right: Costumes wearing costumes. Tigger dressed as a pirate is just as cute as it sounds.)

I go to Disney World many times throughout the year, but October is one of my favorite times to go. The weather's not too hot, the crowds are down, the Food and Wine Festival is happening next door at EPCOT, and most importantly, I love dressing up. (This year I went as Alice, from Alice in Wonderland).

Tickets for the party are about fifty bucks (the regular admission for a whole day is $67 and up), but if you get on all the rides, scoop up all the candy you can carry, and check out the (repeated) fireworks and parades (there's even a headless horseman in the parade! Did I mention that?!), you make out like a bandit. Plus, unlike Halloween at home where someone’s got to stay home to hand out candy, the whole fam can Halloween-it-up together. (And trust me -- almost everyone wears a costume, so there's no reason to feel silly. I mean, my mother was dressed as Tinkerbell!)

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