Heading to Walt Disney World for Halloween? There are a bunch of things you can find in each Disney Park that can give you extra chills. Whether it’s the tried and true spooky favorites or new things available just for Halloween. Here are a few things you can do for Halloween at Walt Disney World.
Visiting Walt Disney World For Halloween
Walt Disney World For Halloween is always a good idea, AND since it runs from August 11- October 31, 2023, you have plenty of time to enjoy it! As one of the most festive times of the year at Disney World, you get new snacks, new merchandise, new events, shows, and more. Luckily, no matter when you go this season- and even after the season has passed- some of this spooky fun at Disney lasts all year long. Here are our favorite scary things to do in each Disney park for a little extra thrill.
Hands down, the ride that will send chills up your spine is Haunted Mansion. This is absolutely one of our favorite rides in all of Walt Disney World. Every vacation to Walt Disney World usually includes snagging a spot on this ride more than once. We know the songs, the scenes, and the Peppers Ghost trick in the dining room. And we love it all! Even though we don’t really like scary things! Thankfully you can get a little Halloween magic all year long with this one.
Disney Villains Cavalcade
The Disney Villains take the float stage in spooky character cavalcades! Complete with all our favorite villains, you can also see Jack Skellington and Sally. Two of our favorite, spookiest Disney characters to be sure. Halloween festivities usually begin mid-August and last until October 31st, so catch this while you can.
Halloween Snacks at Magic Kingdom
Spooky things at Magic Kingdom just wouldn’t be the same without a spooky snack in hand. From spooky apple treats to caramel apples dressed up like our favorite Disney Villains, you can find all sorts of spooky and scary treats at Disney this time of year. Check out all the Halloween Snacks at Magic Kingdom.
Tower of Terror
Nothing says spooky like the Twilight Zone! And since the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel has a spooky story of its own involving an elevator, room 1313, and one fateful night you can find this attraction and extra thrills all year long. The Tower of Terror Disney Channel Movie even makes our Disney Halloween Movies list if you need a little at-home spookiness to hold you over!
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
Grab a milkshake and burger at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Drive-In Theater and settle in for some old black and white clips from spooky films of days gone by. You never what you’re going to see here, but the chances of a monster sighting are good. Keep your eyes peeled!
Halloween Snacks at Hollywood Studios
While Hollywood Studios won’t be bringing classic Disney villain treats to the table, you can always count on a good Darth Vader cupcake. And this year in Hollywood Studios you can grab the “Box of Bones Eclair.” Check out all the Halloween Snacks at Hollywood Studios.
The Bats of Anandapur
Strolling through Animal Kingdom you may think that your biggest worry would be the lions or rhinos. But when you realize the bats you can find in Anandapur have a more than 4-foot wingspan, you may think again! These almost people-sized creatures can be found in the Maharajah Jungle Trek, all year long.
Definitely, the “scariest” ride as a thrill ride in Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest becomes even scarier when you realize a rogue Yeti is involved. This may not qualify as your regular spooky attraction in Animal Kingdom, but it’s definitely the closest you can get in this nature-focused park.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug
This old-school Disney attraction is a 4-D theater featuring the gang from It’s Tough to be a Bug. While this spooky experience may be replaced soon, you can still find it in Animal Kingdom on Discovery Island. We love this show as a break from the Florida heat, even if it does mean you may feel creepy crawlies on your chair.
Halloween Snacks at Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom’s scariest ride may be Expedition Everest, courtesy of the Yeti, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things for the creepy at heart. Spider treats, wormy concoctions, and other crawly snacks are part of every day at Animal Kingdom. Check out all the Halloween Snacks at Animal Kingdom.
Day of the Dead with Coco
If you’re looking to celebrate the Day of the Dead you need only head to the Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT for all things Coco to help you celebrate this extra spooky family-oriented holiday on November 1st. With skulls galore, skeleton dolls, and everything colorful, you can look forward to spookiness and fun in Mexico.
Halloween Snacks at EPCOT
EPCOT doesn’t do spooky too much, but that doesn’t mean they don’t celebrate the season when it comes around. You can check out all the Halloween Snacks at EPCOT offered only on Halloween this year.
Halloween at Walt Disney World
While Halloween only comes once a year at Walt Disney World, you can always find a little extra spooky fun anytime you visit the Disney Parks! Hopefully, we’ve given you a few ideas to make your season a little creepier, whether you’re visiting for the holiday or going any ‘ol time! What did we miss? What are your favorite spooky experiences in the parks?
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.