Last updated on September 23rd, 2023 at 03:51 pm
Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Campground is a terrific place to enjoy Halloween! I love camping at Fort Wilderness, but it can be tricky to get reservations at Halloween. However, the best part is, that you can go over and participate in the activities even if you aren’t camping there.
Please note that there is no parking if you’re not a guest, but there are a couple of ways to get there. You can ride the bus from any Disney resort or Disney Springs (parking is free there). If you’re at the Magic Kingdom you can ride the boat over.
If you want to know more about the campground in general, read my full review of Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Campground here. There’s even a video.
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. My boys and I always had a tradition of decorating the house. One year we even created a haunted house in our garage for the trick-or-treaters. This is probably why I love all the decorations around Fort Wilderness. The campers really get into the Halloween spirit and decorate their campsites and golf carts.
One of the most fun (and free) things to do at Fort Wilderness any time of year is called “looping.” That means walking or riding a bike (or golf cart) around the different loops to see how folks have personalized their spaces. And let me tell you, they go all out for Halloween.
Here are just a few examples.
In addition to the usual activities at Fort Wilderness that I discussed in my full campground review (see link above), there are a ton of Halloween-specific activities!
Watch animated classics all month long! Movies are shown outdoors every Sunday evening. Some of the Halloween-themed films include Hocus Pocus and Tower of Terror, and my personal favorite, Nightmare Before Christmas.
Halloween Eve – October 30th
The day before Halloween activities are kicked into high gear with pumpkin decorating and my personal favorite, the golf cart parade. I’m always amazed by guests’ creativity! Next, head over to the Halloween beach bash for a costume contest, the hilarious family mummy wrap, and a screen of the Nightmare Before Christmas! Stick around the beach afterwards to watch the fireworks followed by the Halloween Glow Dance Party.
Halloween Fun – October 31st
Start your Halloween day off right with a fun run to make up for all the candy you’ll eat later. In the afternoon is the pet parade and finally, Camp or Treat in the evening.
Here’s the full schedule of events for October 2019:
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
This is a special event at the Magic Kingdom, and I don’t recommend you try to attend on Halloween or you’ll miss all the fun at Fort Wilderness. Instead, I recommend going early (the party starts in August) or on Nov 1st. It is important to note that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is NOT included with park admission. You buy a separate ticket, but the cool thing is that even though the party starts at 7 p.m., you can get into the Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. with your party ticket. So spend the day at Fort Wilderness, have fun at the pool, and then head over to the Magic Kingdom via the free boat ride. Many people, young and old, wear costumes and can even trick-or-treat around the park. There are 14 different places handing out free candy! There are several special shows and events with rare characters that aren’t available outside of the party. I think the “Boo-To-You” parade led by the headless horseman makes it worth the price!