Plan Now to Save on Next Halloween’s “Not So Scary” Fun!

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My brain thinks about a year out in part because that is one of the ways our family saves  You can often get stuff for next year at discount prices this year.  That is true for buying winter coats in April, Christmas decorations in January, and Halloween costumes in November.  This strategy does have some downsides as you are guessing at tastes, sizes, etc. but it can also be a pretty great way to plan ahead and save.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

This strategy holds true not just for merchandise, but for award travel.  For years we have wanted to take (not so little) C to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World, but we wanted to wait until she was the right age to stay up late and enjoy the festivities.  This means we have targeted next October when she will be closing in on six years old to head to the House of Haunted Mouse.

Mickey Halloween Party

If you aren’t familiar with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween, every September and October they have certain nights where the Disney Parks transform into “Not So Scary” parties complete with special parades, villain themed fireworks, trick-or-treat stations, themed costumes, and more..  These are “after hours” events that require a special ticket that costs somewhere in the $60 – $80 range.  The Magic Kingdom closes at 7PM on those nights for anyone who doesn’t have the special tickets.  Your “Not So Scary” tickets get you entrance to the park from 4PM – 12AM, so you don’t need to burn a day or park admission in addition to the special event ticket, as long as you delay your park day until 4PM.

These are very popular nights for the parks, and my favorite spots at Disney World to stay on points, the Swan or Dolphin, get booked up for peak weekend nights in October.  However, if you look at October 2015, every single weekend night currently has standard room availability.  This means you have your choice of nights to head to the Not So Scary party using 10,000 SPG points per night to cover your on-park lodging.  They only do those parties on select nights, but every Friday and Saturday night in October was on the list, so if you pick an October 2015 weekend, you can feel pretty safe that the Halloween themed events will be going on at the park.

There is no downside to this strategy as you can cancel your room on points without penalty for quite a long time to come.  So, as you are dealing with your candy hangovers and looking ahead, consider using your SPG points to lock in some rooms at Disney for next October.

Double Rewards at Pottery Barn:

On a somewhat related subject, if you are looking to grab some clearance Halloween themed decorations or costumes from Pottery Barn or Pottery Barn Kids (or anything else for that matter), note that Pottery Barn is doing their annual (?) “double rewards” days until November 3rd.  This means you can get 20% back in rewards rather than the standard 10% when using their store credit card.  This stacks nicely with the sale prices on some of their Halloween gear, and you can still go through a shopping portal to earn some miles in the process.

Pottery Barn Double Rewards
Strap in kids because it is now November, so here comes the holidays!

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  1. My family of 4 was at Disney world a couple of weeks ago and we did the halloween party! Great times, well worth the money. Just be sure to get some rest ahead of time for the little ones because once they get there they will not want to leave until it’s done!

  2. We are at Disney now and did the Halloween party on Oct 30. I’m not sure if it’s different every year but 2014 nights were generally Tu Th Fri Sun with no Saturday night parties. Maybe check the last few years’ dates to be sure you plan well with hotel nights.

  3. We just stayed at the Swan and Dolphin for a weekend trip to Disney. You may have already reviewed the hotel, but I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again. The boat service is great to Hollywood Studios while it takes quite abit of time to get to Epcot. There is only one real quick service in the Dolphin. We tired pretty quickly of the breakfasts there. There are some breakfast buffets, they will run around $25 per adult. Don’t forget to allocate $40 per day for parking/resort fee even on points.

    Have fun next October at Disney!

  4. We went to MNSSHP on Sun. Oct. 5th and it was magical. Your family will have a lot of fun. Who knows what will be going on with the FP+ system next October, but this year we were able to book three FP+ from that 4-7pm timeframe to use before the party started at 7pm as Disney normally doesn’t allow FP+ bookings during their hard ticket parties. The other benefit is both the Swan and Dolphin should be finished with their remodels by next Oct, Swan is already underway. Yea!

  5. If you haven’t done so already – you should subscribe to touring Awesome info, touring strategies, etc about Disney World. You can find out which party will be less crowded. This year WDW was very busy in October.

  6. Halloween Party is overrated IMO. Going during October is fine. Just buy a lengthy park-hopper and ignore the Halloween Party. Biggest waste of $70 ever. Half the dining locations were shut down, and there were ridiculous lines for characters. I would rather go in the middle of July than to the Halloween Party. No joke.

  7. Disney is the ONLY place on earth I don’t and won’t use points for hotel. Historically they offer a free dining plan in the fall with a package purchase.(usually corresponds with Mickey’s NSSP) It’s so worth it. The one year we went without the dining plan and had to shell out pocket cash for eats was a nightmare. We ate only half the amount of food & didn’t get the awesome dining experiences but still spent the same amount total on food as if we had bought the dining plan. I’ll never do that again. Character dinners and themed restaurants are a MAJOR part of the total experience!imo Staying onsite and only during a free dining plan is the best way to do Disney. The party had 2 great things about it. Parade and stage show. I’m glad we did it but we won’t do it again.

    • I’m very much looking forward to the Not So Scary experience, but I agree it is likely a “one time” thing for us.

  8. I agree your daughter will love it. But Disney is one place I would not stay on points. Since its fall and if you are not adverse to removing her from school you can easily visit over free dining. I book either value and pay the difference to upgrade the dining plan from quick service or book at a moderate. Let Disney cart you from the airport for free, my daughter LOVES the free magical express bus! No need to rent a car, “free food” and Disney with lower crowds. Love it! And my Daughter loves the Disney themed rooms and pools at All Star Movies or Pop Century. We try to attend a party during the midweek when it seems less busy, and hit the second parade if she can stay awake on the rides while you wait.

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