Hello and Boo to you! (What a weird greeting they created for this event) Morgan here, with Neverland Navigation Co., your personal guides to everything WDW and beyond! I had the pleasure of attending my FIRST after-hours event this year, when we went to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It was quite the swinging wake and I am so happy I was able to attend.
In this article, I am going to stick to my favorite subject, food. We were thrilled to get to try many of the quirky and festively themed goodies that the Halloween Party had to offer. We tried 3 sweet drinks, 3 savory snacks and 2 sweet snacks (plus LOTS of candy.) It's best to look at the list of Halloween food options and make a list of the things you want to try the most. Having a game plan is essential for the Halloween party, and you certainly don't want to waste any time by standing in line twice or hiking back to a previously conquered land to grab a desired snack. This is a limited-time thing after all. In addition, some of the Halloween snacks are available during regular park hours, so if you are able to get tickets to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party you may want to opt to get snacks that are only offered during the party (party exclusives) and get the other snacks on other days. This of course only works if you are either a passholder or someone taking a vacation who has a Magic Kingdom day planned in addition to the party day.
Here is a list of options:
Not-So-Poison Apple Pie Milkshake - Apple Pie Milkshake with Green Apple Whipped Cream, Sour Apple Marshmallow Straw and 2 Cinnamon Donut Holes. (Party Exclusive.)
Sweet Candy Corn Soft Serve Cone - Sweet Corn and Vanilla Soft Serve topped with a Candy Corn Chocolate Bow.
Binx Pastry Tail - This is the same as the Cheshire Cat Tail offered during normal Magic Kingdom times, with a Binx twist. Croissant like Pastry drizzled with Dark Chocolate and a Binx Chocolate Piece.
Cold Witches Brew Coffee - (I really think this should have been written Cold "Witches Brew" Coffee, so that it doesn't look like the Witches are cold, but Disney felt otherwise.) French Vanilla Cold Brew topped with Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream and Halloween Sprinkles.
Bayou Burger - (Is a Bayou Halloween-ish?) Burger with Jalepeno Pimento Cheese, Crispy Andouille Sausage, and Garlic Pickles.
Pain and Panic Hot Dog - Hot Dog with Sweet and Spicy Onion Relish, Sriracha Mustard, and topped with Spicy Cheese Flavored Snacks (What??)
Winifred's Elixir of Youth - Black Tea Slush with Kiwi Foam and Winifred Chocolate Piece (Party Exclusive)
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor:
Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich - Monster Cookies filled with Vanilla Ice Cream (Party Exclusive)
Main Street Bakery:
Oh My Gourd Cupcake - Pumpkin Spice Cupcake with Cinnamon Cream Cheeses Icing with Dark Chocolate "ears"
Popcorn Cart near Cinderella's Castle:
Mexican Spiced Hot "COCO" Brownie - Spiced Chocolate Brownie with Dark Chocolate Ganache topped with a Miguel Chocolate Piece. (Party Exclusive)
Snack Cart near Cinderella's Castle:
M&Ms Peanut Butter Churro - Churro rolled in Peanut Butter Sauce and topped with Peanut Butter M&Ms.
Hades Hot Dog - Spicy Hot Dog , Hades' Relish, Violet Mustard and Pickles.
Un Poco Loco Tots - Chorizo, Green Onion and Hades' Cheese Sauce on top of Tater Tots. (Party Exclusive)
Golden Oak Outpost (by Pirates of the Caribbean):
Spellbinding Fried Pie - Buffalo Chicken, Mozzarella and Blue Cheese mixed and then wrapped in a flaky Pastry Dough and fried. Topped with a Candy Eye and Jalepeno Ranch Aioli.
Sweet Almond Corn Cake - Sweet Almond Corn Cake drizzled with white, orange and yellow Chocolate and topped with Candy Corn. (Party Exclusive)
Sunshine Tree Terrace:
Jack-O-Lantern Float - Citrus Swirl with Fanta topped with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream, and Graham Cracker Crumbs (Party Exclusive)
Ice Cream Cart near Haunted Mansion:
Chilling Chamber Pop - Chocolate Crumbs, Cherry Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Pearls topped. with a Tightrope Walker Chocolate Piece. (Party Exclusive at this location, if you want it during non party hours, try Sleepy Hollow Refreshments)
Liberty Square Market:
Monster Cookie Sugar Cookie - Sugar Cookie with Candy Eyes and Halloween Sprinkles
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments:
Grave Digger Milkshake - Coconut and Matcha topped with Whipped Cream, a Chocolate Shovel, and Gravestone.
Worms and Dirt Funnel Cake - Funnel Cake topped with Chocolate Ice Cream, Cookie Crumbles, Gummy Worms and a Billy Chocolate Piece. (Party Exclusive)
Chilling Chamber Pop - Chocolate Crumbs, Cherry Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Pearls topped. with a Tightrope Walker Chocolate Piece.
So that's a pretty extensive list! With quite a bit of "what the heck?!" options thrown in. We didn't have the time or stomach space to fit most of these in, but I'd love to tell you about the ones we did try and give you my overall impression.
First things first we headed over to Adventureland to try the Spellbinders Fried Pie. This is like a Buffalo Chicken casserole filling inside a flaky pastry. It looks like a pop tart. Then it has a jalapeño ranch drizzle and a sugar eyeball. So that sugar eyeball... what?? I feel like I'm doing a "which thing doesn't belong in this picture" game. I did NOT try it with the sugar eye, my husband did and said it was surprisingly good. But you don't have to trust his tastes here, I certainly didn't. Otherwise, it was good. Not great.
In this area we also tried the Jack-O-Lantern Float (pictured above.) It is a creamy mix of Citrus Swirl Soft Serve and Fanta. If you are a fan of those two flavors you will like this. It is a pretty easy-to-imagine flavor combination and it tastes as you would expect. It wasn't as awesomely decorated as the other things that we tried. The orange color of the Fanta is what made it "Halloween" I guess. The menu description mentioned brown sugar whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs which we didn't receive, but that seemed like the weird part of this anyway.
Next we tried the Sweet Almond Corn Cake. This thing LOOKED like a fried ear of corn up close. Truly, when they handed it to me, I was confused. I thought, Is this corn? I thought we were getting a cake. And it was a cake! Not a good one, but a cake nonetheless. It was like a magic trick. It's not like they used one of those cornbread muffin tins where the muffins are shaped like corn either. I mean check out the picture! I'm sure it was actually something like that, but somehow with more detail. Unfortunately, the cake was a bit dry and smothered in white chocolate which wasn't the best combination. So quality and flavor wise this "cake" didn't do too well.
In Fantasyland, we tried the Hades' Hot Dog at Friar Nook's. I Liked it. Jake didn't love it though. It was spicy and had a spicy relish and purple mustard. Why purple? Hades' color is blue. In the description, they even call it "violet mustard", making it sound even less "ruler of the underworld," in my opinion.
At Friar Nook's we also got the Un Poco Loco Tots. These names are wild. Nothing about this was "Coco" unless they are saying it was 'Coco" because Chorizo is often used in Mexican cuisine. It's a stretch. Anyway. These are tater tots, topped with Chorizo (but not super flavorful chorizo), green onion and Hades' Cheese Sauce. No Idea why the cheese sauce was "Hades." But this snack was pretty boring.
At The Cheshire Cafe we tried the Cold Witches Brew Coffee. The coffee was NOT good. The cold brew was unsweetened and very bitter. The only good part was the pumpkin spice whipped cream which somehow tasted like a pumpkin muffin and was delicious.
At the Cheshire Cafe we also got the Binx Tail. I should've known better, because I have tried the lackluster Cheshire Cat Tail and been unimpressed, but then I was convinced by all the Binx cuteness. So I got to be disappointed by the flavor again. This was like a cheap bagged croissant from grocery store with chocolate drizzled on top. It tastes old and cheap.
In Tomorrowland, we got the Not-So-Poison Apple Pie Milkshake. I had high hopes for this one. It is just so fun looking! It was a really photogenic milkshake. The flavor, unfortunately, was pretty bad. The milkshake itself tasted more like vanilla than apple pie. The whipped cream was fun and bright green and tasted like a green apple jolly rancher - but creamy, which was weird but fun. The cinnamon donut holes were not sweet. More like a hushpuppy with cinnamon sugar on it and the marshmallow that looked like a poison apple was fun to look at, but ultimately, just a big plain marshmallow. Overall, disappointing..
All in all I was shocked at how boring the flavors were. Everything we purchased got an A+ for presentation, but the flavors were a BIG miss. This is the "theme park" food flavors that have gotten such a bad rap over the years. I would HIGHLY recommend eating a big meal before starting the Halloween party and not relying on the fun-looking food there to be a meal. Next year I plan to book a reservation at an all-you-care-to-enjoy restaurant around 2 and head over to the party immediately after. I'm sure I'll still wind up trying a few instagram worthy treats but at least I won't be spending nearly $100 on food and being disappointed in the flavors.
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