Labor Day is over, so we hope you're ready for Halloween. Like right now. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party opens Tuesday at Disney's Magic Kingdom near Orlando, where they tone down the horror and play up the festive side of the holiday. The place will be crawling with little boos in costume collecting candy. The party runs from 7 p.m. to midnight and it's a separate ticket from regular admission, running $54-$73. Here are tips to make the night not so scary for parents:
• Veteran Disney-goers recommend getting tickets ahead of time rather than at the gate because the park sells only a limited number of tickets to each party.
• They will let you into the park a few hours before the 7 p.m. start time, some say as early as 4 p.m.
• One of the favorite sights to see is the headless horseman galloping down the parade route. The fireworks are especially fun, with the music and voices of Disney villains — from Cruella De Vil to the Big Bad Wolf — and ghostly images projected against the night sky and Cinderella's castle. Parades are at 8:15 and 10:30 p.m. with the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
• September dates are generally less busy than October's, and Tuesdays tend to be the least-busy days regardless of the month, the crowd estimator site Touringplans.com advises.
Walt Disney World is at 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-7639; disneyworld.com.