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Disneyland Halloween Complete Guide

By Kimberly Fidler 07/06/2020
 
Halloween Time is one of the most festive and popular times to visit the Disneyland Resort. Each year from mid-September through Halloween night, Disney’s official Halloween season takes place. Our complete guide to Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort will tell you everything you need to know about visiting this time of year.

Disneyland Halloween Time Complete Guide

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort somehow manages to make the Happiest Place on Earth even more magical! If you’re thinking about visiting Disneyland during Halloween, there is a lot to know. We’ll break down everything there is to see and do so that you don’t miss a single thing. 

When, Where and What is Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort?

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort typically begins early to mid-September and continues through Halloween night. This seasonal celebration takes place throughout the entire Disneyland Resort; Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. You’ll find incredible decor, Halloween-themed attractions and entertainment, as well as seasonal merchandise and menu items. And better yet, all Halloween Time attractions are included with your regular admission.

Disneyland Halloween Mickey Pumpkin Main Street

Disneyland Halloween Time Highlights

There is nothing quite as festive as Disneyland Park during Halloween Time. Pumpkins line Main Street, U.S.A. and not-so-spooky magic can be found throughout the park. Here are some of the highlights you won’t want to miss:

Haunted Mansion Holiday - This fan-favorite holiday classic turns the Haunted Mansion into a mash-up of Halloween and Christmas with the crew from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack Skellington, Sally, Zero and Oogie Boogie all make appearances. FastPasses are available, and they go quickly, so reserve yours early. Disneyland Park is the only place in the world to experience Haunted Mansion Holiday. 

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Dia de los Muertos - Over in Frontierland, you’ll find a colorful homage to Dia de los Muertos with bright photo backdrops. 

Giant Mickey Jack-o-Lantern on Main Street, U.S.A. - Speaking of photo backdrops, one of the most iconic and most photographed spots during Halloween Time is the ginormous Mickey jack-o-lantern that welcomes you to Main Street, U.S.A.. 

Disney Characters in Costumes - One of the most fun things about meeting the Characters at Disneyland during Halloween Time is that they’re always in costume. 

Seasonal menu items at some of our favorite restaurants - You’ll find pumpkin everything throughout Disneyland, and better yet, many of these seasonal treats can be mobile ordered. Be sure to try the seasonal beignets from the Mint Julep Bar and grab at least one seasonal churro.

Halloween Screams - In previous years, the Halloween Screams fireworks show was exclusive to guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party. However, in 2019 when Mickey’s Halloween Party was retired and the Oogie Boogie Bash began in Disney California Adventure Park, Halloween Screams became available to all Disneyland Park guests on the weekends. 

NOTE: Due to new safety guidelines because of Covid-19, we are unsure if fireworks and other seasonal attractions will be available when the park reopens. Halloween Screams may not be part of Halloween Time in 2020. 

Disney California Adventure Halloween Time Highlights

Disney California Adventure Park has some unique attractions that you won’t find anywhere else throughout the year. During Halloween Time these attractions become even more exclusive due to the limited time of year you can find them. Here's a quick overview of some of the fun you'll find at this one-of-a-kind park:

Radiator Screams - Cars Land has always been one of our favorite parts of Disney California Adventure. Just for Halloween, Radiator Springs transforms into Radiator Screams with “spoke-y” decor and “spook-tacular” rides. Make sure to visit during the day and again at night for a completely different feel. You won’t want to miss these experiences that you can only find in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park: 

  • Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree - A Halloween twist on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Ween - Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters gets a Halloween makeover
  • Mater and Lightning McQueen - You’ve never seen “car-stumes” like those sported by Mater and Lighting McQueen

Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark - When nighttime falls, Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! transforms into Monsters After Dark. This version of the attraction gets a little bit darker and features a custom soundtrack that will leave you screaming as you rescue Baby Groot from the Collector. Not only is this attraction unique to Disney California Adventure Park, it’s unique to Halloween Time and only available in late afternoon/evenings.

Tree of Life at Plaza de la Familia - Celebrate those who have gone on before by leaving a memory of your loved ones at a Coco themed ofrenda. 

Coco Plaza De Familia

Disney Characters in Costume - The Characters in Disney California Adventure Park are also in costume. You’ll find a different costume in each park, which is really fun. 

Seasonal Menu Items - Disney California Adventure Park always features festive food and beverage items - including cocktails during Halloween Time. 

NOTE: Due to new safety guidelines because of Covid-19, not all attractions may be available during Halloween Time 2020.

Disneyland Halloween Time Cake Pop

Disneyland Halloween Food and Merchandise

One of the funnest things about Halloween Time is the seasonal food and merchandise items you can only find during this festive time of year. You’ll find pumpkin flavored sweets and treats throughout the entire Resort, as well as special menu items at some of the most popular restaurants. Ghost peppers, gummy worms, and “poisoned apples” can normally be found on the menu in select locations in the Parks and Downtown Disney. Disneyland will usually release a Foodie Guide for each year to showcase the menu items and locations. 

In addition to food and beverages, the Disneyland Resort produces new Halloween themed merchandise each year. You’ll find limited time Halloween t-shirts, popcorn buckets, cups, plushes, light-up necklaces, Minnie ears and so much more. They are all so cute that you’ll definitely want to factor in Halloween souvenirs into your vacation budget.

Disneyland Halloween Minnie Ears

Disneyland Halloween Party

In addition to traditional included Halloween Time offerings, the Disneyland Resort typically hosts a separate nighttime party. Through 2018, Mickey’s Halloween Party was held in Disneyland Park. 2019 brought a number of changes to Disneyland’s Halloween Time. One of these changes was that Mickey’s Halloween Party was retired and replaced by the Oogie Boogie Bash - a Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure Park. 

Oogie Boogie Bash is a limited capacity special event that requires a separate ticket and is offered on select nights. On party nights Disney California Adventure Park closes early to those without a party ticket and remains open to party guests. Oogie Boogie Bash features exclusive entertainment and experiences like rare character appearances, a Halloween version of World of Color, trick-or-treating and Villains Grove.

NOTE: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which is typically held at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort has been cancelled for 2020. While no information has been announced for Disneyland Halloween Time, it is unlikely that Oogie Boogie Bash will take place in 2020 due to the nature of the experiences offered.

Disneyland Halloween Time California Adventure Entrance

What to do if you don’t have Oogie Boogie Bash tickets

You don’t need to have a party ticket to have a good time during Halloween at Disneyland. There is so much to do at the Disneyland Resort without attending the Oogie Boogie Bash. If you don't want the extra expense of a party ticket, or if party tickets are not available during your visit. you can head into Disneyland Park if you have a Park Hopper. This is one reason why we always recommend having a Park Hopper ticket - especially during Halloween Time. In Disneyland, you can experience all of the regularly scheduled attractions and entertainment until closing.

Or, you can explore Downtown Disney and make dinner reservations for one of the  You could also plan a Character Dining experience at Goofy's Kitchen. You can also venture out a little further and make a reservation for Medieval Times or the Pirate's Adventure Dinner in Buena Park. Whether you're planning on going to the party or not, you'll want to know when the parties are being held. This will allow you to make your plans, whatever they may be. 

Disneyland Halloween Photo Opps

The Disneyland Resort provides some of the cutest and most fun Halloween backdrops you’ll find anywhere. If you’re looking for your own picture-perfect moment, make sure you hit these photo spots:

  • Character Pumpkin Heads at Disneyland Park Entrance
  • The Giant Mickey Jack-o-Lantern on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Dia de los Muertos display in Frontierland
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday exterior - bonus points for catching Jack and Sally outside!
  • Halloween Tree in Frontierland (tribute to Ray Bradbury)
  • Oogie Boogie Entrance to Disney California Adventure Park
  • Headless Horseman Statue on Buena Vista Street
  • Radiator Screams - Everything in Cars Land is a photo opportunity during Halloween Time
  • Tree of Life at Plaza de la Familia in Disney California Adventure Park
  • Disney Characters are wearing their Halloween costumes in both parks, so grab a photo with anyone you see

Disneyland Halloween Time Cars Land

General Disneyland Halloween Time Tips

Our #1 tip for visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to make sure you purchase a Park Hopper ticket. This is especially important if you are traveling when there is an Oogie Boogie Bash party taking place, whether you are attending the event or not. That will give you the flexibility to go back and forth between both parks, which you’ll definitely want. If you visit Disney California Adventure Park on a day of a party without a ticket, you’ll have to leave once the party officially begins. But, if you have a Park Hopper ticket, you can enter Disneyland for the rest of the night!

We also highly recommend getting a FastPass Reservation for Halloween-themed attractions early in the day. Haunted Mansion Holiday is easily one of the most popular attractions during Halloween Time, and FastPasses go quickly. On the flip side, if you want to score a FastPass for Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark, you’ll need to wait until later in the day when it switches over. You can check availability on the official Disneyland app, which will let you know which version of the attraction FastPass return times are for.

If you are planning a Halloween Time Disneyland vacation, consider visiting in September. September tends to have more hotel availability, lower hotel prices, fewer crowds and warm weather. Plus, it’s a great way to kick off the season and get into the Halloween spirit!

Our final tip is to stay as long as you can, and get at least a 3-day ticket. There is so much to see and do at the Disneyland Resort year round, but to really enjoy all of the additional festivities, you won’t want to be rushed.

Disneyland Halloween Time Food

Booking Your Disneyland Halloween Time Vacation

There has never been a time when you’ll need more support in booking your Disneyland vacation. Once an opening date for the Disneyland Resort is announced, park tickets as well as park reservations will be required to enter the parks. With so many changes, it can be hard to keep up. At Get Away Today, we will always keep you up-to-date with everything you need to know, including the Disneyland park reservation system.

Although the Disneyland Resort has temporarily paused the sale of new Disneyland tickets, we are booking Disneyland area hotels for 2020 Halloween Time for those guests who already have theme park tickets. We are also helping guests set up 2021 Halloween Time vacations, starting with their hotels. You can book any of our Disneyland area hotels online or call our agents at 855-GET-AWAY.

 

Kimberly Fidler