If you haven’t yet experienced a Disneyland Halloween, make this the year to enjoy festive twists on popular rides, favorite characters dressed up for the season, special events, and limited-edition food offerings.
Go any time between now and October 31, 2018. You’ll need at least two days to see everything in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
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1. Celebrate with Mickey After-hours
Mickey’s Halloween party returns on select nights where the entire family can visit the park after hours in costumes for special events and trick-or-treating around the park. Highlights include the “Frightfully Fun Parade” let by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow and a chance to take photos with your favorite Disney villains in Villains Square.
Those attending will also be treated to the “Halloween Screams” supernatural fireworks show hosted by Jack Skellington.
You’ll need a separate ticket for Mickey’s Halloween Party. (Location: Disneyland)
2. Eat ALL of the Disneyland Halloween-themed Food
There is so much of it. Food alone is a reason to enjoy a Disneyland Halloween.
The Bat Wing raspberry sundae at Clarabelles Hand Scooped Ice Cream stole the show on Instagram last year. However, it has some competition this year. For the full “scoop” see the full list of 2018 Disneyland Halloween food including more seasonal churro variations than one can eat in a week.
3. Take a Happiest Haunts Tour
This 2.5-hour guided tour walks guests through both parks telling ghost stories, discussing legends and popular villains along the way. The evening $85 tour also requires separate admission. (Location: Disneyland)
4. Take an Instagram in front of the Mickey Jack-O-Lantern
The Mickey Mouse-inspired jack-o-lantern awaits visitors on Main Street, U.S.A. and will add some Halloween fun to your family album or Instagram feed. (Location: Disneyland)
5. See the Haunted Mansion in Scarier Form
During the Halloween season, the Haunted Mansion changes to a Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas theme that is extra spooky and cool. Upon exiting your Haunted Mansion “doom buggy” be sure to say hi to Jack Skellington and Sally nearby in New Orleans Square. (Location: Disneyland)
6. Ride Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
In addition to spooky sounds and sights surrounding your Space Mountain rocket ship, riders are in for a surprise when a ghost appears in the on-ride photo for you to see on exit. Be sure to have the Disney MaxPass to receive unlimited photo downloads. (Location: Disneyland)
7. Celebrate the Dead in Frontierland
An exhibit featuring iconic skeleton figurings with brightly colored flowers and decor greet guests in honor of Dia de Los Muertos. (Location: Disneyland)
8. Take a Selfie with Favorite Characters in Costume
Even Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy dress up for Halloween. You’ll find them picture-ready along Buena Vista Street. (Location: Disney California Adventure park.)
9. Visit Radiator Screams
All of Cars Land gets a Haul-O-Ween makeover. Lightning McQueen and friends dress up to get ready for trunk-or-treating.
Mater, of course, is dressed up like a van-pire. Cruz Ramirez, Red the Fire Truck and DJ will get dressed up as a pirate, a clown and a punk rocker, respectively. And, Lightning McQueen hits the road as a superhero.
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree transforms to Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters becomes Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.
(Location: Disney California Adventure)
10. Dine Under Frightfully-Fun Decorations
A Disneyland Halloween dining highlight decoration-wise includes the spooky spider car inside Flo’s V8 Café in Cars Land. But wait until you see the special Halloween food. (Location: Disney California Adventure)
11. Find Vampirina
The adorable Disney Junior star, Vampirina, arrives at the Disneyland Resort in time for the Halloween season. She’ll take photos with guests in Disney California Adventure Park in front of the “Disney Junior Dance Party!” (Location: Disney California Adventure)
Tip: Look for her special appearance during the “Frightfully Fun Parade” at Mickey’s Halloween Party
12. Ride Monsters After Dark
The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! thrill ride transitions to Monsters After Dark during Disneyland Halloween. Guests will join Rocket in rescuing Groot from the monsters inside the eerily-lit Fortress. (Location: Disney California Adventure)
13. Look for the Headless Horseman
With his jack-o-lantern in-hand, the 10-foot headless horseman greets guests on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. (Location: Disney California Adventure)
14. Enter Under Oogie Boogie
Oogie Boogie’s quest for a forever Halloween is inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Walk under his oversized silhouette to enter Disney California Adventure park check out the swarm of bats summoned by him around Cathay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.
15. Drool Over a Pumpkin Patch Made from Cereal Treats
Head over to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to see their pumpkin patch made from cereal treats, 200 pounds of icing, 100 pounds of chocolate and 300 pounds of fondant. It’s a mere 15′ tall and 12′ wide with a gigantic 4′ tall Oogie Boogie pumpkin as the centerpiece.
16. Take Home Seasonal Souvenirs
The light-up Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket and Green Poison Apple Stein are available for the first time in addition to other seasonal merchandise ranging from pins to t-shirts. Other take-home highlights from various dining outlets across Disneyland and Disney California Adventure include the Headless Horseman Straw Clip, Purple Poison Apple Straw Cube, and Oogie Boogie Base Popcorn Bucket.
17. See 2000+ Pumpkins and Squash on Display in Downtown Disney
Pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and textures decorate the Downtown Disney area so be sure to plan time for some photo ops here.
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*Photos are courtesy of Disneyland Resort