If you haven’t yet experienced a Disneyland Halloween, make this the year to enjoy festive twists on popular rides, characters dressed up for the season, special events, and limited-edition food offerings. It’s one of our favorite times of the year to visit.
These photos and details are from the 2019 Halloween season. As you know, the theme parks were closed for the 2020 season. Fingers crossed that all will be normal again in 2021.
You’ll need at least two days to see and eat everything in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
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1. Celebrate with Oogie Boogie After-hours
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party debuts this year and takes the place of Mickey’s Halloween Party.
Oogie Boogie is the villain in “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Rest assured that he’ll be scaring up fun for all ages across Disney California Adventure that includes special music and decor, treat trails featuring Disney villains, the DescenDANCE dance party, the “Villainous!” which is a “World of Color” nighttime show exclusive to the party, and much more.
The event runs on 20 select nights beginning September 17 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 6–11 p.m. Most dates are already sold out so act quickly. You need to purchase a separate ticket which will allow you into Disney California Adventure park three or four hours (depending on the date) prior to the event’s start. (Location: Disney California Adventure)
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.
Fill your Instagram feed with these frightful treats. For the full “scoop” see the list of 2019 Disneyland Halloween food including more seasonal churro variations than one can eat in a week. (Location: Both Parks)
3. Take a Happiest Haunts Tour
This 2.5-hour guided tour walks guests through both parks telling ghost stories, discussing legends and popular Disney villains along the way. Purchase the evening $99 tour in addition to a separate admission ticket. (Location: Disneyland)
4. Main Street Pumpkin Festival
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. But along the street, you’ll also find many other creatively-carved pumpkins. (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.
The year 2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion attraction (and the 19th anniversary of Haunted Mansion Holiday). In celebration, the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house is extra spooky at 10′ tall featuring 15 large ghosts. Fun fact: It’s made out of 30 lbs of gingerbread, three gallons of egg whites, 120 pounds of frosting and icing, 75 pounds of confectioner’s sugar, 140 pounds of fondant and more.(Location: Disneyland)
6. Celebrate the Dead (Through November 3)
Dia de los Muertos festivities occur at Paradise Gardens Park during Plaza de la Familia with a Coco theme. “A Musical Celebration of Coco” brings together traveling Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia several times per day for a festive performance featuring songs from the movie, singing host Mateo, the Grammy® Award-winning Mariachi Divas, and authentic folklórico dancers. (Location: Disney California Adventure)
7. 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.)
8. 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)
9. Halloween Screams
On select nights, enjoy Halloween Screams evening fireworks and special effects show hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington. (Location: Disneyland)
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. 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)
12. 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)
13. 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. (Location: Disney California Adventure)
14. Special Events at Disneyland Resort Hotels
Head over to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will feature a large confectionary sculpture of Oogie Bookie in the lobby in addition to a Halloween holiday cart full of sweets for guests to enjoy. A 3-D Ursula will grace the lobby of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel while Disneyland Hotel will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion with themed decor.
Guests of all three hotels will enjoy special trick-or-treat festivities on select dates in addition to the other benefits of staying at Disneyland Resort Hotels. Guests can also book in-room “Scare-abrations.” (Location: Disneyland Resort Hotels)
15. Take Home Seasonal Souvenirs
This year, seek out The Nightmare Before Christmas Ornaments at Port Royal in Disneyland Park, at Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure Park and at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District.
Or, how about a special Oogie Boogie Bash headband (pictured above) in addition to other seasonal merchandise ranging from pins to T-shirts. (Location: Throughout Disneyland Resort)
16. Pumpkins on Display in Downtown Disney
Candy-inspired pumpkin displays grace the promenade’s planters while capella performers stroll throughout singing spooky tunes like “I Put a Spell on You.” (Location: Downtown Disney)
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