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5 Reasons to Celebrate Halloween Time at Disneyland

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Halloween Time at Disneyland blends two sources of childlike magic into one fun-filled experience. For the Halloween holiday, even adults get to play dress-up and play make believe. At Disneyland, life stresses are tossed aside in favor of silly hats, photos with Goofy and mouse-shaped ice cream treats. No wonder Halloween is a favorite time of year to visit Disneyland for adults and children alike. Here are five reasons to celebrate Halloween Time at Disneyland.

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5 Reasons to Celebrate Halloween Time at Disneyland

Festive Fall Decor

Even before you enter Disneyland, giant character pumpkin figures greet you above the gates. Once you’re in, pause for a photo in front of the flowers in fabulous fall colors just inside the entrance.

Diamond Anniversary and Halloween Time decorations at the entry to Disneyland

Diamond Anniversary and Halloween Time decorations at the entry to Disneyland (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The greatest grouping of Halloween decor can be found along Main Street, with hundreds of jack-o-lanterns peeking down from storefront eves. Que up for a photo in front of the giant Mickey Mouse-shaped pumpkin in the Town Square.

Pumpkins carved to depict beloved Disney characters surround the statue of Walt Disney at the end of Main Street

Pumpkins carved to depict beloved Disney characters surround the statue of Walt Disney at the end of Main Street (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

In Frontierland, take a peek at the traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday skeleton display near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant.

Day of the Dead skeletons near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant in Frontier Land during Halloween Time at Disneyland

Day of the Dead skeletons near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant in Frontier Land (Photo credit: Disneyland)

Halloween Time Treats

The Halloween treats at Disneyland tempt park goers to dive into a sugary holiday splurge. They’re not only tasty, but also so pretty and festive. Choose from such delights as caramel apples decorated as jack-o-lanterns and crisped rice treats decked out with Day of the Dead designs at the Jolly Holiday Bakery, or pumpkin beignets sprinkled with powdered sugar and Raspberry Magnolia Lemonades at the Mint Julep Bar.

Day of the Dead crisped rice treats at the Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main Street

Day of the Dead crisped rice treats at the Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main Street (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Special Holiday Rides

Two popular rides are transformed for Halloween Time at Disneyland. Space Mountain becomes Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy with eerie screams, sound effects, ghostly music and phantoms popping out to scare roller coaster riders.

Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house of cards

Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house of cards (Photo credit: Disney)

The Haunted Mansion converts to Haunted Mansion Holiday, a blending of Halloween and Christmas à la Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. For 15 years, Haunted Mansion Holiday has been home to a specially made gingerbread house; this year’s gingered abode is a house of cards,  surrounded by zombie gingerbread construction men overseeing the building of the towering confection.

Halloween Time at Disneyland merchandise

Halloween Time at Disneyland merchandise (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Spooktacular Souvenirs

From Halloween-themed mouse ears and t-shirts, to glowing pumpkin necklaces (I bought one!) and sweetly “spooky” stuffed toys, the merchandise displays at Halloween Time at Disneyland will haunt you until you break open your wallet. Delight the neighborhood trick-or-treaters by stocking up on orange Mickey Mouse-shaped lollipops to give out on Halloween night.

Ooh-and-ahh-inducing “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular

Ooh-and-ahh-inducing “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular (Photo credit: Disney)

Mickey’s Halloween Party

The separate-ticket, evening Mickey’s Halloween Party returns this year to Disneyland, expanding to 17 nights. The ooh-and-ahh-inducing “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular and the “Monsters U Dance Party” at Tomorrowland Terrace are exclusive to the party. In the past, only select portions of the park were open during the party but now the whole Disneyland Park is open.

All party goers (not just the kiddos) can wander the park’s several trick-or-treat trails to gather up candies. If you’re concerned about too much sugar, Disney cast members will happily dole out other snacks like packaged carrot sticks and crackers.

Trick-or-treating at Mickey's Halloween Party

Trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Halloween Party (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The best part about Mickey’s Halloween Party? Everyone can (and should!) dress up in their best Halloween costumes for the event. The party presents the only time adults are allowed to dress up as Disney characters within the park each year. Many park goers take advantage by dressing up as Disney princesses, villains and other characters. Group costumes are particularly fun; you might see families dressed up as the emotional characters from Inside OutThe Incredibles, the cast from Mary Poppins, or a bunch of pups from 101 Dalmations.

All dressed up as The Mad Hatter and a happy vampire at Disney's PCH Grill

All dressed up as the Mad Hatter and a happy vampire at Disney’s PCH Grill (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

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Book Your Disneyland Trip

Consider booking a character meal to add even more magic to your visit. Read our Disneyland character meal reviews to choose the best one for your family.

Have you ever celebrated Halloween Time at Disneyland? Would you like to? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: Thank you to Disneyland for inviting me and my son to experience Halloween Time at Disneyland. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Amy Whitley says

    One of these days, we’ll get there during this time of year. Looks fun!

  2. The only time I visit Disney World, they were just gearing up for Halloween and I didn’t pay much attention to it. Looking through your posts and photos though I realize I must have missed a lot, but I was just overwhelmed with my first Disney experience.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      There is so much to take in at Disney World, Tamara! I hope you can visit again sometime…maybe during the winter holidays for all of the fun and festivities that go along with that!

  3. We are headed to Disneyland next week to celebrate the season!

  4. Lisa Goodmurphy says

    My visit last week was the first time that I have been to either of the parks at Halloween and I loved it – it was as much fun as Christmas! It’s too bad we hadn’t crossed paths – it would have been great to see you again!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      I hope one of these days our paths will cross and we can see each other in-person again, my friend!

  5. Looks like a lot of fun! I’ve never been to Disneyland, but you all might get me there one of these days 🙂

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Oh, Keryn! You should go for the boys! They would LOVE it and you would LOVE experiencing Disney through their eyes!

  6. Katja - globetotting says

    Given that we currently live in Mexico, I love the Day of the Dead skeletons and rice treats! Almost as much as I love your Halloween costumes!! 🙂 Looks like *a lot* of fun!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      I love the Day of the Dead decor too! It reminds me of a dear friend who passed away from cancer – she collected Day of the Dead stuff from Mexico to decorate her home.

  7. Kara Williams says

    Love it! What a festive scene.

  8. Amie O'Shaughnessy says

    Looking adorable … as usual!!

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