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Halloween at Disneyland is special indeed. From Disney’s Oogie Boogie Bash parties to festive features throughout both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks, it’s the most fun you’ll have this season. Read on to discover why to visit the Happiest Place on Earth during the spookiest time of the year!

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Haunted Holiday during Halloween at Disneyland

Haunted Holiday during Halloween at Disneyland (Photo credit: Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

Halloween at Disneyland Two Ways

There are two ways to celebrate Halloween at Disneyland. A separately ticketed event, Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party takes place on select Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Disney California Adventure Park. The park closes to the public during the party. Since Oogie Boogie Bash is a separately ticketed event, it is a more intimate affair. That often means shorter lines for rides and other attractions! All areas of Disney California Adventure Park remain open during the event.

The other way to experience Halloween Time is by simply visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure anytime between early September through November 1. Disney makes the holiday shine with Halloween decorations, seasonal treats, costumed Disney characters and even Halloween-themed rides.

Trick-or-treating at Disneyland

Trick-or-treating at the Happiest Place on Earth (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Trick-Or-Treating at Disney California Adventure

Kids and adults alike collect goodies from special trick-or-treat stations at Disney California Adventure during Oogie Boogie Bash. Treat-seekers receive a map and a collection bag. Finding the booths becomes a scavenger hunt of sorts. Half a million pounds of candy are doled out to party attendees each year! For those seeking healthier treats, alternative snacks like carrots, apple slices, and raisins are also available.

Even Mickey and Minnie dress up for Halloween at Disneyland

Even Mickey and Minnie dress up for Halloween at Disneyland (Photo credit: Scott Brinegar, Disneyland Resort)

Halloween Costumes at Disneyland

Dressing up in costume is part of the fun of attending Oogie Boogie Bash. If you plan to go, don a costume! This is a great excuse to act like a kid again. Many attendees choose Disney-themed gear and some go above and beyond with elaborate outfits. Families often come in group ensembles, such as the whole clan dressing up as The Incredibles.

Keep in mind, though, only those aged 14 and younger are allowed to wear a costume when visiting the theme parks during the day. Guests with Oogie Boogie Bash tickets can enter the Park up to four hours before the party starts at 6 pm. Plan to stow costumes in a locker before the party starts.

DescenDANCE Party during Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure Park

DescenDANCE Party during Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure Park (Photo credit: Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

New Things to Do at Oogie Boogie Bash in 2019

  • Villainous! – Enjoy a temporary overlay to the spectacular World of Color show on Oogie Boogie Bash nights.
  • Mickey’s Trick & Treat – Attend an all-new live show at Disney Theater, during which costumed Mickey and pals share kid-friendly Halloween tales.
  • Villains Grove – A candlelight trail in Grizzly Peak beckons the brave. Explore this grove, but beware of Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Scar, Dr. Facilier and other Disney Villains. Special effects truly transform this area, immersing you in the sights, sounds and smells of Halloween.
  • DescenDANCE – Guests of all ages will love this dance party in the Hollywood Backlot. Join characters from the Disney TV series, Descendants, for a musical performance of Villains.
  • Frightfully Fun Parade – Coming from the now-retired Mickey’s Halloween Party, this parade is led by the Headless Horseman and features Disney Characters in costume. Look for Jack Skellington, Mickey and Minnie, the Cheshire Cat, Disney Villains and more.
Cheshire Cat in Frightfully Fun Parade at Halloween at Disneyland

The Cheshire Cat in the Frightfully Fun Parade (Photo credit: Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

Tips for Attending Oogie Boogie Bash

The cost to attend Oogie Boogie Bash starts at $110. Unfortunately, the party is completely sold out for 2019. Expert tip for future attendance: Spend your Oogie Boogie Bash party day relaxing at your hotel pool or exploring Downtown Disney until you can enter Disney California Adventure Park at either 2 or 3 pm (depending on party day). This way you don’t have to buy a theme park entrance pass when you have Oogie Boogie Bash tickets.

Main Street Pumpkin Festival

(Photo credit: Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

Disneyland Halloween Special Touches

Disney decks out both parks with holiday decorations of the jack-o-lantern and semi-scary variety. The bulk of the festive décor can be found along Disneyland’s Main Street as part of the Main Street Pumpkin Festival. It features over 300 pumpkins in store windows. Go here for special treats like caramel apples, pumpkin-flavored fudge, and pumpkin spice cupcakes. Themed souvenirs like jack-o-lantern mouse ears are available in stores throughout the parks, as well.

Snow White's Queen - Halloween at Disneyland

The Queen was not impressed with my daughter’s princess pen (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Disney Halloween Characters

Friendly characters like Mickey and Minnie get dolled up in their own Halloween costumes. Plus, there is an influx of villain characters available for meet-and-greets.

Goofy dressed up for Halloween at Disneyland

Goofy in his Halloween costume (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Halloween Rides at Disneyland

During Halloween Time, the Haunted Mansion transforms into the Haunted Holiday thanks to Jack Skellington and friends from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This ride maintains its mixed up Halloween/Christmas makeover through the winter holidays. This ride may feel less frightening to young children during this time-frame.

Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission BREAKOUT at Disney California Adventure becomes even scarier than usual as Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. In addition to Guardians of the Galaxy characters and terrifying drops, the ride is overrun by terrifying beasts at nighttime. Check the Disneyland app to determine the start time of the holiday overlay.

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy overlay did NOT return to Disneyland this Halloween.

Guardians of the Galaxy–Monsters After Dark! during Halloween at Disney California Adventure Park

Guardians of the Galaxy–Monsters After Dark! during Halloween at Disney California Adventure Park (Photo credit: Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

Radiator Screams in Cars Land

The Cars Land area of Disney California Adventure, also known as Radiator Springs, takes on a playfully spooky theme  as Radiator Screams. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree transforms into Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, with Mater serenading riders with spooky tunes. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters changes to Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Ween, with the Italian roadsters singing and dancing along to a new playlist, specially made for the season.

Radiator Screams in Cars Land at Disneyland at Halloween

Radiator Screams in Cars Land (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Disneyland Dia de los Muertos

In addition to Halloween festivities, you can also celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Disneyland. Most of the festivities take place in the Plaza de la Familia  in Disney California Adventure and feature elements from the Disney film Coco. Look for the following Dia de los Muertos celebrations during Halloween Time.

  • Musical performances – Miguel, Mateo and the Mariachi Divas share songs from Coco, accompanied by folk dancers.
  • Life-sized marionettes – Talented puppeteers bring their marionettes to life, dancing with them during the celebration.
  • Dia de los Muertos crafts – Visitors make crafts from a special station.
  • Memory Wall – Guests write down memories of loved ones to be hung on the commemorative wall.
  • Papier mâché figuresCalavera figures appear throughout the park, showcasing how Latin Americans acknowledge and celebrate death.
  • Mexican food – Stop by Paradise Garden Grill for special Dia de los Muertos menu selections, including Mexican street corn, a tres leches parfait, a chicken with mole sauce.
  • Dia de los Muertos altar – In honor of the late Hudson from the Cars movies, this altar can be found at Ramone’s House of Body Art in Cars Land.
  • Frontierland Dia de los Muertos tribute – Look for an exhibit featuring a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines, brightly colored flowers and other decorative items in Frontierland in Disneyland.
Dia de los Muertos Musical Celebration of Coco at Disney California Adventure

A Musical Celebration of Coco at Disney California Adventure (Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

As you can see, a trip to Disneyland in the fall is a family-friendly and spirited way to celebrate Halloween!

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Guide to Halloween at Disneyland

Keep this Guide to Halloween at Disneyland

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For even more thrills during your Disneyland Halloween visit, you must read our list of the scariest rides at Disneyland!

Have you ever experienced Halloween at Disneyland? Let us know your tips and questions in the comments below!

Disneyland has hosted my family during Halloween Time in the past. All opinions are mine, as always. This story is brought to you in partnership with Get Away Today. We receive a small commission on any vacations booked through Get Away Today, at no extra cost to consumers. 

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. 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, NBCNews.com, 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.

Comments
  1. Halloween at Disney is awesome. The great thing about Disney is the attention to detail and man, when they do it up for Halloween, the detail is amazing.
    Oh, and I love this line: “I voted for the Queen. Poor thing! No one likes to age! And who needs a talking mirror reminding you that there’s a hotter number in town all the time?!” 🙂

  2. I soooo want to do this! I have a friend who takes her daughter every year for Halloween. It has become a tradition for them.

  3. YAY!! I love Disneyland at Halloween time. What a fun day. 🙂

  4. Lisa Bergren says

    I think it’s a great time of year to go–fewer crowds. But that Haunted Mansion is something I haven’t ever been able go to–always have a kid in tow to young to brave it, even when it’s not Halloween!

  5. Thanks for the info! We’re taking the kids the week of Halloween – can’t wait!

  6. I didn’t really “get” what was so different about Halloween at Disneyland either, until I went. Great photos! I love the one with your little girl & the Wicked Queen.

  7. OK, so I have to know – are there parents who actually make their children eat carrots and raisins in the midst of all that sugar?

    Love the photos – definitely looks like a fun time. I like that the “bad” characters come out to play.

  8. Just returned from Disney and checked everything that you said! Loved to greet the Cinderella, Snowwhite and Alice whitches! Not so often, except this time of the year, you can see them hanging around, had a geat time! Thanks for your hints!

  9. Genevieve Koesling says

    I am sold on the Disney Halloween party. It may be a few years though. My two year old would not make it that late. We were at Disneyland last week and he was falling asleep at dinner between bites. I have two things to look forward to when he’s older- The Disney Cruise and the Halloween party. I love the baby stage but there’s so many fun things to look forward to when they are older:)

  10. Crystal (Travelers Barista) says

    What a GREAT idea! I love Disney as it is, but combine Disney and the holidays makes me overjoyed. Halloween can be such a grusome holiday, so I’d love to make it more fun with Disneyland…adding that to my bucket list for travel!

  11. I have always wanted to do the after hours Disney party but have yet to check it out. Your post is making me want to hop in the car and go now! You always have the best advice.

  12. Lisa Battista says

    I loved the online Vote-for-your favorite villians videos. What fun!

    Have you been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party at Walt Disney World? I’m wondering how similar the parade and fireworks are.

  13. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Mara – I tend to limit how much sugar the kids eat at these events so while I don’t restrict them to ALL healthy treats, I do encourage opting for some of the less sugary items. 🙂

  14. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Lisa B. – I have never been to the Walt Disney World during Halloween. I’d love to know how they compare too!

  15. Emman Damian says

    I want to see Cheshire Cat at Disneyland. So cute and adorable! Hope I can visit them soon!

  16. Bill Sweeney says

    If there’s ever a time you want to go to Disney, this is the time of year! They really go all out for the holidays and Halloween!

  17. emily zielinski says

    wow, Halloween at Disneyland is a dream of time!! Halloween is my favourite time of the year! Your post makes me want to go right now!!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I love Disneyland at Halloween Time, too! I love this holiday, but I’m not a huge fan of very scary things so Disney’s version is just right for me!

  18. Brianne Tursi Manz says

    There’s just something extra magical about Disney when they decorate for Halloween all the way through Christmas. It’s definitely the happiest place on Earth!

  19. Ntensibe Edgar Michael says

    Nnnniiicccceeeeeee….I haven’t had the pleasure of living this experience but I would love to!

  20. WanderlustBeautyDreams says

    What a fun experience. I would love to go to Disney during the halloween season some day.

  21. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says

    Man, they really go big this time of year. They have some very creative people working there!

  22. katrina Kroeplin says

    disney at halloween looks amazing. we were hoping to get there this year but my health had other plans. that’s ok tho, next year we will be there. love the pics!!!

  23. Melanie williams says

    Halloween at Disney is my fav season of all. so fun and a mix of scare and spook too xx

  24. Đạt Tín says

    A great festival for halloween days, I want to go to Disneyland!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      So much to love about Halloween Time at Disneyland! I hope you can visit the Happiest Place on Earth sometime soon!

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