A Ghoulish Halloween Awaits at Disneyland Resort

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A ghoulish Halloween time with frightfully fun experiences for guests of all ages returns to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park from September 3rd through October 31st.

Don’t miss a ride inside the Halloween-themed Haunted Mansion where the holiday is celebrated like nowhere else! Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas takes credit for the decorations. Be on the lookout for Sally, Zero, and other characters from the movie.

Ghoulish Halloween

On Main Street, U.S.A., Mickey and friends show off their Halloween finest with Minnie as a witch. Other characters are found throughout the park, including your favorite Disney villains. Beware, they only have mischief on their minds. Also on Main Street, be on the lookout for the Main Street Pumpkin Festival transforming Main Street, U.S.A., with whimsical pumpkins displayed in storefronts. 

The parks will be adorned with seasonal decor, including the giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern. Pumpkin statues representing Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Critter Country, and Frontierland will surround the Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. 

Over at Disney California there is plenty of ghoulish Halloween going on too. The Guardians of the Galaxy attractions will transform at night into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. Think creepy creatures and thrilling drops. 

Ghoulish Halloween

Radiator Springs at Cars Land becomes Radiator Screams, where residents decorate their homes with frights and delights for a unique Haul-O- Ween makeover. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz, and Red will be ready to greet guests in their “car-stumes” before they race off to go “trunk-or-treating.” 

Another fall favorite, Plaza de la Familia, also returns, adding to the fun with an immersive, limited-time celebration at Disney California Adventure. The fun is inspired by the tradition of Dia de los Muertos with some elements of the Disney Pixar movie Coco added. Guests will enjoy a spirited extravaganza, including mariachi music, delicious food, interactive experiences, special merchandise, and much more. Plaza de la Familia celebrates the spirit of Día de los Muertos through November 2nd.

Ghoulish Halloween

On select nights September 9th through October 31st, the separate-ticket, after-park hours event Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party is also back. Highlights of Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party include: 

  • Entry to Disney California Adventure Park before the party. The party begins at 6 p.m. PT, and guests have the opportunity to play in Disney California Adventure three hours before the party starts. 
  • Treat trails. These are found throughout Disney California Adventure, offering kids and their families a trick-or- treating experience.
  • The highlight of the night is the “Frightfully Fun Parade.” When the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow gallops down Main Street U.S.A., you know the parade is on the way and that a cavalcade of Disney characters and mischievous villains are about to stir up some trouble! 
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail becomes Villains Grove, a wondrous and ethereal world of imagery inspired by Disney villains. Make sure to walk the trail—if you dare! 
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from the night are included with admission to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. 

Every night September 3rd through October 31st, Disneyland Park will be host to Halloween Screams, a special effects show. On weekend nights, Halloween Screams takes to the skies and enhances the mischief with fireworks. Tickets are available here

At Downtown Disney, enjoy an all-new Halloween-themed pumpkin hunt, dubbed Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit.

With so much going on, ghouls and goblins will have a Spooktacular time. Are you planning to join the ghoulish Halloween fun?

For all there is to see and do at Disneyland, check out The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland by Seth Kubersky with Bob Sehlinger, Len Testa, and Guy Selga Jr. All Disneyland fans should also check out The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disneys Dream by Sam Gennawey.

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