Halloween at Disneyland: Mickey’s Halloween Party & Family-Friendly Fun

#HalloweenTime at Disneyland Resort

For the first time in park history, Halloween Time at Disneyland is spilling over into Disney California Adventure Park! Halloween has always been one of my absolute favorite times to visit Disneyland Park, and now families have double the reason to choose this time of year to head to the parks.

I was able to head to Disneyland on the very first night of #HalloweenTime, and I am excited to share my favorite new activities, my stand-by solid favorites, and a few surprises. Let’s explore Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.Disney HalloweenTime California Adventure3

Checking Out Disneyland’s Halloween Time Decorations

I am a sucker for all things fall decor. When Disneyland gets decked to the nines in pumpkins, fall-colored leaves, and ribbons of orange and black, I’ll admit that I get a little sentimental. Maybe it is the legit lack of seasons we experience in Southern California, but Disney’s Halloween transformation is basically the only thing that signals fall for me outside of an old-fashioned Starbucks PSL (which you can also get inside Disneyland- score!).

Disney HalloweenTime California Adventure Carthay Circle

What’s new?

Halloween decor has spilled over to the Disney California Adventure and starting from the entrance to the park, guests are met with Halloween-themed fun from a giant Oogie Boogie (of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” fame), purple banners, a 10-foot-tall Headless Horseman statue, spooky-fun music, Halloween window displays, bats circling the belfry of Carthay Circle Theatre, and Mickey and friends ready for pictures in their Halloween costumes.

Speaking of costumes, the residents of Radiator Springs are joining in the “Haul-O-Ween” fun by dressing up in “car-stumes” to go “trunk-or-treating!” I know! Mater plans to be a vampire, Lightning McQueen will HeroUp as a super hero, Cruz Ramirez a pirate, Red the Fire Truck a clown, and DJ a punk rocker. You won’t want to miss pictures with these vehicles. Radiator Springs’ streets have also been covered in automobile themed-decor that features the best use of car-themed, punny decorations you’ve ever oohed and ahhed over. A nightly transformation takes place each evening when Halloween nights officially begin at both Buena Vista Street’s Carthay Circle and in Cars Land.



What’s returning but still super noteworthy?

Every nook and cranny of Disneyland Park is still enveloped with Halloween and fall decor; I love spotting the hundreds of individually carved unique pumpkins along Main Street, and snapping pics in front of the giant winking Mickey pumpkin.

Halloween at Disneyland: Rides & Attractions

In addition to the eye-candy on display throughout the parks, don’t miss the slew of #HalloweenTime attractions, offered only for a limited time.

What’s New?

This May launched the brand-new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction (and if you haven’t checked out how awesome it is, be sure to see why we fell in love), and each night through the end of the Halloween season, the ride gets transformed with a spooky twist. Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark follows the premise that the power breakers go out letting all of the monstrous creatures out of their cages while Rocket asks you to help him find and save baby Groot. The ride features a new 70s-style punk rock song written by Tyler Bates (who composed the films’ music) that keeps the ride full of energy, excitement, and thrills.

Tip: Kids 7 and under might find the premise of Monsters After Dark a bit frightening (the lights go in and out, emergency alarms and breaking glass, etc… are heard throughout, making the atmosphere scary). FastPasses for Monsters After Dark start their distribution after 3pm.

Cars Land also gets a few Halloween updates. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree has become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree with Mater singing Halloween-themed songs like “Monster Truck Smash” while you spin yourselves silly on the mini tractors. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters features a similar musical update on Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween with music as well.


What’s returning but still super noteworthy?

Back for its 17th year, Haunted Mansion Holiday brings Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas to life & the result is a kick in the pants that warrants a visit for even non-fans of the film. My kids find this version of the ride less scary than the original and love to see their two favorite holidays, Christmas and Halloween, blended together in such a whimsical fashion. Don’t miss the Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House in the ballroom overlook of the ride. (Insider Fact: It took 200 pounds of gingerbread, 200 pounds of sugar, and 200 hours of labor to make this year’s gingerbread house!) Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, on the other hand, gets significantly more scary. This ride is best suited for kids age 8 and up as it is much more frightful than the original outer space version.

Halloween at Disneyland: Food and Drink

Now to my favorite part. Food. I love Disney food and it is such a huge part of the #HalloweenTime experience that we had to share.

What’s New?

With the expansion of Halloween Time to Disney California Adventure, the must-try treats and eats have grown exponentially. Get your taste buds ready for an epicurean adventure through the season.

Cars Land alone is featuring a Car-achnid Pot Pie, Vampire Mater Bread, SLow Burnin; Mac & Cheese Cone, a Spoke-y Cone Macaron filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn, Junkyard JamBOOree Mix sweet popcorn with a variety of mix ins, a Grape Ghoul-ant Shake, and a Mini Candy Cone Pie.

While exploring the rest of the park, visit Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream for a Bat Wing Raspberry Sundae or Spider Silk Ice Cream Sandwich. Sleepy Hollow Cupcakes, Green Apple Spell Lemonade, Monstermallow Donuts, Mummy Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich, Pumpkin Raisin Bread Pudding, and “Ghost”-ly Pepper Nachos, as well as Halloween-colored Churros, Mickey Bat Cookies and Candy Corn Cotton Candy are offered at various locations.

What’s returning but still super noteworthy?

Disneyland Park is offering a wide-variety of harvest and Halloween-inspired fare. From Bison Blue Cheese Burgers at Hungry Bear Restaurant to Barbacoa Tortas at Rancho del Zocalo, and Campfire S’Mores Funnel Cakes at Stage Door Cafe, there is a fall-themed meal or treat for everyone. Halloween goodies offered include an Oogie Boogie dessert at French Market Restaurant, Spider Parfait in Tomorrowland, Halloween-themed donuts on Main Street, Mickey Mummy Macarons at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, and a plethora of candied apples, Halloween-shaped cake pops and cookies, and more at nearly every location throughout the park.   

Mickey’s Halloween Party: Trick or Treat in the Park

On select dates throughout the Halloween season, Mickey’s Halloween Party takes over Disneyland. During these special nights, the park closes early to regular guests, allowing wristband-holders to enjoy Halloween Disney style. Highlights include a special “Halloween Screams,” a Halloween-themed fireworks show, the “Frightfully Fun Parade” with dancing ghouls and villains, countless characters to meet and greet (including exclusive photo ops with the all the elusive Disney villains!), dance parties, and numerous treat stations dishing out enough candy (and healthy alternatives) to keep your kids deliriously happy until the wee hours of the morning.

Bonus: since Disney only sells a limited number of tickets to each party and there are so many fun distractions to enjoy, the lines for rides are actually much shorter than normal! So be sure to buy your tickets in advance as dates sell out quickly. This year, pre-party access to the park includes Disney California Adventure; you can now visit both parks with this ticketed event!

Tip: Dress up! Disneyland typically limits costumes to kids under 14, but at Mickey’s Halloween Party, everyone can join in the fun, regardless of age. Many families go all out with themed group costumes so get creative and add your family’s creativity to the mix. Check Disney’s website for rules on costumes as there are restrictions for guest safety.


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Disclosure: My family received a complimentary visit to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party and I attended a media event for #HalloweenTime for the purpose of this guide. I was not required to state any particular view; all opinions are my own.

Images courtesy of Disney Parks and/or Katie Bodell

About the author

Katie Bodell is Trekaroo’s Blog Editor, a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. She loves the Bible, learning & research, musical theater, indy music, artsy films, languages, and diverse cultural encounters. Her husband is thankful that google can now answer all of her perpetual random questions.
10 Responses
  1. Lupe Huerta

    I have never been and i would like to take my granddaughters sounds like lots of fun and and i just love the displays

  2. Angelica DeGuzman

    I am taking my twin and I to Southern California for our birthday this fall, would love to surprise her on our 18th birthday to Mickey’s Halloween Party for the first time!

  3. Vivian Arroyo

    I would like to have the opportunity to take my two grandsons to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland for a night of fun!

  4. nanchichi

    I just want to take my daughter who is no longer a baby but she is a kid at heart we been going true a lot right now and we need a minute to forget all the bad stuff

  5. doubleadventure

    Tamara Gibb. She was notified and we announced the winner o our FB page. All of our winners are always notified via email.

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