Disneyland at Halloween

by Julie Cohn

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Disneyland at Halloween
Photo courtesy of the Disneyland Resort

{Disclosure: My family were guests of Disneyland for the Mickey’s Halloween party, but my opinions are 100% my own Unless otherwise indicated, the photos are property of A Little Bite of Life.}

When you go to Disneyland, do you allow yourself to take in everything the park has to offer, to savor all the senses of the park?  Think about it.  There is an enchantment in the air from the moment you arrive.  People smile more, giggle louder, and hum along to the songs.  The sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel of Disneyland is exhilarating, especially during holiday time.  It is Halloween time at Disneyland right now, and there are so many things to do, you could never grow bored; so grab the kids and get to Disneyland, to savor all the senses for yourself.

The Sights

  • Disneyland has great fireworks all the time, but the Halloween fireworks, “Halloween Screams” are an extra special spooky good time!  The show is hosted by the Disney master of ceremonies of Halloween himself, Jack Skellington, and features highlights from the Haunted Mansion, and Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • In Frontier Town, you will find a a sparkling orange tree, decorated in festive Halloween colors.  This is The Halloween Tree, named for the Ray Bradbury story of the same name.  The tree is decorated every Halloween as a tribute to the late Bradbury.
  • Pumpkins are a big part of the Halloween season, and none are as festive as the giant Mickey pumpkin found at the edge of Main Street, as well as the jack-o-lanterns that festively decorate both Disneyland and California Adventure.
Disneyland at Halloween
Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resorts

The Sounds

  • What’s Halloween without a few screams?  Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday are all “dressed up” for the holiday season, and ready for fun!  Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy begins as the typical Space Mountain ride, then morphs into a Haunted universe adventure, complete with creepy ghosts.  You cannot help but shriek with delight!
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  •  The Monster’s U Dance Party in Tomorrowland allows guests to rock out with Mike and Sully in a family style frat party!
  • The Mickey’s Costume Party Calvacade brings all the sounds (and sights) of the Disneyland resort to guests.

The Tastes

Disneyland and California Adventure has delightfully yummy Halloween treats and festive holiday merchandise available only during the Halloween season.  Caramel apples, Halloween cookies and cupcakes, pumpkin beignets, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin fritters, and a few of the sweet treats.

Guests can find the Pepper Jack Skellington burger at Carnation Cafe (Main Street); a Halloween Wicked Grilled Chicken at the village Haus Restaurant (Fantasyland); the Oreo Mousse Coffin at The French Market Restaurant (New Orleans Square); and the Anti-Vampire Chicken Flatbread in California Adventure.

Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort

The Smells

Delicious smells of candy corn cotton candy, freshly made pumpkin beignets, and caramel apples fill the air at Disneyland, an intoxicating side effect of all the delightful goodies mentioned above.   If those are not enough to drive you mad with excitement, there is the Gingerbread room at the Haunted Mansion; with sweet-smelling gingerbread drifting through the air.  The Haunted Mansion has been transformed into Haunted Mansion Holiday, a magical holiday winter wonderland, thanks to Jack Skellington’s special Nightmare Before Christmas touch.

Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort

The Touches

  • During the Halloween season, visitors can take photos (and maybe sneak in a hug) with Disney characters all dressed up and ready to trick-or-treat.
  • Do some hands-on Halloween activities and crafts at the Halloween carnival in Thunder Mountain Ranch.
  • Take a Happiest Haunts tour, which takes you on a private tour to some of spookiest rides in both parks.

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