Halloween is on the horizon, and with it the spooky, sweet fun of costumes, candy, and magical memories. Yes, all of that is on the horizon — you may have to squint a bit, but it’s there.
We love Halloween in our family, and we also love Disneyland, which is why we have done most of our trick-or-treating at the Disneyland Resort. Disney Parks, as we’ve been told, never run out of candy, and you can’t say that for your neighbors.
There are a lot of really fun events planned at Disneyland Resort for the Halloween season, and they are kicking off soon! Most Halloween fun starts on September 13, 2013. That’s right, it starts on Friday the 13th — how’s that for spooky?
The Haunted Mansion Holiday invites Jack Skellington and his friends from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas over for a visit, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror offers some ghostly encounters, and Space Mountain is filled with space phantasms (they’re pretty scary!).
Main Street, U.S.A., is transformed into a Pumpkin Festival with hand-carved pumpkins on display — no two are alike!
There is a Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland complete with crafts, activities, Disney Characters in their Halloween costumes, and lots of Disney villains.
Also in Frontierland, guests can observe a Dia de los Muertos skeleton display.
Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland starts Friday, September 27, 2013, and runs through Halloween on select nights*.
Guests that purchase a ticket for Mickey’s Halloween Party (it continues past regular park hours and is a separate ticket than park admission) can enjoy a Monsters U Dance Party at Tomorrowland Terrace, complete with a Monster Scare-Off; Halloween Screams, a wonderful fireworks spooktacular (see what I did there?); and Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade — is it a parade or a party? It’s both!
Most of Disneyland Park stays open for Mickey’s Halloween Party, including Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and our personal favorite, the aforementioned Haunted Mansion Holiday (below).
New this year are two new locations on Mickey’s Hide and Go Treat Trails (that’s where you get the goodies): Piratepalooza Treats and Mickey’s Toontown Treat Pre-Party. That means more trick-or-treating for your costumed crew (adults can wear costumes, too!).
*Mickey’s Halloween Party runs September 27, October 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 25, 28, 30, and Halloween night, October 31.
Here’s a tip: You’ll save money buying tickets in advance, and the closer you get to Halloween the more the ticket prices increase. There are additional discounts for Annual Passholders.
Some fine print: Children two and under do not require a ticket. There is no smoking in Mickey’s Halloween Party and guests will have to exit and re-enter the park to designated smoking areas in the Esplanade. Adults can actually wear costumes in Disneyland!
As I said before, we have attended Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland a few times over the years, and we hope to do so again this year. It is fantastic fun!
Photos: W. Honea