We’ve been getting lots of questions about when Halloween at Disneyland will start and we’re so excited to finally have dates – SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 31, 2017! Woo-hoo! Halloween decorations will be up by September 15 (you might see a few things go up a couple days before) and Mickey’s Halloween Party will happen on select nights from September 20-October 31, 2017.
Read on for details further down in this post about Mickey’s Halloween Party, NEW Halloween fun coming to California Adventure this year and some photos of last year’s decorations!
Such a fun way to be greeted at the main gates! Mickey and friends made out of pumpkins!
The famous Mickey pumpkin on Main Street USA! This is one of the top spots to take photos during Halloween at Disneyland. You’ll find a PhotoPass photographer in front of this location pretty much all day long!
Another top spot to snap photos during Halloween time – in front of the “Partners” statue in the hub, in front of the castle.
Main Street buildings get a little Halloween flare with pumpkins galore!
Halloween balloons! We aren’t sure if they’ll have a new design this year, but we’ll find out soon!
Zocalo Park is located next to Rancho del Zocalo Mexican Restaurant and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This is where you can get FREE Dia de los Muertos face or arm paint!
Another top photo spot at Zocalo Park!
Dia de los Muertos decor at Rancho del Zocalo Mexican Restaurant – love it!
One of the best things about Halloween at Disneyland are Mickey and his friend’s costumes! You’ll find Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Goofy, and Chip ‘n Dale dressed up in their festive Halloween attire!
Jack Skellington and Sally are available for meet and greets at Royal Street 21 in New Orleans Square starting when Halloween starts all the way through Christmas at the park, but they also make an appearance in the new Frightfully Fun Parade during Mickey’s Halloween Party (all details about the party below)!
Special Attraction Halloween Overlays in Disneyland
The Haunted Mansion gets a special Nightmare Before Christmas overlay starting September 15, 2017 all the way through until early January 2018 when Christmas at Disneyland ends! This version is a little less spooky for our kiddos!
The famous Gingerbread house in the Haunted Mansion ball room! This room smells like gingerbread!
Since this version of the attraction is only at the park during the end of the year, it is very popular, so we recommend grabbing a Fast Pass to ride if you can!
Space Mountain is transformed into “Ghost Galaxy” during Halloween time – this year, the attraction will be open with this spooky overlay from September 15-October 31, 2017. This version is definitely spookier than the original attraction, so keep that in mind if you’re taking your kiddos on! We also recommend grabbing a Fast Pass for this attraction if you want to ride without waiting in the long standby line.
BRAND NEW Halloween Fun in California Adventure
In California Adventure, guests will get to experience brand new Halloween fun! First, as you walk up to the main gates, you’ll notice a new greeter – Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas will be high up above the main entrance turnstiles! Once guests enter the park onto Buena Vista Street, there will be more Nightmare Before Christmas-themed decorations to enjoy.
Characters in Costume
Be sure to catch Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy wearing brand new Halloween costumes on Buena Vista Street! Mickey will be a bat, Goofy will be a ghost, and Daisy will be a witch – can’t wait to see the rest of the costumes!
Concept Art for the California Adventure entrance.
How amazing is this Headless Horseman statue in the middle of Buena Vista Street?! It’s 10 feet tall and looks awesome!
Haul-O-Ween in Cars Land
Photo from Disney Parks Blog
We are so excited for Haul-O-Ween in Cars Land for the first time ever! Disney never disappoints, so we are sure this will be an amazing an extremely detailed overlay. The residents of Radiator Springs will be in costume (Lightning McQueen, Red, Mater and Cruz), shops will have new names like “Fillmore’s Jack Oil-Lanterns,” “Flo’s Spider-Car,” and “Witchy Miss Lizzie’s Shop,” and lastly, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters will transform into “Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree” and “Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween!” So far, based on the schedule for these attractions, we haven’t seen that they will close down before they dawn their new Haul-O-Ween looks, but we will update on Instagram if we hear.
Art concept for Cars Land from Disney Parks Blog – we love it!
Meet Mater, Lightning McQueen, Red and Cruz on Route 66 in their Halloween best! Their costumes include a Super Hero, Clown, Punk Rocker, Vampire and Pirate! Photo from Disney.
Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween! Photo from Disney.
Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree! Photo from Disney.
“Flo’s Spider-Car” at Flo’s V8 Cafe!
Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! will be transformed into “Monsters After Dark” every evening once the sun sets from September 15-October 31! The story for this spooky version of this fun ride goes that the Guardians of the Galaxy accidentally left their friend Groot behind during their escape, so they’re inviting guests to help #SaveGroot (use that hashtag if you ride!) from the Collector’s Fortress. The attraction will continue to feature fun music and a brand new song created by the composer of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies called, “Monsters After Dark.” Sounds so exciting!
Photo from Disney Parks Blog
Dia de Los Muertos and “Coco” Celebration
From September 15-November 2, 2017, guests will get to enjoy a Dia de Los Muertos celebration at California Adventure! The celebration will include special decorations, entertainment, activities for the littles and new food offerings inspired by the upcoming film, “Coco” (coming to theaters November 22, 2017).
Also, starting November 5 all the way through January 7, 2018, guests will get to experience a sneak peek of “Coco” at the “It’s Tough to be a Bug” Theater and part of the Dia de Los Muertos celebration will be moved to A Bug’s Land. We always love Festival of Holidays every Holiday season at California Adventure, so this will be a great addition!
Special Halloween Treats at Disneyland and DCA
Special Halloween treats will be available at the Candy Palace on Main Street, Pooh Corner in Critter Country, Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure and Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney. We always love the different chocolate-covered Mickey-shaped rice krispy treats!
This ice cream bar from Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream in California Adventure is always a favorite year-round. The sprinkles they add on top during Halloween time and Christmas time are always festive for the season!
Mickey’s Halloween Party
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a really fun way to get into the spirit of Halloween! This year, the Halloween Party nights will start on Wednesday, September 20 and continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights in September and then Tuesday and Friday nights in October, ending October 31. Annual Passholders can purchase tickets starting July 17 and guests without an Annual Pass can purchase tickets starting July 24. Ticket prices range from $85.00-$120.00, depending on the night you choose and how soon you purchase your ticket. All ticket pricing information can be found by clicking here.
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.
PLEASE NOTE: Disneyland will close early to guests WITHOUT a Halloween Party ticket – it closes at 6:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 7:00 PM on Friday. Main Street stays open ONE hour after those times for guests to wander the shops. If you have a park hopper ticket, you can head over to California Adventure for a few hours before it closes!
Mickey’s Halloween Party includes:
- Trick-or-treating around the park (Cast Members hand out candy and some other healthy treats).
- Pre-party in Toontown (great for young kids).
- Enjoy almost all attractions around the park!
- Photo locations with popular Disney Pals and legendary Disney Villains.
- Frightfully Fun Parade – this will be the second year for this parade! Keep in mind, this could potentially be scary for some little ones. The music is upbeat, but the beginning of the parade includes an entrance from the headless horsemen. The parade also features Disney villains and spooky dancers. We always recommend watching on YouTube before deciding if it’s something you should watch with your kids.
- Halloween Screams – a fireworks spectacular (weather permitting).
- Entry into California Adventure 3 hours before the party starts (this is new) – once the party starts, guests with a Halloween Party ticket have to go over to Disneyland.
- Also new this year is complimentary PhotoPass photos taken during the party (includes unlimited downloads).
- Dining Package at the Blue Bayou with preferred viewing for the Frightfully Fun Parade (separate location from the restaurant). Dining Package includes a 3-course meal for $69 per adult and $29 per child. Click here to make reservations or call 714-781-3463.
The separate event ticket allows guests access to Disneyland and California Adventure up to 3 hours before the party officially starts. Once the party starts, all guests will move over to Disneyland for an evening of fun! The great thing about this ticket is, if you purchase at the right time, it is a little cheaper than purchasing a regular admission park ticket and still gives you plenty of time in the parks! The ticket allows guests into Disneyland from 3:00 PM-11:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and 4:00-midnight on Friday. As noted above, guests can also go into California Adventure THREE hours before the party starts, but once the party starts, all guests with a Halloween Party ticket will head over to Disneyland.
Costumes are encouraged, but be sure to read Disneyland’s costume guidelines thoroughly before choosing your or your child’s costume.
HALLOWEEN PARTY TIPS
Since this is a special evening with lots of fun to be had, we usually don’t ride any attractions – we enjoy strolling around checking out the entertainment, characters, costumes and food! If you don’t go to Disneyland during the holidays often, then we would recommend trying to ride Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy since they are only at the park for a limited time – both attractions offer Fast Pass, so we’d recommend reserving those if you can.
TOONTOWN PRE-PARTY – We always recommend families with young kiddos to check out the Pre-party in Toon Town. The pre-party starts ONE hour before the Halloween Party starts and lasts for 2 hours – it’s a great spot to gather up some goodies (typically 3-4 trick-or-treat trails with multiple candy stops along the trails) before heading into Disneyland to enjoy the rest of the park (Toontown will close after the 2 hour-long pre-party). There is special entertainment, Mickey and Minnie don cute Halloween costumes (see photos below), there is a Halloween photo spot and it’s just really fun for the little ones. The line for the pre-party starts forming usually about an hour before it officially starts. We recommend NOT waiting in that line unless you really want to see Mickey and Minnie – most of the people in line go straight to see them, and we’ve noticed over the past couple years that once the line starts moving, and people start dispersing, there won’t be any line to get in at party start time.
TRICK-OR-TREATING – If you’re wanting to trick-or-treat, keep in mind, some of the lines can be long or might look long, but a lot of times they move pretty quickly! We usually just stop at the Toontown pre-party for trick-or-treating because again, we feel there are other fun things to do and see instead of spending all night collecting candy – ha!
PARADES AND FIREWORKS – In regards to the parade and fireworks, we recommend checking out our parade and fireworks viewing post for the best spots to watch both shows from. Getting a spot for the second parade is sometimes a little easier than the first parade of the evening, but we usually try for the first parade because we like to see fireworks right after (fireworks happen between the first and second parade of the evening). As we mentioned above, the parade can be spooky for some kids (although some fun, less spooky things have been added to this year’s parade, click here to read about it), so be sure to click the link for YouTube that we shared so you can watch before you decide if it’s something you should see!
GETTING A WRISTBAND – All guests require a wristband, so prepare for a separate Halloween Party line to form at the main gates if you’re attending the party – it usually goes pretty quickly, but as always, we recommend arriving early if you can (scroll up to review the info about when Halloween Party guests can arrive). If you have an Annual Pass and you happen to be inside the park before the party guests are allowed in, you do NOT have to go outside of the park to re-enter to get your Halloween Party wristband. There will be a station set up inside the park (usually at the Frontierland entrance) where you can just show your Halloween Party ticket and grab your wristband.
See below for some photos from last year’s party!
Mickey and Minnie’s costumes in Toontown are different than the costumes they wear on Main Street – just the CUTEST. If you’re wanting to snap a photo with these two, we recommend getting in line right when Toontown opens for the pre-party! Their line can get pretty long.
We attended Mickey’s Halloween Party two nights last year! Our first costume was Thor and what was supposed to be Thor’s “Bifrost Bridge” (the rainbow bridge he runs along to get to the Nine Realms of the Norse cosmos), but I really just looked like Thor’s #1 fan girl! Haha!
Julie was Nick Wilde, Lucie was Judy Hopps and Mack was baby Finnick! HAHA!
Captain Hook and his trusty sidekick, Smee. We really just died laughing the whole night every time we looked at Reagan’s chubby feet in those sandals.
The famous Halloween tree in Frontierland! It looks so pretty at night!
Extra decor and a Zero projection in New Orleans Square for the Halloween Party!
Meet Villains that aren’t typically out and about at the park! It can vary year by year, but we’ve seen the Queen of Hearts, Maleficent, Frollo from Hunchback of Notre Dame, Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas, and more! We aren’t exactly sure who will be making an appearance this year, but we will be sure to let everyone know when we do!
Frightfully Fun Parade
The Frightfully Fun Parade was a new addition to Mickey’s Halloween Party last year. We really enjoyed the show, but there are definitely some parts that could be scary for some kiddos! What we suggest doing is watching it on YouTube before deciding if your little ones would be okay seeing it.
The parade starts with the ride of the headless horseman down the entire parade route (its a small world to Main Street or the other direction depending on where the parade starts for the evening), which we really loved because we grew up watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, but we definitely could see how some kiddos wouldn’t like it! So again, we stress watching on YouTube before hand.
There are TWO parades during the Halloween Party nights. We prefer to watch the first parade of the evening and then watch the Halloween Screams Fireworks right after. We try to get a spot in front of the castle, next to the churro stand we talk about in our parade and fireworks viewing post.
Jack Skellington and Sally aboard a spooky float in the Frightfully Fun Parade!
Fun projections on the Main Street buildings!
Halloween Screams Fireworks! Such a fun show!
One of our favorite things to see during Mickey’s Halloween Party is the Dapper Dans, renamed the “Cadaver Dans,” float along the Rivers of America serenading guests with spooky tunes! They are on the schedule a few times a night during the Halloween Party, so there are plenty of opportunities to see them!
Special Halloween-themed music can be heard up and down Main Street and fun images that go along with the music are projected onto the castle as guests stroll by!
We’re so excited for all of this! If you made it to the bottom of this post, you deserve a high five…haha! We know this was a ton of information! Feel free to ask questions in the comment section. 🙂