We recently attended Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland on behalf of Disney. So much fun was had, we enjoyed trick or treating, and made so many memories were made!
Disneyland’s Halloween party is such a blast!
It’s spooky. It’s eerie. It’s a whole lot of Disney character fun! Halloween is approaching and Disneyland is ready!
On select evenings in the months of September and October, Disneyland in Anaheim, CA is hosting Mickey’s Halloween Party, now called the Oogie Boogie Bash. The whole park is transformed into a magical Disney adventure, Halloween-style! Enjoy the fun spirit of Halloween by dressing up, enjoying the rides at night, hearing little belly laughs, and trick or treating all over the park.
Top 5 Reasons To Go To Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland
There were so many great highlights about our time spent at Disneyland. The whole Fall atmosphere is so warm and inviting, the park decor is amazing and the transformation of the park’s attractions make you feel immersed in Halloween delight. There’s so much to see and do, if you are not convinced about going this Halloween season, let me tell you what we liked best about it…
1. The special Disney Halloween experiences
In addition to the whole park being decked out with Fall and Halloween touches, there are some pretty cool treats in store that you can find all over Disneyland. These are not things you’ll be able to experience on an ordinary trip! You’ll see Autumn decor everywhere, the first look at Main Street when you enter the park is awesome: the fun decorations light the night with lit up pumpkins, festive autumn wreaths, brightly lit up buildings, happy Mickey Mouse ghosts, and a giant Mickey Mouse pumpkin that sets the stage for the party!
Parkwide, there are hundreds of stunning pumpkins carved into popular Disney characters, characters dressed in costume, photo opportunities, Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion got some spooky makeovers, a Pirate transformation for kids at Pirates League, spooky Halloween themed music, and so much more. Also, Mickey’s Costume Cavalcade (parade), the Monsters U Dance Party, the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch, and the Halloween Screams Fireworks Spectactular are not to be missed!
2. Early and safe trick-or-treating at Disneyland
Put on your costume and trick-or-treat all over Disneyland park! There are designated stations where kids can trick-or-treat to their heart’s content. In addition to candy, Disneyland also gives out healthier options, such as mini carrots, Clif Kid bars, and Mickey apple fruit crisps. You’ll get a special Halloween trick-or-treat bag when you enter the park. Trick-or-treating stations are open all night, adults are welcome to participate!
3. The seasonal Halloween treats
Anyone up for pumpkin beignets, muffuletta, Oreo mousse coffins, pumpkin fritters, or pumpkin pie? If so, you’ll find all of these sweet and savory foods at Disneyland during Halloween time! Also find seasonal cupcakes, Mickey pumpkin caramel apples, pumpkin cheesecake, candy corn cotton candy, and more. I tried the pumpkin pie in New Orleans Square, it was delicious. I was looking for the pumpkin beignets and Pumpkin Minnie Demitasse: a flourless chocolate cake, pumpkin and chocolate mousse, candy corn, and chocolate shavings, served in a souvenir mug. OMG.
4. Affordable tickets, unlimited rides
This is a big one. I realize that taking a large family to Disneyland could get a little pricey, so if you have been looking to visit, this is a great way to do so without spending a fortune.
So, how much is the Oogie Boogie Bash at Mickey’s Halloween Party? This year, ticket prices start at $114-$169 (advanced purchase), and you’ll get to spend 6 pm to 11 pm there. The park closes to all guests, except for ticket holders. There is a limit on how many party tickets are sold, which means the lines for rides are insanely short. I have never waited 5 minutes to get on the Matterhorn and walked freely onto the Small World, Dumbo, and Tea Cups ride in Fantasyland.
5. Family time and magical memories
Disney always knows how to show families a great time, making a magical and lasting impression. Seeing the excitement on my daughter’s face when she saw Minnie Mouse and all of the Disney Princesses in the Mickey’s Costume Cavalcade parade is absolutely priceless. Our kids will not be young forever, so moments like these are so important to create memories to last a lifetime.
Here’s what to expect when you attend Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland:
- The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party)
- “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade featuring some favorite characters, performed twice nightly. We loved watching this one!
- Trick-or-Treating at various locations throughout Disneyland Park
- Disney villains arriving amid thunder and lightning to transform Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A., into Villains Square
- The Cadaver Dans ghoul quartet, performing Halloween-themed tunes aboard a drifting graveyard-themed raft on the Rivers of America
- An opportunity for everyone in the family to attend the park in costumes. Adults are encouraged to dress up, too!
- Halloween-inspired photo locations with some popular Disney and Pixar Pals, and Disney Villain.
- Create Halloween crafts and enjoy some not-so-spooky activities for kids at Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. Plus, watch pumpkin carvers and meet some of your favorite Disney Characters in their Halloween costumes.
- Nearly all the Disneyland rides and attractions, plus Haunted Mansion Holiday, featuring Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas, and more
- Lots more Halloween fun at Disney’s California Adventure Park
A few Disneyland & Mickey’s Halloween Party Tips:
- Buy your tickets in advance. They are cheaper and guarantee park entry.
- Get there early. Lines can be long and you need enough time to experience as much as possible. The party doesn’t start until 6 pm, but you can go in as early as 3 pm.
- Grab a special event map, it’s a little different than the normal park map and you can plot out your activities.
- Go on a weekday. You can imagine how much more packed it will be on a weekend.
- Disneyland provides bags for trick-or-treat stations. No need to bring your own.
- Stay late. Many people leave the park around 10-ish after the last shows. Once they do, you’ll have access to all rides with little to no wait times.
Don’t miss Disneyland during Halloween time!
Disneyland will always hold a special place in my heart, my mother made it a point to enjoy the magic with me when I was younger, now it’s my turn to share it with my kids. It’s so fun to be a kid again! Seriously, if you can get to Disneyland this Fall for the Halloween season, do it! It’s a can’t-miss family attraction that screams fun, excitement, and is full of memories and Mickey Mouse!
Click here to learn more about the Disneyland Halloween party and to buy tickets.
I attended Mickey’s Halloween party at Disneyland on behalf of Disney. All opinions about the event are my own.