Halloween Time runs September 9 through October 31, 2016, at the Disneyland Resort, featuring the debut of the “Frightfully Fun Parade” at the separately-ticketed Mickey’s Halloween Party, a final farewell to Disney California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and seasonal favorites like Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.
Halloween Time events at Disneyland Park (included with park admission)
• Haunted Mansion Holiday returns to celebrate the collision between Halloween and Christmas, and for the first time Jack Skellington from the Walt Disney Pictures classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” is joined in the Mansion graveyard by his friend Sally. The annual Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house is back with a new theme. This year’s version appears to have been stitched together from pieces of other gingerbread houses and treats. In fact, the ghoulish architect has stitched himself inside the house, and one green arm still may be spotted, sewing the walls together around him.
• Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a Halloween-themed reimagining of the thrill ride in Tomorrowland, is also back. Guests on board the speeding Space Mountain vehicles are bombarded with eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spine-chilling spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out to menace the space travelers.
• The traditional Mexican celebration,“Dia de los Muertos,” is observed with a skeleton display in Frontierland, near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant.
• Guests visiting Disneyland on select nights will see the“Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks spectacular. During the day, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” marches down Main Street, U.S.A., throughout Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.
Halloween Time events at Disney California Adventure (included with park admission)
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Final Check-out Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park
• A special tribute begins Sept. 9 to salute the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as approaches its final check-out date, January 2, 2017 at Disney California Adventure Park. During the celebration, guests who arrive after twilight will enjoy “Late Check-Out,” a chance to experience free-falling in the attraction’s haunted elevator shaft with all the lights out.
• The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror celebration also includes special musical performances, commemorative merchandise and specialty food and beverage items. Performing at the Hollywood Tower Hotel are the Silver Lake Sisters, characters from the story of this famous hotel who once performed at its rooftop lounge. The sisters make their return to the Hollywood Tower Hotel during Halloween season.
For more information on Disney California Adventure’s Halloween Time farewell to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, read this article.
Mickey’s Halloween Party (separately ticketed event)
New this year at Mickey’s Halloween Party is the premiere of the “Frightfully Fun Parade,” seen exclusively on the 17 nights of this separately ticketed event at Disneyland. The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from the Disney animated classic “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”) brings a warning to guests, riding through the park on his black steed with a flickering jack-‘o-lantern. Shortly afterward, the parade begins with greetings from Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Grim, grinning (and hitchhiking) ghosts follow along in the procession, joined by other spirits from the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction. Inspired by Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” Dr. Facilier calls on mystical powers, summoning his Shadow Men from the bayou to loom large over his Voodoo parlor. Disney villains appear out of the darkness, including the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella.
Mickey’s Halloween Party guests are invited to visit in costume and trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland for candy and healthy snacks. Another element is the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party and hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington.
Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party may be purchased online and on mobile devices at Disneyland.com/party, as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400. Guests may check for availability for the 17 nights: Friday, Sept. 23; Monday, Sept. 26, Wednesday, Sept. 28; Friday, Sept. 30; Monday, Oct. 3; Wednesday, Oct. 5; Friday, Oct. 7; Monday, Oct. 10;Wednesday, Oct. 12; Friday, Oct. 14; Monday, Oct. 17; Wednesday, Oct. 19; Friday, Oct. 21; Monday, Oct. 24; Wednesday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 29; and Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event. Parking is not included in the ticket price, and parking fees will apply.
Tickets purchased in advance are available at a discount for select nights. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $89 each. All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Oct. 31, are $99 each. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a non-smoking event. Smoking is permitted only in the Esplanade outside the Disneyland main entrance.
For more information about Halloween events at the Disneyland Resort, please visit Disneyland.com/Halloween. And to get in the Halloween mood, watch our POV video of Haunted Mansion Holiday: