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Halloween Time returns to Disneyland Resort for a season of spooks!

by Jeff DePaoli

The spooky season is upon us, and with it comes the return of many traditions at the Disneyland Resort. These include Haunted Mansion Holiday, resort-wide Halloween decor, character photo ops in their Halloween costumes, seasonal sweet treats, and so much more. Plus, you can celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Plaza de la Familia in Disney California Adventure.

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Floral Mickey adorning his Halloween mask
Photos by Jeff DePaoli

All year long, a fan favorite activity is meeting and taking photos with favorite Disney characters. During Halloween Time you get the added bonus of seeing your pals in the their trick-or-treat costumes. Many characters can be found in Town Square around the giant Mickey Mouse pumpkin photo op at the entrance to Main Street U.S.A.

During Halloween Time, the time has come when Disney’s original Haunted Mansion is taken over by Jack Skellington and his friends in Haunted Mansion Holiday. Inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Haunted Mansion Holiday lets guests experience what happens when two holidays collide. Each year, Haunted Mansion Holiday features a new gingerbread house in the grand ballroom scene. This year’s gingerbread house features Lock, Shock, and Barrel using a guillotine and long spears to slice up holiday cakes and treats for the ghosts and ghouls in the mansion.

After experiencing the tricks inside Haunted Mansion Holiday, you’ll surely be in the mood for some treats. Luckily for you, Disneyland has plenty of Halloween treats to choose from. Some include the Mickey Pumpkin Apple, Minnie Witch Apple, and Mickey Sorcerer Apple. There’s also the Mickey Mummy Marshmallow Pop and Halloween Marshmallow Wand. If you’re a fan of snacks that include a souvenir, you can get Donald’s Candy Corn Sipper or Mickey Mummy Glow-in-the Dark popcorn bucket. You can read about many more food treats available during Halloween Time on the Disney Parks Blog.

There are also plenty of seasonal food and merchandise delights over at Disney California Adventure in Plaza de la Familia. While you’re there, you won’t want to miss the lively street performance, “A Musical Celebration of Coco,” along with crafts and interactive experiences celebrating Dia de los Muertos. Guests can also enjoy Mariachi music and photo opportunities at Plaza de la Familia.

Although Disney California Adventure’s after-hours event Oogie Boogie Bash is sold out, you still have the opportunity to check out some of the after-dark Halloween decor around the park during regular park hours. Cars Land is a particularly beautiful area to see during Halloween when it’s all lit up. And all day long, guests can catch Halloween overlays of Cars Land attractions including Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

If you weren’t able to nab yourself a ticket to Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure, don’t forget that Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie are featured in the “Halloween Screams” fireworks show included in your Disneyland Park admission on select nights.

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Another Halloween ride overlay at Disney California can be found in Avengers Campus. During the day, guests can experience Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Toward the end of the day, the freefalling attraction turns into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. It’s your job to distract the monsters inside in order to help Rocket rescue Groot.

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If you’re looking for some Halloween inspired Disney merchandise, there’s lots to choose from throughout the resort. One place to stop by is the Plaza Point Holiday Shoppe on Main Street U.S.A., where the typically Christmas-inspired shop has stocked up on Halloween merchandise.

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The Halloween Time fun doesn’t stop inside the parks as the celebrating continues at Downtown Disney and beyond. Downtown Disney is decorated for the season and offers special food and drink offerings at several restaurants and snack stops. Plus, guests of all ages can participate in Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit, a delightful family-friendly pumpkin hunt in the district.

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort runs from September 2nd – October 31, 2022. Plaza de la Familia can be experienced September 2 – November 2, 2022.

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