Disneyland celebrates this
spooky holiday every year from mid-September through Halloween. Here's what generally happens:
Main Street Pumpkin Festival: Festivities along Main Street plus 300
carved pumpkins on display. Can you even imagine what Disney can do to
Space Mountain gets "dressed up" and spooky.
The Haunted Mansion gets the Tim Burton Halloween/Christmas treatment.
EXTINCT: Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup: Pumpkin carving, barnyard animals, other activities. (I'm told this no longer happens.)
Villains Meet & Greet: Assorted villains wander the park such as Cruella de Vil and Captain Hook.
Dia de los Muertos at Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland: Face painting, food, music, and more.
At California Adventure, expect spookiness at Guardians of the Galaxy,
"Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween",
"Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree", and other Halloween surprises.
What is Mickey's Halloween Party?
There is also Mickey's Halloween Party. This is a tickets-only event for a truly festive Halloween. What happens at this party?
Mickey's Halloween Party is called a "private party" but
anyone can buy tickets, provided they're not sold out. Disneyland has
been throwing this party at California Adventure since 2005. 2010 was
the first year they moved it to Disneyland.
Tickets get you admission to Disneyland 3 hours before the Trick or
Treat Party, plus free parking for one car (larger vehicles like RVs may
require an additional fee).
Mickey's Halloween Party is SOLD OUT for 2017.
When is it?
Remember-- the party is sold out for 2017. However I am posting this information in case you'll be at Disneyland during these times so you'll know what's happening crowd-wise.
Select days NOW through Halloween day.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Halloween, the party goes from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. Guests with tickets may enter Disneyland beginning at 3:00 p.m.
On Fridays, Mickey’s Halloween Party goes from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Guests can go in starting at 4:00 p.m
Where can you buy tickets?
You get them on Disneyland's website or by calling (714) 781-4400.
What do tickets cost?
Pricing depends on which night you go and whether you buy them on the Disneyland website or at the door. Generally they are cheaper if you buy in advance. They range from $79-99/person. Kids ages 2 and under are free.
What can you expect there?
A special fireworks show called "Halloween Screams", for ticketed guests only
Trick-or-treating: On your way in you'll get a trick-or-treat
bag (bring your own if you want a sturdier, bigger bag). There are
trick-or-treat stations around the park with the usual sugar plus
Extra character sightings: Rare characters like Cinderella's Evil Stepmother and Stepsisters come out for photo ops.
Costumes: This is the only event where adults are allowed to
wear costumes into the park. Be smart about it: you're at Disneyland,
not a college party, so nothing "obstructive, offensive or violent", and
your eyes must be visible at all times.
Free Parking. Wow!
General Disneyland Halloween Tips:
Be ready for crowds.
Be ready for traffic jams.
Leave plenty of time to get there and park. Remember that
with free parking included, the parking lots will be especially cozy.
Figure it could take nearly 45 minutes from the time you drive up to the
time you walk in the park.
When choosing your costume, think "kid-friendly" or they might not let you in.
Buy your tickets online at least 1 day ahead of time to get the "advance purchase" price.