Disneyland Halloween lasts from mid-September through Halloween. Here's what generally happens:
People wear costumes.
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.
The Headless Horseman makes an appearance.
Villains Meet & Greet: Assorted villains wander the park such as Cruella de Vil and Captain Hook.
What is Mickey's Halloween Party?
Mickey's Halloween Party is a tickets-only kid-friendly Halloween event that runs from September 19 to October 31, 2018.
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 Halloween used to happen just at California Adventure but in 2010, Disneyland park itself got in on the action too.
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).
When is it?
Days: The party is thrown on 15 different days. At the time of this writing (9/12/18), only 5 dates are left!
Times: Depending on the date you choose, the party is from either 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM or 7PM to midnight. But remember: You can enter the park 3 hours before the party starts.
Tickets start at $115. 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. See Costume Tips.
Free Parking. Wow!
All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly
discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
For Guests Ages 13 and Under
Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
For Guests Ages 14 and Older
Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus.
Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
Masks of any kind may not be worn, except for medical purposes.
who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or
removed from, the event, unless his or her costume can be modified to
meet the above standards. While we encourage creativity, we also value
safety and good judgment. The above costume guidelines apply throughout
the duration of Mickey’s Halloween Party and/or other costumed events.
Please note: all rules, regulations and guidelines are subject to change
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. See guidelines above.