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Disneyland Halloween Tips 2018

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 a pumpkin?
  • 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.
  • More!

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.

Where can you buy tickets?

You can get Disneyland Halloween tickets on Disneyland's website or by calling (714) 781-4400.

What do tickets cost?

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
  • Dance parties
  • 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 healthy alternatives.
  • Extra character sightings: Rare characters like Cinderella's Evil Stepmother and Stepsisters come out for photo ops.
  • Crafts
  • 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.
  • Spooky food.
  • Free Parking. Wow!

Costume Tips:

  • 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.
  • Layered 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.

Guests 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 without notice.

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.
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