Disneyland in California is known for its magic and fun throughout the year, but many fans may not be aware of the fact that Halloween time has become one of the most popular seasons of the year at the resort.
In mid September each year, Disneyland is transformed into an autumn wonderland filled with festive fall décor, special food and merchandise and more pumpkins than you can shade a candy corn at.
The cornerstone of Disneyland’s Halloween celebration is Haunted Mansion Holiday. Each year, the Mansion is taken over by the sights and sounds from Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas.” Both inside and out, Haunted Mansion Holiday is happily spooky, decorated with they whimsy and bright colors the film has become known for.
This year, Haunted Mansion Holiday is celebrating its twelfth year at Disneyland and there’s no end in site for this annual Park tradition. Find out a little more about how this attraction “comes to life” (or should I say death?) each year and find out what Jack Skellington thinks of it all.
Another popular attraction this time of year at the Disneyland Resort is Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland. The experience begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe. Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space. The exhilarating drops and curves of the journey are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music.
What I love most about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort are the opportunities to create truly incredible memories with the kids. Halloween can be tough because the events and festivities that go along with the holiday are often frightening for young children. Not at Disneyland. Disney has it dialed in just right with just the right amount of scary and spooky mixed with great fun for the entire family.
From pumpkin carving, art and game activities and petting goats and sheep at Big Thunder Ranch to becoming a pirate at the new Pirates League, Disneyland offers a lot of truly remarkable experiences for young children this time of year.
Learn more about the fun activities just for little ones this season at the Disneyland Resort.
To make the Halloween season even more special for Disneyland fans, the Park offers a special separate-ticket Halloween event each year called Mickey’s Halloween Party. On these days, the park closes a little early and guests attending this fun and “not-so-spooky” evening get to experience Halloween in a way only Disneyland could imagine. Party goers get to trick-or-treat throughout the park in costume, experience the
“Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington, attend dance parties throughout the park, meet unique characters at fun photo locations throughout the park, experience “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade and much, much more!
Can’t make it to the Disneyland Resort this Halloween season? Do not fret! There are lots of things Disney fans can do to bring the magic of Disneyland home! While Disney websites like Spoonful.com and the Disney Parks Blog offer great recipes and craft ideas, you can’t beat the craft ideas below from Disney decorating guru, Dave Caranci.
Halloween Time begins each year in mid September and ends on November 1. (Haunted Mansion Holiday continues through the holiday season and usually closes in early January.) For more information on Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, check out BabesInDisneylandBlog.com.
Lisa Robertson writes about Disneyland and the Walt Disney Company at her Babes in Disneyland blog and is the author of the book Babes In Disneyland: The ultimate Disneyland Resort guide for families with young children. Her book, is the only planning guide for families with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. As a member of the Disneyland Resort press pool and former Disneyland tour guide and writer for the resort, Lisa is well known in Disney fan circles as a name that is known and trusted for accurate tips and information. When she’s not writing about Disneyland, Lisa is hard at work as freelance writer and marketing consultant and chasing after her three boys ages 7, 5 and 2. She has been married for 12 years to her husband, Will, a television producer.