Halloween at Disneyland | What You Need to Know (2024 Edition)

Last Updated on: June 24th, 2024

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Halloween at Disneyland is a spook-tacular experience filled with enchanting decorations, thrilling attractions, and festive fun for the entire family.

This year, Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort starts earlier than ever before, from August 23 through October 31, 2024.

Here’s everything you need to know about celebrating Halloween at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland Halloween Celebration Dates

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort kicks off on August 23 and runs through October 31, 2024. This extended season provides ample time for guests to enjoy the spooky festivities and special events.

Halloween at Disneyland Park

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday: One of the highlights of Halloween at Disneyland is the transformation of Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday, inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” This beloved overlay features Jack Skellington and other characters from Halloween Town, bringing a festive and eerie twist to the classic attraction.
  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy: Space Mountain undergoes a spooky makeover as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, offering an exhilarating ride through haunted outer space with special effects and chilling music.
  • Día de los Muertos in Frontierland: Frontierland hosts a vibrant Día de los Muertos tribute, celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. This colorful exhibit features iconic skeleton figurines, bright flowers, and traditional decorations, providing a cultural and festive experience.
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party: The centerpiece of Disneyland’s Halloween celebration is Mickey’s Halloween Party, a special-ticket event filled with exclusive entertainment, trick-or-treating, and character encounters. Highlights include the Halloween Screams fireworks show and the Frightfully Fun Parade, led by the Headless Horseman. This year, the party dates are as follows:
    • August: 25, 27, 29
    • September: 3, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
    • October: 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31

Halloween at Disney California Adventure

  • Oogie Boogie Bash: Disney California Adventure hosts Oogie Boogie Bash, a separately ticketed event that offers immersive treat trails, unique character sightings, and special entertainment. Oogie Boogie Bash takes place on select nights and includes after-hours park access, exclusive merchandise, and themed food and beverages.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark: The popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! ride gets a spooky twist as Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. This Halloween overlay features a thrilling storyline where guests join Rocket in a mission to rescue Groot from menacing creatures.
  • Cars Land Haul-O-Ween: Cars Land transforms into Radiator Screams for the Halloween season. Visitors can enjoy special meet-and-greets with Cars characters in their Halloween costumes, as well as themed overlays on rides like Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.
  • Plaza de la Familia: Inspired by Pixar’s “Coco,” Plaza de la Familia in Paradise Gardens Park celebrates Día de los Muertos with festive decorations, live music, and interactive activities. Guests can enjoy the heartwarming “A Musical Celebration of Coco” and meet Miguel, the film’s main character.

Special Halloween Photo Opportunities

Disneyland Resort offers a variety of spooky and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities throughout the parks. Notable spots include:

  • Vampirina Meet-and-Greet: Meet Vampirina at Disney California Adventure and snap a photo with the beloved Disney Junior star.
  • Main Street, U.S.A.: Capture the iconic Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern and other festive decorations.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday: Take a photo with Jack Skellington and Sally in New Orleans Square.
  • Cars Land: Pose with Cars characters in their “car-stumes” and check out the spooky decorations.

Specialty Food and Merchandise

No Halloween celebration at Disneyland is complete without indulging in special treats and picking up exclusive merchandise. Some highlights include:

  • Churros: Enjoy Halloween-themed churros with flavors like pumpkin spice and sour apple.
  • Desserts: Try the black rose dessert at Red Rose Taverne or the Graveyard cupcake at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café.
  • Drinks: Savor festive beverages like the Green Apple Spell Lemonade at Smokejumpers Grill.
  • Merchandise: Browse event-exclusive items such as apparel, accessories, and collectibles at various shops throughout the parks.

An Unforgettable Experience

Halloween at Disneyland Resort promises an unforgettable experience with early start dates, exclusive events, and a wide array of festive activities. Whether you’re trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Halloween Party or enjoying the spooky overlays at Disney California Adventure, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to plan your visit and secure your tickets early to experience the magic of Halloween at Disneyland!

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit Disneyland.com/Halloween.

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.