Disneyland Halloween Offers Spooky Treats for all Ages!
My son and I visited Disneyland at Halloween for the first time last October. Living in southern California we’ve been to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park countless times, but this was our first time experiencing Disneyland’s spooky decorations and seasonal treats. We weren’t disappointed!
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Disneyland goes all out with their Main Street U.S.A. decorations. I had half expected to see a few things here and there, (which is silly, because come on, it’s Disney) but nothing too elaborate. I knew I was wrong the moment I saw that jack-o-lanterns lined Main Street’s balconies and lamp posts. We had just entered the park, and already we were wrapped up in Disneyland Halloween magic!
Later we caught the afternoon parade and snacked on some popcorn in a themed bucket. There’s nothing like sitting down to enjoy the festive decorations while eating a seasonal treat. While we didn’t get a chance to sample the famed candied apples, I hear they’re delicious! When the sun goes down the giant Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern lights up; snap a photo on your way out of the park!
Do you love all things Disney Villain? Halloween is the time to go. Disneyland isn’t the only thing dressed up for the occasion. Kids and adults alike wear their favorite Disney Villain accessories. Take a break from the crowd and you’ll see that stores all along Main Street U.S.A. are featuring their Villain finest. Take something home to add a little Disney magic to your Halloween!
The Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch
The highlight of our day at Disneyland was stumbling upon the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. Decorated with bright orange pumpkins, pendents and straw bales, the carnival was in full swing. We were treated to a live magic show, games for kids, and I even saw a villain posing for photos. A parade of our favorite Halloween characters weaved through the crowd, including Sorcerer Mickey, and Minnie Mouse.
My son was most excited about being transformed into a pirate at Disney’s Pirate League. Pirate League at Disneyland is located right in the middle of the carnival fun, ready to transform your child into a pirate, or a pirate princess! Disney Cast Members present children with a menu of different options, and after checking out the photographs, my son decided to go with the ghost pirate.
I was surprised to see that the Pirate League prices really are reasonable. In a short time my son was transformed with face paint, a bandanna, a clip on earring, an eye patch, and a medallion. The medallion freaked him out a little after cast members told him a spooky legend surrounding its history, but that just added to the Halloween fun. Disney’s Pirate League also gives new pirates a certificate stating their authentic pirate name, and a cloth bag for carrying treasures.
The Haunted Mansion Holiday
My son loves movies and one reason we chose to experience Disneyland at Halloween is his love for Tim Burton’s, The Nightmare Before Christmas. During fall months, Disney’s Haunted Mansion transforms into the Haunted Mansion Holiday, decorated as Halloween Town, complete with characters you’ll remember from the film and spooky surprises around every corner. It’s not just the Haunted Mansion that transforms for the season, the entire New Orleans Square is full of spooky merchandise and decorations! If you want an even bigger thrill, Space Mountain transforms into Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, which we were a little too scared to try on this trip! Maybe next time!
Mickey’s Halloween Party
This post wouldn’t be complete without me sharing a bit about Mickey’s Halloween Party. At an additional cost, you can buy a ticket for a special event full of fun. Trick-or-treat in costume, watch a special fireworks show, and get your groove on at a dance party. We haven’t had the opportunity to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party, but it sure looks fun!