If you haven't visited the Disneyland Resort at Halloween Time, you are definitely missing out on a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience. During this special time of year, the Disney folks pull-out all the stops and offer re-themed attractions, special events and experiences and even special foods.
The Disneyland Resort redresses Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion, especially for the Halloween season each year. Space Mountain becomes Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy--a spooky, scary trip through space. Haunted Mansion is taken over by Jack Skellington, Sally and all of their friends to become Haunted Mansion Holiday. (There is much more on this attraction in the video above and more about all of the spooky attractions below, including the spookiest of all attractions, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.)
Special Events, Experiences and Entertainment
It is impossible to talk about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort and not talk about Mickey's Halloween Party. This is a separate-ticket event that takes place after Disneyland's regular operating hours in which guests can trick-or-treat and enjoy special Halloween entertainment. Although tickets sell out very quickly for this event, there are still some left for this year. Click here to learn more about Mickey's Halloween Party and here to learn my go-to, must-do tips for families heading to the party.
The Halloween Carnival at Disneyland is a must-do for families, as it provides kids of all ages unique opportunities to interact with characters, make crafts and play games, see a magic show and much more. Two of the most notable things going on at the carnival are the famous Disneyland pumpkin carvers and Pirates League--a makeover experience for children who love pirates. Learn much, much more about the Halloween Carnival and see our exclusive video by clicking here. You can see more of this year's pumpkin creations by the Disneyland pumpkin carvers by clicking here.
Food, Merchandise and Food Merchandise
Ask your foodie friends who frequent the Disneyland Resort their favorite time of year, and they will likely tell you it's Halloween Time. The Resort goes to great lengths to develop innovative and delicious food offerings for this time of year and they can be found virtually everywhere... and they aren't just sweets.
The "Muenster" Chicken Sausage Sandwich at Carnation Cafe have been a big hit with park guests this year.
Even the cotton candy gets a Halloween makeover. It becomes candy corn cotton candy and I am here to tell you that it is DELICIOUS!
When it comes to special merchandise, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are both LOADED with special offerings ranging from pins to coffee mugs to clothing and more. The best places to shop for Halloween-themed merchandise in Disneyland Park include the Emporium and Disney Showcase on Main Street.
A unique area of Disney theming comes by way of food merchandise--the special containers and purchases available with the purchase of certain food items throughout the year. At Halloween Time there is certainly no shortage of special purchase opportunities. I always recommend the travel mugs and popcorn buckets. The mugs are cheaper than the "real" travel mugs Disney sells in the shops and unlike many of those, they are dishwasher safe AND fit under my Keurig. The popcorn buckets are great for storing Legos and other small toys and perfect for taking toys in the car, etc.
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