12 Bewitching Reasons to Visit Disneyland This Halloween
Disneyland is always magical, but there’s something about their Halloween Time that really takes it up a notch. While most of us only celebrate Halloween on October 31, Disneyland keeps the party going throughout September and the entire month of October. There are special stylings off classic rides, major merch to buy, and a crazy amount of sweet treats to tempt one and all. What Halloween hijinks are in store? Scroll through and see. (Photos via Disneyland, Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort, Disneyland)
See the Fab Five in their Halloween best. We love to take a gander at what celebrities wear for Halloween, and when they’re as famous as Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy, then our hearts totally go aflutter. You’ll want to head to both California Adventure and Disneyland proper to see their two different sets of costumes, and yes, they’re all adorbs. (Photo via Joshua Sudock/Disneyland)
Get witchy with your popcorn order. Something special has popped up this Halloween season: The Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket. This vessel for freshly made popcorn lights up, comes with a handy strap, and even features a hidden Mickey. This bad boy is available at Disneyland. (Photo via Disneyland)
Eat all the things. There is an incredible array of crazy concoctions offered up this Halloween season at the Disney Parks. From a Mummy Croissant Donut to a gazillion churro options, there’s totally something for every kind of sweet tooth. We could totally go for one of these Bat Wing Raspberry Sundaes. (Photo via Disneyland Resort)
Try a scream-worthy cocktail. It’s not just yummy eats, but also delicious drinks that are haunting Disneyland Parks this season. At the Carthay Circle Restaurant at California Adventure, order up the Halloween Poison Apple-Tini, a concoction made of apple-flavored whisky and liqueur, cranberry juice, and bitters (and includes a spooky Poison Apple Glow Cube). (Photo via Disneyland)
Visit the ride takeovers. Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas takes over The Haunted Mansion and ghosts — alien ghosts, that is — take over Space Mountain; both are very good reasons to head to the Disneyland Park during Halloween. (Photo via Joshua Sudock/Disneyland)
Droll over the stunning gingerbread house. When you ride the Haunted Mansion Holiday, make sure to keep an eye out for the most amazing Halloween-centric gingerbread house ever. The sweet sculpture is made up of 90 pounds of gingerbread, 30 pounds of confectioners' sugar, 10 pounds of white chocolate, and 45 pounds of fondant. (Photo via Disneyland)
Dare to ride Guardians after dark. The already frightful Guardians of the Galaxy: Breakout gets a whole lot scarier during Halloween Time. Each evening, the ride transforms into Monsters After Dark where Rocket asks visitors to search for Groot amidst monsters and mayhem. (Photo via Joshua Sudock/Disneyland)
See Coco’s Miguel in person, kinda. Alongside all the Halloween Time fun is the Plaza de la Familia, a festival celebrating family and honoring Pixar’s beautiful (and tearjerking) hit Coco. Storytelling, folklórico dancers, mariachi musicians, and a handcrafted Miguel puppet bring a musical celebration of Coco alive. (Photo via Disneyland Resort)
Let them eat cake, Coco style. At the Plaza de la Familia, there is also lots of food. The Mexican-inspired menu at the Paradise Garden Grill features scrumptious offerings like a traditional Día de los Muertos Pan de Muerto, Mole Verde con Pollo, a yummy Pan Dulce Conchita, and this colorful Coco cake. (Photo via Andie/ Tangled in Magic)
Visit with Vampirina. The popular Disney Junior star, Vampirina, is hanging out with one and all at California Adventure. It’s a photo op all little vampire ballerina fans won’t want to miss. (Photo: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
Have a Halloween-style high tea. Steakhouse 55 will be enchanting diners with their unique “Trick or Tea” from now until October 31. Along with classic offerings such as scones and finger sandwiches, there are delightfully spooky twists on the desserts like chocolate-dipped strawberries decorated to look like Jack Skellington’s suit and jack-o’-lantern pumpkins. (Photo via Disneyland)
Hang at the hotels. The Disneyland Resort Hotels — the Grand Californian, the Disneyland Hotel, and Paradise Pier — will be getting into the spirit with a variety of special thrills and chills. The musical act Skeletones and the Cryptix can be found singing songs like “I Put a Spell on You” and “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” Halloween whoopie pies, jumbo cake pops, and, a cookie box with Witch Finger cookies can be found at a snack cart at the Grand Californian. They’ll even have exclusive trick-or-treating for hotel guests on select nights between October 2 through October 31. (Photo via Disneyland)
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Sunny Chanel is a freelance writer as well as the founder of the whimsical site Wonder and Company. When this proud San Franciscan isn't writing, working on her fixer-upper or doing crafts, she is playing dress up with daughter and planning her next trip to Disneyland.