Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort 2018

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Disneyland Halloween is a yearly event not to miss! Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort including Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney and Anaheim resort Halloween festivities. Begins September 7, 2018 through October 31st.

Disneyland Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort
Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

Let’s jump right into your most important Disneyland Halloween questions first!

When is Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort? Halloween at Disneyland Resort runs from September 7 to October 31, 2018.

When does Disneyland put up Halloween decorations? Halloween decorations will be up September 7, 2018 at Disneyland Resort, with more trickling in through mid-September.

What are the dates for Mickey’s Halloween Party? 9/19, 9/21, 9/24, 9/26, 9/28, 10/2, 10/5, 10/9, 10/12, 10/16, 10/19, 10/23, 10/26, 10/29, 10/31. Get all the details on this exclusive, after-hours event here.

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Rivaling the Christmas season, Halloween at Disneyland Resort has proven more popular every year. In 2017 when Disneyland Halloween expanded to California Adventure Park, guest couldn’t get enough Halloween and we don’t expect the crowds to die down anytime soon (see what I did there?).

Disneyland Halloween Decorations at Disneyland Park

The Halloween decorations at Disneyland is what really gets visitors in the mood for Halloween Time and fall festivities—even if it is 90 degrees outside.

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort
Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Halloween Time decorations on Main Street, U.S.A.The giant Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern has greeted guests entering Main Street, U.S.A. for years. I absolutely love the festive vibe this display brings as you enter Disneyland Park.You can often find PhotoPass photographers here ready to snap your group photo. Don’t have Disney MaxPass or PhotoPass? Just hand them your camera and they’ll get everyone in the picture for free.

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

Beyond the giant jack-o-lantern this area of Main Street, U.S.A. has Disney characters in Halloween costumes rotating throughout the day. Check the Disneyland app to find out who’s in the area when you arrive.

Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort

Continue your stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. for more Disneyland Halloween decorations—there are pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, Halloween Disney balloons, hard-to-get Halloween popcorn buckets and Disneyland Halloween decorations at every corner.

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Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Halloween Time decorations in New Orleans Square. New Orleans Square’s focal point is of course The Haunted Mansion which gives this area of Disneyland Park an already spooky vibe. During Disneyland Halloween Time, Haunted Mansion gets a holiday makeover by Jack Skellington himself.

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort - Disneyland Halloween
Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

This Halloween overlay turns Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday, which lasts through the entire holiday season and ends in early January. Inside Haunted Mansion Holiday you’ll find Jack, Oogie Boogie and of course Sally, along with the seasonal gingerbread house with a completely new design each year.

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Sally finally makes an appearance in the Haunted Mansion overlay in 2016.

Disneyland Halloween Time decorations in Frontierland. Along the Rivers of America, our beloved Dapper Dans transform into Cadaver Dans to serenade you with ghostly song.

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The Cadaver Dans (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

In Zocalo Park near Mark Twain Riverboat, you’ll find a colorful display honoring the Mexican celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. This display can be found through November 2nd.

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Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

No trip to Frontierland at Halloween Time is complete without stopping by The Halloween Tree. The oak tree near Golden Horseshoe included hand-painted jack-o-lanterns and glowing orange lights.

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Courtesy Disneyland Resort

The tree itself is inspired byThe Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, a fantasy novel, and was dedicated to the author on October 31, 2007. You’ll find a plaque at the base of the tree commemorating its dedication: “On the night of Halloween 2007, this stately oak officially became ‘The Halloween Tree,’ realizing famed author Ray Bradbury’s dream of having his symbol for the holiday become a part of Disneyland.”

Disneyland Halloween Time decorations in Tomorrowland. What Tomorrowland lacks in Halloween decorations, it makes up for when Space Mountain transforms into Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy which adds creepy visual effects and might be scary for small children.

Ghost Galaxy - Disneyland Halloween
Ghost Galaxy at Halloween Time

Disneyland Halloween Time decorations in Mickey’s Toontown. In 2018, Mickey’s Toontown hosts the opening events during Mickey’s Halloween Party. It can get quite crowded in this little area but you can meet many classic Disney characters in their Halloween costumes. Need Disneyland tickets? Save on Disneyland tickets here.

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Halloween Mickey’s Toontown courtesy Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Halloween Time Food

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Halloween Time at Disneyland.

Food is never far behind when it comes to Disneyland planning. I love exploring all the new options during Halloween Time at Disneyland Park. In addition to the standard Mickey-shaped Halloween treats like rice Krispy treats, Halloween cake pops and more, we’ll add to this list as Disney releases more special Halloween Time food.

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Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

While not the full park Halloween menu, my top picks to try are:

  • Crab & corn chowder from Cafe Orleans
  • Pumpkin spice Mickey beignets from Mint Julep Bar
  • Pumpkin layered cheesecake from Jolly Holiday
  • Candy apples, especially the Evil Queen Apple
  • Cake pops like Jack Skellington
  • Mickey Mouse Mummy Treat
  • Halloween churros throughout the parkHalloween Time Churros

Disneyland Halloween Decorations at California Adventure Park

In 2017, Halloween decorations at expanded to California Adventure Park and we seriously can’t get enough! We start with the entrance to California Adventure Park with Oogie Boogie greeting us as we enter Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. Halloween decorations will return to California Adventure in 2018 as well!

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort
Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Halloween Time decorations on Buena Vista Street. California Adventure is decorated with purple bunting and banners, along with black bats and night time lights which really makes Buena Vista Street come alive.

Take a look inside the windows along Buena Vista Street for incredible displays of candy and Halloween merchandise. Inside Trolley Treats you’ll find all kinds of seasonal candy apples, cake pops, rice krispy treats and so much more.

Halloween Time on Buena Vista Street
Halloween Time on Buena Vista Street

The Headless Horseman has arrived on the left side of Buena Vista Street. At night, fog covers the area for even spookier photo opps. Hand a PhotoPass photographer your camera or get Disney MaxPass for free PhotoPass.

Halloween Time on Buena Vista Street
Halloween Time on Buena Vista Street

Disneyland Halloween Time decorations in Cars Land. Truly the focal point of Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort is Cars Land’s transformation into Haul-O-Ween “Radiator Screams“. Even the residents have “car-stumes” for the occasion.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters gets a simple Halloween overlay with new music and decor as Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. 

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree also gets an overlay with new music during Mater’s Junkyard JamBOOree.

Haul-O-Ween Time at Cars Land
Haul-O-Ween Time at Cars Land

Look at the details in Luigi’s tire shop as you go through the queue to Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

Music plays a big role in Cars Land at Halloween Time. You’ll hear festive trunk-or-treat tunes as your stroll through Radiator Screams, along with disorder in the court as a mad scientist gives the old courthouse new life.

Which one of these Haul-O-Ween faux movie posters are you most excited to see?

Jack-Oil-Lanterns fill Filmore’s yard.

There’s no shortage of places to take pictures throughout Cars Land, this repurposed car from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride makes a creepy addition to the front of Flo’s V8 Cafe.

Ramone celebrates Day of the Dead in his car detailing shop. Stop for a photo here.

 Disneyland Halloween Time decorations in Hollywood Land. Each night, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is transformed as scary creatures are on the loose in Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark. FASTPASS distribution for this Halloween overlay begins at 3:00 pm. Be waiting at least an hour before by the kiosk or ready on your phone at 3:00 pm on the dot for Disney MaxPass selection.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters after Dark

Lighting changes inside and outside, along with different music and visual effects during the ride.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark

 Disneyland Halloween Time decorations at Pixar Pier. This is the first year Halloween Time will grace Pixar Pier, a reimagined area of California Adventure opened summer 2018. We’re looking forward to seeing some of our favorite Pixar characters dressed up for the event!

Disneyland Halloween at California Adventure Food

Cozy Cone Motel Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. Courtesy Disneyland Resort.
Cozy Cone Motel Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. Courtesy Disneyland Resort.

If you thought all the decor and Halloween themeing were spot on, wait until you see all the food and treats available at Halloween Time inside California Adventure. I am so ready to dig into all the Halloween Time food, aren’t you? Let’s explore.

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort
Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

Some of my top picks to try include:

  • Clarabelle’s: Bat Wing Raspberry Sundae
  • Corn Dog Castle: Spicy Pepper Jack Cheese Stick
  • Cozy Cone Motel: Slow Burnin’ Mac & Cheese Cone
  • Plus tons of Halloween treats throughout the park, like these Halloween churrosHalloween Time Churros California Adventure

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party have started to sell out for 2018. Get the latest in our entire article on Mickey’s Halloween Party here. 

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort
Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Halloween at Downtown Disney

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort
Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. Courtesy Disneyland Resort

Downtown Disney District has started to catch up with the rest of Disneyland Resort with holiday decor and ambiance. The festive fall landscape is a great backdrop for Halloween photo ops. Remember, parking for Downtown Disney is charged at an hourly rate, but you can also get validation with select purchases.

Disneyland Halloween at Downtown Disney Dining

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Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. Photo Courtesy Disneyland Resort

Select eateries are also serving up Halloween treats including Sprinkles Cupcakes, Catal’s UVA Bar, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Starbucks, Jamba Juice and more.

Disneyland Halloween Time Shopping at Downtown Disney. Shopping for Halloween at Downtown Disney is probably one of my favorite activities, with World of Disney shopping being my favorite.

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Disneyland Halloween Time Entertainment at Downtown Disney. SCAREolers visit Downtown Disney on select evenings in October (and on Halloween itself) to sing a melody of favorites such as “Grim Grinning Ghosts” and “I Put A Spell On You.”

Disneyland Halloween at Hotels & More

Trick or Treat Tea at Disneyland Hotel. Inside Steakhouse 55, guests can enjoy a boo-tiful assortment of traditional tea options and delicious Halloween-themed treats. This popular options can be booked through Disney dining 60 days in advance and does sell out quickly.

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Trick or Treat Tea at Disneyland Hotel. Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort.

There’s SO much to do, see and eat at Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time. What do you love most about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort?

Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.

4 thoughts on “Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort 2018

  • Alexis Knoblock

    Hi Jessica,
    Do you happen to know what time the park closes for guests that are inside the park prior to the halloween party?

    Thanks,
    Alexis

  • Laura

    Hi Jessica. Thanks for the great info! We are going sept 24-26 with our 6 and 7 year olds. We can’t decide if the Halloween party is a good idea for us due to the kids ages and it starts pretty late. Plus we would be skipping a full day of park time to just go to the party. I don’t want to buy two tickets to be at the park all day. Too much $$ ! What do u think ?

    • Hi Laura, I think you may have already made your decision. I like the idea of skipping it this time around and getting a good, solid night sleep for those early morning arrivals at Disneyland. You will get to see a lot of costumed guests come in which is a ton of fun to people watch. See how your kids do this time, enjoy the parks and maybe start planning for a Halloween Party in the next year or two. If you decide to take the plunge, I wouldn’t use a regular ticket that day and just add an extra day to the trip. Hope that helps!

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