Disneyland Halloween is a yearly event you don’t want to miss. Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort includes Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney and Anaheim Resort Halloween festivities.
In 2021 Disneyland Resort invited me as a guest to explore the new and returning festivities, all opinions are my own.
It goes without saying, 2021 is a time for celebration! The official run of Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort is September 3rd through October 31st.
But first, check out these fun ways to prep for the season and make spooky, magical memories anywhere!
- DIY Mickey Mouse Pumpkin decor.
- Halloween Churro guide, yes even ones you can enjoy at home.
- Disney treats at Downtown Disney, see where I like to eat here.
- DIY Oogie Boogie Wall Art.
- Princess Halloween makeover.
- Need costume ideas? 50 easy costumes here.
- 10 Reasons to visit Disneyland during Halloween Time.
Get more Halloween ears, costumes and decor here. And keep reading for all the magical and spooky things to expect in 2021.
Keep reading for everything that’s happening this year at Disneyland Resort.
Disneyland Halloween Time 2021
Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort is a huge celebration you won’t want to miss in 2021 with returning favorites and new experiences. Here’s some quick details on the celebration:
- Halloween Time runs September 3 through October 31, 2021.
- Oogie Boogie Bash in 2021 is now sold out.
- Halloween Screams on display at Disneyland Park throughout the season.
- Frightfully Fun Parade only available at Oogie Boogie Bash.
- Plaza de la Familia with entertainment, festive foods, crafts and interactive experiences including are “A Musical Celebration of Coco.”
- Buy Disneyland Halloween Time discount tickets here.
Rivaling the Christmas season, Halloween at Disneyland Resort has proven more popular every year. In 2017 when Halloween expanded to California Adventure Park, guest couldn’t get enough Halloween.
Now with limited capacity and reservations required, it’s an even better experience with limited crowds and maximum Halloween fun!
Halloween Time at Disneyland Park
The Halloween decorations at Disneyland really gets visitors in the mood for Halloween Time and fall festivities—even if it is still warm outside. You’ll want to make sure to explore every bit of it!
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. One side features a wide grin from Mickey and the other has an adorable little wink.
Beyond the giant jack-o-lantern this area of Main Street, U.S.A. has Disney characters in Halloween costumes rotating throughout the day.
Most Halloween characters are found on Main Street near the train station, near Sleeping Beauty Castle and in New Orleans Square while at Disneyland Park. You can also check the Disneyland app to find out who’s in the area when you arrive.
I love seeing classic Disney Characters dressed up for Halloween Time! Isn’t Donald Duck the cutest little pumpkin ever?
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 Halloween Time, Haunted Mansion gets a holiday makeover by Jack Skellington himself.
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. In 2021, we skelebrate” 20 years of Haunted Mansion holiday. Read more about how things came together to create this creepy centerpiece here.
Disneyland Halloween Time decorations in Frontierland. I love stopping by the Pioneer Mercantile in the fall. The front area is covered with classic pumpkins and a harvest vibe. But my most favorite area for decor at Disneyland Park is . . .
Zocalo Park near Mark Twain Riverboat. Here you’ll find a colorful display honoring the Mexican celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. This display is here every year through November 2nd. It’s just one of the many ways Disney honors the culture and heritage of our friends and family both near and far.
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.
The tree itself is inspired by The 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 did NOT be make an appearance in 2019 or 2021. I’d be totally fine if it remained the classic version every Halloween Time.
I much prefer Space Mountain in its original form, but I do enjoy Hyperspace Mountain that usually mixes things up around May the 4th, the unofficial Star Wars Day.
Halloween Time at California Adventure
Halloween decorations at California Adventure Park are amazing 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.
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 Halloween displays coming alive at every turn!
The Headless Horseman has arrived on the left side of Buena Vista Street. At night, fog covers the area for an even spookier photo spot.
Halloween Time decorations in Paradise Gardens Park. I love the culture we always see in the park, especially Plaza de la Familia.
The immersive celebration honors the spirit of Dia de los Muertos with so many things for families and friends to enjoy:
- Halloween Time festive foods
- Free crafts and interactive experiences
- “A Musical Celebration of Coco”
- Live Mariachi music at Paradise Gardens Bandstand
- Photo opportunity with a hand-animated figure of Miguel from “Coco”
- Arbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) photo location and memory wall
This area in Paradise Gardens Park is a welcome retreat where you can let the kids color, listen to live music nearby, meet Miguel from Coco and so much more.
Plus, there’s always good Disneyland Halloween Time food just around the corner.
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.
Even the residence of “Radiator Screams” are dressed up in their “car-stumes” for the occasion.
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.
As you make your way through Cars Land, notice all the little details put into every corner.
There’s truly so much to see and so many pictures to take while roaming California Adventure Park.
Ramone even celebrates Day of the Dead in his car detailing shop.
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.
Lighting changes inside and outside, along with different music and visual effects during the ride.
The best way to see all this and more is to come visit for yourself. Now is the time to book for Halloween at Disneyland Resort.
Churros at Halloween Time
Trust me when I say we’re just warming up here with churros. It’s only part of the Fall Festivities at Disneyland during September and October. Plus, I even have a Churro Guide for a make at home celebration!
Find your favorite churro flavors at Disneyland Park:
- Chocolate Cookie Churro (Churros Near Town Square and Sleeping Beauty Castle) – Churro covered with chocolate cookie crumbles blended with colored sugar with marshmallow dipping sauce add-on
- Pumpkin Spice Churro (Churros Near Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters) – Churro rolled in pumpkin spice sugar with caramel dipping sauce add-on
- White Chocolate Churro (Churros Near Haunted Mansion) – Elegantly-dressed churro in a bouquet of vanilla and sugar
- Chocolate Dusted Churro (Churros Near Critter Country) – Classic churro dressed in a duo of dark and milk chocolate
- Classic Churro with Pumpkin Dipping Sauce (Churros Near Casey Jr. Circus Train)
Churro flavors at Disney California Adventure Park:
- Chocolate & Matcha Churro (Willie’s Churros Near Buena Vista Street) – Churro rolled in chocolate cookie crumbs and drizzled with a matcha cream cheese buttercream and strawberry sauce
- Caramel Apple Churro (Near Grizzly Peak) Churro rolled in green apple flavored sugar topped with a caramel drizzle
- Fruity Sugar Churro (Cozy Cone Motel) – Churro tossed in fruity cereal sugar topped with a purple and green glaze
- Chocolate-Marshmallow Churro (Churros in Hollywood Land) – Classic churro rolled in crushed chocolate cookies and “mummified” in marshmallow icing “bandages”
Treats & Eats Disneyland Food
Food is never far behind when it comes to Disneyland planning. I love exploring all the new options during Halloween Time. We’re covering what you’ll find a Disneyland and California Adventure Park.
Now updated for 2021, get your Halloween foodie notes ready! Print this guide to help you keep track of what you’ll sink your teeth into this season.
At Disneyland Park
- Alien Pizza Planet: Supernova Special: Deconstructed Lasagna – Campanelle pasta tossed in ricotta cream sauce topped with Bolognese sauce and bread crumbs. Supernova Special – Spiced marinara sauce topped with sausage, salami, assorted cheeses, onions, olives, and tomatoes drizzled with pesto. Halloween Alien Macaron filled with blackberry buttercream and lemon curd.
- Cafe Orleans: Chocolate-Praline Mousse Cake – Decadent praline mousse, dark chocolate brownie, vanilla creme anglaise, and ganache.
- Candy Palace: Jack Skellington Apple, Poison Skull Apple, Mummy Marshmallow Wand, Jack Skellington Cake Pop, Minnie Witch Crispy, Spider Web Crispy, Pumpkin Brittle (available Oct. 1-31), Pumpkin Fudge, Pumpkin Spice Cupcake.
- Carnation Cafe: Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich.
- French Market: Haunted Mansion Holiday Wreath Cookie, Chocolate Cherry Cake – Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, sour cherries, and cream cheese filling finished with a splatter of cherry sauce.
- Galactic Grill: Blood Orange Slush – Blood orange slush with a swirl of raspberry sauce and a glow cube. Loaded BBQ Pork Fries – Crisscut fries topped with slow-cooked BBQ pork, cheddar, chipotle ranch, and spicy slaw. Chocolate & Red Velvet Parfait – Layers of red velvet cake, ganache, cookies, dark chocolate mousse, and chocolate cake topped with chocolate flakes, a chocolate Darth Vader helmet, and a mini chocolate lightsaber.
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor: Halloween Candy Sundae – Two sundaes in one: sour gummy ice cream with raspberry sauce, gummy treats, and fruit candies; and chocolate ice cream with hot fudge and pieces of chocolate candy bars.
Hungry Bear: Honey Cream Cold Brew – cold brew coffee and honey-flavored cream poured over ice. Pumpkin Cheesecake Funnel Cake – Pumpkin cheesecake filling and vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream. Loaded French Fries – French fries topped with a creamy cheese sauce, crispy bacon, and green onions. Loaded Onion Rings – Onion rings topped with a creamy cheese sauce, crispy bacon, and green onions. Loaded Bowl – Choice of french fries or crispy onion rings topped with a creamy cheesy sauce, crispy bacon, and green onions in a Zero Dog Bowl.
Jolly Holiday Bakery Café: Toasted Salsa Roja Chicken Sandwich – Salsa roja shredded chicken on rustic bread with jack and cotija cheeses served with tortilla soup. Pumpkin Muffin. Dark & White Chocolate Mousse Brownie – Chocolate brownie with black and white chocolate mousse. Cookie & Cream Macaron – Mummy mickey macaron shell with a cookies and cream filling. Bat Cookie – Shortbread bat cookie dipped in dark chocolate with a Vampire Mickey face. Pumpkin Cheesecake – Classic pumpkin cheesecake decorated with a chocolate spider web and a Halloween decoration.
Market House: Bat Cookie – Shortbread bat cookie dipped in dark chocolate with a Vampire Mickey face.
Mint Julep Bar: Mickey-shaped Strawberry Chocolate Beignets topped with strawberry-chocolate powdered sugar (3 and 6 Packs).
Plaza Inn: Halloween Cake – Chocolate cake with multi-colored mousse, green buttercream, royal icing, and Halloween sprinkles.
Rancho del Zocalo: Milk Mamey – Vibrant tropical mamey fruit with flavors of persimmon, sweet potato, stone fruit, and vanilla served over ice. Creamy Horchata – Sweet creamy cinnamon rice and milk beverage served over ice.
Red Rose Taverne: Halloween Grey Stuff – Traditional Grey Stuff with tombstone cookie and holiday sprinkles. Candy Apple Cold Brew – Cold brew coffee, apple syrup, whipped cream, and caramel sauce.
Refreshment Corner: BBQ Bacon Dog – All-beef, foot-long hot dog with bacon slices, BBQ sauce, fried onions, jack and cheddar cheese, and chives served with choice of sliced apples or small bag of chips.
River Belle Terrace: Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread. Chicken & Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Brisket grilled cheese, hot chicken, and pickled pepper relish.
Stage Door Café: Spicy Corn Dog – Spicy beef frank hand-dipped and fried, drizzled with cheese sauce and crushed spicy chips served with fries. Chocolate-Hazelnut Funnel Cake with Halloween Sprinkles – House-made funnel cake topped with chocolate-hazelnut spread and whipped cream dusted with chocolate- espresso powder.
At California Adventure Park
- Award Weiners: Halloween Candy Funnel Cake Fries – Dusted in crushed chocolate cream-filled cookies with cream cheese sauce, cookie pieces, gummy candies, chocolate-coated candies, and whipped cream. Halloween Candy Funnel Cake Fries in Mickey Ear Hat Bowl.
- Bing Bongs: Jack Skellington Apple, Poison Skull Apple, Mummy Marshmallow Wand, Minnie Witch Crispy, Oogie Boogie Crispy, Pumpkin Fudge.
- Boudin Bakery/Boudin Bread Cart: Vampire Mickey-shaped Sourdough.
- Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream: Cookies & Candy Sundae – Scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate cookie crumbles, and gummy candies in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone. Halloween Ice Cream Bar – Ice cream bar dipped in chocolate with chocolate accents and sprinkles Spiked Hard Apple Float – Hard apple cider and apple sorbet drizzled with caramel sauce.
- Corn Dog Castle: Pepper-Jack Cheese Stick – Pepper jack cheese stick dipped in corn dog batter and topped with raspberry sauce.
- Cozy Cone Motel: Spicy Mac & Cheese Cone – Pasta with spicy red pepper-cheese sauce topped with crushed chile-cheese puffs served in a bread cone. Cozy Cone Macaron filled with peanut butter cream and pretzels
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café: Oogie Boogie Macaron – Black macaron filled with green apple buttercream, caramel, brownies, cookie crumb dust, and gummy candy.
- Flo’s V-8 Café: Spicy Chicken & Fries – Steak fries drizzled with ranch dressing topped with chicken tenders tossed in mango-habanero sauce and finished with green onions. Loaded Buffalo Chicken Fries – Steak fries topped with cheddar cheese, chicken tenders tossed in buffalo sauce, and celery bits drizzled with ranch (available at Oogie Boogie Bash). Loaded Gravy Fries – Steak fries topped with chicken tenders, jack cheese, and smothered in gravy (available at Oogie Boogie Bash). Loaded Chili Fries – Steak fries topped with cheddar cheese, Walt’s Chili, diced onions, and sour cream (available at Oogie Boogie Bash)
- Hollywood Lounge: Fanta Spooky Spirit – Fanta Piña Colada with white rum and melon liqueur. Worms, Dice & Everything Nice – Midori, peach schnapps, crème de menthe, orange juice, and pineapple juice topped with gummy worms and Oogie Boogie dice glow cubes. PBJ & W – PB & raspberry jam hard cider with peanut butter whiskey. Howl-o-Ween Concoction – Pineapple michelada with white tequila and pineapple chamoy topped with spicy candy. My Bugs! My Bugs! – Limeade with grenadine float and gummy worms. Orange Cream Fanta-sy – Fanta Orange infused with vanilla topped with whipped cream and black sprinkles.
- Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums: Shortbread Halloween Cookie.
- Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining: Ghost Pepper Nachos – House-made green tortilla chips, ghost pepper cheese sauce, ghost pepper-marinated steak, refried black beans, tomatillo avocado salsa, tomato, and cilantro. Specialty Cocktail – Añejo tequila, mezcal, agave, hibiscus, and lemon juice.
- Mortimer’s Market: Mickey Bat Sourdough Bread.
- Pacific Wharf Café: Vampire Mickey-shaped Sourdough.
- Paradise Garden Grill: Pollo Verde Wet Burrito – Chicken cooked in grilled salsa verde, golden rice, black beans, and crema. Traditional Tamale Plate – Red chile pork tamales with golden rice and black beans. Tacos with Estilo Callejero – Trio of sirloin beef tacos with pickled vegetables, golden rice, and black beans. Tortitas de Papa – Plant-based crispy potato cakes with sautéed spinach, ranchero salsa, golden rice, and pickled onion salsa. Ensalada de Frutas – Jicama, watermelon, cucumber, pineapple, and mango with chili-lime salt and chamoy. Coco Cake – Layers of vanilla cake filled with a cinnamon “churro” flavored mousse and covered in sweet cream cheese frosting. Mexican Hot Chocolate – Cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. Aqua de Jamaica Slush – Sweet hibiscus tea slush.
- Schmoozie’s Smoothies: Mint-Chocolate Cookie Shake with whipped cream and chocolate cream-filled cookie ears. Chocolate Chip Shake topped with whipped cream and a chocolate cookie stick
- Smokejumpers Grill: Green Apple Lemonade with sour green apple syrup, cherry pearls, and raspberry sauce. Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseburger – Angus beef patty, pickled jalapeños, bacon, pepper jack, beer-battered onion rings, jalapeño popper, jalapeño chips, and chipotle mayo.
- Studio Catering Truck: Hawaiian BBQ Chicken with Fanta pineapple-infused fried rice and soy-ginger glaze. Ghost Pepper Potato Bites – Potato bites, ghost pepper cheese sauce, smoky bacon, and pickled jalapeños. The Backlot Carnitas Nachos with house-made tortilla chips, red pepper cheese sauce, chipotle crema, and green onions. Plant-based Backlot Nachos – Soy chorizo with house-made tortilla chips, dairy-free cheese, and crema topped with green onions.
- Trolley Treats: Jack Skellington Apple, Poison Skull Apple, Mummy Marshmallow Wand, Jack Skellington Cake Pop, Minnie Witch Crispy, Oogie Boogie Crispy, Pumpkin Brittle (available Oct. 1-31), Pumpkin Fudge
And one more thing—if you’re here for the food, you really need to come back during Disney’s Food & Wine Festival in the spring. It is HEAVEN!
Oogie Boogie Bash, Fireworks & More
Entertainment is a staple of Disneyland Resort and I’m so glad to see so much coming back in 2021. Most of these offerings are available inside the parks with regular theme park admission.
Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party
Mickey’s Halloween Party ended its run in 2018. Now you can join us for Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure Park.
Halloween Screams Fireworks
All guests can enjoy access to “Halloween Screams.” The night show features projections and special effects. Fireworks will be added to the show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Halloween Screams begins at Disneyland park at 9:30 pm. While many people camp and squeeze together in front of the castle, I suggest viewing from Main Street, U.S.A. where you can see both fireworks and projections (on select nights) with fewer crowds.
Here’s my list, in preferred viewing order, of Halloween Screams projections and fireworks spots:
- Tarzan’s Treehouse – if Fantasmic isn’t running you can find a spot above it all. Arrive about 15 minutes prior but the more this secret spot gets out the earlier you may have to arrive.
- Main Street, U.S.A.- arrive here just after the first parade for fireworks and projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street buildings, standing room only, medium to heavy crowds.
- “it’s a small world” viewing area- arrive here about 30-40 minutes prior for fireworks and projections on “it’s a small world”, standing room usually (sometimes everyone in your area will agree to sit), medium crowds.
- Rivers of America- arrive here just before fireworks for a display above Rivers of America, no projections, standing room only, low crowds.
- Sleeping Beauty Castle- I find this area to be too cramped and too close to fireworks for comfort. It also requires more time to “camp out” and secure spots.
Halloween Screams with Fireworks dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in September and October.
Halloween Screams with Projections and NO Fireworks: Monday through Thursday nights in September and October.
Frightfully Fun Parade
Frightfully Fun Parade returns this season for guests attending Oogie Boogie Bash. A separate Oogie Boogie Bash party ticket is required.
Halloween Time at Downtown Disney
No ticket to the parks or need something to do on your arrival day? Downtown Disney is the place to be! Halloween Time returns to Downtown Disney in 2021. Here’s what to expect this season:
- World of Disney has Halloween decor, clothing, ears and more which arrive in early August. See my favorite Halloween Time Disney merch here.
- Sprinkles cupcakes has fall flavors for the season.
- Join in on Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit beginning September 9th this all-new Halloween-themed pumpkin hunt will be similar to other look & find events at Downtown Disney throughout the year. The cost is $9.99 per game card/prize.
- Salt & Straw Ice Cream always has a crazy twist on Halloween flavors.
- Read the full Halloween Downtown Disney Foodie Guide here.
- Disney Halloween treats and caramel apples can be found at Marceline’s Confectionary.
- Black Tap Burger has over the top “Crazy Shakes” and usually do a short run of Halloween-inspired shakes as well.
- Disney Home Store has all your Halloween decor needs so your house can look just like Haunted Mansion Holiday.
- Disney Dress Shop is a popular stop for vintage inspired Disney dresses. The Halloween themed dresses are incredible!
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.
Will you be celebrating Halloween Time with a visit to Downtown Disney District?
Disneyland Halloween Time Q&A
Do you have more questions about your Disneyland Resort visit? Here’s answers to our most frequently asked questions about Halloween Time.
When is Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort?
Halloween Time runs from September 3rd through October 31st.
When does Disneyland put up Halloween decorations?
Decorations will be up by the start of Halloween Time, with more trickling in through mid-September.
What are the dates for Mickey’s Halloween Party?
Mickey’s Halloween Party was replaced in 2019 by Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure Park. There will be no Mickey’s Halloween Party, but this new event takes on an updated and refreshed spin on the classics. Keep reading for more details.
What are the dates for Oogie Boogie Bash?
What parades run during Halloween Time at Disneyland?
Frightfully Fun Parade returns this season for guests attending Oogie Boogie Bash.
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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?
In 2021 Disneyland Resort invited me as a guest to explore the new and returning festivities, all opinions are my own.