Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort 2021

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. Disneyland Halloween Time check list

Disneyland Halloween Time in 2021

It goes without saying, 2021 is a time for celebration! The official run of Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort is September through October 31st. Here’s what’s happening this year at Disneyland Resort.

But first, check out these fun ways to prep for the season and make spooky, magical memories anywhere!

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Get more Halloween ears, costumes and decor here. And keep reading for all the magical and spooky things to expect in 2021. 

Disneyland Halloween Time Details & Dates

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort is a huge celebration you won’t want to miss in 2021 with returning favorites and new experiences.

Disneyland Resort will host Oogie Boogie Bash in 2021! 


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?

2021 Oogie Boogie Bash info here 


What parades run during Halloween Time at Disneyland? 


Frightfully Fun Parade returns this season for guests attending Oogie Boogie Bash. 


Frightfully Fun Parade DPI


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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 and we don’t expect the crowds to die down anytime soon (see what I did there?).


Will there be Halloween Screams Fireworks in 2021?

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 projections Disneyland


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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. “it’s a small world” viewing area- arrive here after the first parade for fireworks and projections on “it’s a small world”, standing room only, medium crowds.
  4. Rivers of America- arrive here just before fireworks for a display above Rivers of America, no projections, standing room only, low crowds.
  5. 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.

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. You’ll want to make sure to explore every bit of it!


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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.


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You can often find PhotoPass photographers here ready to snap your group photo.


Disneyland Giant Mickey Jackolantern


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. Most Halloween characters are found on Main Street and in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park.


Haunted Mansion bride


I love seeing the classic Disney Characters dressed up for Halloween Time!


Halloween Time Goofy costume


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.


Jack Skellington Haunted Mansion Holiday


This Halloween overlay turns Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday, which lasts through the entire holiday season and ends in early January.


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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.




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 each night. Book Halloween 

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.


Dia De Los Muertos Disneyland


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.


Halloween Tree Disneyland


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 Tree


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, I’d be totally fine if we skipped it this year as well. 


Ghost Galaxy - Disneyland Halloween


This is one attraction I won’t miss. I much prefer Space Mountain in its original form.

Disneyland Halloween Time Food

Food is never far behind when it comes to Disneyland planning. I love exploring all the new options during Halloween Time at Disneyland Park. See our Downtown Disney Foodie Guide here.


Halloween Time Foodie Guide


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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From Disney Parks Blog, the full foodie guide is listed as follows for 2019 and will be updated as 2021 dates approach. 

Disneyland Halloween Time Churros

  • Churro Guide for a make at home celebration is here!!
  • Maleficent 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
  • Coco Churro (Churros Near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) – Cinnamon-dusted churro with a spicy cocoa dipping sauce
  • Bride Churro (Churros Near Haunted Mansion) – Elegantly-dressed churro in a bouquet of vanilla and sugar
  • Groom Churro (Churros Near Critter Country) – Classic churro dressed in a duo of dark and milk chocolate 

California Adventure Halloween Churros

  • Pumpkin Spice Churro (Willie’s Churros Near Buena Vista Street) – Churro rolled in pumpkin spice sugar with caramel dipping sauce add-on
  • S’mores Churro (Churros Near Redwood Creek Challenge Trail) – Churro rolled in graham cracker crumbs topped with chocolate chips and a marshmallow drizzle
  • Caramel Apple Churro (Churros Near Hyperion Theater)
  • Haul-O-Ween Churro (Cozy Cone Motel) – Churro rolled in chocolate cream-filled cookies with green icing, gummy worms and candies
  • Horchata Churro (Churros Near Goofy’s Sky School) – Horchata churro with condensed milk

More 2021 Halloween Time Food

We will update this list as Halloween Time approaches for 2021, but these lists from 2019 give you a good idea of what to expect. 


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Even more Halloween treats and eats from Disney Parks Blog!Book Halloween

At Disneyland Park

  • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
  • Carnation Cafe’s Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor’s Trick-or-Treat Sundae Duo
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Café’s Toasted Salsa Roja Chicken Sandwich Combo, Sweet Potato Hand Pie, Cruella de Vil brownie, Graveyard Cupcake, Spiced bundt cake, layered pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffin, mummy macaron.
  • Refreshment Corner’s Hades Dog

Churro Sundae Disneyland


  • Plaza Inn’s Monster Halloween Cupcake, Chocolate-Coffee Yule Log, Halloween Minnie Mouse Cake
  • Red Rose Taverne’s Black Rose dessert, Pumpkin Spice Shake
  • Galactic Grill’sDarth by Chocolate Parfait, Blood Orange Slush, Loaded Fleet Fries
  • Alien Pizza Planet’s Supernova Special: Delicium 639 Pizza, Flavus Tropicus Parfait, Vampire Alien Macaron
  • Rancho del Zocalo’s Mexican Hot Chocolate, Pan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwich, The Long-Forgotten Dueling Tacos, Frozen Abuelita Horchata, Orange Sugar Skull Pot de Crème 
  • Golden Horseshoe’s Churro Sundae’s Churro Sundae (pictured above)

Disneyland Halloween Decorations at California Adventure Park

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. 


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


The Headless Horseman has arrived on the left side of Buena Vista Street. At night, fog covers the area for even spookier photo opps.

Halloween Time on Buena Vista Street


Halloween Time decorations in Paradise Gardens Park. I love the culture we always see in the park, especially Plaza de la Familia. 


DCA Halloween Time


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. 


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Plus, there’s always good Disneyland Halloween Time food just around the corner. 


Coloring California Adventure Disney


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 for the occasion. 


Mater Halloween Vampire


Don’t forget to take your picture in front of the Cars Land post card, wishing you a Happy Haul-O-Ween!


Happy Hauloween Cars Land


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


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


Disneyland Halloween

Disneyland Halloween at California Adventure Food

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.

Check out our all new Downtown Disney Foodie Guide here.


Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort


Some of my top picks to try include:

  • Minnie Witch Shake, a mint chocolate chip shake with whipped cream and chocolate cream-filled cookie ears, available at Schmoozies in Hollywood Land
  • Cozy Cone Motel: Slow Burnin’ Mac & Cheese Cone

Minnie Witch Shake


  • Plus tons of Halloween treats throughout the park, like these Halloween churros
  • Oogie Boogie Funnel Cake Fries from Award Wieners in Hollywood Land and more food to explore. All photos courtesy of Disneyland Resort. I can’t wait to try these out! More updates coming, see Disney Parks Blog for compete list and description
Halloween Funnel Cake Fries Disneyland
Courtesy Disneyland Resort

Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort

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. 


Mickey's Halloween Party costumes share a coke

Get all the details on this exclusive, after-hours event here.

Disneyland Halloween at Downtown Disney

Halloween Time returns to Downtown Disney in 2021. We’ll be sure to update this post plenty of Halloween vibes all over:

  • World of Disney has Halloween decor, clothing, ears and more which arrive in early August. See my favorite Halloween Time Disney merch here. Screen Shot 2020 09 30 at 10.23.24 AM
  • Sprinkles cupcakes has fall flavors for the season. 
  • 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 Home Store Halloween
  • Disney Dress Shop is a popular stop for vintage inspired Disney dresses. The Halloween themed dresses are incredible! Disney Dress Shop Halloween


Downtown Disney District has started to catch up with the rest of Disneyland Resort with holiday decor and ambiance.


Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort


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 shopping


Will you be celebrating Halloween Time with a visit to Downtown Disney District? 

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.


Halloween Time Tea Disneyland Hotel


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?

8 thoughts on “Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort 2021

  • Ausha Riley

    Hello. Do you have a newsletter or something I can subscribe to to get updates on Mickey’s Halloween Party, specifically when tickets go on sale?

  • Teri

    Do you know if there is a good way to get tickets from people who may have purchased Halloween tickets and have changed their mind and can’t go?

  • 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?


  • 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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