Mickey’s Halloween Party is a Must Do!

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Mickey’s Halloween Party is an after-hours, trick-or-treat event at Disneyland Resort in September and October. Here’s everything you need to know about Disneyland Resort’s Halloween Party.Mickeys Halloween Party

Mickey’s Halloween PartyMickey's Halloween Party costumes share a coke

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018 are: 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. This limited time, special ticketed event for Disneyland Resort’s Halloween Party is held on select nights in mid-September through October. Get a free Mickey’s Halloween Party checklist here: 
I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun my family had at Mickey’s Halloween Party. I am ready to make it an annual tradition. From costumes to food, treats, snacks and entertainment, plus rides and more rides, Disneyland Resort knows how to make a special event feel truly extraordinary. Let’s dive into the basics first and then day-of preparation.

Mickey’s Halloween Party Tickets & Dates

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018 are: 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. Tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party sell out, especially weekend nights and Halloween night. Purchase tickets here or call 714-781-4636. PLEASE make sure you’re buying tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland, NOT Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in Walt Disney World. Don’t make this mistake! Your tickets won’t work! Bonus Disneyland Tip: Get discount Disneyland tickets to use any day of the year from our trusted partner, Get Away Today.
Tickets to Mickey's Halloween Party do sell out, be sure to grab your tickets in advance.
Tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party do sell out, be sure to grab your tickets in advance. 

When do Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets go on sale? Tickets to Mickey’s Halloween party go on sale to the general public June 12, 2018. For Annual Passholders, Disney Reward Visa holders and Disney Vacation Club members can buy on June 5, 2018.

Is my Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket good for theme park admission? Your ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party included admission to California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park up to 3 hours before the event’s start time.

How much are Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets? Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket prices range from $95-$130.

Mickey’s Halloween Party is sold out, what should I do? I can’t tell you how many emails I get every year from people frantic and upset about Mickey’s Halloween Party being sold out. My first suggestion is to call Disneyland and see if they have any to offer over the phone. Rumors are rampant that Disney reserves some party tickets for Disneyland Resort hotel guests to buy the day-of the event but Disney has since said this is no longer an option. Whatever you do, do not buy from eBay or online classifieds, or even someone you know. It is considered illegal. See official Disney response below.

Can I buy Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets on eBay? Buying Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets on eBay or anywhere other than Disneyland Resort itself (app, online or in person) is illegal. One of my Disneyland with Kids co-owner contacted Disneyland Resort directly regarding selling and buying Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets; here is their response:

 

Sell Mickey's HalloweenParty tickets

Buy Mickey's HalloweenParty tickets

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018 are: 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.

  • Halloween decor and attraction overlays at Disneyland will be September 7 – October 31, 2018.
  • Hours for Mickey’s Halloween Party are either 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm for weeknight parties or 7:00 pm – midnight for weekend and Halloween Day; be sure to check your specific date for accurate times.
  • Remember, you can get in the gate to either park 3 hours before party start time.
  • Ticket prices range from $95-$130.
  • If you plan on going to Disneyland Resort before 3 or 4 pm, you will need separate theme park admission.
  • Tickets are required for everyone 3 and older. There are no child prices. 

Mickey’s Halloween Party Costumes

All guests are encouraged to dress in costume and trick or treat at various treat stations throughout the park. Adults and kids dress in a variety of costumes. My family went as “Share a Coke” bottles. There are certain “Share a Coke” labels you can only find in Disney Parks, so we re-created them for a unique costume idea that was both comfortable and weather appropriate.

Costume guidelines have been updated; always check the official Disneyland Resort guidelines first. All guests may dress in costume for this special event but they must be child-friendly and must follow the guidelines here. Check out some Disney costume inspiration on our Disney Halloween Pinterest board or get some ideas from our Disney Halloween Costume post. Remember to keep your costume simple if riding attractions is your goal. You want something you can move around in and that’s cool enough for warm Southern California weather, even in the fall. Bring hoodies for the evening hours.


Halloween Candy

Halloween Party Disneyland
Halloween Party Disneyland

Let’s talk trick or treating at Disneyland! Yes, you can trick or treat during Mickey’s Halloween Party. Everyone is encouraged to trick or treat, even adults. My husband wasn’t on board at first but I told him it wasn’t an option. Joining in the trick or treating fun seriously has everyone giddy and feeling like a kid again.Disneyland candy haul

Trick or Treat Trails are located throughout the park, clearly marked with a Mickey jack-o-lantern on the map you pick up when you arrive. Each trail has several kiosks to stop at where you will pick up candy and snacks along the route. We found that the first stop usually gave candy or chocolate (Butterfinger, Hershey, Starburst, etc.) and the other few along the trail gave out snack items (Cheez-Its, Goldfish Crackers, Apple Slices, etc.). At the end of the night you will likely end up with a large assortment of candy and snacks. I brought a small carry on bag to fill with our loot. Haunted Golden Horseshoe

Frightfully Fun Parade

Halloween at Disneyland is a delightful sight with fall decor everywhere you look. In addition to Disney characters in seasonal costumes, Halloween inspired attractions and trick or treat stations, guests at Mickey’s Halloween Party will enjoy a huge assortment of fun and frights. The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”) will ride through the center of it all starting with the pre-parade. Be sure to arrive early and see this intimidating sight at about 8:50 pm and 10:20 pm.

Headless Horseman Disneyland

Frightfully Fun Parade shows during Mickey’s Halloween Party nights only. Choose from one of two times, usually at 9:00 pm and 10:30 pm. Mickey and Minnie Mouse are among the first Disney characters to join the parade and it gets increasingly scary as it goes along. However, Vampirina does make an appearance later in the parade as well. I suggest sitting on the ground near Matterhorn, or on benches across from Matterhorn. This puts you in the middle of the parade route whether you’re seeing the first or second show. You can also opt for a reserved parade space with a dining package during Mickey’s Halloween Party. 

Halloween Parade Disneyland

Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies FireworksHalloween projections Disneyland

Halloween Screams fireworks light up party nights at Disneyland Park at 9:35 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 with fewer crowds. Here’s my list, in preferred viewing order, of Halloween Screams fireworks spots:

  1. 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.
  2. “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.
  3. Rivers of America- arrive here just before fireworks for a display above Rivers of America, no projections, standing room only, low crowds.
  4. 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.

Cadaver DansHalloween Rivers of America

You’ll hear Halloween music all night long in this area of Disneyland Park, including recorded music from Cadaver Dans, but what you really want to see is a “live” performance of gruesome tunes as the Cadaver Dans float across a foggy Rivers of America at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:45 pm.

Halloween Dance PartyHalloween Dance Party Disneyland

Pixar Pals Halloween Dance Party goes all night long with spooky music to get you in the groove in Tomorrowland. Pixar characters make appearances throughout the night. Make sure you stop by for a song or two near Galactic Grill.

Villain’s Square and Disney Characters

There are tons of character meet and greet opportunities. If this is your thing, plan on some longer wait times. The rare characters who only come out for the party are very popular. Malelifcent Disneyland

  • If you want to up the spook-factor, you definitely want to hang out in Villain’s Square. We saw Maleficent and Hades (from Hercules) who was seriously SO massive and scary!Hades Disneyland
  • You can find Disney Pirate Pals at the dock in Frontierland including Captain Jack Sparrow, Redd, Wendy, Smee and Captain Hook. 
  • Mickey and Minnie near Rancho del Zocalo.
  • Disney Princesses in Fantasyland and sometimes riding King Arthur Carrousel.
  • Friends from the Jungle like Jane and Turk, Baloo and King Louie near Jungle Cruise.
  • Winnie the Pooh and friends in Critter Country, in their usual spot but Pooh dressed as a bumble bee of course!
  • Jack Skellington and Sally in New Orleans Square.

Halloween Party Report

When you arrive, you can enter either Disneyland or California Adventure Park first with your Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket. Regardless of which location you enter first, you will get a wristband and trick or treat bag once you enter Disneyland Park for the first time. trick or treat bags

Will you need a locker during Mickey’s Halloween Party? I sure did. We brought hoodies, pants and other items at park opening to secure a spot. Even Princess Ana needed a locker to stash all her chocolate as the night went on. Read about locker options herePrincess Ana locker

Mickey’s Halloween Pre-party kicks of in Mickey’s Toontown a couple hours before the official start time. We skipped this and opted for a sit down dinner instead. If you do go to Mickey’s Toontown you can expect characters in Halloween attire like Mickey, Minnie, Donald and more. Mickey lights Halloween

Remember, you can’t do it all. Despite lower crowd levels, there’s so much packed into one night it’s truly impossible to do everything! Pick your favorites and then do your best, our family did the following during the event:
  • Incredicoaster (during pre-party events, we opted to ride attractions a California Adventure Park instead)
  • Memory Refreshers at Bing Bong’s Sweets (a new favorite treat)
  • A Musical Celebration of Coco at Plaza de la Familia with the Mariachi Divas
  • Radiator Springs Racers (single rider 10 minute wait)
  • Facebook live video via Disneyland with Kids
  • Enter Disneyland Park for wristbands and trick or treat bags
  • Dinner at Carnation Cafe
  • Halloween photos with PhotoPass photographers
  • Trick or treat trail inside Golden Horseshoe (love the decor, probably my favorite spot)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (walked on)
  • Trick or treat trail near Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • Splash Mountain (with ponchos!)
  • Trick or treat trail in Critter Country
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday (ride complications made this a LONG wait, even for a normal day)
  • Trick or treat trail along Rivers of America
  • Indiana Jones Adventure (about 20 minute wait)
  • Break time at Jolly Holiday for drinks and snacks
  • Secure parade seats for second parade
  • Kids do trick or treat trail in Pixie Hollow while we wait
  • Watch fireworks
  • Watch parade
  • Pixar Pals Halloween Dance Party in Tomorrowland
  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Astro Orbitor
  • Shopping on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Villain spotting in Town Square
There’s so much to do and see! Will you be joining us at Mickey’s Halloween Party—continue the conversation on our Facebook page. 

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

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