Your Guide to the 2016 Halloween Party and Halloween Time at Disneyland

Updated October 12, 2016

I attended the first Halloween Party on September 23, 2016. Check these posts for MANY photos and details, including the menu and food details from the Blue Bayou dinner option with reserved viewing for the parade. 

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So, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and if you combine that with Disneyland, it’s almost too much for my little brain to comprehend.

I look forward to this time of year like most children anticipate Christmas morning and from about September 1 to Thanksgiving……everything in my house is draped in burlap, painted orange and tied with a festive grosgrain ribbon. (Children and guinea pigs included.)

We go several times a year to enjoy the parks with all their Halloween magic, so I have several tips on how to get the most out of your experience:



What to Expect at Halloween Time

Halloween Time at Disneyland is a special way to enjoy the parks and if you’re a fan of fall and orange and pumpkins, you’ll be in heaven. The park, as always, is decorated to perfection and it keeps getting better every year. 2016 Halloween Time occurs from September 9-October 31, 2016.

Halloween Time is a general term given for how both Disneyland and California Adventure celebrate the fall season. Disneyland includes a bigger Halloween focus compared to California Adventure. At DCA, you’ll find that Buena Vista Street is nicely decorated, but you’ll see entirely more at Disneyland in general. There is no additional fee to enjoy the parks at this time. (The Halloween Party includes an additional fee. More on that later.)

Two rides transform for Halloween Time:

  • The Haunted Mansion is turned into a celebration of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Jack Skellington can often be found around the attraction for autographs and photos. Sally is usually with him for the meet-n-greet. Bring your camera and an autograph book for this.

  • Space Mountain is turned into Ghost Galaxy.

Special events and other details are included, too, for this time of year:

  • Pumpkins adorn every nook and cranny of Main Street and they’re all carved to perfection, with no two alike!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is celebrating its last few months in the parks with “Last Check Out” during Halloween Time. There is a cute photo op in front of the attraction so that you can commemorate this special ride. PhotoPass+ photographers are on site to help with photos.
  • Disney villains can be found throughout the park, as well. Jack Skellington and Sally can often be found around the Haunted Mansion. Cruella de Vil, Dr. Facilier (from The Princess and the Frog), Maleficent, and the witch from Snow White will often wander Main Street, too. There are no specifics provided on where and when to find them. Ask a cast member upon entering the park if they have any tips for the day you are visiting. Use the new Disneyland app to locate them, too. Visit my character post for how to find the ones you want to see, also, before visiting.
  • Pumpkin infused and Halloween designed treats can be found all around the park and in Downtown Disney, too. Check out Marceline’s Confectionery in DTD, Candy Palace on Main Street in Disneyland or Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street at California Adventure.
  • Butterscotch beignets (not pumpkin this year!) can be found at The Mint Julep in New Orleans Square and are divine!
  • Dia de los Muertos celebrations will be held in Frontierland. It’s colorful and fun.
  • Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tours are available for $85.00 a piece, in addition to your theme park ticket. This year, the tour will focus primarily on the Haunted Mansion, with details about its development and design. Check out my review on this year’s experience.
  • The Halloween Tree can be found in Frontierland and it’s a site to see. Check out my Facebook post for more details on it and miscellaneous Halloween fun.



The Halloween Party

The Halloween Party is a separate event from Halloween Time and requires an extra ticket. Ticket prices vary per date and the “advance ticket price” is available up until a day prior to the event. (So, buy ahead of time.) Tickets for this event range from $72-$99. Tickets do sell out for the parties, so if you’re interested, buy soon.

On July 21, 2016, tickets went on sale for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Disney Rewards Visa Card Holders. Annual Passholders may buy tickets at a discount for specific days of the week. Check this link for a chart on which days include those discounts. (Limit of 8 can be purchased.)

On July 28, 2016, tickets went on sale for the general public.

Adults and kids pay the same price for party tickets.

As of early October, the Halloween parties are completely sold out.

If you did not buy your tickets on time and the party is showing “Sold Out”, call Disney to see if they’ll sell you tickets. Occasionally, they actually do have a few to sell. Their number is 714.781.4565. Also, if you’re staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel during the timing of a party, sometimes the hotels have tickets the night of for hotel guests to purchase. No guarantee on this, but it’s worth asking if you’re at one of the three hotels.

Dates for the Halloween Party include:

  • Friday, September 23, 2016: 7pm-midnight
  • Monday, September 26, 2016: 6pm-11pm
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016: 6pm-11pm
  • Friday, September 30, 2016: 7pm-midnight
  • Monday, October 3, 2016: 6pm-11pm
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016: 6pm-11pm
  • Friday, October 7, 2016: 7pm-midnight
  • Monday, October 10, 2016: 6pm-11pm
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016: 6pm-11pm
  • Friday, October 14, 2016: 7pm-midnight
  • Monday, October 17, 2016: 6pm-11pm
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016: 6pm-11pm
  • Friday, October 21, 2016: 7pm-midnight
  • Monday, October 24, 2016; 6pm-11pm
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016; 6pm-11pm
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016; 7pm-midnight
  • Monday, October 31, 2016; 6pm-11pm

****Because your Halloween Party ticket allows you in 3 hours prior to party time, I recommend not buying a day’s ticket for the day you are attending the party. You will see and do plenty during the 3 hours prior to and during the party.

****Your Halloween Party ticket does not allow you entry into the park for the entire day. You must purchase a day’s admission ticket to enter the park at opening.

****If you are in the park the day of a party and you are attending that party, you don’t have to leave and return. There are stations throughout the park set up so that you can show your Halloween Party ticket (or confirmation) and get your wrist band there.


The Blue Bayou Dinner with Reserved Viewing for the new Frightfully Fun Parade

Blue Bayou is offering a lovely 3 course meal that provides you with a ticket for a reserved viewing spot at the parade. You may dine at Blue Bayou with this pre-fixed menu and specific dining package up until 7:00pm. Then, you’ll have access to the reserved viewing areas on Main Street for the parade. This dining package does not work with the second parade. It’s only offered during the first one at 8:30pm.

I dined at 6:20pm and enjoyed the first parade at 8:30pm. It was a nice meal and the reserved viewing areas were great.

Check out my photos for what you can expect at this dinner. Book your own with Disney if you are interested.


Child ($25):

(If you have a child under the age of 3, he or she can join you for the meal and eat off of your plate. He or she will also be permitted into the reserved viewing area. A ticket is not needed for a child under the age of 3.)


Adult ($65):


I chose the Crab Cake to begin. It was delicious.


Filet Mignon for the Main Course. Also very good.


Molten Cake for Dessert. This was very rich. I’m not a huge fan of sweets, but most people will love this. I could only finish about 1/4 of it.


After your meal, you’ll be given the check:


A Party Lanyard that lights up. These are really cute. I haven’t seen mine since I walked in the door that night after the party. Kids have confiscated.


Your ticket (that looks like a FASTPASS) that allows you into the reserved viewing area on Main Street (near Carnation Cafe):


And, a large bag of candy since you missed out on some trick-or-treating. The dinner lasts about an hour, start to finish. Kids took these, too. They DID, however, leave me all the wrappers. #KindnessCounts


I recommend arriving an hour prior to parade time to grab your spot in the reserved viewing area. You’ll see people lined up in the street about mid-way down. The reserved viewing spot is on both sides of the street, so you can choose which you prefer. I can’t see one being better than the other. Here is what that line will look like as it’s forming:


And, here are the two reserved viewing areas…..

In front of the Fortuosity Shop:


And, in front of the Market House (Starbucks):


The Frightfully Fun Parade and Headless Horseman

Totally new this year – both the Headless Horseman and the Frightfully Fun Parade. I’ve heard this parade is similar to WDW’s Boo to You Parade. This parade is only shown on party nights, so you can’t see it unless you buy a Halloween Party ticket.

(On non-party nights, Fantasy in the Sky, Disneyland’s very first fireworks show is typically scheduled. This is a 4.5 minute show without projections. The history for this show is cool, but it’s not worth setting up for. Watch it from wherever you are in the park when it happens. Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at DLR and Pixar Parade at DCA are daytime parades that should be on the schedule, too. Check the free Disneyland app for more info on the entertainment for each day, or grab a schedule when you pick up a map as you enter the park.)

On the Disneyland website, they describe the Horseman and Parade as such:

“Before the parade begins, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow appears on his ghostly black steed, carrying a flickering jack-o-lantern and warning you about the mischievous forces that will soon follow.

And then they come marching down the street—spooky spirits from the deepest bayous of New Orleans to Halloweentown and beyond! 

At the head of the parade is Jack Skellington—the Pumpkin King from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas—who brings greetings from Halloweentown where residents are celebrating their favorite time of year. Then be awestruck by the Haunted Mansion’s grim, grinning ghosts including swirling ballroom dancers, ominous gravediggers and a trio of hitchhikers.

Next along the parade route comes Dr. Facilier—from the Disney animated movie The Princess and the Frog—who left his Voodoo lair and uses his mystical powers to summon his Shadow Men from the bayou. Then, stand by as Hades, the Evil Queen, Jafar, Cruella and other notorious Disney Villains take over!”

If you are not dining at Blue Bayou and don’t have a ticket to the reserved viewing section, don’t fret. There is plenty of viewing for everyone at both parades. I recommend setting up camp about an hour prior to the beginning of the parade you wish to see. Two hours will do if you’re die hard and want front row.

Seating can be found along the usual parade route and performers do a good job of showing attention to both sides of the route equally, so I wouldn’t recommend one side over the other. Main is always most crowded. it’s a small world will have the least crowded viewing spots (as with most parades). The first parade starts at the back of the park near it’s a small world and the second starts at the front in Town Square.

I always recommend the parade route near it’s a small world because there is a lesser crowded, easily accessible restroom nearby, room for small children to run around pre-parade (as opposed to closer quarters on Main Street or elsewhere), and because it’s typically the least crowded area to watch a parade. My only issue with it for this season is that you will want a view of the castle for fireworks. So, if you watch this parade, follow it along once it’s finished to the castle area or all the way to Main Street. After the last float goes by, you can literally follow the parade along and then stop once you find a good spot to watch fireworks.

The Headless Horseman rides through before the parade and then about 20 minutes later – maybe longer – the parade finally arrives. The parade lasts about 15 minutes total. I don’t think the parade is “scary”, but it’s definitely a departure from the usual happy, life-is-perfect shows. Watch the video below to determine if it’s a fit for your family. It’s NOTHING like Knotts Berry Farm or such (no disrespect – I love their Halloween celebrations), but it’s a little spooky.

The Headless Horseman was awesome for me to see because as a kid, my brother tormented me with stories of Ichabod Crane. For many – especially young children – this part will likely prove uneventful. He does not make a mad dash through the park. It’s a slow trot, so have your camera ready for photos.

Here is the parade recorded by Inside the Magic:


Maps of the Halloween Party

Zoom in to find Trick-or-Treat stations and so much more.



What You Will Find that is Exclusive to the Halloween Party

  • Entry into the park at up to 3 hours prior to your party time. As you enter, grab a map (as shared above) so you can locate trick-or-treat stations around the park if you wish. Also, grab a treat bag if you didn’t bring one of your own. (Most people use the park’s free bag.)
  • Parking is not included with your ticket this year, unlike previous years. Parking is $18 per car. If you have an annual pass that includes parking, this will suffice for the party, regardless of what time you arrive to the parks.
  • Trick-or-treating at dozens of stations throughout the park. Bring your cute plastic pumpkin or bag to collect the candy. (Healthy options are available, too….like apple slices and dried fruit.) If you don’t bring your own bag, one will be given to you.
  • Halloween Screams fireworks only seen at the Halloween Party and they go off at 9:30pm. The fireworks are super popular. Do not miss this show and be sure to have a view of the castle for it. After the first parade, grab a spot facing the castle. Jack Skellington rises nearby – as you can see in this photo – and Zero flies across the castle like Tinker Bell. It’s really cute. The show lasts 10 minutes.
  • The Ride of the Headless Horseman, which is new this year and previously exclusive to WDW. Excited to see this!
  • The all new Frightfully Fun Parade happens each evening at 8:30pm and 10:30pm.
  • Cadaver Dans, a spooky version of our beloved Dapper Dans, who sing and perform throughout the party.
  • An optional dinner at Blue Bayou with reserved viewing for the Frightfully Fun Parade, mentioned earlier. We discussed on Facebook earlier. To book this event, go directly to Disney.
  • Disney Villains will take over Villains Square during the party, allowing you to meet several at once. Great photo ops here in Town Square! Maleficent, The Evil Queen, Queen of Hearts and Cruella were out when I attended the party this year. These lines are LONG – 30-45 minutes each. Prepare to wait and know that whomever you see in line when you get in line may not be who you meet once you arrive to the front. The villains are not out to terrify young children. If you don’t want to encounter them, simply don’t get in line. The villains are not out to see guests during the parade or fireworks.
  • A “Pre-Party” in Toontown begins an hour prior to official party start time and you can kick off your night there by trick-or-treating at a few stations or by meeting Mickey and Minnie if they’re out.
  • An Annual Passholder exclusive treat trail is set up at The Opera House.
  • One of my favorites, The Scarecrow, is set up in Frontierland near The Halloween Tree. He tells improv-style jokes (kind natured) as party guests walk up to greet him.
  • Lower lines for all attractions with most open for the party.
  • PhotoPass+ in use.

Costumes are encouraged for this event with Disney’s guidelines here:

“While we encourage creativity, we also value safety and good judgement. Please take a moment to read over our latest rules and regulations:

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Guests who dress like characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g. full-length Princess dresses).

For Guests Ages 13 and Under

Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

For Guests Ages 14 and Older

  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.”

Characters during Halloween Time

Characters can be found throughout Disneyland park in full Halloween gear during the day and at the parties, too. As always, your best option is to use the free Disneyland app to locate characters. Find out more on the app, how to use it, which cast members to find for help, and more before you visit for Halloween Time or The Halloween Party.

Here is what the characters look like in their Halloween gear. The “fab five” can be found in Town Square throughout the day. (The same characters at California Adventure are out visiting guests in regular attire.)






Jack and Sally can be found in New Orleans Square next to Pieces of Eight (the pirate store):


Cruella can be spotted harassing guests all around Town Square. She despises me and I respect that about her.


The characters are fun year round, but I totally enjoy them in their Halloween attire.


My Suggestions on Making the Best Use of your time at the Halloween Party

  • Put less effort into trick-or-treating if lines are long. As I always tell my children, you can buy candy outside of the park. Don’t spend lots of time in these lines. About an hour before the party ends is the best time to trick-or-treat if you insist on gathering candy.
  • Take advantage of low lines for attractions and ride, ride, ride. The crowds are low and it’s a nice time to get a lot done.
  • Don’t miss the fireworks and secure a place near the castle for good viewing. Select one person to sit on a sheet or blanket an hour or so prior to save your spot. The fireworks are phenomenal and reserved only for Halloween Party guests. Be sure you can see the front of the castle for the show.
  • Don’t lose your bracelet. Party guests will be given a bracelet upon entry to the park and those without bracelets will be ushered out at party time.
  • If you don’t want to bring in your own candy bag, one will be provided for you and it’s a cute little souvenir to take home.
  • Parties earlier in the week are typically less crowded then Fridays. Attend the parties in September for less crowds, too. The closer we get to Halloween, the more crowded the parties become.
  • Most children are in costume, but it’s not necessary to participate.


If You’re Not Planning to Attend the Halloween Party

Here are some things to think about if you choose not to attend the party.

  • Consider visiting the parks on a day that the Halloween Party is not happening. If you do not have a ticket for the party, you will be ushered out at 6pm or 7pm (depending on when the party begins that evening) and that’s a tough walk down Main Street, watching the others brimming with excitement for their night ahead. I’ve done it. It’s not fun.
  • However, the day of the Halloween party usually includes lower attendance at the parks due to people not wanting to leave at Halloween Party time. So, check the calendar for closing times at California Adventure and consider visiting during the daytime and leaving Disneyland for California Adventure at party time.
  • California Adventure will be more crowded than usual due to those leaving Disneyland for it, however, you can still enjoy the park if you utilize what I suggest doing when the parks are crowded.
  • You can still enjoy a wonderful Halloween experience at Disneyland without the party. Decor is up, characters are in Halloween gear and there’s an overall fun spirit at the park during this time. Don’t fret if you don’t want to spend the extra money on the ticket. Enjoy the decor and the park itself. Halloween Time is magical, with or without the party.

Follow My Halloween Time Visits

I’m in the parks at least once a week. Take a look at what all you can see this time of year.

September 10, 2016 – LOTS of characters in Halloween attire – Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto… Jack and Sally……butterscotch beignets……..and the coveted poison apple mugs

September 10, 2016 – AP Days, Halloween Tree, Lunch at Flo’s, Dinner at The Plaza Inn


Additional Info

For any show or parade, consider packing a sheet or blanket to reserve your spot. As previously mentioned in this post, I recommend asking one person in your group to secure your viewing space for the fireworks show about an hour prior to showtime. The Matador blanket is an awesome purchase for your visit and to use elsewhere. It folds up to pocket size, but can seat up to 4 people.

People often lose their manners during shows and parades and will sit anywhere to get a good view. Having a sheet or blanket to block off your spot might give you a bit of peace. You cannot leave it unattended, however, because cast members will remove it if you do.

One of my favorite parts of Halloween Time is the Halloween Tree in Frontierland, which was dedicated to the park by Ray Bradbury, who wrote The Halloween Tree book. Find out how to make your own tree, tips on preparing pumpkins at home and more.


***I visit the parks weekly and have reported on many seasonal finds like the candy apple mugs, Halloween popcorn buckets, Halloween treats and more. Find me on Facebook for daily updates and check out this page for my park visit posts.

***Visiting WDW for Halloween? Check out WDW Prep School for more info.

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  1. I’ve been trying to find a list of the “magic shots” at the Halloween party, but have only found a list for WDW!! Do you have a list?

  2. Hi Casey!
    I’m taking my boyfriend to disneyland/DCA for the first time on a Halloween Party day, but won’t be attending the Halloween party. How do they usher people out exactly? For instance, can we get in line for a ride at 7 or is there a certain cut off time? I want to maximize all Disneyland time before hopping over to DCA. Any input would be great!

    • You can get in line just before it’s time to leave, but after the ride is over, you’ll be ushered out. (They won’t pull you out of line.) Cast members will note party guests by bracelets. Eventually, all guests without a bracelet will be politely ushered out.

  3. Hi. Our family of 5 is going Oct. 12. We can’t stay for the party which is really going to bum out my 9 and 11 year old sons. And it will be the youngest’s birthday. We were there at spring break and once 18 months earlier. So Dland is not truly novel to the kids anymore. What would you suggest to make the birthday extra special AND help the kids not be disappointed about missing the party? (Fortunately,their 16 year old sister will be happy no matter what we do!)

  4. Casey, I just noticed one error and one thing that has changed. The error is where you state the preferred viewing place is you have “Main Street (near Cafe Orleans)” should be ‘Carnation Cafe’ and the change is the AP bags are now at the Opera House since it open now. Oh, and all dates are sold out. Awesome post though, so detailed. Very helpful. 🙂 Thanks

  5. Hi Casey, we have reservations for the Blue Bayou dining package. Do you think the parade viewing spot justifies the cost/lost time in the park. If we still have to arrive for the parade an hour or so before it starts in the reserved area, I think that kind of defeats he purpose of the package.

  6. Hi! We will be there next weekend! Just want to double check, characters at California Adventure Land will NOT be in Halloween costumes? Thank you for all of the tips!!!

  7. Did I read correctly that fast passes will be running this year during the Halloween parties? Also, what does close during the party?
    One year when we went we missed the tiki village because it closed up early, and I think last year the train shut down, or the monorail? Just trying to figure out how to fit it all in. 😉

    You don’t have a link to Harry Potter World planning tips do you? We’re planning to squeeze in a Trip there, a beach day, and a Disneyland Halloween party during our fall break. Right now it seems like the most logical to go to Universal Studios Sunday, then take it easy Monday till we go to the Halloween Party, feet won’t be as tired, won’t have been up late etc. but I was wondering if the crowds would be horrible on a Sunday, so we should just opt for a Tuesday at Universal Studios? Such tough choices, but I want the trip to be perfect!!

    • FASTPASSES are not running for the party, but you can use those that are pulled pre-party start time. No info on Universal. Sorry! I believe Micechat had a good review. Crowds are always heavier at both parks on weekends. Disney will be more crowded.

  8. Hi Casey– Loved the Party posts from last night. You are getting me very excited! Question I am hopeful you can answer. What is the real deal with over 14 costumes? We were there last year and there were some super amazing costumes, but then the new guidelines came out in the summer. It seems like costumes are being discouraged on adults or is it just being toned down. I have read the official guidelines Ie) capes to waist only— so that rules out a lot of villains and not long dresses —specifically not full length princess dresses. I am wondering what your take on costumes on adults is this year. (last Year my sister was an absolute killer Queen of Hearts)

    • Great question. I tried to take photos of other guests at the first party and noticed some rule breakers (cape to the ground, wings that were not transparent, etc). Honestly, it looked like every other year to me. That being said, I would respect Disney’s guidelines and be prepared to make changes if they fuss at you when you walk in. They’re working hard to keep us safe and the costume guidelines are designed for that. I definitely didn’t see any masks, but I did see people with full face paint. When in doubt, call Disney and explain your idea and see if a cast member can give you a preliminary ‘approval’. I would hate to tell you something is OK and then it get turned down at the door. Their general number is 714.781.4565.

    • Hi, there.

      I didn’t go to it on the first party night because my dinner reservation timing conflicted, but I heard Toontown is hosting the “pre-party” one hour prior to official party start with trick-or-treating and possibly characters. Enjoy!

  9. Hi!

    Great & helpful article! Will the paint the night parade happen on ‘non-party’ days? Also on the ‘non-party’ days will the regular fireworks occur?
    Thank you!

    • PTN won’t happen until the “holiday” season, which does not include a party. I will post when the parade is happening as soon as I know more. But it won’t happen during Halloween Time. On non-Halloween-Party days, Fantasy in the Sky fireworks go off. It’s a 4.5 minute show. Don’t plan around it. Enjoy it from wherever you are in the park.

  10. Hi Casey, I’m late to the game and just now tried to purchase tickets for the Halloween party, they are sold out for the days we wanted. How likely is it that they’ll add more tickets/ have tickets available later on? Should I keep checking or am I out of luck for this year?

    • Hey, Megan. If you are staying at a DLR hotel they sometimes release tickets the night of for hotel guests. Otherwise, there isn’t a safe way to suggest getting tickets. Wish I knew! I would call just in case to see if they will sell them to you now. Can’t hurt. 🙂 Call the main Disneyland line.

  11. Great article! This is really going to be helpful. This year is my family’s first Halloween party at Disneyland. We are really excited. I was wondering if you could share a park map of this years (2016) Halloween party. I’m anxious to start planning how we are going to manage our time there.
    Thank you

  12. Helpful article but doesn’t really have the most up to date info. For example, there is info out there about the Blue Bayou dinner package and other updates that have been available for a while now.

    • Hi, Deana. Info on the Blue Bayou dinner can be found under the Halloween Party section. I visited the park day 2 of Halloween Time and shared lots of details and links to many photos of characters in Halloween attire, the new beignets, the poison apple mugs, etc. What, exactly, can I help you with that isn’t in my post currently? Happy to do whatever I can for you!

  13. We are headed to Disneyland, Monday, Sept 12. I just showed my son the video for Hyperspace Mountain, is it now going to be Ghost Galaxy while we’re there? Hyperspace Mountain was Space Mountain, right?

  14. Mickey’s Halloween Party Dinner Package at the Blue Bayou is already selling out – The first date I tried to get was already gone. It appears to be a “regular” prix fixe dinner at the Blue Bayou and you get a fast pass to the Frightfully Fun Parade to a reserved standing room area. I’m super excited about it. 🙂 I wish the fast pass gave us seats for the parade (like last year’s Mystic Spirits dinner for the fireworks), but I’ll take what I can get! Based on this new dinner package I doubt they’ll do the Mystic Spirits dinner this year.

  15. We are headed to DL at the end of September with our 3 year old. Do you know anything about their Halloween parade? I’m just trying to gauge it’s “fright” level. Thanks!!

  16. Oh my goodness-we get to go!!! Tickets for the first night bought, and a wonderful surprise for our girls! =) Do you have any idea (roughly) of numbers for the Halloween party nights? Or would it compare to a low, medium, or high attendance day? I am so excited to meet the villains!

  17. I’m considering the Blue Bayou dinner during the party (just husband and I). I’ve read your post on Facebook, but I’m wondering, how much time was spent at the dinner itself? I know we would want to make time to do some of the character photo ops as well. This is our first party (first timers to DLR) and I want to make sure we would still feel like we’ve been to the Halloween party if we attended this dinner as well. Thanks!

    • Hey, Jaime. Are you talking about the Mystical Spirits on the Bayou dinner during the Halloween Party? I haven’t seen that it’s available this year. If it is, it took up A LOT of the party. I wouldn’t recommend it again. I felt lucky to go because I got to attend another party, too, but if this had been my only party experience, I would have been upset. We had to check in around 5pm, shortly after we were let in for the party. Then, the dinner started around 6pm and lasted until 8:30ish….then we were escorted to fireworks……by the time the show was over, it was after 10pm with an 11pm end.

      • It’s looks like they are going to have something at blue bayou on party nights, the DL website has just a very small snippet of info. It doesn’t say it’s the Mystic Spirits, just halloween dinner I believe. I have been checking the DL webite daily to try and book the WOC dining package in Oct (still can’t do it until they release Oct park hrs, which is driving me mad that they have Oct days listed for the schedule but no actual hrs for the park still) and this Blue Bayou info just showed up yesterday.

  18. I noticed the first party day (Sept 23rd) doesnt have a scheduled time for Halloween fireworks, however, the other party dates do. Did I miss the memo on them skipping out fireworks for the first day? I wouldnt have bought the tickets had I known that, lol.

  19. Grrrr, booked a trip before knowing Halloween Party dates. I’m flying in with my soon to be 12 year old son and we can’t change our dates. Fly in Tuesday 8/27, Angels game Tues night. Staying at the Grand Californian that night to get the hotel guest extra hour to DCA Wed morning, chose this week due to crowds and Angels’ schedule. Already bought 1 day park hopper passes but now am wondering about that decision, if it’s worth it to call DL and beg to change to single park (DCA) then buy Party tix for DL. We have no interest in trick or treating, only rides for this pair. Let me know your thoughts about how we can maximize this one day in the park. 12 year bday is a big deal in our house and typically involves flying to SoCal purely for DL. This time, with a boy, he wanted to split time between his fav baseball team and DL…I’d love to maximize our time in the parks. Thanks for your input!

  20. How young is too young for the Halloween party? I’ll have a 22 month old when we go in October and I’m thinking someone will have to stay behind in the hotel with her. Would it be too scary for a toddler? Thanks!

  21. Hi! I love your blog, it has been so helpful in organizing our family vacation!!! We will be arriving September 12 and didn’t realize Halloween would begin so early at Disneyland. Do you think that Disneyland 60th anniversary merchandise will still be sold in Disneyland? Or should we buy it online now?

  22. We have tickets for the halloween party but I was wondering if we can do the minnie and friends breakfast that morning since we have the halloween tickets or would that require a regular day pass?

  23. Hi,

    So the tickets are open to the public today correct?? How do we buy these?
    Thanks so much for all your info

  24. If we go to the park during the Halloween party night, will we be able to visit the same attractions as we would if we went during the day with a regular day pass? If so, then could we not just go at 4:00 and spend the evening like a regular non party evening and not do the trick or treating or dancing?

    • Are you asking if you can just go at 4pm with a regular day pass (I.E. Not buying tickets to the party) and just not partake in the extra party events? A regular day pass bought that day will only let you stay in the park until party time (6 or 7 pm). Then all non-party guests will be escorted out and only the people who purchased party tickets will be allowed to remain for the party.

  25. Do you expect ALL October dates to sell out again like they did last year? I wonder if Disney will raise capacity this year or just will make it much more expensive (like they did this year in WDW) to not have all of October sell out so early this time. Any insight?

    • Not sure yet, Tommie. This is an unusual year with the 60th ending and the unknown to follow with fireworks capability, Star Wars Land construction, etc. I’ve learned that – even when I’m sure Disney has pushed the limits too far – a customer for just about anything they create will emerge. Anxious to know all the answers to your questions, too.

  26. Hi Casey
    I love your blog! I see you responded to another commenter and said you would post on your facebook page when tickets for the 2016 Mickey’s Halloween party go on sale, so I will keep an eye out for that.
    Do you have a rough idea of approximately when they might go on sale? Eg mid July? August?
    Also, we are trying to plan a trip to Disney around attending the Halloween party. It looks like we might arrive at the parks on the day before Halloween, and depart November 3. What’s your gut feel of how frequently the parties will run, given your past experience? Ie do you think there is likely to be a party on Sunday October 30 as well as one on Monday October 31? Or are the parties unlikely to run 2 days in a row?
    Thanks again for your wonderful blog. It is the best Disney planning source that we have found.

    • Hi, Karen.

      I’m guessing we will see tickets go on sale in the next few weeks. Should be in July for sure.

      Last year, they had parties on the 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th and 31st. Assuming this year will be similar.

      It’s rare to have parties on back to back days.

      If you don’t already follow me on, check that out. I’ll post there first when tickets go on sale. Then, I’ll update this post as soon as I have more info from Disney.

      Thanks for your kind words!

  27. Hi Casey,

    Do you know how quickly 10/31 party dates sell out? I have to wait until tickets go on sale for the general public and I’m afraid that particular date will sell out first.


  28. When can you wear costumes at Disneyland? Anytime in October? Only at the party? Also, when silk the 2016 party schedule for Disneyland be released?
    Thank you!

  29. I love this post! Even though I’ve been at halloween, and even to the party, it’s been a few years, so it was a nice refresher as we are going this year at the end of September/beginning of October. Lots of great tips! I was wondering if you know when they normally release the dates for the party so we can get our tickets as early as possible? Do they still release them to passholders before the public? I don’t have one anymore, but my sister still does, so I’ll totally have her buy them for me if they do!

  30. Hello! I adore your site,it is so informative!! You are Amazing!! I was wondering if you know when Disneyland typically puts out their schedule of dates for Mickey’s Halloween Party? I just saw that they have released the dates for Disney world’s event! Thank you for your time !

  31. Casey,

    Do you know about when Disneyland will publish dates for the 2016 Halloween parties? Also, how soon after that can we buy tickets? We have 5-day Park Hopper tickets for Oct. 27-Oct.31st and even though I have 219 days to plan, I am so excited, I can’t wait!!


  32. I am wondering if there are any character dining places that do anything special the day of Halloween? Also I thought I saw somewhere that there will be crafts at the Halloween party , is this right or was I reading something crazy wrong.


    • Hi, Tanya.

      The party used to include crafts in the carnival section, which is not open this year. 🙁

      No special Halloween character meals, unfortunately. But, the whole park is decorated beautifully, so Minnie’s would be your best option if you want to get close to having a Halloween-ish meal.

  33. I am sooo grateful for you and all of your advice!!! LOVE your sense of humor! Made me laugh out loud more than once! You go above and beyond to help others have a truly magical experience! Thank you. Really thank you! One question that I haven’t found an answer for yet is this…can you get fast passes for the rides that are open during the Halloween party? Should we get them before party officially starts, during or just ride? Again, thank you. Appreciate you making everyone feel like family and friends!

  34. All the tickets are sold out for the Halloween party on the day we are there. ? Is there any chance of getting tickets any other way?

    • Hi, Danielle.

      The tickets are all sold out for this year. The only (possible) option would be that if you’re staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, they sometimes (no guarantee) have tickets for sale at the front desk of the hotel you’re staying in. I would ask as soon as you arrive.

  35. I’m a little confused I wanted to take the kids to Disneyland during October to the Halloween party but do I have to buy separate tickets for the park and for the party I’m just a little bit confused on how it works

    • The party does require additional tickets. I actually advise not buying a day’s ticket on party nights and only attending the party to save money, but still have a great experience.

    • Yes, you need a separate ticket for the party and they’re almost sold out. Check the dates still available asap and buy tickets if you’re interested. You must have a ticket to attend the party.

  36. This will be the first time husband and i will experience the Halloween event. We are super excited to attend. I do have a question though, we wont be bringing any children with us. (Im actually pregnant right now 🙂 but would we be able to still be able to stand in line and “trick-or-treat” to get candy even if no kiddos are with us?

  37. Casey,
    Love your blog…it is going to be very helpful for our magical day.
    Please help! We are a group of 6 planning on coming to Mickeys Halloween Party on Oct. 31st (all adults but truly kids at heart and mega Disney fans). We are staying at the Paradise Pier Hotel the 30th and the 31st. I really wanted to make reservations at the Blue Bayou, but they are already booked for the 31st. We only have tickets for the party so we are not able to enter the park until 4:00 that day. I was wondering what restraints you might suggest, either at any of the hotels or in Downtown Disney that would be fun for us to do before we go to the park on the 31st. I want to plan on enough time for us to eat and then go back to our room to get dressed for our Halloween adventure at Disneyland. I was thinking maybe Goofys Kitchen or one of the other restraints at the hotels. What would you suggest that would be fun and give us enough time to get ready for Halloween? I know I need to make reservations if we end up doing character meal.

    • Surf’s Up! at Paradise Pier Hotel is the only one who has Mickey and Minnie, so if seeing Mickey (that is the only dining experience he goes to), that should be your first choice. Goofy’s is fun and entertaining. I suggest choosing one of these (I also love Storytellers, but they have unusual woodland creatures……..Meeko, the bears from Brother Bear, Brer Fox and Chip n Dale), and then enjoy Downtown Disney until it’s time for your visit to the party. Swim at the hotel or sleep in……then enjoy your meal and get read for the party. You have such fun ahead!

  38. Very excited! We are regular WDW guests and now we are attending the Halloween party on the 27th October at DL. Big surprise for our girls. We haven’t bought park tickets and we just doing the party. Any must do tips would be much appreciated.

    • Trick or treat later than earlier………enjoy rides at the beginning of the evening and trick-or-treat later, if it all. Don’t spend valuable park time in line for candy. Buy it later at Walgreens. 🙂

  39. I just noticed that on the DL calendar, the early entrance hour in the mornings are switched for Oct 10 and 11. DL has the extra hour on Sunday, and DCA has the extra hour on Saturday. Do you know why? This is messing with my plans!

    • Hi, Kirsten.

      Disneyland does this occasionally to accommodate special events. I know it’s frustrating. They could switch back……hours and such change sometimes. So sorry this is trouble for you!

      • Ok thank you! That’s just crazy. I’ll just keep an eye on it. The CHOC Walk is on Oct 11. Do you have any idea if DL or DCA will be busier that day?

  40. Hello!

    I must say, I have been reading your posts so much lately – I will be going to Disneyland for the first time at the end of October. Thank you for all of this information! I live closer to Disney a World, and usually go there, so I am extremely excited to go to Disneyland!

    Do you know if any restaurants and shops close during the Halloween Party?

    • Hi, Jordan!

      Thrilled you’re going to experience Disneyland! I love both parks, but my heart belongs to DLR.

      I will ask tomorrow while visiting the parks if anything closes during the party and will post on Facebook. I usually do a post after each day’s visit with what I learned. Check there for more info.

  41. Hi Casey!! We are so excited to go to Disneyland this year but we will be heading that way the day after Halloween. Won’t be in the park until the 2nd of November. We are hoping and praying that Halloween decor will still be up a few days after halloween? do you know at all if it will. Thank u so much

    • Hi, Mechelle.

      The park transitions the day after Halloween until November 13 from “Halloween” to “Holiday”. So, you’ll still see some orange color and decor……but less ‘spooky’ stuff……which isn’t all that much, anyway, because Disneyland isn’t too spooky. You should see fall decor……but less distinctly Halloween. Safe travels!

  42. Hi Casey!! We are so excited to go to Disneyland this year but we will be heading that way the day after Halloween. Won’t be in the park until the 2nd of November. We are hoping and praying that Halloween decor will still be up a few days after halloween? do you know at all if it will. Thank u so much

  43. Going to our first Halloween party on Sept. 25th. Four of our group already has tickets but we added another person and the tickets are sold out. Do you think there is any chance we can buy a single ticket that morning to the party at the ticket booth?

    • I have never heard of this being available. Wish it was. A lot of people don’t know about the party and then want to purchase that night, but can’t. Perhaps check disboards to see if they’re able to connect you to someone trying to sell?

  44. Hi Casey, thanks for the great info. We are going in 25 days! I bought Halloween party tickets already. Just wonder if you know when the park map will be released? I am dying to make plans. 🙂

    Thank you!

  45. Hi Casey!

    My family are frequently at Disneyland, but have never been to any of the ticketed special events. We happened to book a trip over the October 27th party and we are planning on going (mostly because I can FINALLY wear a costume to Disneyland – I admit, I’m a bit of a nerd!). Do you have any inside info on which dates are busier? I know weekday parties are generally not as busy, but I thought I’d see if you had any ideas about the type of crowds we might see on the 27th.



    • As you get closer to the holiday, it will become more crowded, so the 27th will likely be pretty crowded. But, the parties are generally less full than the parks, so you’re still ahead of the game!

  46. Going to the Halloween party on the 22nd which starts at 6pm so we can get in at 3pm. I would like to eat at Blue Bayou which is taking last reservations at 3:30pm on that date. If I’m there for the Halloween party will I be allowed to eat there? Or is that only for Disneyland day guests? Hoping rushing through the park to get there by 3:30 won’t be too tough. Thanks!

  47. Just saw on the day of our Halloween Party (10/12) that the Soundstational Parade is at 3, which is right when we should be allowed entry. Won’t this be a cluster? Do we try to jump in and watch parade or take train around? Any tips would be appreciated!

    • I’d try to see the parade if you walk in at that time. Standing near the Fire Station on Main is a good spot because it’s a bit distanced from the parade and will let everyone acclimate to the excitement before throwing them right in. You’ll see the parade – just not what is on the ground. Enjoy!

  48. Casey,
    Thanks for all the DL help. We are attending the party for the first time. I think I have figured out what’s changed for 2015. One question – I thought I read someplace the villains arrive with flair on main street and then you can meet them. However, I’m having a hard time finding where I read this and also a hard time figuring out a plan to see the villains arrive, meet a few villains, plan for dance parties, etc. We are at DL for many days so there’s not a crush to hit the rides. Do you have a resource or recommendations? Thanks, Kelly

      • Thank You! Thanks for the tip on the Matador blanket. I had never heard of it and already ordered on Amazon.

        During the party are there usually other singing acts, besides Cadaver Dans, like in New Orleans or at the Dia de los Muertos area? We have done the MNSSHP at Magic Kingdom several times and find the live entertainment at the party to be so much fun. I thought maybe I shouldn’t have booked another Disney trip but now I’m getting soooo excited!

        • You’ve covered most of the live entertainment (good research!), but Disney is known for surprises. Ask a cast member upon arriving if they know of any. Otherwise, walk the park and enjoy! I hope you run into some fun events.

  49. Hello! I was just wondering, if you’re going to Mickey’s Halloween Party and you also get a ticket to be at the park during the first part of the day, are you allowed to wear your costume all day? Or would you have to leave the park before the party and then change into your costume? I know kids through the age of nine, I believe, can wear costumes all day any day, but how does that work with the adults on a day for the party?

    Anyway, I’m so glad I found this website prior to my trip in October! 😀

      • Hi, Casey. We are AP holders, and will be at Disneyland during the day of the Halloween party, and also purchased tickets for the Halloween party. Would you happen to know where we can get our wristbands inside the park without having to exit the park to get them?

  50. I can’t believe that I have NEVER done H’ween at Disney…I really need to get on that…Disney is right down the street from me and my youngest is still little enough to really enjoy the “lighter side”, I think…

  51. We have a 5 year old and we all wanted to dress up in costume. Is the Magic Kingdom the only Halloween event, with the exception of Universal, which I understand is too scary for a 5 year old. We will be there on the Thursday before Halloween through the night of Halloween.

  52. I just got our tickets for MNSSHP (we’ve done it several times at WDW but this will be our first at Disneyland). One question:
    What is the food situation during MNSSHP? I noticed you can’t book dining on line at MK those nights. Is it just counter service that is open then or will there be sit down meals but no reservations?
    FYI: I called reservations (way more laid back than WDW… we make reservations 180 days out typically when we go there) and we are below 60 days out and the very nice lady told me they haven’t announced park hours or times yet so they can’t book Fantasmic or World of Color. She also said it was unlikely that Fantasmic would run except on the Weekends but that could change depending on crowd levels.
    Enjoying the posts!

    • Hi, Roxanne.

      All of this is true. As you get closer to your timing, you will be able to reserve dining. DLR hours are announced super late compared to WDW, which makes reservations tough. I’d check online or call every couple of days to see when the park hours have been published.

      Fantasmic! will likely move to just weekends as we move into the fall/winter months. But, the 60th anniversary shows (Paint the Night, Disneyland Forever and WOC) will happen each night that the Halloween party is not happening.

      Hope this helps!

  53. Hi, I was wondering if you had any suggestions on things to do for Halloween night around the area. Do you know if downtown disney offers trick or treating or other activities?

    Thank you !

    • Hi, Jennifer!

      They don’t trick-or-treat in DTD, however, everything is themed with Halloween decor and such. Marceline’s Confectionery (the bakery) will have treats for sale and other stores should be themed, too.

  54. We have tickets for the 29th as the 31st was already sold out. We are looking for something amazing and fun to do Halloween night after the parks close at 7pm. Any suggestions? Does Downtown Disney have trick or treating?

    Thanks 🙂

  55. Hi Casey,
    I was soooooooo excited to see this post! A few questions, can you tell me what the character calvacade is, it says in your post it happens before the paint the night. Also I noticed in the first comment about World of color only being on weekends, we will be there a Tuesday- Thursday October 6th – 8th, any chance they will run it one of the days?? I am really hoping to get to see it! we have seen the Disney World version of Fantasmic so if we miss it I am ok with it, but do not want to miss world of color 🙁

    • Hi, Erica.

      I’m anxious to see the official schedule. Word is that the 60th anniversary celebrations will continue daily (on non-party days), but I’m doubtful Fantasmic! will happen each day. I’ll check at the parks this week.

  56. Hello Casey!!
    I’ve been planning my tripp to Disneyland for a few months now, I am going to LA from october 7th (arrival) to October 13th(depart), I was planning on doing Disneyland on saturday 10th and DCA on sunday 11th but I recently learned that on sunday 11th the CHOC walk will be holded…
    Do you think it is a good idea if I change going to Disneyland on thursday 8th and DCA on friday 9th? What would you do? What dates would you choose for each park? I really hope you can help me!!

  57. Hi Casey!
    My family attended the Halloween party for the first time last year. We enjoyed it so much that we’re doing it again this year! We went on October 29 last year and it was really crowded, so we’re going to go earlier in the month. I really enjoyed the Halloween parade, and I’m bummed that they’re chosing to show “Paint the Night” instead. I know that it’s for the 60th, but with an AP, we’ve seen it many times.

  58. Thank you so much for this post! We are going Oct 14-18 and have party tickets for the 14th. Your website has been so helpful in planning our trip! We have done World twice and are looking forward to doing land. I have a question about dining reservations. When my 60 day window opens can I get online and make reservations at midnight like World? I’ve read your dining recommendations but maybe I missed this piece? Thanks so much. Keep up the awesome work. You have made planning this trip so much easier!!

    • Hi, Blair.

      Yes, you should be able to at midnight. Dining at DLR is quite laid back in comparison, so it may not be entirely necessary. Fun fact: I’ve never seen a meal plan used in the park. 🙂

  59. Hi there! I love love love this site! Im planning a trip for my family the first week of October (park hoppers for tues, wed & thurs) and was debating on doing the mickeys party that wednesday Oct 5th (costs, we have a large family) I REALLY want to see the World of Color show as well as Fantasmic and the fireworks. Ive been trying to find what to expect in October and have been reading they only do the above on the weekends in the slower season and on special events. Will they have them on the day of the Mickey party? Thanks! Keep up the greats posts!