Disneyland to Have Spooky Fun During the Halloween Season

Things are about to get spooky at the Disneyland Resort and Disneyland California Adventure. The enhancement theme has been hard at work decorating the park with pumpkins and other fall colors. And guests will have plenty of fun celebrating the howl-day with Disney characters and sections all decked out for some spellbinding thrills and eerie chills.

Befitting the supernatural season, The Haunted Mansion transforms into Haunted Mansion Holiday, featuring Jack Skellington and his friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Guests can expect the sweet sight and smell of the mansion’s annual bespoke gingerbread house, pictured, perched perilously on the ballroom table. (David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort)

Main Street USA will be adorned in its signature autumn and Halloween colors, with the iconic Mickey Jack-o-Lantern being the centerpiece. Other pumpkin carved characters include Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto. Guests can snap playful pics with Characters dressed in their Halloween best — September 1 to October 31, 2023. So be sure to check the Disneyland app for scheduled times and dates for these character appearances.

Over at New Orleans Square, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington has been busy decorating the Haunted Mansion with frightfully festive touches inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Experience thrilling sights and seasonal surprises created by the citizens of Halloween Town. Sally, Oogie Boogie and other beasties from the beloved film will be on hand to wish you “Season’s Screamings!”

And things get frightfully fun with a spirited twist every night during the Halloween season as Jack Skellington and his ghostly dog Zero bring

 jump-worthy collision of sights and sounds — soaring flames, projections of rising ghosts and classic Disney villains like Maleficent and Ursula the Sea Witch — all set to a medley of Halloween-inspired songs… one showstopper after another.

Finally, as you reach the grand finale, there’s no need to be shy. Feel free to sing — or scream ― along! Plus, on select nights, you’ll also be able to watch sparkling fireworks possess the sky. Guests are also encouraged to use their magic band for an even more memorable experience.

(Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort)

As for Disney’s California Adventure, guests can have a cultural experience honoring the Mexican traditions of Día de los Muertos. The Plaza de la Familia  brings heartwarming live entertainment and delectable dining to Disney California Adventure Park from September 1 through November 2. There, they can discover additional tributes to Día de los Muertos across Disneyland Resort, including a new confectionery sculpture inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Coco at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Several times per day, “A Musical Celebration of Coco” presents a talented company of Folklórico dancers, plus Mariachi singers and musicians, that recount Miguel’s adventure to the Land of the Dead. A hand-carved little Miguel inspired by Mexican folk art even makes a whimsical cameo appearance. Guests can take photos with little Miguel after the performance, add remembrance notes to the Memory Wall and more.

At Avengers campus, brave heroes can join Rocket  to save Groot who is trapped in the Collector’s fortress. They’ll need to distract the monsters and escape with his buddy in tow — but proceed with caution. With the Guardians of the Galaxy involved, the plan is bound to run into a few unexpected ups and downs!

At Cars Land, guests can pull up to Radiator Screams, where the automotive residents are decked out in Haul-O-Ween attire. For those who want to sing and dance, they are invited to join the famiglia for a mischievous ride riddled with ghastly good tunes and decorations at Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree.

And Ghosts, goblins, and foodies are invited to bite into sinister sweets like the Poison Apple Funnel Cake Fries at Award Wieners and Halloween Donut at GCH Craftsman Grill, to savory bites like the Spicy Chili Dog at Refreshment Corner.

For the first time, Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel will feature characters dressed in Halloween attire, fall décor and themed desserts from September 21 through October 31.