Disneyland Resort specializes in family fun throughout the year, and Halloween is no exception. The fall holiday is marked by Disney’s seasonal Halloween Time celebration, notably spooky Halloween decorations and Disney designed treats to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. The highlight for most Disney guests, though, is Mickey’s Halloween Party, a special after-hours event held at Disneyland theme park.
2017 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland
Mickey’s Halloween Party is Disneyland’s not-so-scary celebration of the fall holiday, an after-hours party that takes place after Disneyland Park closes and which requires a separate admission ticket. As with other after-hours events, certain Disneyland attractions are open, meaning guests can enjoy rides with shorter wait times. Especially popular are the Haunted Mansion Holiday, with its “Nightmare before Christmas” additions, and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.
But for many Disney guests, some of the best reason to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party is for all the special touches that are part of Disney’s observation of the holiday. In addition to Halloween Time décor, Disneyland guests of all ages can wear costumes and trick-or-treat at eight locations throughout the theme park.
Kids will enjoy working off that sugar at one of two dance parties: Club Skellington, at the French Market, a Halloweentown site featuring Jack Skellington; and Buzz Lightyear’s Intergalatic Space Jam, located at Tomorrowland Terrace, featuring Buzz Lightyear in a “Toy Story” themed dance space.
Of course, all Mickey’s Halloween Party entertainment is “spooktacular,” with Mickey’s Costume Party parade and Halloween Screams fireworks the centerpieces of each night. .
Mickey’s Costume Party Parade
As part of Mickey’s Halloween Party, guests can see Mickey’s Costume Party, a parade in which Disney characters and floats travel Main Street, U.S.A. Disney Characters will be dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes, available for Disney meet-and-greets and photo opportunities, and Disney Villains have a special place in this holiday
In addition to Disney characters in Halloween costumes, special float travels the familiar parade route. In one, Mickey rides a purple Haunted Castle Float decked out with pumpkins, bats, ghosts and other creepily fun touches. On the Costume Shop Float, dressing up for Halloween is the theme. The parade is performed twice nightly during Mickey’s Halloween Party events.
Halloween Screams, a Fireworks Spectacular
Halloween Screams: A Villainous Surprise in the Skies offers party guests the opportunity to see a Disneyland fireworks spectacular designed for the holiday. An overlay of blues, greens, and red-oranges give Sleeping Beauty Castle an eerily beautiful glow, accompanied by haunting music that fills the air as the fireworks light up the sky.
This being a Halloween-themed fireworks show, things start off with a bang with “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellingon of “Nightmare Before Christmas” infamy. Other Disney Villains take center stage during the show as well ¬– after all, it is their night – and characters such as Maleficient, Ursula, and Oogie Boogie deign to treat foolish mortals with their vocal presence. The fireworks show ends with a guest “scream-along” grand finale. Halloween Screams is performed once nightly during Mickey’s Halloween Party events.
Disney Characters and Trick-or-Treating at Mickey’s Halloween Party
For many guests, having the opportunity to meet Disney characters is part of the fun of the party. Positioned throughout the park, featured characters may be found at the following locations:
- Critter Pals: Splash Mountain
- Disney Fairies: Pixie Hollow
- Disney Princesses: Disney Princess Fantasy Faire
- Disney Villains: “it’s a small world” Mall
- Friends from Aladdin: Aladdin’s Oasis
- Mickey & Minnie: Big Thunder Ranch
- Pirate Wharf: Frontierland Dock
- “Toy Story” Pals: Big Thunder Ranch
- Winnie the Pooh & Friends: Critter Country
Trick-or-Treating at Mickey’s Halloween Party includes eight locations throughout Disneyland Park, and offers a variety of sweet treats as well as healthy foods (e.g. raisins, dried cranberries, apple slices, carrots). Adult guests as well as children are invited to trick-or-treat.
Guest Costumes at Mickey’s Halloween Party
While Disney guests of all ages may wear costumes to Mickey’s Halloween Party – including dressing up like Disney characters, which is unusual – Disneyland does provide guidelines that need to be followed for guest safety and enjoyment of the event.
- Costumes should be child- and family-friendly, meaning costumes should not be offensive, violent, or obstructive.
- Masks are allowed so long as they do not obstruct vision and eyes should be visible.
- Costumes should not drag on ground, include sharp or pointed objects, or be. made of materials that might accidentally hit or harm another guest. Similarly, guest costumes should not include weapons the look like actual weapons.
At other times of the year, only guests who are 9 years and younger are permitted to wear costumes during normal Disneyland park hours.
Mickey’s Halloween Party Tickets
Location: Disneyland Park
Dates: October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 and 31
- Tuesday Nights: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (guests with tickets may enter at 3:00 p.m.)
- Fridays and Halloween Night: 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. (guests with tickets may enter at 4:00 p.m.)
Prices (parking is included)
- Advance Purchase Price: $49 for Oct. 1, 5, 12, 19 and 26
- Day-of-Event Ticket Prices: $54 for October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22 and 26
- Halloween Weekend: $59 for October 29 and 31
Because of its extra-special theming and treats for the family, Disneyland Resort is a popular destination during the fall holiday. Mickey’s Halloween Party tends to sell out in advance. Tickets are available by visiting the Disneyland website or by calling (714) 781-4400.