Last week we looked at seven fantastic reasons to visit the House the Mouse built at Halloween (read the article). This included areas of the park which undergo amazing transformations at Halloween such as Big Thunder Ranch, The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain as well as the Halloween inspired food available throughout the park and the annual Pumpkin Festival which takes place on Main Street, U.S.A.
Because Disneyland is so magical at this time of year, it was difficult to stop at just seven reasons…so here are six more! If you weren’t already convinced that Disneyland is the perfect place to spend a Halloween vacation, then read on.
Here are six more reasons why you should visit The Happiest Place on Earth at the spookiest time of the year!
As well as being able to sample some amazing Halloween treats, you will also be able to pick up some exclusive Halloween themed merchandise in the Disney Parks and Downtown District.
Each year Disney releases exclusive merchandise available for purchase only within the parks and at Halloween, a line of new Halloween inspired merchandise appears in stores. This normally includes limited edition collectable pins and commemorative themed merchandise designed specifically for each year.
Some items to look out for are Halloween inspired Mickey Mouse ears, glow in the dark clothing and special Halloween gift cards!
Though the Pirates League is an extra, paid experience if offers a lot of fun for children (particularly pirate fans!) As part of Disneyland’s Halloween festivities, the park offers this pirate experience for children which is only available during the Halloween season.
Pirates League includes a pirate transformation, complete with beards, eye patches and other pirate accessories. Your child will also be given a unique pirate name and a personalized pirate oath before joining Captain Jack Sparrow’s pirate crew!
And, if your child isn’t a fan of pirates they can also opt to be a mermaid by choosing the mermaid package. This includes luminous mermaid make-up and a mermaid hairstyle complete with jewellery, nail polish and a mermaid sash.
Happiest Haunts Tour
Only available at Halloween, this is one you won’t want to miss. On this spooky tour, you will join a Disneyland Tour Guide as you are led around the park in a ghost hunt…Disney style! Happiest Haunts takes you around the main park where you will experience spooky sightings and frightening attractions.
You will be greeted by your tour guide who will give you a name badge and a radio which will provide spooky background music for you to listen to during the tour, including music from The Nightmare before Christmas. As you make your way around the park you will be told the stories behind the spookiest attractions such as “Snow White’s Scary Adventure” and the “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror”, as well as some of the spooky histories surrounding the park itself.
The tour requires a separate ticket and does have an additional fee so be sure to book in advance!
Mickey’s Halloween Party
If you are looking to make your Halloween trip to Disneyland extra special, then be sure to get dressed up and attend the Halloween party.
Mickey’s Halloween party takes place on selected nights during the September-October season and includes a series of highlights including:
- A special Halloween fireworks display exclusively for party attendants
- A dance party featuring Disney characters
- Mickey’s Costume Party cavalcade which features some favorite characters such as Elsa, Anna and Olaf
- The “Cadaver Dans” – a creepy barbershop quartet which performs Halloween themed music on a drifting graveyard just outside of New Orleans Square
- Special photo locations for taking great pictures with all your favorite Disney characters
The best part about Mickey’s Halloween Party is going trick or treating within the park. Attendants are armed with a trick-or-treat bag they can use to collect goodies at treat stations scattered around the different park areas and at dance parties. Trick or treating locations are also marked out on guides to make sure that you can hit every station! The best part? There are even gluten-free and sugar-free options available for those with dietary restrictions.
Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos or ‘Day of the Dead’ is a Mexican holiday which is celebrated in South America and all over the world. The holiday centers around prayer and remembrance for those who have died in order to support their spiritual journey and often involves building alters to honour the deceased with sugar skulls and marigolds, as well as visiting graves.
At Halloween Disneyland also celebrates Dia de los Muertos by setting up a special place of observance in Frontierland. This special area is filled with traditional skeleton displays including three musicians, and brightly coloured altars with sugar skulls and marigolds displayed.
Guests can even have their faces painted for the occasion and enjoy traditional Mexican music as part of the Dia de los muertos celebrations.
If you are planning on staying at the Disneyland Resort this fall, then you are in for an extra special Halloween treat!
Those staying at the Resort will be able to take part in “Skellington Mickey’s Haunted Adventure” where your room will be decked out with a light-up Halloween banner, a Jack Skellington head, a jack-o-lantern filled with Halloween candy, a cobwebbed candelabra, a personalised Halloween note to the family, playing cards themed in The Nightmare before Christmas and tiny tombstones scattered throughout your room.
Once the kids have enjoyed uncovering all of the Halloween treasures in your room, they can cuddle up with a Mickey and Minnie plush as well as a personalized Mickey Mouse pillowcase for a great night’s sleep!
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