We get to celebrate all of the “Holidays” in a special “Disney” way every year. But seriously, Halloween Time at Disneyland is my favorite time of the year. There is something special about Disneyland when all of those orange pumpkins, ghostly ghouls, and Disney villains come out to play. September 14th through October 31st is when Disneyland’s annual Halloween Time occurs this year. I’m actually counting down the days.
The after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party is my son’s favorite thing to do. He loves to get dressed up in his Halloween costume and trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland. Eleven special Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights throughout Halloween Time, Disneyland closes down for this private Halloween Party which has a separate ticketthat you purchase in advance. Of course, because it is so awesome, it sells out fast. You also gain entry to the park with your ticket three hours before the park closes for the special event.
Although trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Halloween Party is my son’s favorite event, the Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular is my favorite thing at Disneyland during Halloween Time. Hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington and presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party.
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For Halloween Time 2012, Disney’s Halloween Time Carnival in Big Thunder Ranch takes its place beside such Disneyland favorites as the Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy attractions. A highlight of the Halloween Time Carnival may be found inside a mysterious sideshow tent where guests are invited to help conjure one of the Disney villains – Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella, Captain Hook or the Evil Queen from “Snow White” – with a magic spell in “The Astounding Cauldron of Magic.” When the villain appears, guests may join him or her to pose for photos.
At Pirates League in New Orleans Square, guests age three and up can live their pirate dreams and learn the ways of the seven seas by choosing one of three pirate transformation options: Jake and the Never Land Pirates, First Mate and Empress (created especially for all the pirate princesses). Pirates League is at Disneyland for a limited time only this fall. This would be awesome if your kid dressed up as a pirate for Halloween to complete that special costume-Disney style. For Pirates League reservations call (714) 781-STYLE/(714) 781-7895.
At Disney California Adventure Park “The Art of Frankenweenie,” a special exhibit in Disney Animation, Hollywood Land, features some of the actual sets, props and puppets used to create the “Frankenweenie” film, which opens in theaters Oct. 5. The exhibit explores the stop-motion animation process used to make the movie, from Tim Burton’s early character designs to finished shots, and offers visitors a fascinating demonstration of the film’s creation. “The Art of Frankenweenie,” which includes an extended sneak peek of the movie, will be on view in Disney California Adventure Sept. 14 through Nov. 5. For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.
For more information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, see www.disneyland.com/halloween. Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey’s Halloween Party are $54 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $64. All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Monday, Oct. 29, and Halloween Night, Wednesday, Oct. 31, are $69.
Disclosure: Press information received via Disneyland. Hey, there’s new stuff this year which makes it even more awesome. All of the photos are mine. Seriously, I took the fireworks photo with my very own camera. We attend Mickey’s Halloween Party almost every year. My son has only missed it two years, and he is seven.