Disneyland, in Anaheim California just south of Los Angeles, is fun for young and not-so-young all year round, but the original Disney theme park really puts on a show for Halloween. The celebration, dubbed HalloweenTime, lasts from mid-September through October 31 and begins when you approach the park. The giant floral arrangement in front of the Main Street Station has been transformed into a giant Mickey, made completely out of white and orange miniature pumpkins.
The fanciful displays continue as you enter the park. There are 300-plus decorated pumpkins in the windows up and down Main Street, leading to a 6-foot-tall Mickey jack o’ lantern in Town Hall Square.
Of course, guests are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and you’ll see more than a few princesses and devils. Mickey and the other regulars even get into the act, with Mickey donning a vampire’s cape.
Halloween is the favorite time of year at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. The not-so-spooky year-round attraction is arrayed with decorations based on Tim Burton’s Nightmare before Christmas film. And, that’s not all. You’ll also find Halloween food, special merchandise in the Disney stores, and “spooky” music throughout the park.
Mickey’s Halloween Treat
Little ones can attend a special private costume party with Mickey and his friends on October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and 29-31. There’ll be trick or treating, music, food and lots of fun. Admission is $29 in advance and $39 the day of the event.
Hours and Admission
Disneyland is open every day. During the week (Monday through Thursday), the park is open from 10 am to 8 pm. On weekends, Disneyland is open from 8 am to midnight. Single-day admission tickets are available at the park’s ticket office. Adult tickets are $66, for children 10 and under tickets are $56. Multi-day and season passes are also available.
If you Go
Disneyland is easily accessible via Orange County’s John Wayne Airport as well as other airports in the greater Los Angeles area. The Disneyland Hotel is located right on the Disney property and is connected to the park via the signature monorail.
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