Frightful Fun During Halloween at Disneyland

It’s all thrills and chills during Halloween at Disneyland.

Walt Disney and Mickey statue at Disneyland during Halloween with pumpkins
The Disneyland Resort gets an eerie makeover during Halloween Time. 
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Southern California’s jocular season is in full swing, and fans of gentle frights will find Mickey’s brand of boos right up their alley. Here are five can’t-miss ways to scare up some Halloween fun at the Disneyland Resort this October.

picture of the entrance to Disneyland California Adventure at night during Halloween Time

Disneyland California Adventure promises its own Halloween surprises, including "Monsters After Dark" at Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout!.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark

Ever since Marvel’s misfit sci-fi superheroes took over Disney California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout! has shot to the top of Anaheim’s attraction lineup. During Halloween Time, the ride gets a daily “Monsters After Dark” makeover (starring Baby Groot and a heavy-metal soundtrack) after 5 p.m. that makes it even more popular, so grab your FastPass as soon as distribution switches over from the daytime version in mid-afternoon. (Note: Check out the MaxPass app to get FastPasses delivered straight to your mobile device.)

picture of the entrance to the Haunted Mansion during Halloween with Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas

The Haunted Mansion gets a Jack Skellington-inspired gingerbread house flip. 

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Haunted Mansion Holiday

One of Disneyland’s most iconic attractions—the Haunted Mansion—also gets dressed up for Halloween, but its season variants are available all day long. While you usually don't need a FastPass to get in fast, you’ll definitely want one for the fan-favorite Nightmare Before Christmas version, starring Jack Skellington and a ginormous gingerbread house. This year marks the mansion's 50th anniversary of getting dressed up, and you can get a behind-the-scenes peak at the original sketches in the Disney Gallery at Disneyland Park.

Picture of the Halloween decorations at Cars Land in Disneyland

One of the Halloween highlights is Cars Land, where favorite "Cars" characters celebrate Haul-O-Ween in costume. 

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Halloween in Cars Land

Radiator Springs is ghost central at DCA this year, as the Cars crew revs up an expanded Haul-O-Ween celebration. Luigi and Mater have both tricked out their carnival-style spinning car rides with ghoulish décor and high-spirited songs. Treat yourself to a photo with Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and other friends, all dressed to delight in their Halloween costumes.

The daily Dia De Los Muertos parade in the Coco-inspired Plaza de la Familia during Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure

In Disneyland, Frontierland hosts a Dia de los Muertos celebration. At Disney California Adventure, visitors can get into the spirit at Plaza de la Familia, inspired by "Coco." 

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Día de los Muertos in Frontierland

Most Americans see this as a season of monsters and maniacs, but for Mexicans, Día de los Muertos—the holiday depicted in the Pixar film Coco—is all about celebrating family. Join Disneyland’s Day of the Dead festivities in Frontierland, which run through Oct. 31. There, you can enjoy the daily parade and traditional face-painting alongside an impressive floral display featuring skeletal musicians, followed by some seasonally inspired food from the nearby Rancho del Zocalo restaurant.

Picture of the view of Pixar Pier all lit up at night from the Lamplight Lounge with the water in the foreground

The Lamplight Lounge is a perfect place for a great night view of Pixar Pier.

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Earl of Sandwich

An expired Englishman has risen from the grave and is at large in Downtown Disney, but don’t despair: this zombie is delicious! Anaheim’s beloved Earl of Sandwich restaurant was executed earlier last year to make way for a new luxury hotel, but that project is now on hold, leading to the Earl’s unexpected resurrection. The terrifying part is that this revival is only temporary, so there’s no way of knowing when Disneyland’s Full Montague will again shuffle off this mortal coil.