Halloween at The Disneyland Resort is something that I look forward to every year. Oogie Boogie Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place on select nights in September and October in Disney California Adventure Park. Each year the bash sells out within days but there is still plenty of Halloween fun to be had throughout the Disneyland Resort. This guide is for Halloween at Disneyland 2024. Halloweentime at the Disneyland Resort will be taking place from August 23rd to October 31st. 

halloween at the disneyland resort

There are so many Halloween activities and treats and photo ops at The Disneyland Resort that it can feel overwhelming to try and do everything. I hope this guide helps you decide what you want to prioritize so that you can get the most out of your visit. I will share things that regular ticket holders can do in each park and what even nonticket holders can do at Downtown Disney. If you are planning a trip during this time and don’t have tickets for Oogie Boogie be aware that DCA will close early on select nights so plan accordingly. 

Halloween at Disneyland Park 

As you approach the gates to Disneyland Park guests are greeted with Disney characters made out of pumpkins above the main entrance. In Town Square, the gigantic Mickey head pumpkin is one of the most popular photo ops in the park. Keep an eye out for the character pumpkins by the Walt and Mickey statue in the hub area by the castle. 

Disney Halloween Characters

Town Square is also the best place to find classic Disney characters in their Halloween costumes. For 2023 the characters in Halloween costumes are Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Chip & Dale, Donald, Daisy, and Clarabelle. Be sure to keep an eye out for villains as well.

Jack Skellington and Sally will be doing meet and greets over by the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square. 

Haunted Mansion Holiday

For Halloween and Christmas, there is a Nightmare Before Christmas overlay at the Haunted Mansion. Jack Skellington decorates the attraction making it incredibly festive. One of the things that guests love looking for is the gingerbread house in the attraction which changes every year. Every night they have a lighting ceremony that takes place between 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm nightly. 

Halloween Tree

disneyland halloween tree

The Halloween Tree is based on the Halloween Tree novel by Ray Bradbury. You can find this gorgeously decorated tree in Frontierland.

Dia de los Muertos 

In Frontierland, you can find a traditional Día de los Muertos skeleton display in Rancho del Zocalo Park near Big Thunder Mountain. If you’re lucky you might get to meet Miguel from Coco. 

Villains Dance Party

At Tommorowland Terrace guests can participate in the Villians Dance Party. It is taking place from 7 pm to 11 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in September. In October this usually takes place every night. You can always check availability in the Disneyland app. 

Halloween Screams

One of the best parts about the Halloween party moving to DCA is that park guests can now enjoy the Halloween Screams Fireworks. Some of the things that make this show fun and unique are that Zero flies instead of Tinkerbelle and that there are plenty of Villain projections and music. I love watching this show. Be sure to check the Disneyland app to see if the fireworks will be taking place during your visit. 

If you want seats for Halloween Screams you can purchase the Halloween Screams Plaza Inn dining package. However, keep in mind that the viewing area will be from Plaza Inn where they have bushes and hedges so the view is not that great for seeing the projections. The package includes sweet and savory villain-themed treats, a specialty beverage, a lanyard and credential, and a reserved space to enjoy the show. 

There is a second fireworks dining package at Skyline Terrace in Tomorrowland. This dining experience includes one entree with a side, one dessert, unlimited soft drinks, bottled water or hot chocolate, a commemorative beverage novelty, a themed credential with a lanyard, a themed coaster, and one specialty non-alcoholic drink with a glow cube. 

Happiest Haunts Tour

I am disappointed to share that this guided tour experience no longer includes riding the Haunted Mansion Holiday. The 2-hour walking tour includes Disney Halloween tales, expedited access to Pirates of the Caribbean, a reserved viewing area for Halloween Screams, a special photo op with Hitchhiking Ghosts – audio-animatronics from Haunted Mansion, a guided tour pin, and a Halloween treat. You can purchase your tickets here

Halloween Food at Disneyland

  • Alien Pizza Planet in Tomorrowland 

            Vampire Alien Macaroon 

  • Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square

            Chocolate-Ginger-Blueberry Mousse

  • Carnation Cafe on Main Street

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

  • Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland 

Darth by Chocolate Parfait

  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour on Main Street

Rest In Chocolate Sundae

  • The Golden Horsehoe in Frontierland

Pecan Pie Sundae

  • Hungry Bear Restaurant 

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Red Pepper Cheese Onion Rings

Red Pepper Cheese Fries

Pumpkin Churro Funnel Cake

Chai-spiced Pumpkin Iced Tea

Huckleberry Lemonade with blueberry garnish

  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Poison Apple Macaron

Pumpkin Chai Cream Puff

Pecan Caramel Trifle

Halloween Macaroon

Mickey Bat Cookie

  • Market House

Mickey Bat Cookie

  • Plaza Inn

Monster Cake

Black Forest Bundt Cake

  • Red Rose Tavern

Grave Stuff

Mickey Bat Cookie

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cold Brew

  • Refreshment Corner

Spicy Chili Dog

  • Royal Street Veranda

Potato Leek Soup

  • Stage Door Cafe

Graveyard Banana Funnel Cake

  • Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace

Wicked Stepsisters Crispy Pork Bowl

Pot Roast SmeeWich

Curry Royale

Maleficent Brownie

Royal Raspberry Delight

Blood Orange Slush

Pineapple & Jalapeño Limeade

  • The Tropical Hideaway

Blood Orange Agua Float

  • Churro Carts

             Sweet Potato Cheesecake Dipping Sauce in Small World

Trick or Treat Sweets Churros (shortbread sugar, Twix pieces, caramel, and chocolate sauce)  in Critter Country and New Orleans Square

Maleficent Churro (regular churro rolled in chocolate cookie crumbles) and peanut Butter Dipping Sauce at the churro cart by Sleeping Beauty Castle and Town Square.

Orange Citrus Churro (citrus-flavored churro with a citrus dipping sauce) in Tomorrowland

Halloween at Disney California Adventure Park

halloween in carsland

The Headless Horseman is located at the end of Buena Vista Street on the left. This is a great Halloween photo op in the park. Keep an eye out for classic characters like Minnie and Mickey in Halloween costumes on Buena Vista Street. Be sure to check to see if there is an Oogie Boogie party taking place. Guests without an Oogie Boogie ticket will have to leave the park when the party starts. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark Overlay

One thing I love about this overlay is that it only starts at 3 pm each day. For anyone wanting to enjoy the regular attraction, you’ll want to ride before 2 pm. The attraction typically closes down for at least one hour to switch over to Monsters After Dark. In this version of the attraction, you’re tasked with saving Groot from crazy creatures running loose in the Collector’s Fortress. 

Carsland 

Halloween is Carsland is my favorite! They truly go all out in bringing Radiator Screams to life. There are so many fun decor details for guests to enjoy. Even the town lighting ceremony at dusk when the neon lights come on has a Halloween twist. Step inside Ramone’s House of Body Art to see the special ofrenda for Doc Hudson.

Enjoy Halloween Overlays with Luigi’s Hokin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree

A Musical Celebration of Coco

This beautiful show tells the story of Coco involving puppets, dancing, and singing. It is a short show that is very easy to add to a busy day at the park. It takes place in front of the entrance to Plaza de la Familia near Goofy’s Sky School. 

Plaza de la Familia

At Plaza de la Familia guests can meet Miguel and see the family ofrenda. Guests are invited to write a memory of a loved one to hang in the area. There are several cute photo ops and lots of fun food. 

Halloween Food at Disney California Adventure

  • Award Wieners 

           Te Kā Dog

            Poison Apple Funnel Cake Fries

  • Cappuccino Cart 

            Pumpkin Bundt Cake: Pumpkin-flavored cake filled with dulce de leche and cream cheese frosting finished with chocolate stem and mousse leaf

  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream 

            Created In The Lab Sundae

            Pumpkin Ale Hard Float

            Apple Strudel Hard Float

  • Churros

            Candy Corn Churro from Carsland

            Coffee & Donut Churros near Redcreek Challenge Trail

            Oogie Boogie Churro in Hollywoodland 

  • Cozy Cone Motel 3 – Chili Cone Queso 

           Slow Burnin’ Mac & Cheese Cone

  • Flo’s V8 Cafe   

           Spicy Chicken and Fries

  • Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums 

           Monster Baby

  • Lamplight Lounge 

           Ghost Pepper Nachos

           Butterscotch-Apple Mule

  • Lamplight Lounge 

           Pumpkin-spiced Donuts

           Butterscotch-Apple Mule

  • Schmoozies!  

           Ursula Shake

           Mummy Shake 

  • Smokejumpers Grill 

          Ghostly Double Cheeseburger

          Haunted Forest Ice Cream Parfait

          Oogie Boogie Apple Lemonade

          Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Oktoberfest

          Ghoulish Fizz

  • Wine Country Trattoria 

           Pumpkin Crème Brûlée 

           Halloween Cocktail

Oogie Boogie Bash

Oogie Boogie Bash 2024 Dates

  • Sunday, Aug. 25, 2024
  • Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2024
  • Thursday, Aug. 29, 2024
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2024
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2024
  • Thursday, Sept. 12, 2024
  • Sunday, Sept. 15, 2024
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2024
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 2024
  • Sunday, Sept. 22, 2024
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2024
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 2024
  • Sunday, Sept. 29, 2024
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2024
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2024
  • Sunday, Oct. 6, 2024
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2024
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2024
  • Sunday, Oct. 13, 2024
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2024
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 2024
  • Sunday, Oct. 20, 2024
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2024
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 2024
  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 2024
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2024
  • Thursday, Oct. 31, 2024 — Halloween night

Ticket prices will range from $134 to $189.

One of the main differences between Mickey’s Halloween Party and Oogie Boogie Bash is that OBB is all about the villains. This year attendees can look forward to seeing Agatha from Wandavision, Cruella from the 2021 movie, and Sid from Toy Story. Halloween parties are a big deal for Disney fans since this gives adults the chance to wear a costume to the parks, something that normally is not allowed.

Treat bags are handed out as you enter the park but I recommend bringing bags of your own too. My friend and her boyfriend left with 22.4 pounds of candy. You will have two opportunities to see the parade, be sure to arrive at the parade around 15 minutes before it starts so that you don’t miss the headless horseman. It is recommended to go to the second parade as that one is less crowded.

So many people have said that the Villains Grove, at the Redcreek Challenge Trail, is their favorite part of the event. This is a family-friendly event that provides the opportunity to experience the park in a different way. It is pricey but all of my friends that have gone have said that it is worth it.

Downtown Disney & Disneyland Resort Hotels

Disneyland Hotel

Goofy’s Kitchen

Goofy’s Kitchen will celebrate Halloween from 9/21-10/31. Goofy and his pals will be in Halloween costumes. Guests will get a Halloween-themed button, a photo pass digital download, Halloween-themed food, decor & music.

10/28-10/31 Hotel guests at 3 three Disneyland Resort hotels can go trick-or-treating. On 10/31 all hotel guests are invited to participate in a costume contest and movie night at the Disneyland Hotel.

The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Everyone is invited to the lobby of the Grand to see a Coco-themed cake with Miguel and Dante. They will have sweet treats available for sale. You can also go to the Craftsman Grill to get an Oogie Boogie donut.

Downtown Disney

Listen out for the SCAREolers, a frightfully fun a cappella group. They will sing songs like “I Put a Spell on You”. They perform in the evenings Friday through Sunday.

Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit 

This scavenger hunt is available to those who purchase the map. Anyone can look for the pumpkins but only those will the map will get the prize. Maps can usually be purchased outside of World of Disney and Pin Traders. Guests look for pumpkins decorated like Disney Characters throughout Downtown Disney. This year the prize is a pumpkin sipper with a Disney character pumpkin on it. Maps are $9.99.

 

About The Author

Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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