One of the Disneyland Resort’s most beloved seasons is now underway, featuring Halloween-themed treats, attractions, decor, and more. Visit your favorite costumed characters, ride Haunted Mansion Holiday, snap a pic with the giant, Mickey-shaped jack-o-lantern as well as the carved pumpkins on Main Street, and tuck into a pumpkin spice churro. Now through November 2, celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with cultural festivities including the Plaza de la Familia celebrations inspired by the Pixar film “Coco.” Though much of this year’s Halloween programming is similar to last year’s, there are plenty of new seasonal foods to try, as well as a new Halloween dining package.
New among this year’s cuisine offerings is dark purple Halloween cake with blood-red raspberry mousse (available at French Market Restaurant), an Oktoberfest-inspired burger (Galactic Grill), pumpkin cold brew (Red Rose Tavern), Modelo Especial Ghost Pepper Michelada (Hollywood Lounge), ghost pepper nachos (Lamplight Lounge), and more. Don’t miss the fall-themed churros in flavors such as pumpkin spice (Tomorrowland Churro Cart). The complete list of seasonal offerings is available here.
NEW HALLOWEEN DINING PACKAGE
This year, guests can reserve a Halloween dining package at the Plaza Inn, which comes with reserved viewing of the Halloween Screens fireworks. The package includes an assortment of treats including cured meats, cheeses, a Forbidden apple tart, a specialty villain-themed glowing beverage, and a lanyard. $55 per guest (ages 3 and older). Make reservations online or on the Disneyland app.
AFTER DARK AND DECOR
Each evening as soon as the sun sets, the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction Mission: Breakout transforms into Monsters After Dark. Your mission? Rescuing Groot by baiting menacing, alien creatures running rampant in the Collector’s fortress. Though we miss the classic rock tunes in this version of the attraction, there does seem to be more time allocated for the heart-racing drops. At night, you don’t want to miss the enchanting purple lights in the trees lining Buena Vista Street and the decor in Cars Land. And be sure to join the dance party at Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
There are cultural displays celebrating the Mexican holiday at both parks: Frontierland at Disneyland and Plaza de Familia at Disney California Adventure. The latter is much grander and inspired by the Academy Award-winning “Coco.” In addition to A Musical Celebration of Coco street party, guests will enjoy arts and crafts, photo ops with Miguel, mariachi bands, and a Tree of Life display.
FIREWORKS AND MORE
Halloween Screams is a short and sweet 10-minute fireworks and projections show hosted by Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” View it Friday through Sunday in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, on Main Street, along the Rivers of America, and in front of Small World. Guests will be treated to a pyrotechnic display set to a medley of some of Disney’s most iconic villain songs. Monday through Thursday, guests can view a music and projection show in lieu of fireworks. “We decided that all of our guests who visit during Halloween Time need at least a little bit of Halloween Screams, so we will have a projection show on the nights without fireworks,” says Disneyland Resort spokesperson William Shandling. “Zero, Jack Skellington’s ghost dog, will fly through the sky over Sleeping Beauty Castle. There’s music, lasers, lights, sometimes even fire—everything but the actual fireworks. We call it a nighttime spectacular and it truly is spectacular.”
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Buy tickets and make park reservations at disneyland.com/tickets.