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Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2022

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Our Frog Family loves going to Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. It's one of the best times of the year to visit! Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are outfitted with decorations, banners, lighting, characters in Halloween costumes, spooky sounds and other treats (plus, ask for some Halloween Magic Shots from the PhotoPass photographers for some extra special surprises!). This year there is a new Disney Villains Dance Party at Disneyland!

Halloween Time at Disneyland - Mickey Pumpkin

Overview of Disneyland Halloween Time

Halloween Time typically runs early September through Halloween every year. In 2022, Halloween Time runs from Sept. 2 through Oct. 31!  In other good news, the Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disneyland Halloween Party returns to Disney California Adventure returns for select nights, Sept. 6 through Oct. 31, 2022! Tickets went on sale June 30, 2022, for the general public (or June 28 for Magic Key holders) and sold out in days! This year, D23 members have an exclusive party night on Sept. 10. The Oogie Boogie Bash party is a separately ticketed event that runs during Disneyland Halloween Time. It's one of our Frog Family-favorite events of the year! But even if you don't attend the party, there is so much Halloween fun to be had during Halloween Time. Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Characters in costume wave good night to guests

September and October are generally better times of the year to visit Disneyland, but Halloween Time brings in visitors, especially on weekends. Visit early in September and on a weekday, if you can. The earlier you go in the season, the lighter the crowds seem to be. Expect early October through Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day and Halloween weekend to be the most crowded. That being said two September events will affect crowds and make reservations fill up more quickly than usual. The D23 Expo is Sept. 9 to 11 and Gay Days are Sept. 16 to 18, 2022, so that could make the parks a little busier than normal mid-September. You'll want to reserve early those weekends. So, what can you expect at Halloween Time at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney?

Disneyland Halloween Time - Fireworks

Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

Disneyland explodes with Halloween decorations, including fall colors of yellow and orange and pumpkins aplenty, especially on Main Street. As you stroll down Main Street, you will find hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins, which are lit at night. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale greet guests in their Halloween costumes. The villains may be stalking about in Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasy Faire and Fantasyland.

In Frontierland, you will find a traditional Día de los Muertos skeleton display and an homage to Disney fan and author Ray Bradbury in the Halloween Tree. The tree, near the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, was inspired by Bradbury's novel, "The Halloween Tree," and features orange glowing lights and jack-o-lanterns hanging from its branches. It's especially beautiful at night!

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - Dia de los Muertos Display

You can see decorated skeletons for Día de los Muertos in front of the Rancho del Zocalo Mexican restaurant in Frontierland, which hoppens to be one of our favorite quick-service restaurants.

Halloween Screams Projection Show

At Disneyland Park, all guests can enjoy the nightly Halloween Screams projection show! Fireworks are included on select nights (usually weekends and maybe holidays). Check the calendar to see show times and if fireworks are included during your visit. Hop over to find out the best places to view Disneyland fireworks. Halloween Screams is a Frog Family must-see! It's definitely worth waiting near the castle to see this show up close due to all of the special effects at the castle.

Disneyland Halloween Time Ride Layover

One of the most popular rides during Halloween Time at Disneyland is Haunted Mansion Holiday. Haunted Mansion is converted to Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas." The layover lasts through Halloween Time and Holiday Time, converting back to the traditional Haunted Mansion in early January. The Mansion lights up at night — try to be there for the lighting. There is no specific time but if you are in the area (or in line) between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. the Ghost Host will give you a treat by lighting the mansion.

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Jack Skellington in Haunted Mansion Holiday

Wait times for Haunted Mansion Holiday are significantly longer than at other times of the year, so we recommend you make this one of your priorities before 10 a.m. The ballroom always has a large gingerbread house on the table (with yummy gingerbread smells wafting up).

Characters in Disneyland Park During Halloween Time

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Jack and Sally greet guests from Haunted Mansion Balcony in 2021You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale and more friends dressed in their Halloween outfits in Town Square. Jack and Sally can be found in New Orleans Square near the Royal Street Veranda. In 2021, they were greeting guests from the balcony of the Haunted Mansion or from the balcony above Pirates. It will be interesting to see if they return to their Royal Street location in 2022.

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Queen of Hearts interacts with guests in front of train station

Villains are out for Halloween! Cruella de Vil, Queen of Hearts, Jafar and others sometimes stomp around near the entrance to the park by the train station or the area next to the Mad Hatter in Town Square. We have caught sight of Frollo, Governor Ratcliffe and others in past years. You never know which villains may appear during Halloween Time! Maleficent and the Evil Queen tend to lurk around Fantasyland and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Halloween Cavalcade

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Halloween Cavalcade

Perhaps the biggest surprise of Disneyland Halloween Time last year was the Halloween character cavalcade. This mini-parade is short, sweet and toadally fun! You can see Mickey, Minnie and pals, princesses, other characters and villains. You can hear it coming, so listen for a Halloween music change to let you know it's on its way. Hopfully, it returns for 2022!

Disney Villains Dance Party (New!)

And last but not least, there is a a new Disney Villains Dance Party at Disneyland. It kicks off the season on Friday, Saturdays and Sunday nights (and holidays) in Tomorrowland. You can join villains and learn the Monster Mash between 7 and 11 p.m. Lily really loves these character dance parties and can't wait to "boo"gie down this Halloween season!

Halloween at Disney California Adventure Park

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - A new Oogie Boogie Image sits above entrance

Disney California Adventure offers a few grim grinning ghouls and ghosts of its own. Oogie Boogie's oversized shadow haunts the main entrance of Disney California Adventure. Listen for his voice to speak out to you from time to time. Head over to the Headless Horseman statue on Buena Vista Street. Boo-tiful purple lights are aglow, and you can hear the faint clip-clop sounds of the horse or Oogie Boogie himself. Cars Land is breathtaking at night in all it's purple and green spooky splendor. "Radiator Screams" lights up each night around sunset, with a special lighting song at Halloween Time. Keep an eye out for Oogie Boogie Bash dates when you make your theme park reservations. Disney California Adventure closes early for day guests those nights.

Oogie Boogie Bash

Disneyland Halloween Time - Carthay Circle

The Oogie Boogie Bash is a separately ticketed Halloween party that takes place on select nights Sept. 6 to Oct. 31 at Disney California Adventure. This after-hours party requires a separate ticket but needs no reservation. Hop over to our Oogie Boogie Bash Disneyland Halloween Party post for the full scoop and all of the scary details.

Tickets sell out at a freakishly fast pace each year, so hop to it when tickets go on sale June 30, 2022! You can purchase tickets at the Disneyland site.

If you are having trouble deciding if the Oogie Boogie Bash is right for your family or want to see more, watch our YouTube video on the Oogie Boogie Bash from 2021. Keep in mind some experiences could be different in 2022, especially now that character meet and greets are back.

The party is one of the rare times guests 14 and up can wear costumes to Disneyland. Guests of all ages can go trick-or-treating and enjoy special entertainment, dance parties and unique character meet-and-greets with classic Disney characters in costumes and many Disney villains. The ride wait times tend to be shorter during the Disneyland Halloween Parties — what a treat!

If you're not attending Oogie Boogie Bash, visit Disney California Adventure on a non-event night to catch this park all aglow for Halloween Time. Seeing Disney California Adventure at night during Halloween Time is a must. Be sure to check the dates of the Oogie Boogie Bash before you book your park reservations when visiting Disney California Adventure Park this season, and reserve a day without a party so you can stay in the park after dark. The park closes to daytime guests at 6 p.m. on party nights (mostly Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, but also a few Saturdays and Oct. 31 this year). Party guests mix in beginning at 3 p.m., making that park more crowded in the afternoons and unavailable to guests without a party ticket during the evenings after 6 p.m.

Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure

Any "Coco" fans out there? You won't want to miss visiting the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens Park. You can meet puppet Miguel!

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Miguel puppet sings in A Musical Celebration of CocoTake part in activities such as free crafts, including coloring a mask or recording a family memory. Other fun things to do include trying out the special colorful wing photo walls and Tree of Life photo locations. Learn about Día de los Muertos, enjoy mariachi music, sample Mexican dishes or catch a showing of the "A Musical Celebration of Coco" show — Miguel makes an appearance with his guitar. This show usually takes place about hourly in the afternoon. The last showing was 5 p.m. the day we visited. The Plaza de la Familia is open until November 2.

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - Dante CraftHalloween Ride Overlays ay Disney California Adventure

Prepare for Cars Land to roll into the Halloween spirit with holiday decor, music, ride overlays and characters dressed in fun "car-tumes." The rides put a new spin on Halloween Time with Halloween overlays. Muffle your screams when Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters changes to Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree beaomes Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree. Visit "Radiator Screams" at night to take in the "gourd-geous" Halloween scenery, special lighting and backdrop of hills in bewitching Halloween colors. It's quite a family-friendly treat!

Braver souls should get ready to #SaveGroot at Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. The Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction gets into the Halloween spirit during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. Each evening, the attraction transforms into a new experience that continues the story of the daytime ride, but now guests need to help Rocket Raccoon save Groot. It's a lot scarier than the daytime ride with a heavy metal soundtrack, so consider that if you have tadpoles who are just tall enough to ride the daytime version. They might find Monsters After Dark to be too much.

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark Wait Times

This is a very popular ride with long wait times! You can check hours on the Disneyland site. Now that Genie+ is here, Lightning Lane selections may disappear scary fast. Hop back for details once the season is underway.

In 2021, the Monsters After Dark version kicked off at 3 p.m. daily. Each afternoon (party or not), the regular version of the ride closes at 2 p.m. and reopens by 3 p.m. for Monsters After Dark. So if you are park hopping from Disneyland and want to ride the OG Guardians of the Galaxy, hop over at 1 p.m. and head straight to Guardians to ride before 2 p.m. Then you can hop back later for the Monsters After Dark version. If you are riding on party nights and do not have a ticket, you'll have from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to ride this version. If you have a party ticket, you'll have all night to ride Monsters After Dark, but will not have access to the normal version of the ride. Got all that? It's a real headbanger.

Here's the schedule:

  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Closed to switch over
  • 3 p.m. to park close — Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark (on select nights the park closes at 6 p.m. for the Oogie Boogie Bash)

Disneyland Halloween Time - Daisy in Witch CostumeCharacters at Disney California Adventure During Halloween Time

You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale and more friends dressed in their Halloween outfits on Buena Vista Street and around the Cathay Circle Fountain area. Their costumes differ from the ones they wear in Disneyland Park. They also differ from their Oogie Boogie Bash costumes!

Disney Junior star Vampirina may greet guests during Halloween Time in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. We hope she'll be back — we promise she won't bite! For the most unusual villain sightings, visit the new Halloween party, the Oogie Boogie Bash, at Disney California Adventure. The villains are delightfully bad and so much fun.

The Cars Land characters dress up in "cartumes" for Halloween.

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - Mater

Halloween Fun at Downtown Disney

You don't need to enter a theme park to get in on the Halloween fun! Pluto's Pumpkin Pursuit returns to Downtown Disney Sept. 9 through Oct. 31, 2022. You may have heard of the Egg-stravaganza egg hunt in springtime at Disneyland Resort. Well, this is a decorated pumpkin hunt! You can purchase a game board and stickers ($9.99) at select merchandise locations. Have fun hunting for Disney character-themed pumpkins and placing the corresponding stickers on your game board. Return the game board to the redemption location at World of Disney or Disney's Pin Traders for a spooky surprise (we think it's the best prize yet)!

Don't miss the SCAREolers in Downtown Disney. The ghostly a cappella group emerges from the grave on Friday through Sunday evenings to perform haunting Halloween and spooky Disney tunes.

Celebrate with Halloween treats from Marceline's Confectionery and Halloween merchandise at various shopping locations.

Halloween Food and Merchandise at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Halloween Time - Guests Dressed Up in Minnie Witch Hat EarsThe bewitching Disneyland Halloween Time treats and food accessories available during Disneyland Halloween Time will have you drooling like a ghoul. You can dig into festive caramel apples, Mickey mummy macarons, special churros and themed treats, such as cookies, cupcakes and cake pops.

Carry your food in style with premium popcorn buckets, poison apple steins and glow cubes. The new bucket is a Mickey Mummy! There are special savory snacks on the restaurant menus too.

There's a ton of Halloween merchandise, from spirit jerseys to flannels, to bags and headwear. We are loving the Minnie candy corn witch hat ears. You can find these items in either theme park and in Downtown Disney.

There's so much to do and see during Disneyland Halloween Time! It's really one of our favorite times to visit! Have a question about Halloween Time or the Oogie Boogie Bash? Let us know in the comments below! 

Related: Best Time to Visit Disneyland

Related: Guide to Oogie Boogie Bash

Related: Guide to Planning for Holidays at Disneyland

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jul 26, 2022 at 4 a.m. Charity Young Says...

If we go on Halloween night to Disneyland, do they have trick or treating?

Or is that only over in the California adventure? So sad those tickets sold out in record time. Any rumblings of them releasing more tickets?

Thank you

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Jul 26, 2022 at 3:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charity!

The only trick-or-treating takes place during Oogie Boogie Bash, unfrogtunately. We have not heard of any more tickets being released, but we would share more information if that were to hoppen.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2022 at 7:21 p.m. Stephanie Says...

It starts Sept. 2nd I was wondering is everything up and out or do they progressively add to it as the season goes? Would I have a better Halloween experience near the end of October say versus the beginning of September? Do you have a recommendation of when to go in September or October if you want lighter crowds but all the Halloween stuff? Thank you and love the site.

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Jul 6, 2022 at 1:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

Thanks for hopping by! There may be more villains out as time progresses and some candy shop treats could take a few days to catch up with the season, but generally, all of the decor goes up at once and the Halloween Time festivities start Sept. 2. If you prefer lighter crowds, we'd suggest going around early to mid-September.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 18, 2022 at 2:19 a.m. Melissa Says...

Aloha! First of all, thank you so much for the wealth of expertise and information in all your content. It has been so inspiring for this Disneyland/DCA family trip first-timer. We are going up in October for 5 days (M-F) and I am having the hardest time determining our Park Hopper reservations strategy. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you in advance for your help! <3

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Jun 23, 2022 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

Since you'll be there for five days, you'll have lots of flexibility! We do not know the schedules for Extra Magic Hour and Magic Morning yet (we know what they used to be, but could be different when they return later this summer). If it's for both parks, then it would not matter. But aside from that, we'd recommend three mornings at Disneyland and two at DCA. If there will be fireworks, they will be on Friday night (the projection show runs Monday through Thursday), so if you hope to see fireworks, plan to be in Disneyland Friday night. We also don't know entertainment schedules for nighttime spectaculars at this time, but you may want to see World of Color at DCA one night and Fantasmic! at Disneyland another night. Tale of the Lion King, if still playing, has afternoon shows in Disneyland but not on Tuesday or Wednesday, so one of those afternoons is safe to be in DCA. You can book your days now, and if something appears on the calendar that makes you want to change plans, you can toadally do so, as long as there's availability.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2022 at 2:02 p.m. Marina Rocha Says...

Hi, im going to be visiting disney 09.15 , im going to by the 1 day parkhooper ... can i by the Oogie Boogie Bash also ? Because my idea is to start at Adventure , switch do Dineyland as 1 and later go back to Adventure to see it at night (these before knowing about oogie).

Do you have any tips ?

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Jun 17, 2022 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marina!

If you wish to visit Disney California Adventure at night during Oogie Boogie Bash, then yes, you would need to buy a separate Oogie Boogie Bash ticket. As for tips, we have an entire guide about Oogie Boogie here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2022 at 4:47 p.m. Julie Schade Says...

If we want to go to Ophir Boogie do we need to buy an additional ticket to DCA for that day?

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Jun 14, 2022 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

If you wish to visit DCA before 3 p.m., then yes, regular admission is required. The Oogie Boogie ticket allows entry into DCA, starting at 3 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2021 at 4:29 a.m. Laura Says...

If we don’t have a ticket for the bash can we still dress up in full costumes and hang out at DCA then when it closes for the event go to Disneyland side in our costumes?

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Oct 12, 2021 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Unfrogtunately, only party guests are permitted to wear costumes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2021 at 3:10 a.m. Dyane Martin Says...

If I buy a park hopper ticket for Fri 10/22 how likely is it that Disneyland will be at capacity for late afternoon/early evening entry?

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Sep 30, 2021 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dyane!

We see that there is theme park reservation availability for both parks on Oct. 22, so we'd recommend that you purchase as soon as possible since dates are filling up quickly! We haven't run into any issues with not being able to park hop due to capacity limits and wouldn't expect it to be a problem (but in general, park hopping is always subject to capacity limitations.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. Alli Bernard Says...

Hello! My friend and I are coming November 6-7! What will the decor be at that time?? Halloween or Christmas?

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Sep 21, 2021 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alli!

You'll be visiting during the transitional period from Halloween to Christmas! You might see some lingering Halloween decor (if any), but it's more likely that you'll start to see some of the Christmas decorations go up by then.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 11, 2021 at 5:19 p.m. Rashika Says...

Hi! We had to plan our Disney Trip earlier this year, August 30th-Sep 1st. Will we see any Halloween decor or treats?

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Aug 11, 2021 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rashika!

Halloween decor and treats are guaranteed starting Sept. 3, but it's possible to see some decor go up a few days early. Since this has been an unpredictable year, we can't say it would hoppen for certain though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2021 at 3:41 p.m. Danielle Martin Says...

Hi! My boyfriend & I are SO excited to finally be going back to Disney during Halloween and we’re really looking forward to the Guardians of the Galaxy ride in CA Adventure. I saw you mentioned that only guests in the Avengers campus are able to ride this ride — are there separate tickets/reservations we need to make to get into Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy? Thanks!

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Jul 13, 2021 at 5:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

The land often reached capacity when it initially opened and physical distancing restrictions were in place. But now that the restrictions have lifted, you can enter Avengers Campus at any time (we've updated the post!). If the land does happen to reach capacity, you may need a Boarding Group to access the land, but usually that occurs in the morning and by the afternoon, you can easily get in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2021 at 4:24 p.m. Juan Says...

Hi! We are planning our visit with our fammily from september 3rd to the 14th. We would like to know if the light shows and fireworks will be taking place everynight. Also, if there is any day of the week in which the parks close early or do not have the final show with the projections. Last, Is Mate in california adventure disguised in halloween costume all the season and also during daylight? Thank you! Kind regards!

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Jul 12, 2021 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Juan!

"Halloween Screams" will run each evening of your visit at Disneyland Park, but will only be enhanced with fireworks on the weekends. On Sept. 9, Sept. 11, Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, Disney California Adventure Park will close early for the separately ticketed event, Oogie Boogie Bash (which starts at 6 p.m.). Disneyland Park will remain open though! Mater will be available in costume in Cars Land throughout your trip, day and night :) Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2021 at 7:22 a.m. Angie Says...

With the Party going on over at California Adventure during October, how does that affect hours at the Disneyland park? Does it close early or stay open till normal hours?

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Jul 12, 2021 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie!

Disneyland Park's hours remain the same - only Disney California Adventure closes early for the party :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 2, 2021 at 3:18 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Do Halloween (and Christmas) decorations come up pretty suddenly and completely? Is it done overnight or are things slowly added at night or even during the day?

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Jun 2, 2021 at 2:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

At Disneyland, decorations are usually slowly added over time. You may start to see some decor before an event. The fringes of the park tend to get decor the earliest. Between Halloween and holiday time, you’ll see what happens when two holiday collide, as pumpkins and garland may appear in the same area. But a few days before Holiday Time officially starts, the tree will be up in Town Square and the park will be mostly decorated for the holidays without any traces of Halloween. But even once Holiday Time is underway, we’ve noticed that new decorations continue to appear for several days, such as the garland strung across Main Street U.S.A.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 2, 2021 at 3:16 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Halloween time looks amazing BUT I'd actually like to avoid it this time because it's my littles' first and possibly only Disneyland trip so I want it to be more "classic" standard Disneyland. We are looking at either Monday Tuesday Wednesday starting August 30th, or Tuesday Wednesday Thursday starting September 7th (2021). Do you think Halloween decorations would be up during that second set of dates? Would one set of dates likely be better or worse crowd-wise?

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Jun 2, 2021 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

This year will be a little different from other years due to the reservation system and lack of annual passes, and we still haven't heard of any dates for Halloween time yet. At the end of August, school is back in for many kids, so summer crowds will start to fade, but there will still be people getting that end of summer trip in. It’s the best bet for avoiding Halloween, although Haunted Mansion may be closed already for its 2-week transition period to its holiday overlay. The Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after Labor Day are some of our most favorite days to visit Disneyland in the year due to lack of crowds (though it’s hard to predict for this year). You may see some pumpkins or orange bunting appear, but the park will look fairly close to normal. If we had to guess, we’d say Halloween time would start Sept. 10, but we are still awaiting the official announcement. Usually, post-Labor Day and pre-Halloween is a really great time to visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 5, 2021 at 3:51 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

Thanks! We are leaning towards the after Labor Day week. This is a silly sounding question, but during Halloween time, does Sleeping Beauty's castle still look pink and blue? Or do they make it halloweenish, like color it orange and black and covered with pumpkins and ghosts?

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Jun 7, 2021 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

The castle usually has its normal look.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 24, 2020 at 4:36 p.m. Sarah D Says...

We would like to avoid Halloween, is it best to just skip September? I thought that Halloween in Disneyland didn’t start until mid-month. Are all parades, etc geared towards Halloween during this time?

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Nov 24, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

Halloween Time usually begins mid-September. We would expect it to begin Sept. 10, 2021, based on past years. Generally, the holiday-specific parades and entertainment are limited to the Halloween party at Disney California Adventure. In 2019, the fireworks or nightly projection show at Disneyland Park were Halloween-themed and were available to all guests! The Haunted Mansion gets a layover, which forces it to close for the two weeks leading up to Halloween Time (and it runs until January). The parades and other entertainment are not Halloween-themed at Disneyland Park but characters may be in costume. After Labor Day ends, the park is very quiet as it leads up to Halloween Time, so that’s a great time to visit. Early November, after Halloween and before Holiday Time, is another less-crowded time to visit. If you do not want to see any Halloween, we'd suggest that you skip most of September and all of October. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 3, 2020 at 4:04 a.m. Trish Says...

Does the night show with fireworks and Jack Skellington happen every night? Or only on special nights!

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Jun 3, 2020 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish!

The fireworks show, Halloween Screams, is only shown on select nights (usually Friday through Sunday). Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2020 at 5:08 a.m. Cathy Says...

Hi , Wish the Halloween party was still at the Disney Resort instead of California Adventure.. DCA doesn’t have the charm the older park has. Halloween party belongs at the resort ! I won’t go back till it moves back home.

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Mar 14, 2020 at 8:57 p.m. Jill Says...

If I use my Chase Disney Card do I get early access to purchase event tickets? If so how do I sign up for early notification? When will these tickets go on sale this year?

Thanks

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Mar 16, 2020 at 4:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill!

Look for announcements late spring to early summer regarding Halloween Party dates and ticket sales. These haven't been released just yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open! We'll update this post as soon as we know more.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 27, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. Allan Says...

Hi! We are planning a 5 day park hopping from Sept. 8 to 13, 2020, and I am starting to really investigate all before committing fully, as a good Disney Vacationer should do lol, but I have now seen on 2 sites mentioning a late Labor Day in the USA for 2020 and that has me baffled. They say it will affect Halloween Time that won't start until Sept. 11. I am in Canada and it appears we both have the same Labor Day every year and it is the 7th this year so my question is this: Is there something going on in the USA to make this year a later than normal first Monday in September Labor Day? I think they are totally wrong myself. Will Halloween Time start on Sept. 7th like I fully expected? Thanks!! And as always we will buy our 5 day park hoppers through you!!!

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Feb 28, 2020 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allan!

You are toadally correct that Labor Day in the US falls on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 this year. We unfortunately don't know when Halloween Time at Disneyland will be just yet, but last year, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort began on Sept. 6, and the two did overlap a bit :) Hope this helps - have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 9, 2020 at 12:18 a.m. Sara Stratton Says...

when do the halloween tickets usually go on sale, I want to make sure I dont miss out for 2020 Halloween Disneyland

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Jan 10, 2020 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

Last year, Oogie Boogie Bash tickets were available to the general public on April 19. We haven't heard when these will go on sale in 2020, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 8, 2019 at 4:54 p.m. Valerie kramer Says...

Hi! We are visiting Disneyland the second full week of sept just in time for the beginning of Halloween time at Disneyland. My question is do they still do a show at Tom Sawyer? Like were fantastic use to be? Or is it just at the castle? Thanks!! Trying to plan out a meal to be able to watch the show .

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Dec 9, 2019 at 1:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valerie!

Fantasmic! still takes place in front of Tom Sawyer Island. It may be just weekends during that time for both Fantasmic! and fireworks. On Fantasmic! nights, you can watch fireworks with projection there; however, we highly recommend a castle view for Halloween Screams if you can swing it. Be sure to ask a cast member that day about viewing from Rivers of America, as details can change. This year, Monday through Thursday, the show was just projection and music, no fireworks, and was best viewed on Main Street or “it’s a small world.”

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 12, 2019 at 10:20 p.m. Erin Says...

Hi, I was just wondering if the seven dwarfs do a meet and greet at Disneyland during the Halloween party? I know they do at Disneyworld but I haven't visited Disneyland during Halloween before and was curious. They are a family favorite!

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Nov 14, 2019 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

We have not seen them at Disneyland, just at Disney World. There are a ton of other characters to meet, though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2019 at 6:01 a.m. Karen Says...

Hi! My sister and I are planning to attend Disneyland Park in costume on Oct 29 (on a party night) and I heard Guests 14 years and older are allowed entry to Downtown Disney, Disneyland Park and Disney California adventure in costume on party nights only...is this true?

Most especially when you don't have an oogie Boogie party ticket ????

Thanks! ????

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Oct 25, 2019 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

As long as you follow Disney's costume guidelines, this shouldn't be an issue. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 26, 2019 at 7:06 a.m. Karen Says...

Thank you!!^^

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Oct 10, 2019 at 4:21 a.m. Anabel Says...

Hi there! I’m planning to visit on Nov 1st, do you know if the Halloween decorations are taken out the night of the 31st or will I still catch them?

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Oct 10, 2019 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anabel!

Many of the decorations will be taken down overnight and Christmas decorations will start to go up. This is the time when the two holidays collide, so you may see a mix of both.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2019 at 6:10 a.m. Jorge Says...

This year I'm going on a Monday, when Halloween Screams won't have fireworks. I'm planning on going to Fantasmic at 9 pm and then run so I can catch Halloween Screams at 9:30 from Main Street. Or do you suggest another viewing spot? What is the best thing to do to enjoy both shows?

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Oct 2, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jorge!

Ask to see if Halloween Screams will be shown on water screens on Rivers of America that night. If so, it is easiest to stay in place. If not, you’ll need to move quickly to make it to Main Street USA. Maybe even leave Fantasmic! a few minutes early to beat the crowds because you only have 3 minutes between shows. Some Mondays have a second Fantasmic! Some do not. If your night has a 10:30 Fantasmic!, I would watch the 9:30 fireworks as close to the castle as possible and then go to the later Fantasmic!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2019 at 3:24 a.m. Rose Says...

Do you know the exact days for Oogie boogie bash for the month of October?

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Sep 26, 2019 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose!

Oogie Boogie Bash will take place on Oct. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 and 31. You can see more details about the event in this post.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2019 at 10:38 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Are there any special events in downtown Disney on Halloween? I will be coming into LA for 24 hours and thought about getting tickets to Disney for Halloween night. It’s a weekday but also the holiday so I wasn’t sure if it would be really crowded that night or not. We could only go from about 6 or 7 pm until close.

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Sep 25, 2019 at 12:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

We do not know of any Halloween events that night besides the Oogie Boogie Bash inside Disney California Adventure. You can see Halloween decorations in Downtown Disney and hop into the lobby of the Grand Californian to see the Oogie Boogie cake and purchase Halloween baked goods though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2019 at 5:04 a.m. Randee Says...

I am trying to plan out our day at Disney and was wondering if characters in toon town are wearing costumes during meet and greets? Do they only wear costumes on Main Street and dress in regular clothes in toontown. Also I’ve seen people’s videos of a toontown “rope drop” at 9:00 am. Does that still happen? I have older kids and younger kids so I was hoping to run over to toontown for a few quick meet and greets right at 9:00, but I am hoping they are in their costumes. Thanks for the help!

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Sep 25, 2019 at 12:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Randee!

We know they are in their costumes on Main Street (Buena Vista Street in DCA), but we have not hopped to Toontown this season. We have not heard of any costumes there since the Halloween party moved to the other park. They used to wear costumes during the party. Mickey is always wearing one of 4 outfits — you never know which Mickey you’ll meet in his house! As far as we know, there is still a Toontown opening an hour after park opening where characters greet the first guests. Arrive early to be near the front of the crowd and let us know if you see any Halloween costumes!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2019 at 6:54 p.m. Randee Says...

Thank you!

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Sep 19, 2019 at 12:11 a.m. Patty Says...

Hi! My family and I are heading to Disneyland Park on October 31st! We still want to dress up, are we allowed to sort of "disneybound"? or is it against the rules?

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Sep 20, 2019 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty!

As long as you follow the Disney costume guidelines (nothing dragging, nothing offensive, no pretend weapons), DisneyBounding is toadally fine! We love seeing all of the creative outfits :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2019 at 10:02 p.m. Karyn Says...

Can my son wear a hook on one hand like Captain Hook?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karyn!

As long as it's plastic, he should be good to go!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2019 at 6:31 p.m. Vanessa Sibley Says...

HI! We are going to the halloween bash and are deciding on costumes for the family. Does anyone know if entire face painting is allowed. I want to be sally and i know masks are not permited (only half the face may be covered) but is whole face painting allowed??? THANK YOU!!

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa!

Face painting is permitted!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2019 at 5:16 p.m. Sammi Schroeder Says...

Hi,

We are attending the Oogie Boogie bash and my 5 yr old is dressing up as Maleficent and she has wings, will they let her wear those? I'm sure they won't last more than an hour Lol

Thanks,

Sammi

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Sep 6, 2019 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sammi!

How cute! Wings are permitted as long as they aren't obtrusive and she may be asked to remove them on rides.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2019 at 4:04 a.m. Erika Says...

Hi There, This blog has had such great information! Do you have any details on how the kids go "trick or treating"? I'm wondering if that is something they do between shows, in a certain part of the park, or will we be so involved in all the other cool things going on at the Bash that we won't bother with trick or treating? Looking forward to more details and reviews when Halloween and the Bash is in full swing. Thanks much.

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Sep 6, 2019 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika!

There are specific trick-or-treat trails that will be noted on the map you receive when you enter the park. They'll be open all night, so you can hop in as you pass by (or, like you said, may decide to forego it and enjoy the other activities instead!).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2019 at 5:17 a.m. Laurie Says...

I have tickets that are no block tickets and we have planned for over 8 moths to be at Disneyland Sunday October 26 to Wednesday the 30th during the the OOGIE boogie party that happens a couple of the evenings... can we still be at the park for park hours and not attend the extra cost of the party?

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Sep 5, 2019 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laurie!

Oogie Boogie will only be taking place at California Adventure, so on nights that the party is going on, California Adventure will close down early to guests who don't have separate party tickets. Disneyland will maintain normal operating hours, though, so you'll still be able to hop over to Disneyland Park even if you don't have Oogie Boogie tickets!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2019 at 5:15 a.m. Ray Says...

I bought the halloween ticket and I was wonderi g if I am able to go to both parks

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Sep 3, 2019 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ray!

This year, the Oogie Boogie Bash ticket only permits you access to California Adventure; if you wanted to hop over to Disneyland Park, you'd need a separate ticket, unfortunately.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2019 at 3:30 a.m. Shannon Says...

Hi! I have tickets for October 6th but when I try to make dinner reservations it seems you can only make them for downtown. is there going to be dinner packages available during the party?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

We haven't seen any dinner packages available yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2019 at 6:50 a.m. Sarah Says...

I am just wondering, will Fantasmic Dining Packages and World of Colour Dessert Party be available during Halloween? I keep checking the Disneyland site and there are no times / dates available still for the first week of October. Are these events / packages cancelled during Halloween or just released closer to the date?

Thank you

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Aug 22, 2019 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

These should still be around - they'll just be released a little closer to your visiting dates, as you noted :) World of Color Dessert Parties will not be available during nights where Oogie Boogie Bash is going on, which is why you'll see some dates are already greyed out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2019 at 4:07 a.m. Lesley Brooks Says...

We are heading to Disneyland on the 5th November. Will all of the Halloween decorations be gone by then and also will many rides be closed ie: Haunted House and Space mountain to remove their Halloween themes?.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesley!

You’ll see a mix of Halloween and Christmas as they go down and up in that period. Haunted Mansion Holiday will be open and Space Mountain will be Hyperspace Mountain. “it’s a small world” will be closed.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2019 at 11:11 p.m. Leanne Says...

Hi there! I'm curious about the rules for adult costumes. It says adults can dress up too, but I'm wondering to what extent. Can me and my friends wear princess dresses to the Oogie-Boogie Bash, or will that go against the dress policy?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leanne!

Princess dresses should be just fine, as long as your faces aren't covered and nothing is obstructive (i.e., a tutu that's hard to get in a ride car)!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2019 at 6:45 p.m. Lynn T Says...

Hi there! The last time I’ve been to Disneyland was 4 years ago, but it seems Disneyland is just getting to complicated with tickets , Maxpass vs fastpass, etc. can you tell me if the Halloween bash at CA adventures means regular ticket holders have to leave early?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynn!

We toadally understand - it can all be a little confusing, but we're hoppy to help! Oogie Boogie Bash - A Disney Halloween Party at California Adventure is limited to party-goers only (since it's a separately ticketed event), so California Adventure will close early for general admission (though Disneyland will remain open for you to hop to if you opt not to partake in the party!).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. Emily Says...

What happens on November 1st? Is DL still decorated for Halloween??

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Aug 19, 2019 at 5:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

The Halloween decorations get taken down in the first week of November (generally a little later than the first) and then transition to Christmas. The official start of the holiday season at Disneyland is Nov. 8, so all Christmas decorations should be up by then.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2019 at 12:47 p.m. LuAnn Says...

Where can I buy tickets for October 17 Halloween party?

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Aug 19, 2019 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi LuAnn!

You can buy those here. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2019 at 3:27 p.m. Abbie Says...

Hi,

I was starting to plan a trip for our son’s fifth birthday in October. I’m not sure we want to buy special tickets for the Halloween party. Do you know what time the park closes for the event?

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Aug 12, 2019 at 12:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abbie!

California Adventure will close at 6 for the party, while Disneyland will remain open until regular closing hours (anytime from 10 p.m. - 12 a.m.).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2019 at 2:30 a.m. Ryan Says...

Currently there are no fireworks scheduled at all for the September dates that are currently available. Is it unlikely they will show fireworks then :( I would have thought they'd show it on the first night of Halloween there. I will be there from 2nd September to 6th September (a Friday, and also first day of Halloween at Disney), and so I was hoping to see at least one fireworks display.

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Aug 10, 2019 at 9:08 p.m. Norma Says...

Tickets for the Halloween party on October 31 are sold out. Is more tickets will be released later?

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Norma!

Unfortunately, when the tickets are gone, they are usually gone for the good! We'll keep our eyes and ears open though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2019 at 5:17 a.m. Liz Says...

Is there a Halloween parade in either parks? We are heading there at the end of Sept. are those good dates to experience Halloween in Disneyland?

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Aug 8, 2019 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

The Halloween parade, Frightfully Fun, will take place at California Adventure on select nights when the Oogie Boogie Bash is hoppening. While Oogie Boogie Bash requires a separate entry ticket, Disneyland Park guests can enjoy nightly Halloween-themed fireworks and decorations beginning Sept. 6. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 4, 2019 at 4:08 p.m. bre Says...

I have never been during halloween time before and i am so confused by this halloween party. we are going to be there sept 16-19 and I am not planning on taking my family to the halloween party does that mean we have to leave the parks at 6? Or does one park stay open for guests who arent paying for the party? I can't see Disney's calendar to see what is going on for that week

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Aug 5, 2019 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bre!

Disneyland only releases its park hours about a month or so in advance, so we should be able to see the park hours to be certain in just a few days (it sounds like you've already taken a peek, but you'll be able to see those here.) From what we've heard, Disneyland Park will stay open its regular hours on nights that Oogie Boogie Bash is going on, though California Adventure will close early for the party. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 30, 2019 at 11:23 a.m. Matthew D Says...

Hi! I will be visiting Disneyland September 12 and 13th this year. How do you thing the crowds will be for this time of the year?

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Jul 30, 2019 at 9:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matthew!

According to our Crowd Calendar, those will be great dates to head to the parks (5 and 6 out of 10, respectively). Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2019 at 2:33 p.m. Richard Says...

In years past, the Halloween time ticket at Disneyland was good for both parks. Seems like the ticket will only let you get in to DCA in 2019 (with the price staying the same). Is that the case?

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Jul 17, 2019 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Richard!

That's correct; this year's party admission only grants you entry to California Adventure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2019 at 4:19 p.m. CRYSTAL PALMERTON Says...

So if I don't purchase an Oogie Boogie Bash Party ticket, but I have a hopper pass, can i just hop over to Disneyland park until it closes? I am confused about when the parks close during Halloween. I don't want to spend money on an extra ticket, however I still want to stay later and enjoy the park with my kiddos. I was told both parks close early due to Halloween. Can you help answer all these questions?

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Aug 2, 2019 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

If you have a Park Hopper pass, that's correct - as California Adventure closes for Oogie Boogie for the night, you'd be able to hop over to Disneyland Park. In years past, a Halloween party admission ticket granted you access to BOTH parks, so in years past, both parks did close early. This year, however, Disneyland is expected to have normal October operating hours (closing sometime between 9 and 11) since Oogie Boogie is only taking place in California Adventure. Right now, September and October hours haven't been released, but we're keeping an eye out! Hours will be posted here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2019 at 5:02 p.m. Kay Says...

Hello I am inquiring about the Halloween time for the Orlando resort. And is the nightmare before Christmas them there.

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