Insider Tips to Make the Most of a Halloween Party at Disneyland
Halloweentime is one of my favorite seasons of the year, as the weather starts changing & the fall decorations go up, and everyone prepares for the spookiest day of the year! What could make the spookiest day of the year even better is spending it at the Happiest Place on Earth! Every year Disneyland closes down California Adventure early to host Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (now called the Oogie Boogie Bash) on select nights in October that allows you to trick-or-treat in your best Halloween costume & party with your Disney pals! I have been a couple of times with my family back when I was a teenager (feels so long ago) so it might be a little different than what we experienced. But I wanted to share my top tips for how to take advantage of your time partying like the ghosts of the graveyard!
1 | Go All Out & Dress Up
Halloween is all about dressing up in fun costumes to show off your spirit of the season so make sure that you and your little ones strut your stuff! This is also the one time a year that adults can dress up in costumes, as the rest of the time it is not allowed so coordinate a cute Disney group or solo costume. Even if some members of your family don’t want to go the Disney costume route, still dress up in fun costumes together. Again, have fun with it as this time only comes once a year!
2 | Take Advantage of all the Extra Events
Part of going to the Halloween party is so you can participate in activities that aren’t available to regular park guests, in addition to having the park closed down just for you. Activities like dance parties with specially dressed Disney characters, trick-or-treat candy stalls, spooky mazes with Disney villains lurking around, and special Disney character meet-and-greets like Mickey and pals dressed up in their fun costumes and classic Disney villains. One year, I about died because I got to meet my favorite Disney villain, Hades, which was one of my dreams come true!
3 | Try ALL of the Food
Disney Parks are always a place to eat amazing food but Halloweentime is an even better time to go have some special, limited time only snacks. From Mickey shaped pumpkin-spiced beignets, to special ice cream sundaes with gummy worms, make sure you try as many tasty morsels as you can! But don’t forget to save room for candy!
4 | Don’t Be Afraid to Load Up on Candy
What would Halloween be without trick-or-treating for candy?? Disneyland doesn’t let that tradition pass by just because you are at a theme park. All over the park are special candy stands with Cast Members ready to fill up your bag with tons of sweet treats! Trick-or-treat bags are available free as you come into the party and don’t be afraid to go back for more candy throughout the night! No one is going to turn you away because there is PLENTY! If you are somehow on sugar overload and looking for a less sweet snack, healthier options like apple slices, carrot sticks, & granola bars are also available to satisfy your late night munchies. Trust me when I saw that you might be wanting to grab one of those snacks after all the candy you get!
5 | Get a Good Spot for the Special Fireworks or Show
No day at Disney would be complete without a special show to close out the night. At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, that is a special World of Color show that features all your favorite villains and spooky Disney moments all in tune to water fountains! If you’re looking for a more classic firework shows, outside of the party, Disneyland also has the Halloween Screams Fireworks show every night for all park guests.
Halloweetime at Disneyland is one of a kind but Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party gives you that extra dose of Halloween fun that will be remembered for years to come!
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