Although I had been to Disneyland dozens of times, I had never been during Halloween Time. Yet, since my husband and daughter both had a fall break, we decided to visit “the happiest place on earth” during this festive time. Although our kids weren’t quite ready to go on the Haunted Mansion or Space Mountain, we had a great visit. Here are some tips from a mom on how to have a great visit to Disneyland during Halloween Time.
The main difference is the decorations. Kids will really love the giant pumpkin on main street. Rides like the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain have some different Halloween surprises and decor. These rides may be too scary for younger kids. Space Mountain also has a height restriction. There are also some special treats like Mickey Pumpkin caramel apples.
Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch
Kids of all ages will enjoy the Halloween carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. Although the park was on the crowded side, this area wasn’t too busy. We saw Minnie and Mickey dressed up in Halloween attire. Although there is often a line to see these characters around the park, there were only a few people in line. This is a great opportunity to take photos with all of your favorite Disney characters (and also have autograph books signed). The halloween carnival is where you will likely see some Halloween villans too. There is also a craft table. When we went, they were giving out masks to color. This is an ideal place to take a break from the lines and have a snack. Listen to some music, kick back and enjoy!
Mickey’s Halloween Party
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a separate event that takes place on select evenings in September and October. The tickets are slightly cheaper and the party typically starts around 6 or 7 p.m. However, you can enter the park up to three hours earlier. Be aware that daytime ticket and annual pass holders cannot go to Mickey’s Halloween party without an additional ticket to the party. However, since we had a pass, we went over to California Adventure for the evening portion of our visit. You can also do this if you have a park-hopper ticket. Some of the festivities at the Halloween party include trick-or-treat stations, a parade and a special fireworks show. The party goes late into the night. Thus, if you live further away you might want to book a hotel room.
If you are going to Disneyland during Halloween time, it’s fun for kids to dress up. However, a word to the wise: make sure to read the costumes guidelines at Disneyland.disney.go.com. It’s important that your child’s costume doesn’t drag on the ground or have sharp objects. In addition, costumes shouldn’t promote violence. Try to choose a comfortable Halloween costume. And, if your child has a poofy princess dress with heels you might want to bring some more comfortable attire. That way, they can change if they feel itchy or too hot. I always bring my kids pajamas so they can change before we go home. Bring some Halloween jammies so they still feel festive.
Halloween Time at Disneyland is full of fun and surprises for the entire family!
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