Top 5 Things to Do for Halloween at Disneyland Resort

Top 5 Things to Do for Halloween at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort during the spooky season is well…. spooky. With haunting ride overlays, ghostly frights, and Halloween screams, there is a ton to do to get you in the mood for the season. So, whether you’re headed to Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure or Downtown Disney, here are our Top 5 Things to do for Halloween at Disneyland.

Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland

Haunted Mansion Holiday| Disneyland

The BEST reason to make the trip to Disneyland in the Fall is the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay featuring Jack Skellington and friends from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. This Haunted Mansion holiday overlay means the Haunted Mansion closes for a bit before the season starts. But when it opens you can see unique NBC decor, and Jack Skellington himself overtaking the Haunted Mansion’s happy haunts. PLUS, every year gets a brand new Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Gingerbread house inside the Haunted Mansion’s iconic dining room. Perfect for Halloween and Christmas! 

Haunted Mansion at Disneyland

Halloween Screams Fireworks | Disneyland

Halloween at Disneyland is made all the more fun with the Disney Villains in this Fireworks Show! This Disney Villains Halloween Fireworks Show at Disneyland Park runs 10 minutes and is shown on select nights throughout the season. Check out the Disneyland Entertainment Schedule to see if this is showing during your vacation. 

Headless Horseman Disneyland Halloween

Cars Land Ride Overlays for the Halloween season

Halloween Ride Overlays |Disney California Adventure

Ride overlays show up for Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, and run through the season. So be sure to head to your favorites to experience spooky fun, Halloween music, and characters in costume. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark

Just in time for Halloween, you can join friends from the Guardians of the Galaxy for spooky fun at Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout. 

Radiator Springs Cars Land

Radiator Screams

Head to Cars Land to see your favorite Radiator Springs Racers all decked out in Halloween attire. 

Cars Land Halloween

Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween

Celebrate Luigi’s favorite holiday at the honkin’-est dance party in Radiator Screams.

Luigi's Honkin' Haul o ween

Maters Graveyard Jam-BOO-ree

Another Halloween overlay in Cars Land, this ride features high-spirited fun to great music. 

Plaza de la familiga Disneyland Disney California Adventure

Plaza de la Familia | Disney’s California Adventure Park

September 1- November 2, 2023

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at Disneyland through September and October with Coco. Honoring Family and the Spirit of Día de Los Muertos in Disney’s California Adventure Park, you can experience this cultural event with food, song, and special events. 

  • Memory Wall and the Mexican Árbol de la Vida
  • Miguel Meet and Greet
  • Paradise Gardens Decor and Crafts
  • A Musical Celebration of Coco

Downtown Disney Halloween

Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit | Downtown Disney

September 8- October 31, 2023

Peruse the Downtown Disney District to pinpoint a pleasant patch of pumpkins and pick up a spooky surprise. This is a scavenger hunt game you can buy at participating shops, and then turn it in for a prize! Read all about Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit in Downtown Disney.

Oogie Boogie at Grand Californian Hotel

Halloween Display at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Displayed in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, accessible from Disney’s California Adventure Park you can see a larger-than-life Halloween display made from Rice Krispie treats! Complete with 15 hidden Mickeys, this is one of our favorite Fun and Free Things to do at Disneyland. Each year the characters, and design change, so it makes for a lovely tradition on an annual trip. Plus visiting Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel is always a treat! 

Disneyland Halloween

Top 5 Things Halloween at Disneyland

Head to Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and Downtown Disney this fall season for all the Halloween fun. From new Halloween snacks to Halloween decorations and special events, there is plenty to fill your day and help you kick off the spooky season. And be sure to pin the web story to have this Disneyland Halloween List at your fingertips. 

The TOP 5 Things to do at Disneyalnd Resort this Halloween Season

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