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| 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!
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.
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.
Head to Cars Land to see your favorite Radiator Springs Racers all decked out in Halloween attire.
Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween
Celebrate Luigi’s favorite holiday at the honkin’-est dance party in Radiator Screams.
Maters Graveyard Jam-BOO-ree
Another Halloween overlay in Cars Land, this ride features high-spirited fun to great music.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.