Reminiscing about Disneyland Halloween Time

While going thru my backlog, I came across pictures of Husband and I when we were at Disneyland last year for Halloween Time celebrating our wedding anniversary.  Since we’ll be dealing with a one-month old by the time October rolls around again, we probably won’t be going this year (SAD!!!) but I figure I’d share the fun to entice you to go in our stead.  ;)  The whole park is decorated, some of the rides get Halloween-ified, and there are some seasonal treats like Mickey Mouse Jack-o-lantern candy apples as well as the regular eats that I recommend you splurge on.

It's Halloween time!

We never tried the corn dogs at Disneyland until this trip.  Lots of people raved about them so I had to see if the hype was worth it.  It was.  SOOOO GOOD!  We stopped at the Little Red Wagon on Main Street USA both days we were there.

BEST. Corndog on earth...

We’ve been to Disneyland a lot but rarely ever went over to Tom Sawyer Island.  I guess at some point it was redone to be all Pirates of the Caribbean.  It’s a cool area to run around in if you’re a kid and into Pirates.

Pirate's Island

I think my most favorite thing about Halloween Time at Disneyland is the fact that they re-do The Haunted Mansion in a The Nightmare Before Christmas theme. My favorite ride combined with one of my favorite movies….

The Haunted Mansion, TNBC style

Along with The Haunted Mansion, the New Orleans Square section houses Cafe Orleans, a sit-down restaurant serving some Creole classics. We stopped in for a lunch.  Pommes Frites (this version ended up being garlic Parmesan fries), a Monte Cristo, and a chicken Gumbo crepe did not leave us any room for the Mickey Mouse beignets.  Next time, I guess!

Doing it up Creole style

In the back area of Big Thunder Mountain Ranch, there were some awesome carved pumpkins.

Pumpkins!

Over at California Adventure, they have a water and lights show called World of Color which you have to rush to get fast passes for the day’s two showings. After a little bit of research, we found out for $39.99/pp, we could get a dinner dining package which would get us a 3-course meal at Ariel’s Grotto or Wine Country Trattoria and tickets for the Preferred Viewing area. Since it was our anniversary, we opted to do that and chose Wine Country Trattoria. We had dined here before and thought the food pretty good. Plus, they serve booze! It’s definitely one of the best “bang for your buck” eateries in the park, I think. We were served a salad with goat cheese and candied walnuts as well as some delicious seasoned focaccia bread as starters. For our mains, I went with the lamb shank and Husband chose the spaghetti. Dessert was a little tray of 4 different pastries.

Dinner is served

As for the Preferred Viewing area, it’s definitely better than other spots and you are centered, but it’s all standing so if you are vertically challenged, you won’t catch everything. It’s a pretty spectacular show though.

World of Color

The weekend we were there was also opening weekend for ElecTRONica, a night time event at California Adventure themed after the movie, Tron: Legacy. The Hollywood Backlot area gets lit up with neon and they have a DJ spinning, face painting and Flynn’s Arcade where you can play vintage arcade games, Wii and the Tron game featured in the original movie.  Alcohol is served from various carts and people hang out and dance.  A big outdoor club, I guess, you could call it.

ElecTRONica

Yup, I heart Disneyland, especially Halloween Time. The park isn’t as crowded and the weather is cooler which are added bonuses.  I can’t wait till my kiddo is old enough for us to take him!

Disneyland Halloween Time runs Sept 16th to Oct 31st.

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4 comments on “Reminiscing about Disneyland Halloween Time

  1. During Halloween, there’s a week where you can take your kids trick or treating in CA Adventure for a whopping $25. We should take the kiddos. I have an infant peacock costume Nolan can use!

  2. Sounds like an idea!

  3. samantha on said:

    mickeys halloween party tickets are anywhere from 49-64 dollars deppending on what day you go

  4. sorry forgot to mention the trick or treat party moved from dca to disneyland in 2010You are invited to Mickey’s Halloween Party! Dress up your little ones, don a costume of your own and Trick-or-Treat at Disneyland Park. Buy early and save on select nights.

    Spine-Tingling Attractions and Entertainment

    Take part in all kinds of frightful family fun:

    Viewing of the boo-tiful Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular — exclusively for Mickey’s Halloween Party Guests
    Admission to the Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time
    Take photos with favorite Disney Villains
    Special treat stations offering both yummy candy and healthy goodies
    Dress up and enjoy the ghoulish goings-on at Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade
    At Piratepalooza in Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, kick up your boots with Goofy and other swashbucklers.
    Come to Tomorrowland Terrace for Buzz Lightyear’s Intergalactic Space Jam — a hi-energy dance party that goes to infinity and beyond
    Access to nearly all attractions, including all the Halloween-themed attractions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday
    Lively music so your bones can boogie
    Plus, lots more entertainment for little boys and ghouls
    You’ll also enjoy complimentary parking for one vehicle. Larger vehicles may require an additional fee.

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