Three Things to Know About Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is just around the corner! As you plan for the spookiest time of year, which runs September 11 through November 1, I’ve got some things you should keep in mind.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

1. Halloween Time Dazzles During Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – We’ve added three new nighttime spectaculars during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and you can see them all during Halloween Time!

Please note: Guests visiting with regular admission during Mickey’s Halloween Party dates will not be able to view “Paint the Night” parade or either fireworks spectaculars. If you plan to watch “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, please check the calendar at to be sure you are attending on a non-party night. All show schedules are subject to change.

Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park

2. Get Your Mickey’s Halloween Party Tickets Early – Even with 17 available nights, Mickey’s Halloween Party is sure to fill up fast! Purchase your tickets in advance here.

And as you’re getting your Halloween costume ready to show off at Mickey’s Halloween Party, don’t forget to check the costume guidelines here.

Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

3. Daytime Fun During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – If you do not plan to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party, we’ve got fun in store for you during the day:

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Read more about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort here!


  • Hello! HELP??? My family is visiting Disneyland October 15th-19th. I have been trying to purchase the Halloween Party Tickets and the website is sold out. Is there any other way to purchase? This is so disappointing… we have our hotel booked, regular tickets purchased, and days requested off from work and school. HELP?

  • So, what I´m getting from all the comments is I can purchase only the party tickets and arrive at about 4pm and have access, even if my day tickets are for other days? thanks!

  • Hi, I already purchased my tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party (for 10/16), and I was wondering when I will receive my tickets? ***Also, what will the envelopes look like, (possible sent address, zip code, etc.), because I REALLY DON’T want to mistakenly throw away the envelope containing the tickets!!!
    Thanks, Jack

  • @Kimberly, guests that do not have party tickets (which I believe ultimately will give you a special wrist band) will be told to exit the park when the time arrives. Those that still stay that do not have wrist bands (or whatever is done this year) will be asked to leave.

  • Will there be Halloween themed & dressed up characters during the day time if you are not going to the Halloween party event? Also, if you are not going to the event and the park closes to those without the tickets, how do they get the other people out?

  • @ANDI, can’t answer the first question, but Disneyland does not have a dessert party for the Halloween party. They are, however, offering a new (pricey) dining experience called “Mystical Spirits at Blue Bayou”:

    @Joyce, it appears that there won’t be any villains roaming about the park during the day. 🙁

  • So there will be no Disney Villains wondering about the park this year? We will be there on 09/21 for my 50th and I was looking forward to catching pictures with them.

  • This question is kind of off track but as I read thru the comments it seems as if the ranch is closing, correct?
    I only found the ranch as an adult and do love it-say its not so..
    Also at Disney world they have what they call HalloWishes Dessert Premium package, is DLC offering a like event at the Mickey Halloween Party??

  • @Serena, just checked out the daily calendar for Sep 28th (2nd party night) and it now shows Paint the Night (scheduled for 8:50 PM). The 5-day calendar also shows Paint the Night now every day. Start time changes from night-to-night, but seems to always be within the 8 o’clock hour.

  • I have to say, I find it extremely disappointing that so much has been cut from the Halloweentime celebration this year. Just because the 60th anniversary is going on, that doesn’t mean you can’t have Halloween! It’s very disappointing that there will be no villains or characters in special outfits during the daytime. Those elements are what made Halloweentime at Disneyland so much more special than Walt Disney World, which does nothing for day guests. Much sadness.

  • Hi Erin,

    Do you know if the Halloween Tree will be decorated and up this year? It’s a family favorite.


  • And BTW when I said $15,000 that’s their loss per year, not just once…

  • My family is beyond disappointed about Jamboree being gone. That’s what made all the holidays (Halloween, Christmas, and Easter) more special in Disneyland. That’s what gave it that fuzzy, warm feeling. That’s what separated Disneyland from all the other cold amusement parks without special ambiance. With Jumboree gone Disneyland is no different than Legoland, Knottsberry Farm, Six Flags… People don’t come to Disneyland just for the rides. They come because of the way Disneyland makes them feel. Hearing that Jamboree is gone forever I don’t see a point of renewing our family Annual Passes. For many years we’ve been buying Deluxe passes for everyone in our family, coming to Disneyland every week & spending at least $200 per visit on food & merchandise, more on special occasions such as birthdays. So you are going to loose at least $15,000 from our family, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like that…

  • @Ricky…thanks for the info! That is good to hear. I hope they update the calendar as well so I know the exact time for planning instead of just guessing.

  • Is there a photopass plus package available for the party only like at WDW.

  • @Serena, others… here’s a reply from Shawn Slater regarding if Paint the Night will be playing on Party nights…

    “Ricky – At Disneyland this year, “Paint the Night” will be performed during Mickey’s Halloween Party, as well as on non-party nights, so as many of our Guests as possible can enjoy this spectacular new parade.”

    I’ve just contacted Disneyland regarding the 5-day and daily event calendars to ensure they are updated to reflect this.

  • @Brian, Just as you can on Disneyland’s web pages, go to and go to “Things to Do” section. You can then select an activity (e.g. attractions), then filter that list on “Age Interest” to show those attractions suited for little ones. Same can be done for entertainment, etc.

  • Sorry, Disney World—-i.e. Magic Kingdom???

  • We will be visiting Halloween week and physically there for October 31…we don’t want to do the Not so scary Halloween party b/c the kiddos are small and might not make it….so what does Disneyland offer during the day for little ones?

  • So disappointed to hear there will be no Halloween carnival, no carvers and no Halloween Parade. My family and I had such a wonderful time Last year that we said we were going to come again this year, well we talked some friends and other family into going this year. We bought our tickets and are just finding out that the few things that we really liked about Hallloween will no longer be there. Next year we will pass. Fieel bad we talked others into coming . Who can we complain to at Disneyland. I still love Disneylsnd and will continue to come. But wil not be coming for the Mickeys Halloween Party.

  • Bummer; Pirates of the Carribean looks like it will be offline from 13-Sept all the way through 29-Sept. Here’s hoping they move that up a bit (to open as much as possible during Halloween time). Or, that it won’t take as long.

  • Half of the halloween decorations are not going up? So is the park going to display the 60th decorations for a full calendar year and displace the holiday themed decorations?

  • @Serena, Sounds like what happened a bit last month. The very last dining reservation I needed to book was for October 1st. People were supposed to be able to book that date starting August 2nd, but it took a couple extra days to get things solidified. Hopefully they get that solidified soon to prevent a mad rush of people all trying to book dining.

  • @Ricky. I am so glad that I am not the only one seeing the mismatched info. Regarding the dining reservation, the website said you can call in to book 60 days in advance cause the calendar is supposed to update up to 60 days. Unfortunately when I called, the rep said october has the halloween party special event so the upper management hasnt release the finalized park hours schedule yet. Until the schedule is released, they arent allowed to take any reservation. Plus, they said there has been something glitches with the website calendar. But seriously how many upper management staff at disney? Disney hosted halloween party for many years already. Plus Halloween parties’ date/time are already released. Why they have so much trouble releasing the remaining park schedule or fixing the website’s calendar? By today is 8/23, the calendar is updated to 10/3 only. Their updated schedule is late by 20 days (almost a month)? I probably will call them again to ask if there is any update difference from the website and I can make reservation yet.

  • Speaking of the calendar, I put in a request to have the calendar always show 60 days ahead of today. That will make it easier to plan dining since that can be reserved up to 60 days in advance. We have 35 days left for our trip to start and there isn’t a calendar entry yet for the last day we’ll be there.

  • @Serena, count me confused as well. I see what you mean. On Sept 25th, 28th and 30th (party nights so far included on the calendar), Paint the Night isn’t listed. Thankfully it’s at least marked down to play all during the week on non-party nights. Hopefully this was an oversight. I know it was discussed that Paint the Night would play every single night (replaces the Cavalcade on party nights)

  • I am condused. Many places included Disney main website regarding the party mention that Paint the night parade will be part of Mickey’s Halloween Party. How come the main website’s park calendar doesnt list the parade on Party night? It only list Mickey’s Soundasational parade at 3pm.

  • @Fernanda, I’m almost positive that Fantasmic will not play on any Halloween party night (since some of the nighttime entertainment of the party involves the Rivers of America. The current calendar only shows up to September 30th. So far for Halloween time starting on Sept 11th, Fantasmic is only scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (except for Fridays that happen to have a Halloween party).

    @Danny, good question. I just looked at our physical tickets for the event and it doesn’t make any mention of a pre-party. Tickets only provide the hour that we can enter the park and when the party starts/ends. The web page detailing the party, as you may know, doesn’t mention a pre-party either.

  • My family and I were looking forward to seeing the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch for the first time this year. Very disappointed to hear it won’t be returning. We had heard a lot of nice things about it. It sounds like it would have been fun to see…

  • Yay! Coming to my first Halloween party in October!

  • Hi Erin,

    Can you tell us of there will be a pre-party at the Halloween party this year?


  • Hi Erin!I’m planning to visit Disneyland on October 15th-21th my concern is that if there will be the show Fantasmic during Halloween party or only on no-party nights?

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