We’re coming to you with some Halloween breaking boos (get it?)! The Disneyland Resort has announced plans for a hauntingly happy Halloween season from Sept. 3 through Oct. 31, 2021. From the return of the popular Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure Park to a nighttime show at Disneyland Park and plenty of seasonal overlays, it’s going to be a ghoulishly good time at the Anaheim parks this fall. Here’s what’s happening this Halloween at Disneyland.
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park Are Transformed for Halloween
Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will be decked out for the scary season with the help of plenty of pumpkins and land and ride overlays. At Disney California Adventure, Cars Land will get its Haul-O-Ween makeover with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree transformed into Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Rolickin’ Roadsters turned into Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout! becomes Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark.
Over at Disneyland Park, Haunted Mansion gets the “Nightmare Before Christmas” treatment, becoming Haunted Mansion Holiday, an elaborate overlay that typically spans both Halloween and the holiday seasons and is a can’t-miss for fans of Jack Skellington, Sally, Zero and the rest of the gang.
Every night from Sept. 3–Oct. 31 at Disneyland Park, “Halloween Screams,” a supernatural projection and special effects show, will be visible from Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, and near “It’s a Small World.” On weekend nights the show will also include fireworks.
Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party Returns
Everyone’s favorite dice-rolling villain from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is back as the fiendish host of his namesake fete. Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party is coming to Disney California Adventure for 25 nights in September and October. The parties are from 6-11pm and require a separate ticket from regular theme park admission. Party guests can enter the park as early as 3pm, nabbing you a whopping eight hours of park time.
Guests are invited to dress up in costume and discover all the scary surprises throughout the park. Trick or treat along immersive treat trails, spot characters sweet (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald Duck) and scary (plenty of Disney villains). Catch the “Frightfully Fun Parade,” led by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow followed by a cavalcade of characters and villains. Guests can also explore Villains Grove, where Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has been transformed with special lighting, projections and effects to create an enchanting and mysterious space and spot favorite characters during the “Mickey’s Trick & Treat” show.
Oogie Boogie Bash dates are: Sept. 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30; Oct. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31. Tickets start at $114 and include unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital downloads. Tickets go on sale July 13 no earlier than 9am PT at Disneyland.com.
Other Special Offerings
Plaza de la Familia in Paradise Gardens returns to Disney California Adventure from Sept. 3–Nov. 2. The Dia de los Muertos-inspired celebration includes “A Musical Celebration of Coco” street show, Mariachi music, an art exhibit, photo locations and a memory wall.
And outside the park gates, from Sept. 9-Oct. 31, a new Halloween-themed pumpkin hunt, Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit, will be coming to the Downtown Disney District.
Ready to plan your trip to the Happiest Place on Earth? Disneyland Resort has announced a new summer ticket offer for California residents with ticket deals valid through Sept. 30, 2021, so take advantage if you’re planning your Halloween trip in September!
This story was originally published by Marin Magazine.
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Brooke Geiger McDonald is the editor in chief of Make It Better Media Group. A Chicago native, she has worked for publications like O, The Oprah Magazine and SHAPE Magazine and her work has appeared in Parents, TravelPulse, Attractions Magazine, MSN, Disney Food Blog, and more. At home, she is outnumbered by her husband and two sons, and the four of them are certifiable Disney and Star Wars fanatics, always counting down the days to their next Disney vacation. Her favorite nonprofits to support include The Walt Disney Birthplace and Shedd Aquarium. Follow her on Instagram @brookegmcdonald and Twitter @BrookeGMcDonald.