Throughout early fall, Disneyland Resort turns into a Halloween wonderland. Halloween events—some scary, some not—include holiday decorations at both Anaheim theme parks, a ghoulish version of Disneyland Park’s Space Mountain, and a nightmarish makeover at the Haunted Mansion. In Tomorrowland, freaky ghouls amp up the scream factor at Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. And of course, there’s the iconic Haunted Mansion, that gets decked out as Halloween Town, hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s classic film, A Nightmare Before Christmas.
Disney California Adventure Park has gotten its own Halloween makeover, too: Guardians of the Galaxy takes on a Monsters After Dark theme, while Cars Land’s “Haul-O-Ween” zone features costumed characters and the morphing of Radiator Springs into Radiator Screams. For some seasonal music, go by Mater’s Junkyard, rendered into Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree.
Spook-free (or just lightly spooky) options are plentiful, too—at Disneyland Resort, see elaborate orange works of art at a massive hand-carved Pumpkin Festival on Main Street U.S.A. And don’t forget to put the Adventure Park-hosted Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party on your list: You can see you favorite Disney characters decked out in their Halloween costumes, pose for photo ops with them, see Mickey’s Trick & Treat interactive live show, and more. In Frontierland starting in early September, take in food, art, and cultural displays featuring those famous colorful mariachi skeletons at the Dia de los Muertos event.
Insider tip: Consider splurging with tickets to the limited-capacity After Hours Boo Bash, lasting from nine to midnight on select nights. Special cavalcades of characters such as Jack Skellington and Maleficent (as a fire-breathing dragon) will roll down the street, Cadaver Dan’s Quartet comes back from the dead to perform, and more than 20 attractions and rides will have less wait times with the closure of the park to day guests. Offered mid-August through October.