My Favorite Things About Mickey's Halloween Party (Disneyland)
My family and I were able to attend Mickey's Halloween Party a couple weeks ago. In the last couple years, more dates have been added as the yearly event has become more popular. Many dates sell out early and it is rare that there are tickets available the day of. This year it started as early as September 23rd with another sixteen dates including Halloween (Oct 31st).
How does it work?
Mickey's Halloween Party is a separate, hard ticket event. It is an additional cost as it is a premium event. It's really a good value ($79-$99) if you don't have an Annual Pass, and just want a chance to go to Disneyland. You can enter the Park as early as 4pm and enjoy some of the daily offerings. The event ends at midnight.
There are special food offerings that are Halloween themed. All the entertainment is exclusive to these Halloween party nights. There is a special event map that provides a lot of information.
Here are some of my favorite things from Mickey's Halloween Party, 2016.
COSTUMES, COSTUMES, COSTUMES!
Seeing what costumes people wear is one of the highlights for my family. People get really into it and can get clever. There are groups of people who will all dress to the same theme. You know they all enjoyed thinking up their costumes together. Here are a couple of my favorites:
This was a family who came dressed as the floating lanterns from Tangled. They decorated their stroller to be the gondola from the scene. My husband spoke to the group. One of the ladies had the idea so it got done. Someone in the group owned a shirt shop and had these black shirts with the sun image on the front. Sorry, I didn't get a photo of that. It was really fun to see this group walking around the Park that evening. You knew immediately what they were.
This moment was by far the funniest of the evening for me. To witness this scene at this particular location made me laugh. It was just the perfect setting.
There are costume guidelines but so long as you don't have a mask that covers your face, than you are good. Seeing this family of dinosaurs walking around Disneyland made my night.
My family kinda went east on our "costumes" this year. We all dug deep into a vast Disney library of characters that included a Disney movie, a Pixar short and Disney animated feature.
My daughter dressed up as Mia Thermopolis from the Princess Diaries. My husband, MacSparky, and I dressed up as Tadashi and Hiro from Big Hero 6. MacSparky bought the logo hat and shirt from Etsy. Sorry we didn't get a great photo of that. My younger daughter went as Bambino, from the Pixar short, La Luna. Hey...when else and where can you get dressed up in some fun costumes at Disneyland?
Halloween Party Entertainment
There is exclusive entertainment for Mickey's Halloween Party. There was a new parade this year that was shown twice during the evening. Billed as the "Frightfully Fun Parade", it featured a variety of Disney Villains along with some themed floats and ghoulish dancers. The pre-parade anticipation was all about the arrival of the Headless Horseman that made his way through the parade route.
We came upon this interactive scarecrow in Frontierland. He seemed to be enjoying the evening by making remarks at Guests' costumes as well as having conversation with passerbys.
On the Rivers of America, the Cadaver Dans sang ghoulish songs all night.
Photo Ops with Disney Characters
There are plenty of locations where people could take photos with Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes. There were also locations where you could take photos with lesser known or not frequently seen characters.
Here's a photo of my sweet friend, Corrine, with Mickey & Minnie in their Halloween finery. Corrine went all out with her handmade and clever costume choice. It is a tribute to a classic DIsneyland attraction paying tribute to a famous Imagineer.
Where else can grown-ups trick-or-treat? When you enter, each Guest gets a small treat bag. There are designated treat stations throughout the park. You visit one and the area might have anywhere from 3 or more kiosks where you visit and "trick-or-treat." You'ld be surprised at how much candy you get. Some people love to visit them all and go back for more. We just went to get enough treats to snack through the night and then went on some more rides.
I think my favorite is all the different Halloween projections throughout the Park. It really adds to the atmosphere and are fun to see. At "it's a small world" and at the Castle, the projections have music that accompany the images.
If you attend or plan to attend next year, make sure you go in costume. You will have more fun being dressed up. Make an effort. Or even better, plan to go with friends/family and think of a fun group costume. Get there early and have dinner so you can get that out of the way; then you have time to take photos with characters, make your way through the treat stations, see entertainment, or get on some rides.