• On Nov 24, 2020
    Sarah from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When does Halloween in Disneyland typically start? We are planning to come mid-September but are hoping to avoid Halloween festivities. Are all parades, shows, etc. Halloween during September?

    Boo to you, Sarah, and welcome to planDisney! I think anyone would agree that 2020 has been a doozy… so I’d love to help you plan ahead for your Disneyland Resort adventures in 2021!

    Mid-September is a great time to visit the Happiest Place on Earth… though it does transform into the Spookiest Place on Earth around that time as well! To give you an idea of the timeline,  I pulled up some information from 2019. I found that Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party took place in Disney California Adventure Park on select nights from September 6 through October 31, 2019. So, by the end of the first week of September, you can typically expect to see Halloween decorations, attraction overlays, and festive seasonal treats. Since Oogie Boogie Bash was held in Disney California Adventure Park, that park closed to the general public a bit earlier on party nights, which were held on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Then, Guests needed a ticket to the Bash in order to stay inside the park for the event activities. 

    Inside Disneyland Park, there wasn’t a specific Halloween party in 2019, but there was still some Halloween Time fun, including the classic Haunted Mansion Holiday, which has always been a favorite of mine! There’s nothing like the Characters and story of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to get you in the Halloween and Holiday spirit! 

    So, to answer your question, yes, by mid-September, most of the entertainment is typically centered around the Halloween theme, including the World of Color show, “Villainous!” and the Halloween Screams nighttime spell-ebration, along with the Frightfully Fun Parade. Even the Characters tend to be dressed up for the occasion in their favorite Halloween costumes. So if you're hoping to avoid Halloween festivities altogether, you may want to consider visiting in late August instead. Then, you should be able to experience the parks without any Halloween décor or entertainment. 

    I hope this helps, Sarah. If you have any other planning questions, please stop back by planDisney… we’re all EARs, and we hope to see ya’ real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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