Everything you need to know about Disneyland Halloween in 2023 ! Details about the Disneyland Halloween party Oogie Boogie Bash, Halloween treats, decorations, rides, and more! All of your questions about Disneyland Halloween time answered in one place – right here!
Disneyland Halloween Time 2023
Disney Parks just announced that all sorts of fun is coming back for Disneyland Halloween 2023! A lot of the photos in this post are from my trip last year, but I’ll be updating them for this year as soon as I’ve visited for Disneyland Halloween Time this year!
I’ve put together this Disneyland Halloween 2023 guide to give you an overview of all the Halloween fun that can be had at Disneyland this time of year! If I missed anything and you have questions, feel free to comment on this post and I’ll get you an answer!
Everything is updated for 2023 as far as we know it. If anything is still info from 2022 (to give you an idea before the Halloween fun starts), it’ll have a note that it’s from 2022!
What is Disneyland Halloween Time?
Before I get into the details, I thought I’d provide some basic details and answers to questions I know are going to come up!
Disneyland Halloween Time is the most spooktacular time of year at Disneyland Resort! It starts September 1st, 2023 and runs through Halloween on October 31st. 2023. It’s full of frighteningly fun food, fall decorations, Halloween celebrations, and seasonal ride overlays.
It’s more treats than tricks and definitely worth a visit to check out both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, the Downtown Disney District, and all the hotels!
And right now, you can get a great deal on tickets and hotel packages from my partner Get Away Today! See their latest deal below!
Okay so let’s really get started now and talk about all of the fun Halloween activities going on in Disneyland Resort during the Halloween season!
Disneyland Halloween Party: oogie Boogie Bash
Oogie Boogie Bash is the Disney Halloween Party that’s held on select nights during the season at Disney’s California Adventure Park. It’s a special ticketed event and the best place to meet villains, collect tons of treats, and see the only parade currently going on at Disneyland!
Oogie Boogie Bash is the only Halloween Party at Disneyland. If you’re looking for Mickey’s Halloween party, that’s officially Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and at Walt Disney World in Florida!
I wrote up an entire post about Oogie Boogie Bash here so I won’t rehash all of the details in this post here! There are fun decorations on Buena Vista Street, immersive trick or treat trails, a Halloween parade, and more!
If you want just basic details – Oogie Boogie Bash parties begin on Tuesday, September 5th and run through October 31st. Tickets go on sale for Magic Key holders on June 27th (no earlier than 9AM PST) and to the general public on June 29th (no earlier than 9AM PST).
Oogie Boogie Bash Party Dates
Here’s the full list of Oogie Boogie Bash party dates for 2023! I recommend buying your tickets early because the party sold out quickly last year! Parties are every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday beginning September 5th and ending on Halloween night.
- Tuesday, September 5th
- Thursday, September 7th
- Sunday, September 10th
- Tuesday, September 12th
- Thursday, September 14th
- Sunday, September 17th
- Tuesday, September 19th
- Thursday, September 21st
- Sunday, September 24th
- Tuesday, September 26th
- Thursday, September 28th
- Sunday, October 1st
- Tuesday, October 3rd
- Thursday, October 5th
- Sunday, October 8th
- Tuesday, October 10th
- Thursday, October 12th
- Sunday, October 15th
- Tuesday, October 17th
- Thursday, October 19th
- Sunday, October 22nd
- Tuesday, October 24th
- Thursday, October 26th
- Sunday, October 29th
- Tuesday, October 31st
Characters in Halloween Costumes
Halloween is one of the only times to see characters dressed up in costume at Disneyland! And they don’t just wear one costume – during our visit I saw characters in all sorts of different costumes!
And because it’s Disneyland, often times you’ll just see characters wandering around interacting with guests. We caught Chip and Dale in their cute skeleton costumes just hanging out with people taking pictures. It’s one of the reasons I love Disneyland so much!
Halloween Photo Opps
Throughout both the parks, there are fun Halloween specific photo opps to take advantage of! Some of them you can just use your phone (like with the great big Mickey Mouse pumpkin).
If you want a Giant Mickey pumpkin photo and don’t want to wait in line, grab one from the other side or just from the side. There was a huge line for the PhotoPass photographers, but none on the opposite side (there were shadows).
Other photos that include a little magic will require having a PhotoPass! My recommendation is to buy a Genie+ for $25+ a day for at least one person because that includes unlimited PhotoPass downloads as well – totally worth it to get Disney Genie Plus and Disney photos!
If you have a ticket to Oogie Boogie Bash or if you purchase Genie+ for the day, PhotoPass is included with the event for free so you’ll be able to take as many FREE PhotoPass photos during the party as you’d like!
Disneyland Halloween Treats
There are about a gazillion different Disneyland Halloween treats you can try, and I tried all of them! And wrote reviews on all of them. This Disneyland Halloween treats post is long, but it has all of the information you could ever need about what to eat during Disneyland Halloween time!
Here are just a few pictures of some of my favorites from previous years! Once we get the Disneyland Halloween foodie guide for 2023, I’ll update that Disneyland Halloween treats post too!
Often times the seasonal offerings won’t all be listed on the mobile ordering. If I don’t see it on mobile order, I’ll walk into a restaurant and look for a sign. These are the seasonal items!
Disneyland Halloween Decorations
Both Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park are all decked out for the Halloween season! As soon as you walk in the front gates, you’ll know you’re in for a treat!
Not all parts of the parts are decorated so make sure to keep an eye out for these main highlights!
Main Street Pumpkin Festival – tons of pumpkins line Main Street, U.S.A. plus lots of lights and other festive decorations!
Halloween Tree – this tree decorated for Halloween can be found right outside of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland. It’s a fun tradition that’s been going on for a long time and a fun one to spot in the middle of an otherwise undecorated portion of the park!
Frontierland is decorated for Día de los Muertos just across the way from the Golden Horseshoe and the colorful decorations are totally worth checking out! It includes Coco decorations as well as Encanto! This is just one of the places you’ll see things themed for the spirit of dia de los muertos, so keep your eyes peeled!
Cars Land Haul-O-Ween – Radiator Springs gets a full makeover for Halloween Time with lights, costumes, and decorations everywhere you look and even a new name – Radiator Screams! I shared lots of photos in this Disneyland Halloween party post if you want to see details! Make sure not to miss the photo opps with the Haul-O-Ween cars too!
Edible Oogie Boogie – make sure to hop into the Grand Californian Hotel to see the edible Oogie Boogie at the front of the lobby. I actually had fun going in every day to see what had been done in the past 24 hours!
Downtown Disney District – Downtown Disney wasn’t decorated yet for the year but last year it was decked out with all sorts of pumpkins!
One of my favorites is this mural just across from Earl of Sandwich by the entrance to Downtown Disney!
Also, make sure to not miss Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit – more details on that below but it’s a really fun scavenger hunt including Disney character-themed pumpkins!
Halloween Rides at Disneyland
There are four different Halloween overlays at Disneyland for Halloween Time – two of them are don’t miss attractions and the other two are fun if you want to ride those rides anyway. But regardless, I love that there are even Halloween-themed attractions!
Haunted Mansion Holiday
Haunted Mansion Holiday is the only Halloween ride in Disneyland Park and is Haunted Mansion completely transformed into a Nightmare Before Christmas version of the ride. It’s so well done and a can’t miss. If you like Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, you’re going to love this.
Honestly it’s hard to go back to the regular haunted mansion after seeing Jack Skellington as Santa!
Rope drop Haunted Mansion for the shortest lines or use Lightning Lane. It had the longest lines of any ride while we were there because everyone is so excited about the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay. We only waited for about 10 minutes at rope drop and that was because the ride was down when we originally got there.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark
This is another complete transformation of a ride. Same concept as the regular Guardians of the Galaxy ride (one of my favorites) but the preview movie, storyline, and actual ride music and scenes are totally different.
The nice thing about Monsters After Dark is that it doesn’t completely take away the regular Guardians of the Galaxy Ride (which is one of my favorites), instead the ride switches over starting at 3PM every day. I recommend doing both!
One thing to note is that Monsters After Dark is definitely more scary from a theming standpoint than the regular Guardians ride. The actual drop sequences are in the dark and includes some not so scary but still could be frightening for little one monsters – although I think the scarier part is just being in the dark! I thought it was still fun, but definitely something to know if you’re planning to take younger kids!
For Lightning Lane passes, these are actually treated as two separate rides so you can do Guardians once and Monsters After Dark once as separate rides!
Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree
These are both basically just the same rides as they are normally but with more festive Halloween music and decorations! They’re worth riding if you have time but not much different than the regular rides!
If you’re going to skip one, skip Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.
Plaza de La Familia
At the park of Disney’s California Adventure near Paradise Grill is a huge setup celebrating the spirit of Día de los Muertos and Coco! This is a great place to do a fun little craft and enjoy the musical celebration of Coco!
There’s plenty of color, fun, and food to be enjoyed including a couple of exclusive photo opps, a free craft, and a place to write down and hang up family memories!
Plus, there’s a band playing festive music throughout the day at the Paradise Gardens stage!
Disneyland Halloween Fireworks and Shows
Disneyland is back in full swing when it comes to Halloween entertainment this year, and I can’t wait to experience all of the fun!
This Halloween specific nighttime spectacular will entertain all the boys and ghouls every night during Halloween Time (September 1st through October 31st) in Disneyland Park while on other side, the parade at Oogie Boogie Bash will keep party goers entertained!
Per the Disney Parks blog, fireworks will be included along with the special effects in the Halloween Screams show on select nights and once we find out what those select nights will be, I’ll add those to this post!
If you wanted to see Wondrous Journeys, the last performance of the year will be on August 31st before the park moved onto Halloween events!
The Dapper Dans were back singing Halloween tunes, a Mariachi band was playing near Paradise Garden Grill, the Disneyland Band was playing in Tomorrowland, and so on. You can see the full entertainment schedule here!
One of my personal favorites was the band in Carthay Circle, they just looked like they were having a great time!
Disneyland Halloween Parades
Currently the Magic Happens Parade is happening twice each day at 3:30 and 6:30PM, and I imagine that will continue through the Halloween festivities but if we hear differently, I’ll update this post!
As for an actual Halloween parade, the only time you can see the actual Halloween parade is during Oogie Boogie Bash. The Frightfully Fun parade runs twice a night and is one of my favorite parades ever with the headless horseman and all sorts of Disney villains!
Disneyland Halloween Merchandise
Of course there’s an entire line of new merchandise just for celebrating Disneyland Halloween! With so many items to choose from, it’s pretty hard to know where to start! Simple ideas are cute Halloween ears, a Halloween balloon, or even just a fun collectible Halloween glass or popcorn bucket!
You can also get a lot of the same merchandise directly from ShopDisney! They have a huge Halloween collection that’s full of a lot of the merch from the parks as well as exclusive ShopDisney items! I totally ordered myself a Mickey Mouse Jack-O-Lantern Candy Bowl and this Halloween spirit jersey because they wouldn’t fit in my suitcase home!
If you’re a Magic Key holder, make sure to pack extra space to buy souvenirs in the parks! You get merchandise discounts in the parks and Downtown Disney but not if you order things online from ShopDisney at home!
There are always food themed merchandise available as well like this Mickey mummy popcorn bucket, an Oogie Boogie tumbler, and more! I always think they’re super cute but never have room to bring them home unfortunately!
With so many fun seasonal offerings, it’s always fun to pick out one or two to bring home to remember your spooky season at Disneyland, especially if it’s your first time!
Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit
Okay since we’re talking about merchandise, this is my favorite secret to getting a Halloween souvenir for a discount WITH a free activity included!
I wasn’t able to do this year’s scavenger hunt but you can get a general idea of what it is with my information below from the 2021 Pumpkin pursuit! I double-checked and it’s pretty much the same as last year! This year’s Pluto Pursuit starts on September 8th!
At Downtown Disney, you can do a pumpkin scavenger hunt called Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit. Head into World of Disney (or look at many of the other kiosks) and buy a scavenger hunt card (aka game board) for $9.99. It comes with a little double-sided card. One side has the pumpkin locations and the other side has the pumpkin stickers.
Then head out into Downtown Disney to find where all of the pumpkins are hidden! The hunt starts at the fountains by La Brea Bakery and ends all the way at the other end of Downtown Disney by the Star Wars Trading Post!
Put your stickers on the back and turn the card in for your choice of one of four Halloween tumblers that typically cost $14! So you save $4 on the tumbler and get a fun activity while you’re at it! Or if you don’t even want to do the hunt – you can still get your tumbler! Grab it before you leave World of Disney if you want!
I did this on my own but know my boys would have loved it – they love any Halloween scavenger hunt! And it was definitely an inexpensive souvenir, one that I’ll actually use at home all the time! If you just want the tumblers, you can’t buy them directly but can buy a pumpkin scavenger hunt and turn them in for the tumblers (I asked!).
Use mobile checkout at World of Disney to avoid any long lines. Just find the little desk where it says Mobile Checkout and they have a code for you to scan for the hunt. Then all you do is scan the code, pay on your phone, and you’re on your way! Plus, they’re sometimes doing little freebies for using mobile checkout – I got this cute Wish Disney Parks food item for FREE!
Disneyland Halloween Tips
Okay so these are some tips that didn’t necessarily fit into any of the other categories above that I thought would be helpful!
- Be at the parks for rope drop or within a few minutes after rope drop to enjoy the shortest lines and fewest crowds. Because of the new Magic Key program, we saw a lot of additional people in the parks after school hours and in the evenings.
- Do Disneyland Park on days of the Oogie Boogie Bash if you don’t have a party ticket. Disney California Adventure closes at 6PM on those days because of the special events so you don’t want your DCA day cut short by the party!
- Skip the fireworks if you’re worried about crowds. That way by far the most crowded I saw the parks at all. People were lined up for hours beforehand and the entire Main Street U.S.A. was full. Otherwise, there were very few times I felt overcrowded during our visit.
- Head to Haunted Mansion first thing after rope drop if you don’t have Genie+. It had the longest line of any ride throughout trip and unless you want to wait for 30-45 minutes to ride, rope drop is going to be your best bet!
- Avoid weekends if possible. We went mostly on weekdays but Friday afternoon/evening you could tell that the Magic Key (annual pass) crowd was coming in. I can only imagine what the weekends would feel like.
- Grab a locker to hold extra things like costumes, treats, souvenirs, and extra closing layers. It’s only $7 for a small (one backpack) locker and $10 for a two backpack sized large locker all day. We used one for two of the days we were there and it was SO nice to not have to carry about all of the extras. Lockers in DCA are located right near Market House at the front of the park and lockers in Disneyland are on the right about halfway down Main Street U.S.A., tucked into a back corner.
- Mobile order your food if possible. This is always a great Disneyland tip but I found it really helpful this past week, especially since a lot of the seasonal items were available via mobile order!
- If you’re going in early September, prepare for the heat. Halloween costumes and outfits can be cute, but you’ll be miserable if it’s 90 degrees and you’re wearing a Halloween sweater!
Disneyland Halloween FAQs
Halloween Time at Disneyland is from September 1st through October 31st. November 1st will begin the transition into the holiday season at Disneyland!
The Disneyland Halloween Party is called Oogie Boogie Bash, and I wrote an entire post dedicated just to things to do at Oogie Boogie Bash here!
There is a Disneyland Halloween Parade only during Oogie Boogie Bash. It is shown two times on Oogie Boogie Bash event nights at 7:45PM and 10:00PM in Disney’s California Adventure. The parade is only available to guests with valid event tickets. You can see more details about Oogie Boogie Bash here.
There is a Disneyland Halloween fireworks show called Halloween Screams in Disneyland Park at 9PM every night.
Disneyland still requires you to have theme park reservations in addition to a theme park ticket to visit the park during Halloween Time. The only exception to this is for special ticketed events like Oogie Boogie Bash that will get you in with just your separate ticket, no reservation needed.
More Disneyland Tips
If you’re headed to Disneyland, make sure to read these tips before you go!
- Disney packing list – everything you need to pack for your next trip!
- Disneyland food – if you want to try out the best of the best Disneyland food, make sure to read this first!
- Disneyland food and wine festival – everything you need to know about Disneyland’s food and wine!
- Disneyland Halloween food – the ultimate guide to all the Halloween treats and eats at Disneyland!
- Oogie Boogie Bash – tips and tricks for enjoying Oogie Boogie Bash!
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