For Halloween fun with a spooky edge, treat your family to Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. As usual, Disneyland’s attention to detail impressed my family during our visit to this Halloween event, which continues through Oct. 31. Disneyland is all decked out with over 300 small and large pumpkins on Main Street, where lampposts are draped in fall décor. There’s no shortage of Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes, creeping up behind guests and posing for photos.
My sister, my daughter, her BFF, and I got into the spirit of the season by having our faces painted with Halloween images and posing with Tigger and Winnie the Pooh.
Our favorite rides were transformed into spooky chambers, but just enough to delight and not terrify. Well, there’s not exactly true. Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy left us breathless, with my teenage daughter and her BFF saying, “That was so scary.”
As we zipped through the swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, ghosts appeared out of the starry darkness, reaching out to grab us. The haunting music, piercing screams and creepy sound effects enhanced the ride.
The Haunted Mansion (rather ghoulish to begin with) is outfitted with the eerie mix of Christmas and Halloween decorations, inspired by “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.” Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion Holiday, which features the traditional Christmas/Halloween gingerbread house on the mansion ballroom.
The entertainment is tamer at Big Thunder Ranch where pumpkin carvers, children’s activities and ranch animals are the main attraction. But we were there with teenagers, so we headed off to The Twilight Zone Tower of Tower in California Adventure. The attraction naturally lends itself to Halloween eeriness. The tale begins when a “supernatural” event occurs on Halloween evening in 1939, forever haunting the imposing building. We made sure not to eat before going on this ride, which zips riders rapidly up and plunges them down a few times.
Halloween Time also features Mickey’s Halloween Party, which wasn’t happening the day of our visit. The event, which requires a separate ticket, is scheduled on select days. Kids can dress up and go trick-or-treating, play games and meet Disney characters. Tickets for this event range from $49 - $64.
For more information about Halloween Time, visit www.disneyland.com/halloween.