For a few select nights in late September and October, Disneyland offers a special event where costumes and trick-or-treaters take over the park. Mickey’s Halloween Party takes Disneyland’s Halloween Time to the next level with a special fireworks show and villains roaming free. Get the very best tips to make the most of your time at the party!

Mickey's Halloween Party Villains Square

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TMOM Travel DisclosureHalloween Time at Disneyland in California is in full swing. The Mickey pumpkins have been carved, Jack Skellington has taken over the Haunted Mansion, and ghostly treats are available everywhere to satisfy your sweet tooth. During Halloween Time, you can celebrate even more by attending Mickey’s Halloween Party, offered on select nights in September and October.

What You Need to Know about Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

Haunted Mansion Holiday is featured in both the Halloween and Christmas seasons. Photo credit: Leslie Harvey / Frequent Flyer TravelingMom

Haunted Mansion Holiday is featured in both the Halloween and Christmas seasons.
Photo credit: Leslie Harvey / Frequent Flyer TravelingMom

First things first: do you know your Disneyland Halloween terminology? The fall Halloween season at Disneyland Resort is known as Halloween Time. Both Disneyland park and California Adventure are decorated for the holiday in their best fall colors, although Disneyland probably has the more impressive and unique decorations. You can see these decorations (tastefully combined with the Disneyland 60th anniversary decor for 2015) on any regular visit to the park through November 1.  

Halloween Time also includes two special ride overlays. The Haunted Mansion has been taken over by Jack Skellington and his The Nightmare Before Christmas pals. Space Mountain features Ghost Galaxy.

Mickey's Halloween Party Disneyland

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During Halloween Time, Disneyland also offers a special event on select evenings called Mickey’s Halloween Party. The event includes special trick-or-treating stations (“treat trails”), an exclusive fireworks show featuring Jack Skellington (Halloween Screams), and several other special meet and greets and attractions to get your family in the spooky spirit.  Mickey’s Halloween Party is also the only time in which adults are allowed to wear costumes into the parks, and the Disney faithful can be quite creative. The event is family-friendly and not particularly scary so it is a good fit for families with little ones.

In order to attend one of these parties, you need to purchase a special ticket. Regular park tickets and annual passes do not give access. On evenings where Mickey’s Halloween Party is offered, Disneyland park closes early to other guests (either at 6 pm or 7 pm depending on the start time of the party). California Adventure often stays open late to accommodate regular guests not attending Mickey’s Halloween Party.

For guests attending only Mickey’s Halloween Party and not purchasing regular tickets to the park that day, you can get a bit of a head start on rides and attractions. The special event tickets allow you to enter Disneyland up to three hours in advance of the party start time. This means you have up to eight hours of access to Disneyland park for a cost that is quite a bit less than a single day park ticket, so it is potentially a very good value if you are taking a short trip to Anaheim.

Planning to visit Mickey’s Halloween Party? Here are the very best tips to make the most of this villainously special event.

Top Tips for Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

  1. Wait a bit to trick or treat.  If you head straight for the treat trails when the party starts, you’ll find yourself standing in some pretty long lines – unnecessarily. These lines will die down considerably once the eager beavers get some candy in their bags. Your kids can get more than their fill of goodies a bit later. Ride a few rides instead and make better use of your time.
  2. Don’t miss the Halloween projections.  Over at Sleeping Beauty Castle, the dancing broomsticks from Fantasia put on a great show, as do Jack Skellington-inspired jack-o’-lanterns and a few dream sequence elephants from Dumbo. The facade of the “it’s a small world” attraction also has breathtaking projections that give it a whole new look. Projections are also featured all along Main Street USA on storefronts.

    Mickey's Halloween Party It's A Small World

    it’s a small world decorated for Halloween.
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  3. Stay late.  Crowds clear considerably after the Paint the Night Parade and Halloween Screams fireworks are over, so stay out late if you and your kids are able.
  4. Be aware there is no monorail access.  The Disneyland Monorail is closed during the party in order to control access to the parks. This means that Disneyland Hotel or Paradise Pier Hotel guests should plan on another way home. Save a little energy left for the stroll through Downtown Disney (or just dip into your Halloween candy for a little boost).
  5. Meet some villains.  Fans of Disney villains shouldn’t miss the villain meet and greet right in front of the Disneyland Railroad in Town Square on Main Street USA. When we were there, we spotted villains that your Descendants loving kids would adore: Maleficent, the Evil Queen, and Cruella de Vil.
  6. Get your tickets early.  Mickey’s Halloween Party is an incredibly popular event and many of the evenings will sell out. Purchase your tickets in advance (bonus: purchasing at the gate will often cost more anyway, so advance purchase may save you a bit too!).
  7. Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Cadaver Dans

    Cadaver Dans performing at the Rivers of America.
    Photo credit: Disney Parks

    Don’t miss the “Cadaver Dans.”  Disney’s famed a cappella quartet, the Dapper Dans, have been zombified for the party. Not long after the fireworks have ended, they put on a special show from a raft on the Rivers of America. There is a treat trail that stretches in front of the viewing area, but you should slide in front of the trick-or-treaters and get a prime viewing spot along the rail facing Tom Sawyer Island.

Mickey’s Halloween Party is being offered in 2015 on 17 evenings (see dates on Disneyland’s website).  Prices range from $63-84 depending on the date and whether you make an advance purchase.

Have you attended a Mickey’s Halloween Party before?  What tips would you share?