Tricks and Treats at Disneyland HalloweenTime 2013 Celebration

Disneyland’s HalloweenTime is always full of wickedly fun surprises, and this year’s celebration is promising to be no exception.  With 2013 marking the 13th anniversary of the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay, it’s only fitting that the 2013 event kicks off on Friday, September 13th (that’s a whole lotta “13”).  Your regular admission into Disneyland grants you access to most of the holiday themed attractions, including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a Halloween Carnival in the Big Thunder Ranch area, and more.  There are also plenty of fun Fall-themed treats and merchandise for sale throughout the resort.  For a separate admission fee, guests can attend Mickey’s Halloween Party, a family-friendly event that takes place on 13 nights from 9/13 – 10/31.  The hard-ticketed party includes costumed character meet & greets, trick-or-treating, and an exclusive spooktactular fireworks show, “Halloween Screams”.

Continue reading for more details on Disneyland HalloweenTime, and click here to take a photo tour of last year’s festivities.

Pumpkin Festival along Main Street, USA


From the Disneyland Resort press release:

Friday the 13th – Sept 13, 2013 – will offer extra chills this year at the Disneyland Resort.  On that day, The Happiest Place on Earth gets spookier as Halloween Time returns with Disney villains, Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes, a Dia de los Muertos celebration and the special after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park.  In addition, popular attractions are transformed for the season into Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy as the Disneyland Resort celebrates Halloween Time through Halloween, Thursday, Oct 31.

Disneyland's HalloweenTime lights up Main Street, USA


This year the after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event* for trick-or-treating families, will expand to a spooky total of 13 special nights in Disneyland Park.  Tickets are on sale now at, at the Disneyland Resort main gate, and by phone at 714-781-4400.  Mickey’s Halloween Party dates are: Friday, Sept. 27; Tuesday, Oct. 1; Friday, Oct. 4; Tuesday, Oct. 8; Friday, Oct. 11; Tuesday, Oct. 15; Friday, Oct. 18; Monday, Oct. 21; Wednesday, Oct. 23; Friday, Oct. 25; Monday, Oct. 28; Wednesday, Oct. 30; and Thursday, Oct. 31.  A fun new feature of Mickey’s Halloween Party is the “Monsters U Dance Party” at Tomorrowland Terrace.  Class time is over, and the students of Monsters University join Mickey’s Halloween Party guests in a family-friendly frat party with the most popular students from “Monster’s U,” Mike & Sulley.  Mickey’s Halloween Party invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at Disneyland Park, enjoying candy and healthy treats.  These party participants can also arrive before the party to “mix in” with regular Disneyland guests for three hours prior to the start of Mickey’s private bash.Highlights of Mickey’s Halloween Party include:

    • The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party)
    • “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade featuring some favorite characters, performed twice nightly
    • Disney villains arriving amid thunder and lightning to transform Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A., into Villains Square
    • The Cadaver Dans ghoul quartet, performing Halloween-themed tunes aboard a drifting graveyard-themed raft on the Rivers of America
    • An opportunity for everyone in the family to attend the park in costumes
    • Photo locations with some popular Disney and Pixar Pals, and Disney Villains
    • Nearly all the Disneyland rides and attractions, plus Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
    • Complimentary parking for one standard-size vehicle

Tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party purchased in advance are $59 each for selected nights, while tickets purchased on the event days are $67 each.  All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Halloween Night, Thursday, Oct. 31, are $74 each.  For Halloween fun at Disneyland Park, guests can enjoy Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland.  The experience begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe.  Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space.  The exhilarating drops and curves are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music.

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy


Jack Skellington also returns to take over the Haunted Mansion and bring back Haunted Mansion Holiday to New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park.  Transformed with a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas tradition, Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by the classic animated film “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Jack’s return to the Haunted Mansion includes the traditional Halloween/Christmas gingerbread house in the Mansion Ballroom, with special spooky surprises in this year’s design.

Sandy Claws greets guests inside Haunted Mansion Holiday


The daily Halloween Time celebration at Disneyland Resort, Sept. 13 (Friday the 13th!) through Oct. 31, offers frightful fun for guests of all ages.  In addition to the traditional Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy:

  • For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™* at Disney California Adventure Park, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween night, 1939, forever haunting the building.
  • Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park is transformed for the Pumpkin Festival, with hundreds of pumpkins on display, no two of them the same.
  • Disney villains will be conjured up in a sideshow tent at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland.
  • Guests at Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch will also find some favorite Disney characters in Halloween costumes, along with pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor and activities for youngsters.
  • Frontierland observes Dia de los Muertos with a traditional skeleton display.

See ya real soon!


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About Chrysty Summers

Growing up in southern California, Disneyland has always been a staple for my family. Today, my husband and I spend most of our free time at the parks, where you can usually find us soaking up the atmosphere of Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. We also love traveling to Walt Disney World as often as we can, especially during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Fall! Find me on Twitter @PenelopePeach for live updates from around the parks.