8 Reasons to Visit Disneyland During Halloween Time – #HalloweenTime

My family and I like to visit Disneyland during Halloween Time.  We have a lot of fun during this time at Disneyland because the crowd level is manageable, the weather is great and we enjoy the extra special Halloween Time touches around Disneyland Park.

If you have never been to Disneyland during Halloween Time here are 8 reasons you need to visit!

1. Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch

Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Disneyland

Tucked behind Big Thunder Railroad in Frontierland is Big Thunder Ranch. During Halloween Time this area is transformed into a Halloween Carnival. The carnival is very festive and there are a host of Halloween Time treats for everyone.

I can’t believe they pack in so much fun in one little area but this is Disney so they know how to organize fun.  Even though there are no attractions in the carnival there is still plenty to do.  It is also a nice place to take a rest and get out of the sun.  In this area you will find carnival games, a magic show, a fortune teller, and the Conjure a Villain show.

Be sure to stop by and see the animals at the Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo; they are also in the Halloween spirit.

Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch

Magic Show at Halloween Carnival - Halloween Time at Disneyland - #HalloweenTime

At the Halloween Carnival there is candy corn cotton candy, fun crafts to make and Disney characters dressed up in Halloween Costumes.

Skelleton Goofy - Halloween Time at Disneyland - #HalloweenTime

Don’t forget to stop by and watch the talented pumpkin carvers hard at work. I am always amazed at what these talented artists can create.

Pumpkin Carvers at Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland at Halloween Time - #HalloweenTime #Disneyland

2. Halloween Time Attractions

During Halloween Time there are two attractions that are given a spooky update. These attractions are:

  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday

On Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy visit a haunted section of the universe and try to out run the freaky ghost.

At Haunted Mansion Holiday the entire attraction (inside and out) has been taken over and redecorated by Jack Skellington and his friends from Halloweentown.


Video clip courtesy of Disneyland Resort
The attraction is amazing and there is so much detail that you will need to go on it a few times to see it all.  Be sure to look for the giant gingerbread house in the attraction because it is a different design each year.

My family is a big fan of the Nightmare Before Christmas movie and every time we go to Disneyland during Halloween Time we visit the Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Halloween Time Attractions at Disneyland - #HalloweenTime

3. Halloween Time Treats

When my family and I visit Disneyland Park one of the things we must get is a fun treat.  No matter the season my oldest daughter always gets a candy apple.  Her favorite candy is candy corn; just image how big her eyes got when she saw this treat.

Candy Corn Apple from Disneyland during #HalloweenTime

Disneyland chef’s and candy makers have created an amazing collection of Halloween inspired treats and eats to enjoy only during Halloween Time.

Some of these treats include:

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
  • Ursula Cupcake
  • Pumpkin Mickey Cupcake
  • Pumpkin Marshmallow Wand
  • Bat Cake Pop
  • Pumpkin Seed Brittle

One of my favorite treats that I ate was the Pumpkin Twist. It is like getting to the bottom of a slice of pumpkin pie and eating the crust with a little bit of pumpkin pie on it. It is also a handy treat that you can eat on the go. It is available only from Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland Park and the Cozy Cone in Disney California Adventure Park.

Limited Time Treats During Halloween Time at Disneyland - #HalloweenTime

4. Halloween Time Merchandise

Every time my family visits Disneyland Resort we always have a plan of attack when it comes to shopping at Disney.  The first day we get there is our “window shopping day” where we take note of the things we may want to buy before we leave.  Then on our last day we leave a few hours in our schedule for shopping.

Shopping during Halloween Time can be a little bit trickier because the merchandise is limited. If you visit Disneyland Park later in the month of October, it is best to scoop up your Halloween merchandise right away as it tends to sell out.

Halloween Time Merchandise at Disneyland

Let’s not even get started on the hunt I had for Maleficent Mickey Mouse Ears last year during Halloween Time.  This year when I saw a friend of mine wearing the best Minnie Mouse Witch hat I have ever seen I knew I had to have it so I bought it right away.

Minnie Mouse Witch Hat from Halloween Time at Disneyland

5. Halloween Time Decor

Fall is my favorite time of the year and Disneyland Park is my favorite place to be so imagine how happy I am when I get to visit Disneyland during Halloween Time!

Main Street, U.S.A. is home to hundreds of carved pumpkins and no two are alike. All of the buildings are also decorated in their finest festive Halloween inspired decor. Be sure to have a PhotoPass Photographer take your picture in front of the giant Mickey pumpkin.  It is a family tradition for us.

Halloween Time Decor at the Disneyland Resort - #HalloweenTime


Video clip courtesy of Disneyland Resort

6. Dia de los Muertos

In Frontierland near Big Thunder Railroad is a special place where you can observe Dia de los Muertos.  The area is filled with traditional skeleton displays and decor. It is a beautiful display with a lot of attention to detail.

Dia de los Muertos at Disneyland During Halloween Time - #HalloweenTime

7. Mickey’s Halloween Party

Mickey’s Halloween Party occurs on select nights from September 26th – October 31th at Disneyland Park.  It requires a separate ticket even if you are an annual pass holder.  My family attended Mickey’s Halloween Party for the first time this year and we loved it.  We will be making this a family tradition every year; it really was a blast.
Read More: Disney Nerd’s Guide to Mickey’s Halloween Party

Mickey's Halloween Party 2014 Cullo Family

8. Pirate’s League Transformations

The Pirate’s League Transformations is a fun experience for your children as they join the crew of Captain Jack Sparrow.  This is only available during Halloween Time at Disneyland Park.  The transformation is more than just having make up applied to your child’s face but it is also an experience for them.

Read More: My Daughters Became Pirates at Disneyland

Pirate's League Transformations at Disneyland Makeup - #HalloweenTime

What do you love about visiting Disneyland during Halloween Time? Just put your comments in the box below.

Disclosure: My family received complimentary tickets to Disneyland Resort so I could share the experience of Halloween Time at Disneyland Park with my readers. All view expressed in this blog post are always 100% my own.



About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.


  1. I would love to visit Disneyland at Halloween! I had no idea they had a Dia de los Muertos celebration! I would love to see that and the Halloween version of Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain!


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