I will never be too old for Halloween. Nope. In my adult life I’ve dressed up as a nun, a witch, Little Red Riding Hood, Flo from Progressive Insurance, a garden gnome, and this year, Chad and I were Mordecai and Rigby from The Regular Show-boy did the kids get a kick out of that.
I did pretty much give up trick or treating though, being that I’m 36 and all, that is UNTIL THIS YEAR, when we went to Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland where trick or treating by adults is welcome and encouraged! How fun is that?
Now, Mickey’s Halloween Party starts early in October. There are only about 11 nights on which this party occurs. You must get tickets in advance as they do sell out. Your ticket includes entry into the park at 3:00 PM to close at 11:00 PM. The official kick off of the party is 6:00 PM, but hello, it’s Disneyland why on earth would you wait?
Upon entry, you are given a wrist band to show that you paid for the Halloween Party. This is required because those with a regular park ticket that day, are asked to leave at 6:00 PM. They can’t do anything w/o a wrist band and your band is checked upon trying to enter a ride or trick or treat line.
I have to admit I thought the park would be a tad less busy that night, but it wasn’t. Just be prepped for that.
When you enter the gates you are given a bag to trick or treat with. You can use this, or your own. I recommend bringing your own bag because you can basically get as much candy as you want to carry out of there providing you are willing to wait in line for it. There are trick or treat stations in each land with multiple lines you can walk through as much as you want. They are clearly marked with special Halloween signs and the ground is marked with tape so you know where to go to get your goods.
Of note, this is premium loot. You are not going to see any of those cheap jaw breakers or endless packs of sweet tarts and bottle caps. They dish out the CHOCOLATE in big handfuls people! They also provide healthy options at all their lines like kid’s Cliff bars and fruit rolls.
Just as a visual aid, here is our pile of candy from the party. It was about 20 pounds and filled a carry-on suitcase.
That face reflects pure gluttony and joy.
Now, let me make it clear that you can enjoy all the rides in Disneyland during the party. Here we all are dressed up in our costumes not worried about looking like dorks riding splash mountain like this:
It is worth mentioning how wonderfully Disneyland is decorated for Halloween. It’s magical like everything Disneyland does, and that’s why I love it so much. There are pumpkins and Jack-o-lanterns galore lining Main Street and hidden in unexpected nooks and crannies on the rides.
There are two rides in particular that are decked out for the scary season and are transformed in to completely new and exciting experiences. Space Mountain is transformed from a zip through the galaxy, to a tumultuous spin through a nightmare. It is a chilling delight.
The Haunted Mansion is transformed into Jack’s House and you are catapulted into the Nightmare Before Christmas. Here is a picture of the ride in all it’s Hallow’s Eve Glory:
If you are any kind of Disneyland expert, you know that the parade is worth fighting the crowd for. Yes, it is a bit of a hassle to get yourself to Main Street on time and wedge into a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd of weary adults and excited children, but you must do it-you simply will miss out on a little piece of the magic if you don’t.
Disney Cast Members are superheroes of crowd control, and they do a good job of ushering people in a way that lets everyone find a place and experience the event. The parade only last 15 minutes, so it doesn’t take a lot out of your night, but it will bring tears to your eyes. It is just magnificent in every way, and I don’t think the word “parade” even describes it. The pic’s don’t do it justice, but here are some for you to see:
Scarecrows on stilts.
There were a variety of these humongous Jack-o-Lanterns rolling along.
A cute costume shop.
And of course, Pluto.
I consider Disnleyland a place of magic on any old day, be it good or bad weather, busy or slow, it is just the happiest place on earth to be, it really is. But I have to say, Disneyland decked out for a holiday is a special experience, and it will create a lasting memory for years to come.