Gather round children, for a spooky tale of things to come this year for Halloween at Disneyland…
Well, parts of it are spooky but most of it is just downright fun. After the last few years of limitations and restrictions – I think we’re all ready to see what the parks have to offer now that they’re back in full force! So let’s take a look at all the Halloween fun happening in 2022 at Disneyland!
Seasonal Ride Overlays
Each year the ghosts and ghouls take over their favorite rides to bring guests a new experience. In 2022 there are four unique Halloween ride experiences being offered.
Haunted Mansion Holiday
September 2, 2022 – 12/31/2022?
Everyone’s favorite Holiday overlay is back again in 2022! Enjoy one of Disneyland Parks’s most popular attractions with a seasonal twist as Jack Skellington and his crew have taken over The Haunted Mansion. While Haunted Mansion is not necessarily unique to Disneyland, this iteration can only be found here. Look carefully at the large dining table during the ballroom scene – a new custom gingerbread house is built each year! The line for this ride gets extremely long this time of year, so be sure to head that way early in the day or snag a reservation with Genie+!
Monsters After Dark
September 2, 2022 – October 31, 2022
Right next door, in California Adventures, monsters have taken over Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. Honestly, I was more than a bit skeptical about this overlay the first time I rode. Mission Breakout is a great ride – but it’s a fairly simple drop tower, in terms of the ride experience. But the way that the Halloween overlay plot is woven with the existing set and story is….genius! From the first steps inside the tower, you know this is going to be an altogether different experience. You do not want to miss this one!
Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree
September 2, 2022 – October 31, 2022
Over in Carsland both Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree will be decked out for Halloween! Decorations include seasonal lighting and music, making it fun without being too scary. Each of these unique rides is perfect for kids and families.
Character Meet and Greets
They’re baaaaaaack! FINALLY! After nearly two full years without hugs and hello’s from everyone’s favorite characters, and at a time when we all needed them the most, meet and greets are back this Halloween season at Disneyland! The Fab Five will be out in about in their spirited bests sporting shades of orange and purple. You’ll also find many rare characters making appearances including Jack and Sally, Miguel from Coco, and villains galore – including Maleficent, Hades, Evil Queen, and more! Lightning McQueen and Tow-Mater are ready to show off their costumes for this year in Carsland!
Festivals and Parties
The celebrations are on at Disneyland this Halloween! Some are paid, included with price of a day ticket – and even something completely free. How often does that happen?! Get ready to party!
Oogie Boogie Bash
Available most nights in September and October this special ticketed event is just $129. The party starts at 6:00 pm (until 11:00 pm), but you’ll be able to enter as early as 3:00 pm. With eight full hours of in-park time, with reduced crowds, the price is always worth it. The party takes place at California Adventure where you can find trick-or-treat trails, a Halloween parade, unique character meet and greets – and more! Check back for the 2022 Guide to the Oogie Boogie Bash!
Plaza de la Familia
Celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead, a holiday to commemorate and remember lost family and friends, with Coco at Plaza de la Familia in California Adventures. This beautiful festival can be found in Paradise Gardens, near Goofy’s Fly School. Here you can meet Miguel, catch a musical celebration, and leave a message of remembrance at the Arbol de la Vida.
Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit
September 9, 2022 – October 31, 2022
Downtown you can join in the fun of an old-fashioned scavenger hunt! Keep your eyes peeled, while roaming around the area, for character-carved pumpkins. Maps are available for purchase, and include a prize when you find all of the pumpkins, but are not required.
Haloween Screams Fireworks
Select Nights in September and October
Is it really a day at Disney without fireworks filling the night sky? It’s the quintessential finale for the magic! Top off your trip with the Halloween Screams fireworks show, led by the true pumpkin king – Jack Skellington, and his pet dog Zero. As the name suggests….it’s a screaming good time.
Merch, Food, and Ambiance – oh my!
Throughout both parks and the Downtown area, you’ll find a litany of delights. From mystical merchandise to frightfully delicious food, there’s something for everyone.
What are you most looking forward to this year for Halloween at Disney?