The Happiest Place on Earth just became a bit spookier as Halloween has officially taken over the Disney parks! Filled with special treats, attractions, shows and surprises, there’s spirited fun for the whole family to enjoy this Halloween season. Each Disney park is celebrating with unique seasonal offerings, but to commemorate Disneyland’s 13th anniversary of Haunted Mansion Holiday, here are a few of the must-see and do opportunities available at Disneyland until October 31st!
There are so many tasty offerings throughout Disneyland this Halloween it’s hard not to say ‘yes’ to everything! A variety of savory options are available throughout the park ranging from the Pepper Jack Skellington Burger at Carnation Café to the Halloween Wicked Grilled Chicken at Village Haus Restaurant. Most restaurants are adding more peppers, pepper jack cheese and roasted garlic to the menus in order to provide a Halloween-inspired name for their dishes, but my favorite savory option is the seasonal Crispy Fish sandwich with tartar sauce and jicama-mango slaw featured at the Hungry Bear Restaurant as it’s a great limited-time offering for those who want a light meal but that’s not extra spicy.
The real reason to celebrate edible holiday offerings though is the sweets! This year, pumpkin is everywhere from Café Orleans’ pumpkin beignets to Jolly Holiday’s pumpkin pie cheesecakes, Royal Street Veranda’s hot pumpkin fritters and of course, the Pumpkin Minnie Demitasse that’s served in a souvenir mug with flourless chocolate cake, pumpkin and chocolate mousse, candy corn and chocolate shavings. Holiday pumpkin drinks are back on the menu as well, ranging from Pumpkin Spice Latte’s to Pumpkin Syrup Flavored Ice Coffee that will help keep guest’s energy levels up all day long.
So far this Holiday season, I’ve tried the delicious R.I.P. pumpkin cupcake from Jolly Holiday Café, Royal Street Veranda’s hot pumpkin fritters and the indulgent fried apple burritos with candy corn cotton candy served at Bid Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Everything I’ve tasted so far has been absolutely fantastic, but the fried apple burrito has definitely been my favorite!
When looking through the shops, make sure to keep an eye out for yummy holiday deserts that range from festive caramel apples, to cake pops and even rock candy! The candy shop on Main Street U.S.A. tends to have the largest selection of holiday treats, but there are a variety of options throughout all food-specialty shops within Disneyland.
Two of the premium E-Ticket rides received a ghoulish makeover for the holiday season that are a definite must-do; the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain!
Special Sights & Shows:
There are a few Halloween-inspired special offerings available for all guests. Focusing on free first, take a spooky stroll down Main Street U.S.A. which is transformed into a Pumpkin Festival featuring hundreds of hand-carved pumpkin displays, with no two alike!
The biggest pumpkin of them all, Pumpkin Mickey, greets guests right past the Main Street U.S.A. train station and serves as a great backdrop for holiday pictures!
For a special treat at an additional price, guests can enjoy dressing up on select nights and enjoying Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. In addition to a Halloween themed Boo-to-You parade, guests can enjoy getting free candy from trick-or-treat stations, and watching the Happy HalloWishes firework show narrated by the Ghost Host from The Haunted Mansion!
For a full schedule of events leading up to Halloween, visit Disneyland.com for more information.
Thank you to Disneyland for providing me and my family a complimentary day at their resort to experience Halloweentime at Disneyland! All thoughts and opinions remain my own.