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Discover the ultimate guide to having a fun time at Disneyland during Halloween season. Today you'll learn what you need to know to plan a trip to Disneyland at Halloween. Specialty foods, parades, Halloween events and more...
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Why Halloween at Disneyland is so great
- Seasonal fall food items (I'll share more below).
- Seasonal Halloween treats.
- Halloween attractions.
- New Disney character costumes
- Seasonal parades
- Oogie Boogie Bash
From thrilling attractions to magical parades, Halloween is an unforgettable time to visit Disneyland in California.
Let's start with FOOD during Halloween at Disneyland
It is, after all, one of the reasons to go to Disneyland during Halloween time!
Bat Mickey-Shaped Halloween sugar cookies
These Mickey-shaped Halloween sugar cookies are in the shape of a bat, and are some of the most-buttery and soft sugar cookies I've ever had.
The icing is delicious and they are overall one of the best Halloween treats at Disneyland in my opinion!
So what is it?
This is a shortbread Bat Cookie dipped in Dark Chocolate with a Vampire Mickey Face.
NOTE - The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (which has many of the desserts I recommend in Disneyland Park) has cases stacked with seasonal Halloween treats.
So if you're a sweet tooth - head there!
You'll find it right near the entrance to the park.
It has Mary Poppins-themed food items, coffee, and even breakfast and dinner sandwiches.
Poison Apple Macaron
This is the one dessert at Disneyland during Halloween that I'd refuse to eat again *unless the recipe is changed*.
I like sweet things, but it was WAY too sweet, and the particular macaroon fell apart when I picked it up so it wasn't yummy and crunchy.
The inside is filled with Salted Caramel and Apple Compote - which is also very soft.
I basically needed a spoon to eat it, but it was too sweet so I didn't bother.
But it sure looks cute!
Poison Apple Martini
This Poison Apple Martini is from Carthay Circle.
-- I'll share more photos from this restaurant in California Adventure when I share my experience with the light up Mickey cube below...
Good if you like coconut! I know some people don't like coconut, so if that's you, I'd skip this due to the coconut texture, but if you're a lover of coconut - BE MY GUEST (pun intended).
Halloween Mickey caramel apples
There are a ton of these various Halloween Mickey caramel apples with a crisp coating of caramel and beautiful decorations.
And actually they come in more than just Mickey's...
There are so many cute ones to choose from, like Candy Corn decorated caramel apples with Minnie ears.
One of my deepest regrets from a recent trip is not trying ALL of them!
Eating apples is healthy, you know! (!!)
Halloween cake pops
My kiddo LOVED the cake pops on this trip to Disneyland, when he learned they are twice as big as the ones at Starbucks!
Pumpkin Chai Cream Puff dessert
Even if you're NOT a fan of all things pumpkin, you're in for a treat with this lightly-flavored Pumpkin Chai Cream Puff.
It was one of my favorite Halloween treats this year at Disney!
You'll notice many more desserts to try in my photo of the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland filled with halloween treats...
The creamy pudding type dessert next to the puff it in the photo is a pecan praline type of dessert, it was okay --
But the Halloween pumpkin cream puff was the all star if you ask me!
Pecan Caramel Trifle
This dessert from Disneyland Park's Jolly Hoiday Bakery Cafe is good -- but I'd probably get the pumpkin puff again, if I had to choose one.
It's made of "layers of Vanilla Bean Diplomat Cream, Brown Sugar Spiced Cake and Candied Pecans in Caramel topped with Chantilly Cream."
Seasonal Oktoberfest Beers
You'll find seasonal beer offerings around Disneyland at carts, in restaurants, and at quick service dining options.
Dig In Red Velvet Cupcake covered in frosting
I hope they didn't sell out of this already, but I don't see it listed anymore on the Halloween Jolly Holiday Bakery menu.
It is very tasty, and there's a red velvet cupcake buried beneath that layer of frosting, sitting on a chocolate cookie!
Grand Californian Halloween Treats Stand
We were in this hotel about 2 seconds before my kiddo noticed the plethora of Disney treats for Halloween inside the Grand Californian hotel.
This Halloween treat stand actually might be considered more of a Day Of The Dead stand - it's near a CoCo display in the Lobby...
If you want my foodie opinion, Disneyland is doing GREAT when it comes to making cookies... because there are two I love...
First - that skull shortbread / sugar cookie is soft and loaded up with icing... YUM...
And second - the frosted skull sugar cookie -- very tasty!
At that stand were a few other treats like this coffin-decorated chocolate frosted chocolate cake in tins...
Some Halloween dipped pretzels, and cute Dante (dog from Coco) Day of the Dead Rice Krispie Treats.
More inspired-by-Halloween foods at Disneyland
- Pumpkin-spiced churros with cinnamon sugar.
- Pumpkin iced coffee (wasn't my favorite, honestly!)
- Apple slushee.
- Oogie Boogie Apple Lemonade (get it at Smokejumpers Grill at California Adventure.
- Vampire Mickey-shaped Sourdough at Aunt Cass Cafe (try it with the San Fransokyo Clam Chowder).
- Butterscotch-Apple Mule at Lamplight Lounge.
Mickey-shaped Pumpkin Glow Cube ??!
I wanted to share my experience with the Mickey-shaped Pumpkin Glow Cube offered at menus around the park...
Because I found it confusing when I ordered one while dining for lunch at Cathay Circle in California Adventure park (you definitely need a reservation to dine there!)...
The waitress mentioned a poison apple martini with a mickey glow cube.
Turns out, the glow cube doesn't actually go in the drink.
Previous experiences with glow cubes at Disney including dining in Disney WORLD where you'll get a glow cube INSIDE your drink...
Like at Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot...
See the popular Le Cellier Poutine Appetizer…
Or inside Steakhouse 71 at The Contemporary Resort.
Anyways, my kiddo enjoyed it, but this is basically a fake glowing ice cube in the shape of a Mickey, but it can't actually go inside your drink to make it glow.
It's served on the outside of your drink as a decoration.
Photo spots and Halloween displays
There are quite a few backdrops for a cute Halloween selfie at Disneyland...
There is an art display inside the Grand Californian Resort that is Day Of The Dead themed (near the Halloween treat station in the lobby).
Above is a Display in California Adventure park for Halloween / Fall season - it's the Radiator Springs Horn O Plenty Cornucopia.
Halloween Mickey ears and other products
I thought these Halloween Mickey ears were very cute -- there are a handful of varieties of them to choose from around Disneyland at kiosks and inside shops.
You'll also find seasonal clothes, jewelry, bubble wands, balloons, popcorn holders, drink sippers, and Halloween backpacks all around the parks.
Must-Visit Halloween Attractions
In between all the eating at Disneyland, you might have some time to kill...
Haha. Well or maybe you are there for the rides?
Anyways, after indulging in the delicious Halloween treats at Disneyland, there are a plethora of Halloween attractions...
Cars Halloween themed Disney Attractions
There is a Haul-O-Ween celebration going on in Cars Land and it is super cute!
The music during the Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween ride is a mashup of Italian songs and Halloween songs.
This ride is one that spins and I recommend it to you if you're into the tea cups ride.
A few more attractions for Halloween at Disneyland
- The Haunted Mansion is specially decorated.
- Space Mountain becomes the Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy with some new thrilling enhancements.
Oogie Boogie Bash
This event sold out almost-immediately in 2023 -- like, way before the start of Halloween at Disneyland.
This is an official Disney Halloween Party that has returned again to Disneyland Resort for the 2023 Halloween season.
Frightfully Fun Parade at Oogie Boogie Bash
The "Frightfully Fun Parade" has Disney characters dressed in Halloween outfits riding down the street on Halloween-inspired floats.
Halloween Screams fireworks
Enjoy fireworks from the "Halloween Screams" show at Disneyland Park, filled with everyone's favorite classic Disney villains.
Tips for planning a Disney World trip
Shop my favorite things to buy in advance for a Disney World trip:
- Disney outfits for women
- Brooks sneakers for women (see more on shoes for Disney)
- Matching Disney adult and kids hats
- 2 pack of ponchos
- best neck fan for Disney World
Get more Disney World travel tips...
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- Get tips for booking Disney World tickets
- See this beginners guide to Disney World packages
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See top Disney World hotel tips and guides...
Disneyland travel tips...
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