When San Jose Unified School District announced last spring that a new fall break would be added in October, I was not a happy camper. As a working parent, I already feel that the school calendar is filled with way too many days off. Days that I have to find alternative childcare (at a hefty price) or suffer with my kids as I attempt to work from home with my kids underfoot. I quickly changed my tune when I realized a fall break meant that we could finally experience Disneyland during the Halloween season!
Even though we are Disneyland veterans, our family has never been to the Disneyland Resort during the Halloween festivities. I’ve always wanted to go during this time of year when the weather is still glorious in Southern California and the parks won’t be quite as crowded like the summer peak. More importantly, the resort would be decorated to the gills for Halloween, my kids’ favorite holiday.
Just look at what’s happening at the Disneyland Resort at Halloween!
- Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe. Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space!
- Haunted Mansion Holiday, is transformed to a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas tradition, inspired by the classic animated film “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.”
- Main Street, U.S.A. is transformed into a Pumpkin Festival with over 300 pumpkins on display.
- For spine-tingling fun, drop in at the Tower of Terror, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.
- The Art of Frankenweenie is a special exhibit features some of the actual sets, props and puppets used to create the “Frankenweenie” film, which opens in theaters Oct. 5 and includes an extended sneak peek of the movie!
- Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Jamboree includes ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor and activities for youngsters. Plus there is “The Astounding Cauldron of Magic” which conjures our most beloved Disney villains.
- The traditional Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is being observed in Zocalo Park in Frontierland with festive banners, lanterns, floral displays, face painting and the “calaca” skeleton figures that characterize the celebration.
Plus we’re attending the Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event, with trick or treating, a Halloween costume parade, and a special fireworks show with Jack Skellington as Master of “Scare-omonies.”
With a drive into the all new Carsland, this may be our best trip to Disneyland yet!
Disclosure: Disney has provided me with select accommodations in exchange for a series of posts. The opinions expressed above are mine. For tips on vacationing at Disneyland with families, check out my personal blog Who’s the Boss?