October kicks off the Halloween and Dia de los Muertos season and one of my favorite places to visit here in good old Southern California is Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. Since my family is lucky enough to be annual pass holders, we find ourselves at the park several times a month. If we can escape for a few hours, we let our teenagers loose and munch on a jalapeño cheese Mickey pretzel while my younger kids wait line for their favorite rides. It’s a fun escape during the week.
My favorite time of year at Disneyland is happening right now — Halloween Time! I don’t know what it is…maybe it’s the shift of weather, the promise of the holidays on their way, all of the fun Halloween decorations all over the park…either way, it’s a spooky fun time.
Disney knows how to put together a fireworks show like no other and the Hollywood Screams Fireworks Spectacular is no exception. I love to see all of the happy little faces oohing and ahhing on their parent’s shoulders, all lit up by the fireworks in the sky.
Disneyland already has some really yummy treats on deck throughout the year, but they amp it up a notch during Halloween Time. Craving a Poison Apple? An Ursula Cupcake? A Mummy Crispy Treat? An Anti-Vampire Chicken Pizza? They got you. I’m easy to please. Just bring me a nice stack of Pumpkin Mickey Beignets, generously dusted in powdered sugar. Add an iced mocha latte and I’m as happy as a fat black cat.
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Mickey pumpkins and giant illuminated Mickey ghosts can be found all throughout the park. I loved how Mickey was flirting with me all night, winking and whatnot.
I think it’s important that Disneyland recognizes Latino culture and they do so by offering a beautiful Dia de los Muertos display inside Frontierland. Whether or not you celebrate Dia de los Muertos with your familia, it’s always a good thing when cultura is shared with the masses, and Disneyland does a great job doing this. I always feel a twinge of pride whenever I visit Zocalo Park.
I’ve taken my daughters to Mickey’s Halloween Party for two years in a row and they have a blast. Mickey’s Halloween Party is an after-hours, special ticket event that will run for 14 nights, including October 31st. Guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party get the extra benefit of being able to arrive early and play in Disneyland for three hours prior to the start of Mickey’s private bash. Costumes are welcome and the kids get to trick-or-treat around the park, which is a lot of fun! The remaining 2014 dates are: Friday, Oct. 10; Tuesday, Oct. 14; Friday, Oct. 17; Monday, Oct. 20; Wednesday, Oct. 22; Friday, Oct. 24; Monday, Oct. 27; Wednesday, Oct. 29; and Friday, Oct. 31.
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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post but I was given complimentary entrance into the park with my guests. My experience is my 100% true and honest opinion.