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Frightful Fun During Halloween at Disneyland

It’s all thrills and chills during Halloween at Disneyland.

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  • Picture of the Walt Disney and Mickey statue at Disneyland during Halloween with pumpkins
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    The Disneyland Resort gets a spooky makeover during Halloween Time.
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    Disneyland California Adventure promises its own Halloween surprises, including "Monsters After Dark" at Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout!.
  • picture of the entrance to the Haunted Mansion during Halloween with Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas
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    The Haunted Mansion gets a Jack Skellington-inspired gingerbread house flip.
  • Picture of the Halloween decorations at Cars Land in Disneyland
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    One of the Halloween highlights is Cars Land, where favorite "Cars" characters celebrate Haul-O-Ween in costume.
  • picture of Luigi and Mater in costume at Cars Land during Halloween at Disneyland
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    Take a photo with Mater as a vampire or Lightning McQueen as a superhero.
  • Picture of the Halloween decorations at the Cars Land Cozy Cone Motel.
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    Even the Cars Land Cozy Cone Motel gets in on the fun with its cone faces looking a little more frightening.
  • Picture of a shop in Radiator Springs with Halloween decorations
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    One of the Radiator Springs shops turns into a creepy looking gas station to go along with the rest of the decorations in Cars Land.
  • Picture of the entrance to the Coco-inspired Plaza de la Familia during Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure
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    In Disneyland, Frontierland hosts a Dia de los Muertos celebration. At Disney California Adventure, visitors can get into the spirit at Plaza de la Familia, inspired by "Coco."
  • Picture of the shrine to Ernesto de la Cruz from Coco in Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure
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    Plaza de la Familia even has a shrine for Ernesto de la Cruz from "Coco," which features his guitar and film playing on an old television.
  • Picture of the view of Pixar Pier all lit up at night from the Lamplight Lounge with the water in the foreground
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    The Lamplight Lounge is a perfect place for a great night view of Pixar Pier.
  • Picture of Donald Duck dressed up as a devil for Halloween in Disney California Adventure
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    Mickey and all his pals join in on the Halloween fun by dressing up in costume, like Donald dressed up as a devil. You can see him and his other friends donning many other costumes throughout both parks.

Southern California’s spooky season is in full swing, and fans of gentle frights will find Mickey’s brand of boos right up their alley. Here are five can’t-miss ways to scare up some Halloween fun at the Disneyland Resort this October.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark

Ever since Marvel’s misfit sci-fi superheroes took over Disney California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout! has shot to the top of Anaheim’s attraction lineup. During Halloween Time, the ride gets a daily “Monsters After Dark” makeover (starring Baby Groot and a heavy-metal soundtrack) after 5 p.m. that makes it even more popular, so grab your FastPass as soon as distribution switches over from the daytime version in mid-afternoon. (Note: Check out the MaxPass app to get FastPasses delivered straight to your mobile device.)

Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy

Two of Disneyland’s most iconic attractions—the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain—also get dressed up for Halloween, but their season variants are available all day long. Haunted Mansion doesn’t usually need a FastPass, but you’ll definitely want one for the fan-favorite Nightmare Before Christmas version, starring Jack Skellington and a ginormous gingerbread house. Then, to get chased through the galaxy by an angry ghost, seek out the speedy single rider queue at Space Mountain’s exit.

Halloween in Cars Land

Radiator Springs is spook central at DCA this year, as the Cars crew revs up an expanded Haul-O-Ween celebration. Luigi and Mater have both tricked out their carnival-style spinning car rides with ghoulish décor and high-spirited songs. Treat yourself to a photo with Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and other friends, all dressed to spook in their Halloween costumes.

Día de los Muertos in Frontierland

Most Americans see this as a season of monsters and maniacs, but for Mexicans, Día de los Muertos—the holiday depicted in the Pixar film Coco—is all about celebrating family. Join Disneyland’s Day of the Dead festivities in Frontierland, which run through Nov. 2. There, you can enjoy traditional face-painting alongside an impressive floral display featuring skeletal musicians, followed by some seasonally inspired food from the nearby Rancho del Zocalo restaurant.

Earl of Sandwich

An expired Englishman has risen from the grave and is at large in Downtown Disney, but don’t despair: this zombie is delicious! Anaheim’s beloved Earl of Sandwich restaurant was executed earlier this year to make way for a new luxury hotel, but that project is now on hold, leading to the Earl’s recent unexpected resurrection. The terrifying part is that this revival is only temporary, so there’s no way of knowing when Disneyland’s Full Montague will again shuffle off this mortal coil.

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This article was published in October 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.