Top 13 Spooktacular Things To Do In Disneyland & DCA This Halloween Season

Halloween in Disneyland and DCA has begun! It started on September 7th and will end on October 31st. It is my favorite time of year. Everything is so fun and I love fall and Halloween so much! There is so much to see and do and I wanted to share some of the "must see" things with you if you are visiting in September or October.

Meet Vee from Vampirina: You can now meet Vee from Vampirina for the first time ever this year. She is in DCA right by the Little Mermaid ride on San Francisco Street. After Halloween she will be joining the cast of Disney Junior Dance Party in Hollywood Land. Kennedy loves Vampirina, so this was a highlight for her to meet Vee!

Meet Jack and Sally: My children love the Haunted Mansion Holiday ride, but we have never seen the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. They insisted on meeting Jack and Sally this year and they loved it. Jack and Sally were amazing and I have a feeling we will make time to visit them every time we come during September and October. Kennedy even had to have a Sally doll. Maybe now we should try watching the movie? You can meet them at Royal Street 21 in New Orleans Square.

Ride Haunted Mansion Holiday: Make sure you ride Haunted Mansion Holiday in Orleans Square. It has a seasonal overlay and it is not scary at all. My kids love it. This attraction is super popular from September through December. Try to ride it right when you arrive in the morning, or get a fast pass. You can fit up to 3 people in each cart.

Plaza de la Familia: In DCA by Paradise Gardens you can celebrate Disney Pixar's CoCo and Dia De Los Muertos. There is fun entertainment and a musical celebration of CoCo happens almost every hour each day in the afternoon until the evening.  I suggest if you want to see the musical celebration of CoCo get there 30 minutes early to get a front row seat.  There is a CoCo exhibit, special Mexican food at Paradise Garden Grill, coloring CoCo masks in a craft area, and two new photo spots. In Disneyland (Zocalo Park) next to Rancho del Zocalo Mexican food restaurant in FrontierLand there are amazing photo opportunities and free face painting.

The food: Make sure you grab a food guide in either park there are so many amazing treats and new food items for Halloween that you must try.  You can download it here.

The cake at The Grand Californian Hotel: Each year usually for Halloween and Christmas The Grand Californian Hotel prepares a holiday cake in their lobby and it is always amazing. This year the Halloween pump"cake" patch is amazing. You can find 13 hidden Mickeys!

They also sell Halloween treats in the lobby of The Grand Californian Hotel and they are amazing!

AP Area: In DCA in Hollywood Land in Stage 17 there is an AP area where you scan your annual pass and get special buttons and there is a fun photo opportunity you can't miss. So if you have an annual pass make sure you check it out.

Photo By The Mickey Pumpkin: Be sure you take the time to take your picture in front of the large Mickey pumpkin in Disneyland on Main Street. We do this every year, even before we had kids. It is my favorite.

Headless Horseman Statue: In DCA there is a 10 foot statue on Buena Vista Street. At night it becomes a little spooky, but is a must see.

Haul-O-Ween in Cars Land: Make sure you stop by Cars Land to see it all decorated for Halloween. It is amazing. Make sure you meet and greet with the Cars characters in Halloween costumes. Lighting McQueen is a superhero. Mater is a vampire. Red is a clown and Cruz is a pirate. The rides all have a Halloween overlay and make sure you take your photo in front of Cars Land welcome sign right when you enter and the spider car right by Flo's V8 Cafe.

Characters in costume: Make sure you visit all of the characters in both parks in special Halloween costumes. They look so cute. If you want to see the characters in their classic costumes you can find them in Toon Town. Their Halloween costumes are my favorite. I just love it.

Mickey's Halloween Party: This is a separate ticket event and I personally think it is 100% worth it. It is only at night and you get to see a special Halloween parade and Halloween fireworks and there are so many other fun festivities.  You can check out all the fun we had last year at Mickey's Halloween Party here.

Merchandise: There is so much great Halloween merchandise, so be sure to check out the clothes, ears, candy, stuffed animals, and so much more!  It is the best place to get unique Halloween plush dolls, adorable ears, new shirts and hoodies!  I love it all!

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