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My family goes to Disneyland almost every year during the fall. Check out this complete guide to everything Halloween at Disneyland and what we know so far about Disneyland during Halloween 2022.
In this guide, you will not only find info about Disneyland’s Halloween party – Oogie Boogie Bash, but you will also find all the information for guests visiting Disneyland and NOT attending during the Halloween party.
This article contains a lot of information, so I suggest using the Table of Contents if you are looking for specific Disneyland Halloween Time information.
Disneyland Halloween Time 2022
Halloween Time at Disneyland in 2022 will feel like a return to 2019, preclosure. Here is what guests can experience in 2022 for Halloween Time.
When Does Disneyland celebrate Halloween
Disneyland’s Halloween celebrations in 2022 will run from early September 2 – October 31, 2022. Plaza de la Familia celebrations will run through November 2, 2022. Last year, the celebrations started the Friday before Labor Day. If this same timeline is followed this year, we expect Halloween to officially kick off on September 2, 2022.
During this time you can find fun, spooky, and yummy additions around the park.
Tip: Be sure to check out my Disneyland in September guide, or my Disneyland in October guide for more information on visiting the parks during this time. My monthly guides include annual trends, and then a few weeks before the month begins, I include year specific information.
Here is what you need to know about Disneyland Halloween 2022:
Disneyland Halloween 2022- For All Guests
Disneyland does have an extra ticketed event for Halloween, Oogie Boogie Bash. But you don’t have to have an event ticket to enjoy the Disneyland Resort during Halloween in 2022. Check out all of these great offerings that are available to all guests.
Disneyland Halloween Decorations:
During Halloween time 2022, we will see some of our favorite decorations return at Disneyland. From the giant Mickey pumpkin on Main Street USA to the overlay in Cars Land, you can expect to see lots of fun (with a hint of spooky) decorations.
Unlike the holidays, however, these decorations do tend to be limited to certain areas of the park. Mostly Main Street USA and New Orleans Square in Disneyland, and Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, and Paradise Garden Park in California Adventure (with a little bit of decor in Hollywood Land).
Here are some of my favorite places to check out decorations for Halloween Time at Disneyland:
- Main Street USA – Mickey Jack-o-Lantern and the pumpkins along Main Street. There is even an Elvis Pumpkin hidden somewhere along Main Street USA.
- The Character Parade of Jack-o-Lanterns around the Partners Statue
- Haunted Mansion Holiday
- Frontierland for the Halloween Tree
Some of my favorite places to check out decorations in Disney California Adventure include:
- Cars Land for Haul-O-Ween
- Buena Vista Street
- Plaza de la Familia
And don’t forget about all of the decorations in Downtown Disney as well.
When Does Disneyland Decorate for Halloween
In mid-August, Haunted Mansion will close for the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay to be added to the ride.
A day or two before the official start of Halloween Time, other decorations will begin popping up around the parks.
The park will be fully decorated by the official start date. That is September 2, 2022 this year.
Disneyland Halloween Food
One thing Disneyland has been going all out on in years past is FOOD! And Halloween 2022 would be the perfect time to feature new dishes.
Disneyland has a complete foodie guide, highlighting specialty churros, multiple desserts, and more. If you are a foodie, you will want to be sure to check it out.
We can’t wait to see which of our favorite Halloween treats return to Disneyland in 2022, and what new ones they offer.
Disneyland Halloween 2022 Merchandise
Want a special Halloween souvenir? You are in luck! Halloween at Disneyland always brings out some merchandise. From Halloween Tees, to limited edition popcorn buckets and beyond, you can find something to fit your taste.
One thing my oldest loves about Disneyland at Halloween is that there is more Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise around the parks.
Disneyland Halloween 2022 – Ride Overlays
For Halloween, Disneyland gets several ride overlays that guests may want to check out. Here are the overlays you can look forward to during Halloween Time at Disneyland in 2022 if they return:
- Haunted Mansion Holiday – Jack Skellington and his friends take over the Haunted Mansion in this Nightmare Before Christmas-themed layover. One highlight of the ride overlay every year is the gingerbread house. In 2019, it paid homage to… The Haunted Mansion… which celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Last year, Haunted Mansion Holiday celebrated its 20th anniversary. I was actually in the parks, and rode the first year they did this overlay on my honeymoon! So I felt like this was special for me and Haunted Mansion.
Last year’s gingerbread house took a piece of all the prior years’ houses to make the largest house yet, at nearly 13 feet tall. Can you find what represents 2020?
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark – Every evening, Guardians of the Galaxy changes to the Monsters After Dark version. It is an adventure that continues after the story of the Mission Breakout! version of the ride.
- Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween – in Cars Land, Luigi’s gets a layover with some new, ghoulishly grand tunes.
- Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree – Again, this overlay in Cars Land includes some fun and Haul-O-Ween inspired music.
Special Character Interactions for Disneyland Halloween 2022
During Halloween time, whether you attend the party or not, you are going to get to see characters you may not usually find in Disneyland.
The villains always tend to come out more at Halloween. Maybe it is Jafar, or the Queen of Hearts, whoever it is, they seem to roam more freely during Halloween time.
You will also be able to see Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas during Halloween time. Last year they were popping up on the balcony of Haunted Mansion Holiday so keep your eyes out for them there.
New For Halloween 2022:
Here is what we know is new and coming to Disneyland for Halloween Time 2022:
Mickey and Minnie Get New Halloween Costumes
For as long as I can remember, Mickey has been a vampire for Halloween and Minnie has been a witch. During the 2022 Halfway To Halloween Celebration, Disneyland Resort revealed new concept art for Mickey and Minnie to have all new costumes this year.
I love the crafty, homemade feel to these costumes. What do you think?
Character Meet And Greets Halloween Time 2022
In the last few years, we have seen many Coco additions during Halloween. Last year we continued to see these Coco characters. In addition to the Musical Celebration of Coco, last year we could meet Miguel, both with his puppeteer in Plaza de la Familia, by himself (life size) in Frontierland. Hopefully he returns this year for the first-ever Miguel hugs!!!
Disneyland Halloween 2022 Entertainment
Last year I was pleased that many of our favorite Halloween Entertainment options returned. However, one did not return – World of Color: Villanous! This new, spooky version of World of Color only ran for one year before the closure, and extended refurbishment of World of Color. Will it return in 2022?
A Musical Celebration of Coco – expected to return
In honor of Día de Los Muertos, my favorite show from last year is returning. A Musical Celebration of Coco takes place in California Adventure at Plaza de la Familia in Paradise Gardens (near Goofy’s Sky School). This celebration takes place multiple times each day, so check the entertainment schedule on the Disneyland App for more information. The show usually runs a few days after Halloween.
Día de los Muertos
In addition to A Musical Celebration of Coco, guests can find other offerings in honor of Día de Los Muertos.
If you have a moment, be sure to stop by the Tree of Life and write out a memory of a loved one and hang it. This is something very special to many visitors, including myself.
This is probably the most exciting offering to Disneyland guests.
The Halloween Screams show is available for all guests. Halloween Screams is the fireworks show previously only shown at the Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event. But with the move of the party to California Adventure, Halloween Screams is being shown nightly to all Disneyland Park guests. We expect this to return for all park guests again in 2022.
Most nights, Disneyland will only show the projections and play music, but on select nights (mostly weekends Friday – Sunday) they will also include the Fireworks.
Disneyland’s Halloween Party Important info!
For those that do not know, Disneyland goes all out during Halloween. I mean all out. Rides have special layovers (like a limited-time version), characters are in special costumes, and Jack Skellington is out and about. And of course, let’s not forget Disneyland’s Halloween party. In 2019 we got a whole new party experience: Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, held at Disney California Adventure.
Oogie Boogie Bash has been confirmed for Halloween at Disneyland 2022!
In 2022 there will be 23 parties.
One of the biggest topics in our Disneyland With Kids Facebook group is Halloween at Disneyland, but more specifically, the Halloween party. So below, I am going to share everything you need to know about Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort.
Halloween Party Dates
Oogie Boogie Bash will take place on select nights Sept 6 – Oct 31, 2022
Held at Disney California Adventure, Oogie Boogie Bash is fun for the entire family.
Important dates for Disneyland’s Halloween Party
Here are the important dates for 2022 Oogie Boogie Bash information.
Oogie Boogie Bash 2022 Party Dates:
Below you will find the party dates for Oogie Boogie Bash. Please note that the September 10th date is an exclusive party for D23 Members.
If you are hoping to go to one of these parties, might I suggest coming to our Disneyland with Kids Halloween Days Event? We have special hotel rates, swag bags, some fun meetups, and more. It takes place September 15 – 18, 2022.
Sept 6, Sept 10 (D23 Party), Sept 13, Sept 15 (DwK Does Oogie Boogie Bash), Sept 18, Sept 20, Sept 22, Sept 25, Sept 27, Sept 29, Oct 2, Oct 4, Oct 6, Oct 9, Oct 11, Oct 13, Oct 16, Oct 18, Oct 20, Oct 23, Oct 25, Oct 27, Oct 29, Oct 31
When Will Oogie Boogie Bash Ticket Go On Sale?
Disneyland has announced that Oogie Boogie Bash tickets will go on sale for Magic Keyholders starting June 28, 2022. D23 Members will be able to purchase tickets to the exclusive D23 party beginning June 28, 2022 as well.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 30, 2022.
Last Year July 13, 2021: Oogie Boogie Tickets go on sale to the general public
Tickets to Oogie Boogie Bash do tend to sell out several weeks to months in advance. However, you normally do not need to worry about them selling out the first day they are on sale.
How much are Oogie Boogie Bash Tickets 2022
Oogie Boogie Bash tickets in 2022 range from $129 – $179 depending on the night.
Do I need to also make a park reservation for the Oogie Boogie Bash party?
Unlike Disneyland tickets, you do not have to make a separate park reservation. Your ticket to this event is your reservation.
How Disneyland’s Halloween Party Works
Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland’s California Adventure is a separately ticketed event. This means you need to buy a special party ticket for the party. That ticket gets you into only Disney California Adventure three hours before the party starts. When the party starts (at California Adventure Park), that park will close to non-party guests and then the party begins.
The party ticket gets you entry to the event (and park three hours before the event). It does NOT include parking. As of 2019: You will not be able to parkhop with your event ticket.
Guests under the age of three do not need a Halloween party ticket when entering with a ticket-holding adult.
What Is Special About The Disneyland Halloween Party?
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party is a highly anticipated event, but maybe you are wondering why. So let’s look at some of the benefits of the event and why people love it so much.
Trick or Treat Trails
What is a Halloween Party without candy? Oogie Boogie Bash will still include the beloved Trick or Treat Trails. You can get enough candy to last you for years (okay, maybe not that long) or you can choose some healthy treats.
Many parents opt to go to this instead of taking their children trick or treating in neighborhoods. They know the candy is safe, and they love the Disney environment. (FYI— I am eating a piece of candy from the party I went to in Setpember 2018 as I write this. It has lasted that long!)
The limited number of Halloween Party Tickets for Disneyland ensures you will have lower crowds. This makes it easier to hop on your favorite rides like Radiator Springs Racers, Incredicoaster, and yes, even Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark.
Frightfully Fun Parade
The Frightfully Fun Parade will be returning. The Headless Horseman will be back, leading the parade this year. With a longer parade route, I think this parade will be even easier to view without having to sit on the curb saving your seats.
TIP: Some kids find the parade a little scary. While many are fine with it, if your child scares easily, please be aware this may not be a parade they enjoy.
Character Encounters At The Party
The Disney villains are out in full force, and so are Mickey and his friends in their special Halloween costumes.
There are often rare characters as well as plenty of villains, and of course with Oggie Boogie Bash, I can imagine even more villains may feel welcome at the party.
Adults Can Wear Costumes
Probably one of the best parts about the Halloween party at Disneyland is that adults can also wear costumes. While Disneyland does have some pretty strict costume guidelines, this is the one time of year that guests over age 13 are allowed to dress in full costume.
Need costume ideas? Check out our list of over 50 Disney Inspired costumes.
Should I Buy Party Tickets First, Or Book My Vacation First?
I strongly suggest booking your vacation now and then purchasing your party tickets once they go on sale.
Once the party dates have been released, hotels will book up fast. Plus, Disneyland could raise admission prices again before then. Booking now locks in your regular park ticket prices.
When you go to book, I suggest booking through Get Away Today. They have a couple of ticket sales going on for this year (and they also offer third or fourth night free at many hotels. They have a great layaway plan where you can book for $175 down (so you still have money to buy those party tickets when they go on sale) and then just pay the remaining balance two weeks before you travel.
Tickets booked through them now are good through 2023, so you can lock in the current ticket prices clear through next year.
You can even save an extra $10 when you book a package using my Promo Code: CrazyAdventure (Add that to your churro fund money)
If you plan on attending, be sure to check out our Best Tips for Oogie Boogie Bash article to make the most of your party time.
Tips When Not Attending The Halloween Party
Here are some tips to make the most of your time, and some things to watch out for, when you do not have a party ticket.
Buy Parkhopper Tickets
I always suggest buying Park Hopper tickets for Disneyland if possible, but even more so when you plan on going to Disneyland during Halloween time.
Here is why – Guests who do not purchase Parkhopper tickets (and even some that do) tend to head over to Disneyland for the entire day if there is a party that evening.
Party guests do not start arriving until three in the afternoon. So guess what? California Adventure crowd levels tend to be fairly low on party dates.
So if you have a Park Hopper, start out doing rope drop at California Adventure, and get in a ton of rides before the crowds start coming at three. This is when party guests start to arrive, so it will feel a lot more crowded.
Wait before you plan on just staying all night at Disneyland
A common plan I see for guests is that they decide they will head to the opposite park as party guests start to arrive and try to close out that park.
While this can be a good plan, be aware that as soon as California Adventure closes Disneyland will get extremely busy.
There have been times it has been wall-to-wall people at the non-party park. I feel like I handle crowds pretty well, and I still have been like “I have to leave” because of it.
IF you are not a fan of crowds, I actually suggest maybe heading over to Disneyland at about three in the afternoon and trying to call it quits by dinner.
Get to rope drop every morning, but especially party mornings
When the park has limited hours, whether from a party or because the hours are just shorter, take advantage of the early hours.
Be at the park 45 minutes or more before the gates open so you can get to rope drop and bust out several rides without using Lightning Lane.
More Tips For Disneyland
Aside from visiting for Halloween at Disneyland, you’ll love your time at the park year-round! Check out our favorite tips below!
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