After being stuck at home on my actual birthday (due to concussion recovery), S took me to Mickey's Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort for a "birthday redo". Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, so I enjoy any excuse to start celebrating early!
This post is a photo diary of our experience! Unfortunately due to my concussion I wasn't able to do much and didn't stay for too long. I had to view the fireworks from a far distance (and not stare at them), had to sit down every few minutes, could only watch a small portion of the parade, and had to skip the Tomorrowland Dance party. There's always next year...
If my experience below doesn't convince you to go next year check the website to see all they offer! I've gone to this event in the past and it was the best special event Disneyland threw all year!
P.S. Ten points if you can spot my earplugs!
P.P.S I need to learn how to use photoshop so I can edit out stuff like earplugs ha.
S and I arrived around 8pm and caught the end of the first parade. Luckily we arrived in time to see some of my favorite characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Zero was happy to see them as well...
Some deceased dancers from the Haunted Mansion
Pay close attention to the glowing pumpkins...
no two faces are the same (in the entire park!)
Once the parade was over we slowly wandered down main street, taking in all the different lights and decor in the store windows.
Trick or Treating occurs all over the park along the "Trick or Treat Trails". Each trail is themed to the surrounding land and has about 5 different candy/snack carts. The first trail that we went on was through Frontier Land by the edge of the Rivers of America. This trail was titled "Pirate Palooza" and was pirate themed... obviously.
Waiting in line for candy...
New highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne from Sephora
This top was love at first sight... My go to top for this fall season; the Ellery Blouse from For Love and Lemons. I honestly love it so much I'm highly considering getting it in white too! Shop the top here.
You're crazy if you think you're getting any of my candy dude...
Keeping in theme with the Rancho Del Zocalo restaurant the end of the Pirate trail was decorated for Dia de Muertos.
We then watched the fireworks from the Rivers of America because I'm still taking it easy on my head (I was even wearing earplugs the whole time! Thank goodness my hair covered them ha!). While I knew it was better for me to watch from a distance I wish I could have watched from Main Street! From previous experience this show is truly unique, and hosted by Jack Skeleton himself! Thankfully you can hear the firework soundtrack within the surrounding lands, so we were able to get almost the full effect. If you can't find a spot on Main Street try to get a good view via Frontier or Tomorrow land.
Witches' best friend
Where is Waldo Not?
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Our second trick or treat trail of the evening: The Golden Horseshoe.
The third and final Trick or Treat trail we went through was along the Rivers of America heading towards the Haunted Mansion. The pastel colored fog creeping around the completely lit up "Mark Twain" created the perfect backdrop for New Orleans Square. You can even meet the Pumpkin King himself by the entrance to club 33 (at the exit of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride), although the wait was always 30 minutes plus. I wasn't able to stand up long enough to see him. Boo
"Honey, I'm home...
OH, that's right.... I'm not married"
The purrfect quote for the Haunted Mansion,
except during the Holidays the Ghost Bride is no where to be seen.
In fact, during the Holidays the mansion is completely taken over by Jack Skellington and his Nightmare friends from Halloween town. Madame Leota counts down the days to Christmas, Zero decorates christmas trees, and my favorite teddy bear causes mischief in place of the familiar raven.
The Haunted Mansion continues to be my favorite ride in the park and the annual Holiday version continues to amaze me. Each year the Holiday version has a subtle change in theme, most obviously represented by the Gingerbread house in the ball room which changes each year. This year the giant edible house (made by Disneyland chefs) is a mix of a old Haunted Mansion classic and the theme of this years holiday take over.
If you're a big Haunted Mansion or Nightmare fan and want to see how the gingerbread houses are made click here.
This year's theme is a main character... that FINALLY makes a major appearance on the ride:
Happy Halloween Everyone!