As part of our trip to Disneyland in early October, we went to Mickey's Halloween Party. Mickey's Halloween Party is a special event from early September until end of October that includes trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed attractions and Character Greetings, special fireworks spectacular, and a spooky parade that starts with the ride of the Headless Horseman. It is a separate cost from the regular park ticket, but you can enter the park 3 hours before the the Halloween party starts. (And remember, your child under 3 is free, even for the Halloween party!)
In my post last week, Bobby and I concluded that we could have skipped going to the park in the morning (the extra rest to for all of us to treat-or-trick until the party closed would have been good) and just done the early party entrance. We still did plenty of rides and saw characters when we attended the party.
We got to the party around 5 pm, and there was a decent line to get in (first security and then actual park gate; Disney-line continues!). I've heard that the line for parking is also long for the nights that of the Halloween party, so if you are driving, make sure you plan for extra time spent parking.
Bobby and I were excited to read that costumes are encouraged (check the park website for rules about costumes)-- we were going to go as The Incredibles and Jack would be Jack, Jack! And of course when we go to put him in his costume, he refused. Such a toddler! It really didn't stop any of our enjoyment at the party, and it was fun to keep getting told that we looked incredible (from park employees). I love puns.
We started with dinner in the park, and Bobby and I both liked the grilled cheese and basil tomato soup; it felt like the perfect fall/Halloween meal. Jack had a kid's meal, and only ate the carrots and drank the milk, which since he was about to eat candy, we were not upset about. We could have packed food, but that's not our style. :-) Then we headed to Tomorrow Land for his favorite ride, Buzz Lightyear.
After the ride, I made the boys stand in our first trick-or-treat trail. The line for the trail looked long, but it moved pretty quick. The way the trick-or-treating works is that there are designated rides that become a treat trail. You go through the trail and get candy. Each trail has about 3-4 candy stops. After the first candy stop on the trail, Jack was excited to hold out his treat bag and even started saying trick-or-treat.
We gave him a miniature candy bar and some M n M's when waiting in line for the next ride. Disney also hands out apple slices and other healthy snacks with the candy. Jack did eat apples later that night when we headed back to the hotel. But of course, he liked the candy. I enjoyed seeing his excitement over experiencing the taste of chocolate. No, it wasn't his first time having chocolate, but he made it seem like it was, which was totally funny (I should have taken a picture, d'oh!).
We saw the character villains and Mickey Mouse and friends in costume, but since we had pictures with characters from earlier in the day, we skipped the lines to get pictures and autographs. We watched the special fireworks, which Jack ooh'ed and ah'ed over (he might have been quoting me). The loud noise didn't upset him, as we had practice with fireworks from 4th of July. We missed the Halloween parade because Jack (and us) wanted to do rides instead. We did see some daytime parades, so don't feel too bad for us. I've heard the Halloween parade is cool, so if you go, you might want to check it out.
Overall, we all really liked Mickey's Halloween Party. I liked the special decorations, fireworks and trick-or-treating (so pretty much all of it), Jack liked the rides and chocolate, and Bobby liked the special decorations and seeing characters that you normally don't see. We all recommend going at least once if you plan to go to Disneyland September or October. It was spooktacular (told you I love puns)! Happy Howl-o-ween! ;)
Check out these websites for more info:
Disneyland- Mickey's Halloween Party
Undercovertourist- Disneyland Halloween Time