The sights and frights of Disneyland’s new Halloween celebration may surprise you.

By Carlye Wisel
August 02, 2019
Mariah Tyler

Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party, which debuts at Disney California Adventure this September, isn’t just Mickey’s Halloween Party shifted over to a different theme park for the very first time. Disney has doubled down on offerings this year with enough entertainment and characters to entice fans of all ages with surprises, spooks, and more "The Nightmare Before Christmas" references than one’s Halloween-loving heart can handle.

While parks like Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott’s Berry Farm lean into the blood-curdling horrors of Halloween, Disney has always landed on the side of being supremely kid-friendly. (Walt Disney World’s version of the event is called “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.") With Mickey’s Halloween Party being reimagined at Disney California Adventure — a park packed with thrill rides where alcohol is sold openly — the new Oogie Boogie Bash is still meant for all ages, but offers more for teens, tweens, and adults than ever before. And, while none of the touches that made it family-friendly have disappeared, like costumes being allowed into the park, there’s arguably even more for young children to do in its new inception. There will be fog but it won’t be dense, sound effects are fun and familiar, and there’s an even bigger emphasis on candy — consider it, as they do, “kooky spooky”.

Families can take in Mickey’s Trick and Treat, an all-new show featuring dancing, free sweets, and characters like Goofy and Donald Duck in festive garb, as well as a DescenDANCE Party themed to the Descendants movie trilogy. Character meet-and-greets will be worthwhile as usual — we’re told a rare one will make its U.S. debut — and if you have a sweet tooth, well, there’s no better time to celebrate Halloween at Disney California Adventure. All 20 nights of Oogie Boogie Bash will feature “treat trails” allowing guests of all ages to lug home bags full of candy while Disney baddies like Dr. Facilier and Mad Hatter appear and entertain crowds passing through⁣.

Frightfully Fun Parade will return with the addition of Cheshire Cat, and an all-new nighttime display will take over World of Color for a colorful and fire-filled festive performance. Villainous! plays out as a new Halloween story, with Oogie Boogie narrating a young girl’s treacherous trip through the lairs of famed Disney outlaws like Ursula, Evil Queen, Jafar, and Maleficent. It’s a heartwarming tale with an adorable new character named Shelley Marie that at its core is more silly than scary — especially when The Little Mermaid’s poor unfortunate souls take a dance break and skeletons perform synchronized swimming routines atop a bubbling green cauldron.

There are some spookier additions that come with Mickey’s Halloween Party shifting to Disney California Adventure too. Carthay Circle restaurant will be covered in digital artwork for Oogie Boogie Bash, making it appear as though Maleficent's vines are swallowing up the building, while Villains Grove within the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail champions lesser-seen villains. This never-before-seen walkthrough experience channels evil beings like Claude Frollo from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" as a haunting melody plays overhead, and has the Queen of Hearts' roses change color on the way to a Lion King portion reminiscent of Scar’s cave.

If it sounds like too much to do within five hours, it is — but there’s plenty more happening at Disneyland Resort daily starting Sept. 6.

Four attractions across Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will be re-themed to celebrate Halloween. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree will add themed music and sound effects to fuel the Hallow’s Eve fervor, while Haunted Mansion Holiday brings Jack Skellington’s world of seasonal whimsy to the famed Disneyland dark ride. The newest Avengers are getting in on the action too, with Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!’s Monsters After Dark returning, which provides an entirely new storyline to the ride each and every night once the sun goes down.

Themed food and merchandise will be available throughout September and October, including a Halloween spirit jersey — which are extremely popular with local guests — and multiple "The Nightmare Before Christmas" Mickey ears to, like the Mayor of Halloweentown, satiate both sides of your personality. Halloween Screams, the popular evening show exclusive to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland, will now show nightly with fireworks on select evenings, which is included with park admission.

Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party is offered on select nights between Sept. 17 and Oct. 31 and requires separate park admission. Tickets for the five-hour Halloween event cost between $110 and $145 per person. Attendees are granted entry into Disney California Adventure three hours prior to the event, and four hours prior on Sundays, as well as on Oct. 29 and 31.

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