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Mickey’s Halloween Party Dates and Ticket information for 2016

Posted on: by Kate

disneyland headless horseman

Mickey’s Halloween Party is one of Disneyland’s most popular ways to welcome the holiday season.  Halloween season starts a little early at the Disneyland Resort and tickets go on sale even earlier!  It was just announced that Mickey’s Halloween Party will start on select nights starting Friday Septemer 23rd and will end on Halloween night, Monday October 31st. Yes, it may seem early to announce that Mickey’s Halloween Party dates and ticket information, but crowds will not wait. In years past, tickets have sold out for many dates weeks in advance.  Below is information about all the dates you can choose from as well as when tickets go on sale.  Note that ticket prices vary on different nights and for Disney Annual Passholders and non passholder.

family costume

Mickey’s Halloween Party is a private ticketed event where guests will enjoy smaller crowds, special Halloween treats, exclusive entertainment, and the thrill of dressing up like a kid again! Mickey’s Halloween Party does require a special ticket, those who purchase a regular admission ticket on a Mickey’s Halloween Party day will need to exit the park at the beginning of the party. Mickey’s Halloween Party is exclusive for ticket holders for five hours!  Those who are attending the party will have the entire park to themselves for five hours to trick or treat, ride rides, take selfies with characters, watch parades, fireworks, and more!  In addition to the five hour party, Halloween party ticket holders are allowed to ‘mix in’ with regular admission guests up to three hours before the party starts.  With a Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket you can enjoy up to 8 hours in Disneyland Park!

mickey pumpkin

If you are a parent of children that scare very easily, it is good to know that Mickey’s Halloween Party is not at all scary.  While guests are allowed to wear costumes, the policy is strict. Gruesome costumes are not something your child will be subjected to at Mickey’s Halloween Party.  As a family that enjoys trick or treat and dress up, but dislikes all things scary and bloody this is our favorite Halloween event we have ever attended.  Mickey’s Halloween Party is good, clean, Halloween fun with a Disney theme!

Skeleton Goofy

Our family has attended several trick or treat events all over Southern California and our kids need me to point out that Disneyland has the best candy and so much more of it than any other park.  Our family has a great tip for you!  While each Mickey’s Halloween Party attendee will be given a small complimentary ‘trick or treat’ bag when you check in, we suggest bringing a larger bag or back pack to transfer candy into.  If your family enjoys trick or treating they can easily fill the little bags given within a few treat trails. In our case, we had our ‘dump bag’ strapped onto the back of our little one’s stroller.  Kids and grown ups would walk through the line and as our bags filled up we would transfer to our big bag. Our kids enjoyed noshing on treats all night and even had some to share with friends and neighbors through the next week!

mickey ghost

Mickey’s Halloween Party is the only time adults and kids over 13 are allowed to wear costumes in the park. One of our family’s favorite things to do during our annual trip to Mickey’s Halloween Party is to people watch.  People wear costumes that range from simple to extravagant.  Guests are of course not required to dress up – but if you do, please refer to the costume guidelines just to make sure it is allowed in the park. Guidelines are listed on the Mickey’s Halloween Party link above.  Please note that guests under 13 have less restrictions to costumes, but it is still good to know.  Disney will not allow you in the park if your costume does not comply so make sure to have it sorted out before you get there!

halloween party treatsThis magical event is not only a great way to celebrate the Halloween season, but it is also a great way to visit Disneyland Park on a tighter budget.  Admission to the party is less expensive than a typical day ticket. Because crowds are kept quite low for party dates and almost every ride is open, guests typically enjoy short lines and can experience more rides than they would on a regular day in the park.  While there are dozens of Halloween themed treats that you will no doubt want to indulge in, it is important to note again for those looking to stretch a budget that there will be no shortage of free candy being handed out the entire night.  Not only do cast members pass out candy by the armful, but they also pass out some non candy treats – fresh apples, carrots, chips, raisins, crackers, and more.  Snacks are covered!  And of course Disneyland doesn’t quite seem like Disneyland without an awesome parade or fireworks; Mickey’s Halloween Party offers both! Disneyland is a splurge for sure, but Mickey’s Halloween Party is actually a surprisingly budget friendly option for many families.

Mickeys Halloween Parade

A new feature to Mickey’s Halloween Party for 2016 is that The Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will ride through the park.  Disney fans my remember the classic spooky animated short film about Icabod Crane.  This is the first time The Headless Horseman character will be at Disneyland.  I cannot wait to see him!

olaf disneyland

Guests of all ages may want a few ideas for Halloween costumes that are Mickey’s Halloween Party appropriate.  One of our most popular posts is our very simple Lilo costume that we ‘made’ ourselves.  When our son begged us to make him an Olaf costume a few years back my husband jumped feet first into the project.  If you are interested in making an Olaf Costume you can of course check it out; but I will warn you…. you might regret it.  Looking for more inspiration? Don’t miss our DIY Disney Inspired Costume Round up!

OK so who wants to get tickets?!  You will have to wait just a few more days.  On July 21, 2016 Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Reward Visa card holders, and Disney Vacation Club members can begin purchasing tickets.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 28, 2016.  Historically most nights do sell out before the end of August with weekends and dates closer to Halloween selling out even sooner.  If you are looking to visit for Mickey’s Halloween Party, make sure to not delay.

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2016 dates:

Friday, Sept. 23
Monday, Sept. 26
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Friday, Sept. 30
Monday, Oct. 3
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Friday, Oct. 7
Monday, Oct. 10
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Friday, Oct. 14
Monday, Oct. 17
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Friday, Oct. 21
Monday, Oct. 24
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Saturday, Oct. 29
Monday, Oct. 31

You can check out even more information about Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland and grab your tickets here! We hope to see you there!

duffy pumpkin

Until Next Time ~ Kate
Comments: 20 Responses
  1. Mindy says:

    Awww I’m going to miss the Big Thunder Ranch carnival area this year.

  2. Donna says:

    Missed it this year. Maybe next year!

  3. Marlez negron says:

    I never knew about Halloween party they do until last year. We went to Disneyland on Halloween & the park closed early for the trick or treaters. Looked so cool the see all the cute costumes going in. Halloween is a fun day to go because everyone is dressed up even more

  4. Devon F says:

    Definitely a family favorite tradition for us! I love how cute your whole family is always dressed as a theme! So fun!

  5. Kristin H. says:

    We will be in California toward the end of the month, and it would be so amazing if we could surprise our kids with a trip to Disneyland at Halloween!

  6. Vanessa says:

    This is awesome! I never knew there was a Mickey’s Halloween Party!!

  7. Carissa says:

    Alright. Maybe next year will be our year.

  8. Wendy c g says:

    Never been, it looks like fun. Maybe next year.

  9. Brandie says:

    Always wanted to attend this! Looks like so much fun!!

  10. Catherine says:

    We went to halloween disney on the 28th, sooo much fun!! I definitely reccomend doing a week night if you can!

  11. Joyce says:

    I’ve always wondered if it’s worth the money and how crowded it would be. Maybe when the kids are older.

  12. Anissa says:

    I hope I can go next year!

  13. Estefania says:

    Your costumes are so cute! Looks like a lot of fun; I want to take my family to Mickeys Halloween party

  14. Tricia says:

    Someday, I hope we will be able to go to this. We *love* Halloween and Disney!

  15. Bo says:

    I love Halloween time at Disneyland!

  16. Melissa says:

    This is such a good fun activity for kids!

  17. Anissa S. says:

    I love how creative you are with your family’s costumes!

  18. Julie says:

    I am so glad to have found your site! I love all your costumes – darling family!

  19. Kristene Hanson says:

    Someday I hope to try this. I always love reading about your adventures and creatives costumes there!

  20. lela king says:

    I love disney

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