Halloween is getting to be like Christmas: no longer a mere day, it is now a whole season, and every year the season grows a little longer. Disneyland proves the point this year, by launching their annual Disneyland Halloween Time today. During the October season, the Enchanted Kingdom theme park transforms itself into a family-friendly haunted attraction, with the traditional Disney characters attired in costumes to show the spirit of the season. All the usual Disneyland Resort rides and attractions are open, but with an extra special Halloween spin: the Haunted Mansion is decked out in the manner of Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and the Space Mountain roller-coaster becomes Ghost Galaxy. There are also special Mickey Mouse Trick-or-Treat Parties on specific days: October, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 & 31.
Some may be asking: Where will it end? After all, summer is barely over, and the Fall Halloween season is already upon us? I suppose it is a legitimate question; no one wants to suffer burn-out from an overdose of their favorite holiday. However, the myriad ways of enjoying Halloween in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas are too many to squeeze into a few weeks. If you are a true enthusiast - who wants to hit not only the major Halloween Theme Park Attractions but also some Halloween Haunted Houses, Halloween Yard Haunts, Community Halloween Haunts, Halloween Haunts for Children, and Other Halloween Attractions - then you have to start with the E-ticket items like Halloween Time as early as possible, leaving your schedule open later in the season for the smaller Halloween events in Los Angeles, which may be open for only a few days toward the end of the month.
Next week, both Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios and the Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt begin, along with the annual Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College. If you don't get to these right away, then you will start to run into trouble in October, when the Old Town Haunt, The Empty Grave, and the Queen Mary Dark Harbor open on the 1st, followed in short order by Legoland's Brick or Treat Party Nights, the Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, etc.
So, our best advice: Take advantage of the early opportunities, so that you will have time to savor all of the Halloween attractions that Los Angeles has to offer.
More in this series:
- Disneyland Halloween Time 2010
- Halloween Season Begins This Weekend!