Spine-Tingling Scares: Anaheim’s ultimate Halloween experience

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Anaheim Annual Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
Anaheim Annual Fall Festival & Halloween Parade

Halloween has arrived across Anaheim, California, with scary encounters for visitors of all ages, whilst preparations for the 100th Annual Fall Festival & Halloween Parade are underway.

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort casts its spell through 31 October, with seasonal décor and menu items across the resort, from Poison Apple Funnel Cake Fries to Wicked Stepsisters Crispy Pork Bowl, Bat-shaped Mickey Shortbread, Rest in Chocolate Sundaes and Blood Orange Slush. New photos reveal the latest annual bespoke gingerbread house at Haunted Mansion Holiday – a merrily macabre mausoleum that stands 9 feet, 13 inches tall – and the bewitching new outfits Mickey Mouse and his pals are donning at Disneyland Park this season.

For the first time, Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel will feature characters dressed in Halloween attire, fall décor and themed desserts, available now until 31 October.

Honouring the Mexican traditions of Día de los Muertos, the Plaza de la Familia cultural experience brings heartwarming live entertainment and delectable dining to Disney California Adventure Park until 2 November. Guests can discover additional tributes to Día de los Muertos across the Disneyland Resort, including a new confectionery sculpture inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Knott’s Scary Farm has once again taken residence at Knott’s Berry Farm for its 50th season. This anniversary’s lineup includes 10 frightening mazes, 5 sinister scare zones and 4 hair-raising shows. Guests can expect to uncover unforgettable experiences that will usher in characters from Haunt history.

Knott’s Scary Farm is Southern California’s longest-running and most haunting Halloween theme park event. With 50 years of never-ending nightmares, unimaginable scares and innovative thrills, Knott’s Scary Farm has left no tomb unearthed, no crypt unrattled and no fear untouched.

Family-friendly Knott’s Spooky Farm, included with general park admission, kicks off today, running Thursday to Sunday until 29 October, with trick-or-treating in the spooky streets of Ghost Town, pumpkin decorating and a line-up of original live shows throughout the day. The Timber Mountain Log Ride residents will celebrate the Halloween Hootenanny, which adds a family-friendly seasonal twist to a park favourite. The ride’s interior features surprise after surprise as guests venture past the Calico Coffin Creeper Band, the town’s Green Witch and splash down Skull Mountain through a labyrinth of jack-o-lanterns. The fun continues for little ones at the Calico Mine Ride as it undergoes a fantastical transformation into a candy wonderland!

Beyond the parks, visitors will find Halloween and Fall festivities across the city, from seasonal treats at the Packing House and Harry Potter themed menus at Blind Rabbit speakeasy to the 100th Fall Festival & Halloween Parade and multiple hotels participating in a mass trick-or-treat:

  • Harbor Walk Halloween Trick-or-Treat: 13 participating hotels will form a Trick-or-Treat from 3-8pm on 31 October that all guests can take part in. Taking place on Habor Boulevard, guests can flash their hotel room key as they pass each of the hotels in exchange for treats, with properties including Howard Johnson, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Camelot Inn & Suites, Tropicana Inn & Suites, Best Western Park Place Inn, Park Vue Inn, Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites, Del Sol Inn, Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn, Tony Roma’s, Grand Legacy at the Park, The Anaheim Hotel and Castle Inn & Suites.
  • The Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade Returns for Centenary: This October marks the 100th anniversary of Anaheim’s Fall Festival and Halloween Parade. Taking place on Saturday 28 October, the festival will take place on Center Street from 11am – 6pm with the Parade from City Hall and along Center Street starting at 7pm. A new Halloween exhibit at Muzeo, the return of a beer festival and several new spooky Halloween floats in the Parade line-up will colour the streets.
  • Blind Rabbit ‘Defense against the Dark Arts’ master classes: Anaheim speakeasy bar, Blind Rabbit, will be attracting all Harry Potter fans as their ‘Defense against the Dark Arts’ cocktail classes kick off this Sunday, running throughout October. Each 90-minute session, bookable in advance on Yelp, will teach budding wizards practical potions, curses and spells to equip them in their defence against “The One Who Shall Not Be Named”.
  • Packing House Seasonal Treats: Anaheim’s foodie haven, the Packing House, is filled with seasonal treats from its vendors this Fall. From Blood Croissants to Mummy-shaped ice pops and Halloween-inspired cinnamon drinks, visitors can have their choice of ‘treats’.