PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

I went to my first Mickey's Halloween Party last Friday!

I shot photos and wrote words about the experience!

Think I'm lying? Find out if I am after the jump!

Nope, not lying.

I've always loved the month of October in the parks. Disney is thorough about pretty much everything they do, but they seem to give an extra bit of attention to detail during their celebration of Halloween.

Yes, I've been in the parks many times before during the month of October, but I never felt the need to go to the special ticket event, mostly because of the extra cost. Is the park really all that different during the event, or at least different enough to warrant a $60 price tag?

It is. Part of it is due to Disney's extra push, but a huge part of it has to do with the park goers themselves. There were so many great and imaginative costumes on kids and adults alike, and it was great to see entire families dress up and get in the spirit of all things Halloween.

Of course, as expected, Mickey Mouse was everywhere. There were Mickey pumpkins...

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

...Mickey ghosts...

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

...and Mickey pirate pumpkins.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

The creepy little details were what made the park feel different. From the lighting on the Sailing Ship Columbia, to the fog that rolled around it on the Rivers of America.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

I especially like this eerie shot of the Walt and Mickey statue in front of Cinderella Castle. It looks like their spirits are emerging out of the light!

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

A special Halloween-themed parade called Mickey's Costume Party made its way down Main Street.

The bad part: The parade featured only one song that performers sang over and over and over again. The good part: It featured some more rare characters from Disney's character archive, including a few Monsters, Inc. fellas like George Sanderson...

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

...a handful of oldies like Clarabelle Cow...

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

...and Big Al from Country Bear Jamboree and King Louie from The Jungle Book.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

Of course, Jack Skellington is still well represented throughout the park...

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

 ...as is Captain Jack Sparrow.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

But the best part of the night was seeing families dressed up in costume. I found a ton of Waldos...

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

...got scared by a Sulley or two...

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

...spent some family time with the folks of Yo Gabba Gabba!...

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

...and watched on as Yoda tried to figure out how many licks it takes to get the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

At Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, DJs "spun" music during Piratepalooza, a pirate-themed dance party.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

Chip was there getting his groove on with the little ones...

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

...as was Donald Duck. Still, neither of them had anything on Tigger, Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

The Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular was exactly that. It even featured a special appearance from Jack Skellington's best friend Zero as he flew through the air over the castle. When it comes to colorful explosives, Disney knows how to put on a show.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

Not really sure what's going on here, but it reminds me of one of those creepy photos from Abu Ghraib.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

So yeah, I'll be back next year, and it's completely worth it if you're thinking about checking it out, especially if you have children who are just dying to go. (See what I did there?) My only advice would be that if you go, definitely dress up. If you don't, you'll seriously be the odd man out.

PHOTOS: Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

Learn more about Mickey's Halloween Party and purchase your tickets here.


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