Spooky projections played on Main Street, U.S.A. and Disney‘s most famous villains came out at Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland.
Disneyland kicked off its not-so-scary Halloween celebration on Friday, the first of a 17-night special ticketed affair that runs on select nights through Oct. 31.
But instead of gore and bloody decorations or costumed monsters roaming in the shadows looking for a scare like other theme parks, Disneyland offers a family friendly environment.
As part of the party, visitors are allowed to dress in costumes of their own making or more.
Angelina Rubio of Mesa, Arizona, came dressed as the character of Mary Sanderson, a witch played by Kathy Najimy, in the movie “Hocus Pocus.” One of the features of the character was her hairdo, which looked like an upside down beehive.
“My hairdo took forty minutes to create,” said Rubio. “It took a foam cone, a lot of teasing and a lot of spray glue.”
Over in Frontierland, a thick fog covered the Rivers of America. Wisecracking Scarecrows poked fun at costumed guests, while some of Disney’s more macabre music played over the PA.
Click here to watch a video of the costumed fun.
Along the waterfront, near the Haunted Mansion Holiday, many people dressed up to visit the quirky attraction, based on the movie “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Logan Holmgren and Patty Waterworth of Mission Viejo dressed as Jack Skellington and Sally from the movie, with her sporting orange hair and him with stitches painted across his face.
“We’ve loved the movie since it first came out,” Holmgren said.
Since this was a Disney experience, there were plenty of villains on hand with Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty,” Hades from “Hercules” and Jafar in “Aladdin” making many appearances.
There were also monsters appearing in the park, but they were Sully and Mike Wazowski from the “Monsters Inc.” franchise. They were in Tomorrowland where they hosted a Monsters U dance party on the Tomorrowland Terrace stage.
The signature attraction is the 10 to 12 minute fireworks show called: Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies. It features orange and other different colors, along with some spooky apparitions projected on the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. and Sleeping Beauty Castle.
One of the unique features of the party is a chance for children and adults to pick up treats at Trick or Treat stations throughout the park, Disney handed out special Trick or Treat bags to each guest entering the park, giving them a chance to load up on the sweets in a safe environment.
Mickey’s Halloween Party can cost upwards of $84 on select nights. The first one in 2005 was priced at $18. Most of the scheduled events for this year are sold out.