The Hitchhiking ghosts, shadow men, ghouls, and villains will scare guests from atop floats along Main Street, U.S.A. in a new parade at Disneyland.
At Knott’s Berry Farm, a new virtual-reality attraction will place visitors in the middle of a horror movie.
Halloween season for theme parks kicks off this week.
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Starting Thursday and select nights up to Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm will transform into it’s very scary alter ego, Knott’s Scary Farm, where more than 1,000 costumed monsters await.
Beginning Friday and not far away, Disneyland will host a family friendly Mickey’s Halloween Party.
Here’s a guide on what’s new, where to buy discount tickets, what to wear, and tips to get the most out of your visit:
DISNEYLAND’S MICKEY’S HALLOWEEN PARTY
What’s new? The Frightfully Fun parade: This cavalcade will feature floats of the three hitchhiking ghosts, Jack and Sally from the “Nightmare Before Christmas,” Dr. Facilier and his shadow men, and Disney’s other famous villains such as the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Ville.
What’s returning? Jack-o’-lanterns decorated across Disneyland, the Cadaver Dans, and the Ghost Galaxy overlay of Space Mountain. The Halloween Screams firework show and Haunted Mansion Holiday are also back. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” overlay of the Haunted Mansion has a new gingerbread house decoration and a full-size Sally model.
What to wear? Disney prohibits visitors ages 14 and older from wearing masks or certain costumes. Children under 13 can wear costumes and masks so long as they don’t entirely cover the face. For those 14 and older, guests are allowed to don face and body makeup, themed shirts, blouses and sweatshirts.
Cost: $79 to $89 (separate from the regular day pass).
Parking: $18 at the Mickey and Friends structure and Toy Story Lot.
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 6 to 11 p.m; Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m. to midnight.
Discounts: Annual passholders receive $7 off the $79 tickets with advance purchase.
Tips: Disney gives guests small bags but you might want to bring your own. There are several trick-or-treat stops, and employees are generous with handing out candy and health treats.
KNOTT’S SCARY FARM
What’s new? FearVR: 5150. For a $10 to $15 extra charge, visitors can get sucked into a horror experience that culminates with them getting strapped into a dingy brown wheelchair and donning a virtual-reality headset, where they will feel like they are in the middle of a horror movie. Other additions: a redesigned Special Ops: Infected, a new scare zone featuring the Headless Horseman, and two haunted mazes – the Red Barn and Shadow Lands.
What’s returning? The fog is back where 1,000 costumed monsters throughout different areas of the park will unexpectedly jump out to scare guests. Elvira will headline her own show, “Elvira’s Danse Macabre.” The Tooth Fairy, Paranormal Inc. and other haunted mazes are back as well.
Cost: $72 at the door (separate from the regular day pass).
Parking: $20. All-season parking is $65.
What to wear? Visitors are not allowed to wear costumes.
Hours: Thursdays, Sundays and Halloween Night: 7 pm to 1 a.m.; select Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Discounts: Tickets on Knotts.comare $40 to $52, depending on the night. Passholders receive an additional $5 off. Purchase a special cup at Subway to save up to $34. Visitors can also get tickets ranging from $35-47 by going to visitbuenapark.com and clicking the coupon titled “Killer Knott’s Scary Farm Deals.”