Theme parks across Southern California are going all out to celebrate Halloween. From silly spooks to hair-raising haunts, there’s a perfect park to visit for ghouls and boys of all ages. Read on to discover the best, and most age-appropriate, places to brings your tots and tweens and teens this spooky season.

Mickey’s Halloween Party Gets Bigger

A trip to Disneyland is always totally magical, but at Halloween time, it’s also a bit mystical. This year both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park celebrate the holiday with tons of spooktacular attractions and events during Mickey’s Halloween Party. Returning rides and attractions include the popular Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, “Frightfully Fun Parade,” and the even-more-haunted-than-usual, Haunted Mansion Holiday. Snack on Halloween-themed food, pick up seasonal merchandise, and snap those Instagram-worthy photos in front of the giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern. Guests are also invited to don their costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the park during Mickey’s Halloween Party—just watch out for that Headless Horseman as he rides down Main Street!

New this year, California Adventure’s Cars Land transforms with a special "Haul-O-Ween" makeover. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz, and all your favorite citizens of Radiator Springs will festively decorate themselves and their homes, and take part in some “trunk-or-treating.” Don’t miss Mater’s Junkyard turned Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. Guests attending Mickey’s Halloween Party will be able to check it all out during the three hour “mix in” where ticket holders can visit both Disneyland and California Adventure before the party opens.

Dates: Sept. 20, 22, 25, 27, 29; Oct. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31

Cost: $85-$120/person. Advance Tickets and Annual Passholder Tickets receive a discounted price. Tickets do not include full day admission.

Disneyland
313 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim
Online: disneyland.com

photo: Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort

Have you had a frighteningly good time at any of these SoCal spots? Give us your scary good inside tips for having the best time at theme parks for the holidays!

—Kellie Fell