Spooky photos of Disney parks during Halloween prove that it’s the best time to go

Disney goes all-in for Halloween.

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Disney goes all-in for Halloween.
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What better way to celebrate Halloween than by doing it at the most magical place on Earth?

Disney is known for its festiveness, and Halloween is no exception. At locations around the world, Disney goes all out for the spooky holiday. From the decorations to parades, shows, and fireworks, Disney in the fall is extra magical.

Take a look at how Halloween is celebrated at all the Disney locations around the world.


Disney World gets very festive around Halloween.

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There’s a huge Halloween-themed fireworks show.
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If you’ve ever seen what Disney looks like during Christmas, you know that they take their holiday spirit very seriously.

Each Disney location goes all out for Halloween, decorating the entire park for the spooky holiday, and letting Disney villains prowl the premises.

Decorations are up from August to October.


The whole place gets totally transformed, especially after dark.

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The entire park gets decorated for the holiday.
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When the sun goes down, spooky colors light up the park, and ghosts and pumpkins are projected on buildings. The most magical place on Earth becomes the spookiest place on Earth.


Rides get a spooky Halloween makeover…

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Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion gets even more frightful.
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Disney puts Halloween themed overlays on their rides to make the experience all the more seasonal. A ride through the Haunted Mansion is peppered with Jack O’ Lanterns, Space Mountain has a new soundtrack sure to creep you out, and scary pirates literally raid the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride.


And, of course, Halloween-themed lights abound.

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Disneyland Paris looks extra spooky at night.
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Though in some places, like Space Mountain, Disney turns off all the lights for a little extra scare.


There are also Halloween parades, like “Boo to You!”

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Mickey’s “Boo to You!” Halloween parade at Disney World.
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One of Disney’s main Halloween events is the “Boo to You!” parade at Disney World. Stars of the Haunted Mansion lead the parade along with all of Disney’s most beloved characters in festive costumes.


And shows get a spooky twist.

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The “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” at Disney World in Florida.
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The best part about the shows is that they’re still family-friendly, so kids won’t go home terrified. And many of the characters seen at these shows only come out during Halloween time, like the Headless Horseman, Ursula, and Jafar.


Visitors can go trick-or-treating around the park.

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Kids can even get a Mickey candy basket.
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Adults and children alike can go trick-or-treating around the park, following moonlit trails to find sweet treats (tickets are required).


Even celebrities come to join in on the fun.

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Chloe Grace Mortez celebrating Halloween with Minnie at Disneyland.
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Celebrities are always stopping by Disneyland.


It’s all part of Mickey’s Halloween Party, which is celebrated at Disney locations across the globe.

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All of Disney’s beloved characters get dressed up.
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Mickey’s Halloween Party includes events and activities ranging from parties and parades to themed snacks and ride makeovers.


Each Disney location puts its own spin on the holiday.

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Mickey and Minnie dressed up in Halloween costumes.
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No two Disney locations celebrate Halloween the same way, which is all part of the fun.


Some locations have their own Halloween shows, like Disneyland Paris’ “It’s Good To Be Bad.”

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Disneyland Paris has its own Not-So-Scary Halloween party.
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Disney villains roam free at Disneyland Paris’ “Disney’s Halloween Festival: A Spooky Mouse Skelebration.”


Maleficent takes over the courtyard at Disneyland Paris.

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Maleficent takes over Disneyland Paris.
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You might run into the evil queen herself.


Disneyland in California has its famous “Halloween Tree.”

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The Halloween Tree is a tribute to author Ray Bradbury.
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The Halloween Tree stands outside of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontier Land, and is covered with lights and decorative pumpkins. It was inspired by Ray Bradbury ‘s novel, “The Halloween Tree.”

Ray Bradbury was a longtime friend of Walt Disney, and has contributed many ideas to Disney World over the years. He even wrote the script for Spaceship Earth in Epcot.

On the 35 th anniversary of his novel, Disney honored Bradbury’s hard work and dedication by making The Halloween Tree, and letting him be the first to light it.


At Tokyo Disneyland pumpkin decorations abound.

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Tokyo Disney has Mickey pumpkins sprinkled throughout the park.
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The best part about Tokyo Disneyland’s Halloween celebration is that it doesn’t require any extra ticket. Their biggest event is the Happy Halloween Harvest Parade, which has many beloved Disney characters riding on seven different floats.

Tokyo Disneyland also features characters that the US locations don’t usually have, like Max from “A Goofy Movie.”


The Tokyo location also just added a new Spooky “Boo!” Parade.

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Tokyo Disneyland made Halloween spookier this year.
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Tokyo’s Spooky “Boo!” parade is brand new, and the perfect ghostly addition to their otherwise fall-themed park and holiday events. Each float features different Disney characters with their best Halloween costumes to give Tokyo Disneyland a little extra spook.


Disneyland Hong Kong has a terrifying “Maze of Madness.”

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The “Maze of Madness” is probably the scariest thing Disney parks has to offer.
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The “Maze of Madness” turns Disney films like “Alice in Wonderland” and “Monsters Inc.” into horror stories, featuring scary versions of the Mad Hatter and a terrifying, chained up Pinocchio. Enter at your own risk.


Tokyo DisneySea has adorable Halloween themed treats.

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Some of the treats even come with a Disney villains mug.
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Tokyo DisneySea boasts the best treats of all the Disney locations, and it only gets better around Halloween, when every villain gets their own spooky treat.


In order to get the full Disney Halloween experience, you’ll just have to visit every location.

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The villains take over Disney during Halloween.
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Disney around Halloween is one of the most festive times of the year.

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