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Disney AP Halloween Party Fun Without The Expensive Tickets

Disney AP Halloween Party Fun Without The Expensive Tickets

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For a lot of families, Mickey's Halloween Party is too expensive. What a lot of people forget is you don't have to go to the trick-or-treat party do you enjoy Halloween time at Disneyland. That needs to be made very clear, and this also applies to Walt Disney World.

And there are a lot of moms out there that would love to buy the tickets they can't afford them, or they don't feel like it's worth the money.

If you have annual passes or you're going to be visiting Disney around the same time of the party plan ahead.

Make sure that you know what nights the trick-or-treat parties are on because Disneyland does close at 6 o'clock. You'll be able to go to California Adventure, but you won't be able to stay at Disneyland without a ticket for the party.

If your local pass holder just doesn't want to spend the money or cannot afford it, there is an alternative. Create your version of the Trick Or Treat Party at the park. 

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If you pre-plan ahead of time activities that are Disney Halloween oriented, you could essentially make your party. You could do activities at the park go home and host a party for the rest the evening. 

Get creative. Invite the neighbors and have a trick or treat stations.  Host a potluck to save money. You could play Youtube Videos of the Parades and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

What you're  getting with party tickets beside the trick-or-treating is that parade, the fireworks, and the extra character experiences. 

Children they're under the age of 14 can wear a costume to Disneyland. As long as they're not wearing a full face mask, they're allowed to wear pretty much whatever they want.

Adults are not allowed to wear costumes. I suggest you Google Disney bounding which is a way around the dress code. 

If you want to dress up as Snow White, you would Disney bound as Snow White which is not hard. You might not even have to buy anything. A lot of women wear a yellow skirt with a blue top. Then they accessorize with the red headband or a red sweater. 

Costumes help it feel more like a Halloween party but are not necessary. 

Plan activities. Google hidden Mickey's and hunt for the easy to find ones. Or do a scavenger hunt. Plan on stopping by the Halloween Tree dedicated to Ray Bradbury. Stop by the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) display by Rancho del Zocalo. During the day there is usually free face painting of sugar skulls.

Here is a printable scavenger hunt. 

Another option is bringing a small trick-or-treat bag and stop by places everywhere where you can get a freebie at Disneyland.


First of all and most of the shops and the customer service stands where you see the people with the plaid uniforms under the umbrellas during the day they have free buttons. They have a button for birthdays, anniversary’s, happily ever after (just married) and for celebrations. There's an honorary citizen of Disneyland button as well.

Take your children on the Jungle Cruise and ask for a map. They have souvenir maps. Many of the cast members have stickers janitorial usually has a cute Mickey Sticker just ask. If your child wants to ride Autopia, you can get a free little drivers license. 

Visit The Enchanted Tiki room at the Dole Whip stand has free seasonal recipes. You could try your luck at the Mark Twain riverboat and see if you get selected to pilot the boat. If you do you get a certificate but I believe they randomly select people. 

If you opt to do the scavenger hunt, you could just bring candy or stickers and give them some as a reward.

Go to your local dollar store and see if there any Halloween themed notebooks take those with you have the characters sign them. Usually, you get lucky, and on Main Street, you'll see Charactered dressed up in a costume.

If you go over to California adventure, you could go to Redwood Creek Trail and do the challenge to get a completion sticker. Ghirardelli will put candy in your trick-or-treat bag because they do give you a free chocolate. You can go to the Animation Academy and learn to draw a character and get another freebie.

Don't forget the Haunted Mansion Holiday is another thing you can do with a child of almost any age as long as they're not scared of the dark. There's also that Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Over at California Adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission breakout has a fun Halloween overlay after dark. Be aware this ride includes several drops and is scary. 

California Adventure is decorating Cars Land this year. There will also be a Sleepy Hollow statue. When California Adventure stopped hosting the trick-or-treat parties that side of the park was not themed for Halloween anymore. I am so happy that's changing this year.

You can visit California Adventure in the evening if you visit on the night of a Halloween party. You can get in line for Radiator Springs Racers and watch the parade on your phone on YouTube while you wait in line. Or have a nice dinner in Cars Land and watch the parade and the fireworks from your phone. 

Another little tip is the Cadaver Dans perform during the trick-or-treat party on the Rivers of America. The usually warm up at the Grand Californian before the party starts.

You could easily find out what time the fireworks are taking place and stand outside in Downtown Disney or between the parks. You can watch the fireworks from outside sure you're going to miss the music and the projections, but you still get to see the fireworks.

I also just highly recommend if you have friends that have Disneyland passes and small children getting together in a group. Take the kids in their costumes. Let them get free chocolate at Ghirardelli. Enjoy the theming of Tow Maters Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi's Rollicking Roadsters.

Take the party home as I suggested and put on Youtube videos from the party or screen Hocus Pocus. Print Disney Halloween coloring pages. Carve pumpkins. There are plenty of fun, easy, and inexpensive ways to make your own Disney Trick or Treat party without buying a ticket or spending money you don't have. 

I love these printables. 

I hope that you can find a way to incorporate some Disney Halloween fun into your celebration this year. 

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