Disney California Adventure Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party Planning Guide

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Oogie Boogie Bash is a special extra-ticket event held select nights at at Disney California Adventure during the Halloween season. The party includes a World of Color Halloween show called Villainous, an exclusive Halloween parade with an appearance by a horseback-riding headless horseman, trick-or-treating, and more. In this Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party planning guide we’ll talk about what to expect and how to make the most of your time.

The party dates are September 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, and October 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, and 31. Tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party are sold out for all dates.

What time is the Party?

Officially the Party starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Guests with valid Halloween party tickets may enter Disney California Adventure, which is a new perk as of last year) up to three hours prior to the event’s start time.

Will I need a special ticket to get into the Party?

Yes. Admission requires buying a separate ticket just for this event. It’s not included in any regular theme park tickets or annual passports.

How much do the Party tickets cost?

There’s a range of pricing depending on the date you’re buying a ticket for. Tickets range from $110 to dates in mid September, to $145 for dates later in October. 

I don’t have a Park Hopper. Can I still buy Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party ticket?

Yes. Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party tickets are totally separate from regular park admission media. If you have a one day/one park ticket, you’re welcome to visit Disneyland in the morning and then Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party in the evening using a Party ticket. This would not count as a “Park Hop.”

I hear parking isn’t included with the party tickets. Seriously? 

Yes, seriously. Disney does not include free parking with Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party tickets. Parking will cost you $25 (unless you have free parking on your Annual Pass).

How will I know where to go after I arrive at DCA?

Depending on what time you arrive at DCA, some or all of the entrance turnstiles will be dedicated to Party admission. Look for the signs indicating where to go. When you enter the park with a Halloween Party ticket, a cast member will place a plastic wristband on your arm and hand you a plastic candy collection bag. Also be sure to grab a map on the way in.

You’ll receive a wristband, map, and trick or treat bag after entering the park with your party ticket.

I’m not going to Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party, but I will be in Disney California Adventure during a day when the Party is held. Will they kick me out of the park when the Party starts?

No one will forcibly remove you from the park, but beginning at around 6:00 p.m. cast members will set up checkpoints for wristbands. If you’re not wearing a wristband, then you’ll be directed toward the park exit. Wristband checks occur periodically at the attractions and at the entrances of each land.

I’ll be visiting DCA in the afternoon and also attending Oogie Boogie Bash. Do I have to leave the park at some point?

No. Beginning in late afternoon, the Blue Sky Cellar will be set up inside the park to distribute wristbands to Party guests who are already inside. Stop by, they’ll scan your Halloween party ticket, give you a wristband, and you’ll be good to go when the party starts.

It’s a Halloween Party – does that mean costumes?

Costumes are not required to attend the Party, but many guests do add to the fun by getting dressed up. There are a few restrictions on costumes (more on that below), but there is no requirement that costumes be Disney-related. Many guests choose to give a nod to Disney in their dress-up (such as about 5,000 people dressed as Snow White), but you’ll also see plenty of non-Disney costumes on hand.

Costumes range from just a Halloween-themed tee or pirate eye patch to full-on Haunted Mansion ghosts. The choice is really up to you. Personally, I love seeing other guests dressed creatively, and guests seem to up the ante each year.

What types of costume restrictions are there?

The goal for costumes is being fun and creative, not frightening. You’ll be asked to change or leave if your costume is too scary or grotesque.

Disney’s official rules state:

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable, or violent.
  • Guests who dress like characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects, or materials that may accidentally strike another guest.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground (e.g. full-length Princess dresses).

For kids 13 and under the rules are pretty straight forward:

Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

For guests 14 years and older, Disney has left the rules intentionally vague.

  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

Any other costume tips?

Autumn temperatures at Disneyland Resort are still quite warm. Particularly for the earlier parties, you might encounter temperatures well into the 80s. This is not the time for fuzzy bear suits or full body armor. Think more along the lines of hula skirts and baseball jerseys for maximum comfort.

What is the crowd situation like during the party?

I’ve personally found the attraction lines for the rides to be quite short during the Party; however other aspects of the event can feel quite intense crowd-wise. Think of party nights as a regular busy day at the park, or a 6 or 7 on the crowd calendar. I found it impossible to do everything. With so many meet and greets, candy stations, World of Color, and the parade, I did not ride any attractions when I attended the Party. There just wasn’t enough time.

Now that you’ve got the business out of the way, can you tell me what there is to do at the Party?

On to the fun stuff! The Halloween Party has several components:

  • Rides
  • Trick or treating
  • Halloween-themed World of Color
  • Special character meet and greet opportunities
  • Villains meet and greet
  • A dance party in Hollywood Land

Are all the rides open during the Party?

Yes.

Should I go on rides during the Party?

This depends on your priorities. The ride wait times during the Party are usually minimal. If your main goal for the Party is to get some quality Radiator Springs Racers time in, then by all means ride on. DCA does offer three special Halloween attractions (Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree,  and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween), but these are NOT exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash.

What’s the Trick or Treating like?

Every guest of the Party, children and adults, will be given a trick or treat bag upon entering the park. You’re also welcome to bring your own bag if that’s more your speed. There will be eight treat stations scattered throughout the park. These are noted on the Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party map and can be found in the park by looking for the special large Halloween-themed “lamp posts.”

As you walk through the park, stop by the treat stations, and cast members will add candy to your bag. There are dozens of types of candy available, including everything from off-brand candy corn to name brand mini candy bars. Typically guests report receiving an even mix of sugar-based (Dots, US Smarties, lollipops, Twizzlers, etc.) and chocolate-based (mini Hershey bars, M&Ms, Tootsie Rolls, etc.) candy. Many of the stations will have an alternative treat, such as boxed raisins, to give to guests with food allergies. Be sure to ask the cast members at the trick or treat stations if you have alternative treat needs.

There is no limit to the candy collection. You’re welcome to hit the treat lines as often as you wish. If you’ve got a candy-mad child in your group, this may be his or her idea of heaven. Here are some things to think about before you invest too much of your time on candy collection:

  • If you’re trying to maintain healthfulness, do you really want to come home with pounds of candy?
  • If simply having candy is your goal, it’s more cost effective to go to the supermarket and just buy the kinds you like.
  • What’s the opportunity cost of spending time trick or treating? Will you miss out on other party activities?
  • Do you come from a culture that does not trick or treat? If so, the novelty of this experience may outweigh other considerations.

Other than candy, what are my food options during the Party?

There are a number of counter service venues open during the Party. These include: Award Wieners, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, Flo’s V8 Cafe, Corn Dog Castle and many other locations. These spots give you a range of options from sweets to salads. Wine Country Trattoria is open if you’d like to sit down for a full table service meal.

It seems silly to me to use a substantial percentage of your valuable party time for a full meal. To take best advantage of the Halloween offerings, consume your sit-down protein before the party starts. A 5:30 p.m. dinner at Smoke Jumpers Grill or Lamplight Lounge is a great way to fortify yourself for the long night ahead.

Tell me about the parade.

The Frightfully Fun Parade features Jack Skellington, ballroom dancers and gravediggers from Haunted Mansion, Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, and many other Disney villains. The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow kicks off the parade. The parade is great and takes the sting out of the high price tag of the party.

The parade starts in the Paradise Gardens area of the park (near Silly Symphony Swings) and makes its way past the Little Mermaid ride, the main entrance to Cars Land, through Carthay Circle, in to Hollywood Land, and ends next to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. As with all parades, depending on where you’re situated on the parade route, it could take 15 minutes or more for the parade to pass your location. The exact parade route is noted on the Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party park map. About 10 minutes before each parade the Headless Horseman will ride down the parade route.

Obtain a spot for the parade at least 30 minutes ahead of time. Frightfully Fun Parade is popular and there’s only one showing per a party so you don’t want to miss it.

We have full video of the Frightfully Fun Parade on our YouTube page:

What about the World of Color: Villainous?

A special World of Color “Villainous” show is run at 9:00 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. The show lasts about 20 minutes. Good vantage points can be had anywhere along Paradise Bay in front of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Viewing for World of Color is standing only, there’s no seating available.

Villainous is unique thanks to the show having a storyline, which is a first for any of the World of Color shows. A young girl named Shelley Marie is trying to pick between a princess or villain costume to wear on Halloween. She’s then transported through a mirror where she encounters various Disney villains (Ursula, Dr. Facilier, Hades, Jafar, and more). It’s a fun show that looks great, but we didn’t find it as spectacular and engaging as the other World of Color shows. It’s also not as satisfying as the Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular over at Disneyland, but it’s still a gorgeous show and we consider Villainous a must see. Be sure to arrive around 30 minutes early if you want a good spot with an unobstructed view.

We have full video of Villainous on our YouTube page:

What is Mickey’s Trick & Treat

Mickey’s Trick & Treat is a show at the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land. It’s a family-friendly Halloween show. Kids can enjoy dancing with characters not-so-scary-tales. Candy is passed out at the end of the show. There are multiple show times available and were able to walk up at the start of the performance and get a seat without waiting.

Mickey’s Trick & Treat is a high-energy show with dancing and crowd participation.

What is a DesenDANCE?

You may or may not have heard of a series of Disney Channel movies called Descendants, which features characters that are the  teenage children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella de Vil. DesenDANCE is a dance party exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash. Besides a DJ playing tunes for guests to boogie too, a dance crew also makes an appearance to.

DescenDANCE Crew

Can I meet characters during the party?

Absolutely! Not only can you meet characters, but many of them will be wearing Halloween costumes themselves. These were the characters that met during the 2019 party.

    • Classic Disney Friends (Pinocchio & Blue Fairy, Snow White & Dopey) – Carthay Circle Fountain
    • Marvel Super Heroes – Near Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark
    • Disney Villains (Big Bad Wolf, Frollo, Shan Yu, Sheriff of Nottingham, Prince John, and Govn. Ratcliffe) – Near Grizzly River Run
    • IncrediFriends (Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Frozone, Edna) – Near Incredicoaster
    • Anna & Elsa – Disney Animation in Hollywood Land
    • Friends from Disney Afternoon (Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers, Don Karnage, and Baloo)
    • Pixar Pals – Pixar Pier Bandshell
    • Friends from Disney Channel (Kim Possible & Ron Stopable, Phineas & Ferb)
    • Residents of Cars Land – Cozy Cone Motel
    • Friends from Kingdom Hearts (Donald and Goofy) – Grizzly Falls
    • Mickey and Minnie in Halloween outfits – Near Grizzly River Run and Grand Californian Hotel entrance

The lines for the character greetings, particularly Donald and Goofy in their Kingdom Hearts outfits, can become very long, very fast. Even at the start of the Party, you may face wait times of an hour or more. If character photo opportunities are important to you, be sure to factor wait times into your planning.

What’s new this year?

Technically the entire party is new. Disneyland has been home to Mickey’s Halloween Party for a number of years but this year the whole event has been moved over to Disney California Adventure. The aforementioned World of Color: Villainous is new, there’s some characters that have never appeared in Disneyland Resort (Kim Possible, and Kingdom Hearts Donald & Goofy), and trick or treat trails have been revamped with new immersive lighting, sound effects, and a character interacting with the crowd. Also new for this year is a walk through, Villains Grove, which is located in Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. We enjoyed Villains Grove because of the great use of lighting and sound effects which gave it a spooky atmosphere.

Spooky lighting effects in Villains Grove.

How might weather impact the Halloween party?

Tickets are non-refundable and the Party goes on rain or shine, even if there’s rain. Some of the Party activities may be postponed, curtailed, or cancelled, but the Party itself will continue. But let’s be honest: it never rains in Southern California.

Is there any special Party merchandise?

Of course there is. Disney will sell Halloween-themed merchandise throughout the parks and hotels from late August until early November. There will also be some items sold exclusively at the Parties. Typically this will include a shirt. Try the shops on Buena Vista Street for best selection.

What should I do first during the party?

The first step is deciding what your priorities are. Are you there to meet characters? Do you want to focus on the unique entertainment? Is collecting a year’s worth of candy your main objective? Do you want ride time with low lines? Each of these scenarios needs a different touring strategy. Once you have have your priorities set, it’s easy to choose a plan.

What tips do you have if meeting characters is my main goal?

If meeting characters is your main goal you might want to hunt them down before the Party officially starts. Remember, Disney will allow you to enter the Party up to three hours prior to the start of the event.

Is Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party worth it?

Every year I tell people that I do not think Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party is worth the money. We get a lot of feedback from attendees that ranges from people saying it was a waste of money, all the way to people saying it was a highlight of their trip. Almost everything offered for the Party is also part of a regular park admission, minus World of Color – Villainous, parade, and candy. Is this worth $110+ to you? To maximize the return on your dollar, think about:

  • Being present for the entire event. Think of it this way: if you pay $110 for your ticket and you stay for a full five hours, you’re spending almost $22 per hour for your entertainment. If you only stay for three hours, then you’re spending $36 per hour for your entertainment.
  • You’ll have the most “Halloweenish” experience if you focus on events/activities that are unique to the Party. Soarin’ Around the World is the same Soarin’ Around the World with or without a Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party ticket. World of Color: Villainous and Frightfully Fun Parade can only be seen at the Party.
  • The lines for the trick or treating are rarely long, particularly later in the evening. Try working in your candy collection when you see a short line on the way to another activity.
  • Multitask when possible. If you’ve got to wait around for a parade to start, use this time for your food consumption.
  • Parking is not included in your Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party ticket.
  • Photopass downloads are included for free with Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party tickets.

More information, including ticket options, can be found on the official Disneyland website.

Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party 2019 Map

So happy haunters, are you planning to attend Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party this year? What are you looking forward to most? What are your strategies, must sees, and must skips? Let us know in the comments below.

Guy Selga Jr.

Hi, I'm Guy Selga. Researcher and blogger for TouringPlans.com. Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. I proudly represent TouringPlans on the west coast. Twitter: @guyselga

12 thoughts on “Disney California Adventure Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party Planning Guide

  • September 18, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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    I have to give an extra endorsement to Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. I rode it multiple times last year and it was amazing! Everything is so well done – right down to the CM’s with “blood” smears on their costumes. I know it’s not just during the party, but don’t miss it!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    So excited! We got tickets for Oct 13. When I told my 12 yo daughter they were sold out she asked me with a very concerned tone had I already purchased ours. We’re planning on doing a 4:20pm dinner at Wine Country Trattoria to get the parade tickets so if anyone has done this and has tips please pass them along. We’re gonna aim earlier in the day to get a FP+ for Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark for the last 5pm-6pm time and try to do that as soon as we finish dinner. Then we’re gonna try and hit all the shows: 6:15pm DescenDance, 7:10pm Mickey’s Trick & Treat (which should end at 725pm and is hopefully enough time to get to our parade spot for the 8pm Headless Horseman/810pm parade). Then we’ll do Redwood Creek Challenge Trail and the Treat Trails with the characters and check out all the spooky effects on Carthay Circle and Radiator Springs until it’s time for the 1045pm Villainous! I hope we can fit it all in. Fingers Crossed! And please any additional tips we’ll take ’em. This is our first time at Disney for Halloween.

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    • September 20, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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      Busy schedule but I did something similar and was able to fit all but one of the immersive trick or treat trails in.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Do they characters at the greets sign autographs? I’ve heard/read about photo ops but our kids want to add these characters autos to their books. Any info would be great thx!

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    • September 20, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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      They do! The characters in the immersive trick or treat trails do not but the actual meet and greet characters do sign.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    Are the stores in California Adventure open after the park closes like on a normal day during the Oogie boogie bash?

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    • September 29, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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      I did not see the stores open when I was walking out of the park after the party.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Hey! Great write up. How did it work with the characters rotating each set? For instance if someone wants to meet The Blue Fairy, but you wait in line and their set ends? Is it just luck of the draw? Thank you!

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    • September 29, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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      It’s the luck of the draw. CMs will announce when characters are going to swap. Example: “Donald is meeting now but will be leaving in 10 minutes, and then Goofy will arrive.”

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  • September 24, 2019 at 11:04 am
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    If we have just party tickets for that day can we go in at 3pm to ride rides, leave the park to get in costume (staying at the Grand), and come back? Basically is there re-entry?

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    • September 29, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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      Yes you can.

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  • October 19, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    Just wanted to comment after visiting. The lines for rides were absolutely amazing and we were able to ride the three best rides with short waits (Guardians, Incredicoaster and Racers – single rider line we immediately got right on with a 0 minute wait and we were in side by side cars so got to race each other which was fun, my daughter’s car won so feel sad for me LOL). We met several characters with no waits too in the Pixar Pier and Pacific Wharf area but the characters such as the villians and on Buena Vista Street had long lines. All of the immersive trick or treat trails were great with either no line or very quick moving lines (no more than a five minute wait if you just waited about an hour or two from the start of the party) and the villains were fantastic actors. But most of all I wanted to say you absolutely don’t need to purchase the parade dinner package as we got better seats (actual seats at a table) at Sonoma Wine Terrace about 30 minutes out from parade time not even using the standing room area tickets. Our parade started from Paradise Gardens and ended in Hollywood Land. There were lots of people grabbing last minute spots on the front row of the street and able to sit on a curb minutes before the parade. This was so nice compared to normal parades. No crowds at the end either. I wish all major shows were like this! I’d do more of them.

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