Anaheim, Sept 28: Halloween has descended upon Anaheim, California, in grand style this year, promising thrills and chills for visitors of all ages. As the city gears up for the monumental 100th Annual Fall Festival & Halloween Parade, spooky encounters, delicious treats, and bewitching experiences await residents and tourists alike.
Disneyland Resort: Halloween Magic at its Best
The enchantment of Halloween Time has enveloped the Disneyland Resort, casting its spell until October 31st. The entire resort is bedecked with seasonal décor and a bewitching menu that includes Poison Apple Funnel Cake Fries, Wicked Stepsisters Crispy Pork Bowl, Bat-shaped Mickey Shortbread, Rest in Chocolate Sundaes, and Blood Orange Slush. One highlight is the annual bespoke gingerbread house at Haunted Mansion Holiday, a macabre mausoleum towering at 9 feet, 13 inches. Mickey Mouse and his friends are also getting into the spirit with new Halloween outfits at Disneyland Park.
For the first time ever, Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel is featuring characters dressed in Halloween attire, fall decorations, and themed desserts, available until October 31st.
In celebration of the Mexican traditions of Día de los Muertos, the Plaza de la Familia cultural experience at Disney California Adventure Park offers heartwarming live entertainment and delectable dining until November 2nd. Visitors can discover additional tributes to Día de los Muertos across the Disneyland Resort, including a confectionery sculpture inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
Knott’s Scary Farm: 50 Years of Fright
Knott’s Scary Farm is back for its 50th season at Knott’s Berry Farm, offering 10 terrifying mazes, 5 sinister scare zones, and 4 hair-raising shows. This iconic Halloween event is the longest-running and most haunting in Southern California, promising never-ending nightmares and unimaginable scares.
But fear not, families can also enjoy Knott’s Spooky Farm, included with general park admission. Running Thursday to Sunday until October 29th, this family-friendly event features trick-or-treating in Ghost Town, pumpkin decorating, and live shows. The Timber Mountain Log Ride undergoes a fantastical transformation into a candy wonderland, delighting the little ones.
Citywide Halloween Delights
Beyond the theme parks, Anaheim is brimming with Halloween and Fall festivities. From seasonal treats at the Packing House to Harry Potter-themed menus at Blind Rabbit speakeasy, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the Harbor Walk Halloween Trick-or-Treat on October 31st, where 13 participating hotels will offer treats to guests flashing their room keys.
The pièce de résistance is the 100th Annual Fall Festival & Halloween Parade on October 28th, marking a century of celebration. The festival takes place on Center Street from 11 am to 6 pm, followed by the parade from City Hall along Center Street at 7 pm. Expect a new Halloween exhibit at Muzeo, a beer festival, and spooky Halloween floats in the parade.
Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Blind Rabbit speakeasy is hosting ‘Defense against the Dark Arts’ cocktail classes throughout October. These 90-minute sessions will teach you practical potions, curses, and spells to defend against “The One Who Shall Not Be Named.”
And if you’re a foodie, the Packing House has you covered with seasonal delights, including Blood Croissants, Mummy-shaped ice pops, and Halloween-inspired cinnamon drinks.
So, whether you’re seeking spine-tingling scares or delicious treats, Anaheim, California, is the place to be this Halloween season. Join in the centennial celebrations and make magical memories that will last a lifetime.
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