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Disney Halloween Party Oogie Boogie Bash 2021-Tips for Taking Kids

Disney Halloween Party Oogie Boogie Bash 2021-Tips for Taking Kids

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Oogie Boogie Bash has returned to the Disneyland parks in 2021! This unique event replaced the popular Mickey’s Halloween Party (formerly held inside Disneyland park). The newest Disney Halloween party is a separate-ticket event, taking place at night inside Disney California Adventure theme park. I’m sharing tips based on my family’s visit on opening night 2021 and how to do the Oogie Boogie Bash with kids.
Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party Carthay Circle projections

All thoughts and opinions are my own. Mom Rewritten uses affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you purchase through the links in these posts. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. For more information, see the Privacy Policy and Disclosures tab. My family and I received complimentary hotel accommodations, Oogie Boogie Bash tickets to the event in 2019. This article originally published Sept 2019 and has been updated with new information.

Oogie Boogie Bash 2021

This highly anticipated Halloween Time event has returned to the Disneyland park for fall 2021! Unfortunately all dates sold out within weeks, when ticket sales opened on Tuesday July 13th. Tickets were available online only and there will be no day-of event sales or tickets sold at the front gates.

Going to Disneyland in 2021 has changed, even if you’re a theme park regular or you’ve attended Oogie Boogie Bash in the past. Be sure to read up on safety protocols and costume restrictions before you go.

Evil Queen appears in the Frightfully Fun Parade

Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party

I attended the Oogie Boogie Bash on opening day, September 9th, 2021. This article is based on both the 2021 visit and my previous experience in 2019. In 2019 I was DisneyBound as Maleficent and ready to party with my son (Prince Phillip) and daughter (Princess Aurora).

This year we went all out with costumes from shopDisney. I dressed as Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas. My daughter wanted to be Jack Skellington so I made her “Pumpkin King” jacket myself. My son wore the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man. This was the first time I’d fully dressed in costume as an adult and have to admit, it really added to the fun of the event!

Disney PhotoPass

I’m sharing my tips on what you can expect and how to do the Oogie Boogie Bash with kids. Find out how this Disney-themed Halloween Party fares and whether it’s appropriate for young children.

Oogie Boogie Bash Tickets

SOLD OUT – Oogie Boogie Bash 2021 has now sold out and no tickets are available for this year’s Halloween party.

Tickets for the 2021 Halloween parties went on sale JUNE 13th, 2021. Traditionally released in July, certain dates (in particular Halloween night) sell out quickly. Tickets are only sold on the Disneyland website or on their app. Halloween Party tickets cannot be purchased through third-party retailers. Purchase Oogie Boogie Bash tickets as soon as possible! Parking is not included in the price.

Tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash 2021 range from $114 to $169 per guest. All guests ages 3+ require a ticket and there isn’t a kid’s price for this special event. Children aged 2 and under are admitted free.

Before attending the Oogie Boogie Bash, consider that many young children won’t be able to stay awake for the entire event. You’ll really need to gauge whether it’s a good idea to take a preschooler (who will require a full priced ticket).

Event Sold Out – Can You Still Get Oogie Boogie Bash Tickets?

There is a small tip that may or may not work for you if you don’t have Oogie Boogie Bash tickets (thanks to my friend Karen at Desert Chica). In 2019 it was noted that guests were able to purchase tickets at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels. They were told that a certain number of Disneyland Halloween party tickets are held in a pool between the three hotels.

In 2019 this option was only available for Disneyland Resort hotel guests. In 2021, a friend staying at the Disneyland Hotel inquired about Oogie Boogie Bash tickets but was told there weren’t any available for the night of her stay. That said, it can’t hurt to inquire at the front desk during check in. Just don’t count on being able to score tickets.


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Need to Know About Attending Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party

The Disney Halloween parties begin on September 9th and last 25 nights. Parties take place on certain Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in September and October. 

The party takes place inside Disney California Adventure park, which means this park closes early to non party-going guests. Anyone without a ticket to the Oogie Boogie Bash will be escorted out of the park once the party begins. Your party wristband signifies you can stay in the park. 

If you’re already in the theme park and don’t have an Oogie Boogie Bash wristband, they can be obtained at the gate or at Blue Sky Cellar (near Wine Country Trattoria restaurant). The park entrance line is crazy long so just walk past. Blue Sky Cellar is the less crowded option. Just make sure you’re wearing your wristband by 6 pm.

Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party wristband

Park guests with a Park Hopper ticket for that day may choose to move over to the Disneyland park for the remainder of the evening. Fortunately there are some great Halloween offerings available at the Disneyland park as well, including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Halloween Screams fireworks and projection show and lots of other fun treats. Be sure to read this complete guide for Disneyland Halloween.

Halloween Party Mix-In

Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party times start at 6 pm and end at 11 pm. But you can take advantage of bonus park time (called the “park mix-in”) with your special event party ticket! Those with a valid Oogie Boogie Bash ticket may enter the park as early as 3 pm.

Early entry is limited to only Disney California Adventure. All guests without an Oogie Boogie Bash ticket will leave starting at 6 pm. The hours of the mix-in will be busier as regular guests “mix-in” with the party guests.

The front gates are going to be congested, with long lines to enter. The night of my visit in 2019, we entered through Disney’s Grand Californian hotel within minutes.

However in 2021 when I inquired about this option, I was told that this pass-through would only be operating as an exit. If you are a hotel guest, definitely check on this as you’ll save lots of time standing in line at the main gate.

Take Advantage of Pre-Party Time

What are good things to do during the park mix-in? Halloween party activities (like trick or treating) don’t begin until 6 pm but you can enjoy the rest of the park including rides and shows.

  • Meet with a Disney favorite character dressed in their Halloween costume.
  • Visit Plaza de la Familia in Paradise Gardens. “A Musical Celebration of Coco” is a can’t miss entertainment opportunity of live music, fiesta and photo ops.
  • Be sure to eat dinner before the party begins too! You don’t want to use up your limited Oogie Boogie Bash time sitting down for a meal.
  • Go on attractions that rarely have a long wait. Rides like Little Mermaid, Jessie’s Critter Carousel, and the Silly Symphony Swings are ideal to visit during the pre-party mix in.
Plaza de la Familia entrance sign

Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids

From babies to teens, the Oogie Boogie Bash has guaranteed something for all ages. Are your kids all about candy collecting and the dance parties? Meeting favorite Disney characters or just going on all the rides?

You’ll absolutely want to take note of each activity pre-visit. A regular party-going guest is going to be hard-pressed to experience everything in a single night. Have a rough plan so you’ll be able to plot out your evening.

Everything at the Oogie Boogie Bash is family friendly and appropriate for a wide range of ages. Naturally there are some aspects of the party that are geared for toddlers and other things intended for older kids. Additionally some attractions might be a bit spooky and make some kids nervous. I’ll outline more of those details in this post.

Photo credit: Disney PhotoPass

These are the offerings during Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party:

  • Complimentary PhotoPass photo ops
  • Mickey’s Trick & Treat live stage show
  • 8 Immersive treat trails
  • 2 Regular treat trails
  • Character meet n’ greets
  • Frightfully Fun Parade, 2 showings
  • Villains Grove walk-through attraction
  • Most rides will be operational

Oogie Boogie Bash Events & Show Times

I’m including more details on each individual event that takes place during the Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. I’ve included an outline of the times you might see on the night of your visit. Be sure to double check the Disneyland parks app times in reference to your specific Halloween party date.

The 2019 DecenDANCE has been removed from the party line-up this year. In addition, World of Color – Villainous! will not be shown in 2021. Check out the details on what’s returning to the Disneyland Halloween Party and new additions you won’t want to miss!

Mickey’s Trick & Treat

Held inside the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land

The highlight of Oogie Boogie Bash for young kids is the interactive stage show. Mickey’s Trick and Treat stage show. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are dressed up for Halloween, dancing and storytelling. The show host is a silly “Mad Scientist”. Mickey’s Trick & Treat Show offers floor seating only, same as during the Disney Junior Dance Party.

Mickey and Minnie at Oogie Boogie Bash Mickey's Trick and Treat show

If you have very young children, they’ll likely fall asleep early into the party. Most families with babies, toddlers and preschoolers will be attending the earlier times of the Mickey’s Trick & Treat show. Those early time slots are guaranteed to be packed.

If you can, wait until at least the third showing. It will still be early enough in the night but not as busy as those first two shows. At the end of the show, cast members hand out candy to the kids. 

Disney characters at Oogie Boogie Bash Mickey's Trick and Treat show

Frightfully Fun Parade

Two show times – 7:45 PM and 10:00 PM (runs from Pixar Pier area to Hollywood Land)

A not-so-scary combination of popular Disney characters and villains in this returning favorite. It’s the Frightfully Fun Parade! Kids can see Jack Skellington and Sally, Evil Queen, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow and the Cheshire Cat. This is a perfect way to see lots of characters in one spot and avoid those long meet n’ greet lines!

Dr. Facilier, the “Shadow Man” from The Princess and the Frog

The parade route can get congested in some areas. Not watching the parade? Avoid the parade route if possible to detour around the potential crowds. 

If you plan on watching the parade, the parade route is long and fortunately there are plenty of places to sit. I’d recommend getting there about 15 minutes early. Grab a fun Halloween treat (or snack on the candy from your treat bag) while you wait!

Cheshire Cat in Oogie Boogie Bash Frightfully Fun Parade

Villains Grove

The Redwood Creek Challenge has been made over for the Halloween season, into Villains Grove. This walk-through experience is exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash party guests. We did find the trail open during the day on a non-party night where kids could play as usual. But on party nights, the tall trees and shadowy walkways are transformed into villain-inspired scenes, where lights and sounds play a big part. 

Sign for Villain's Grove at Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party

This experience is totally appropriate for all ages but your mileage may vary. It’s really not scary but my young kids weren’t thrilled with it. No candy and no characters, which makes it not so interesting for little kids.

I see this as being popular with teens and adults who will enjoy taking photos against the lit-up backdrops. I’d personally love to see some Photopass photographers stationed here to capture those magical shots! Be sure to watch the video attached to this post to see a live filming of one section inside Villains Grove.

Villains Grove inspired by the Queen of Hearts

Immersive Treat Trails

Trick-or-treating has always been a very big feature of the Disney Halloween parties. The new Oogie Boogie Bash continues this tradition with a twist. There are still the usual treat trails with giant cauldrons of treats. Also found are additional “immersive treat trails” featuring popular characters. 

Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party treat trail signs
Look for these treat trail indicators

The immersive treat trails are absolutely one of the best parts of the Oogie Boogie Bash and should not be missed. There are 10 total treat trails; 2 offer just candy and the other 8 have the interactive characters. 

Oogie Boogie Immersive treat trail aat Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party
Oogie Boogie is the party host, found inside Animation building
Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland is next to Hyperion Theater

Immersive Treat Trails – Where you’ll find the immersive treat trails and who you’ll see:

  • Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland – Next to the Hyperion Theater
  • Dr. Facilier (the “Shadow Man”) from Princess and the Frog – Bountiful Valley Hideaway, next to entrance of Avengers Campus
  • Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas – Inside Animation Academy lobby
  • Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty – Next to Soarin’ Around the World
  • Evil Queen from Snow White – Behind Grizzy River Run
  • *NEW* Cruella de Vil from Cruella – Hollywood Backlot Stage
  • *NEW* Sid from Toy Story – Pixar Bandstand
  • *NEW* Agatha from WandaVision – Ancient Sanctum in Avengers Campus
Sid from Toy Story interacts with guests in the trick or treat trail

Each of these trails has a winding path with multiple treat stops. You can request a healthier non-sugar treat or an allergy friendly treat as well. In addition to the regular candies and chocolate we also received grapes, sliced apples, graham crackers, pretzels and temporary tattoos.

Evil Queen from Snow White converses over her cauldron

New Offerings for Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids!

For families looking to secure a guaranteed viewing area to the Frightfully Fun Parade, one of these two bonus dining event offerings is ideal. One offers standing room space and the other, a personal seat from which to watch the parade.

My kids and I participated in the parade package and felt like it was worth the cost. The food was excellent (we had leftovers that the kids nibbled throughout the night). Having a reserved area to view the parade meant we didn’t have to stake out a spot on the route. My kids also each received a high quality popcorn bucket souvenir.

Oogie Boogie Bash Dining Parade Package at Wine Country Trattoria

Receive access to a special reserved viewing area for the Frightfully Fun Parade with this special 3-course meal at Wine Country Trattoria. Booking this experience can only be done in person. Here’s how to book this dining package for the parade:

  • Make an advance dining reservation for Wine Country Trattoria for the day you’ll be attending the Halloween party. Be sure to book for after 3 pm!
  • At check in, alert the host or server that you’d like to upgrade your reservation to the dining parade package experience.
  • The cost for this meal upgrade is $55 for adults and $40 for children ages 3 – 9, plus tax and gratuity (no discounts).
  • Each guest in your party receives a 3-course prix-fixe meal including starter, entree and dessert. Kid’s meals come with a Oogie Boogie popcorn bucket. Adults may purchase their own bucket for an extra $17.
  • Diners receive a ticket after the meal. Redeem for standing room access to a reserved viewing area to watch the Frightfully Fun Parade later in the evening.
Note the return location on my ticket was “across from a bug’s land”. Confusing if you don’t know that this is where Avengers Campus now stands!

Oogie Boogie Bash Dessert Party at Sonoma Terrace

Want dessert and a show? While World of Color hasn’t returned yet, the dessert party is back! Enjoy exclusive Halloween-themed desserts and beverages. Each paying guest will receive reserved seating and a table along the parade route for the Frightfully Fun Parade.

Cost of the dessert party is $84 per Guest ages 3+ and advance reservations are required. Babies 2 and under may attend without cost but will not receive their own seat.

Halloween Costumes for Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids

Everyone from kids to adults are permitted to wear a costume at the Disneyland Halloween party. Some families go all out with coordinated costumes and others wear Halloween-themed tees. A costume isn’t a necessity but it’s a fun way to get into the spirit of the party.

Yes, adults can dress in costume during the Halloween party!

September and October in California can still be very hot. If choosing a costume that may overheat your child when the sun is still up, you may want to wait until nightfall before dressing up. Costumes should be breathable and preferably layered, so you can cool down or warm up your child as needed. If the costume is lightweight, bring a hoodie to wear once the weather cools down.

It can be really easy to put together your own Halloween costumes on a budget. Disney-themed costumes are perfect but feel free to wear whatever you want (so long as it’s in good taste and follows the guidelines). Keep in mind that some costumes may make it difficult to get in and out of attractions. 

For diaper-wearing toddlers and potty training preschoolers, only consider two piece costumes with quick and easy access. You’ll want to avoid complicated designs that require full unzipping or make it difficult to access the toilet fast. You’ll also want to pick a costume that still allows you to buckle your child in the stroller! Check out these tips for choosing the best Halloween costume for babies and toddlers.

Little boy in handmade Mickey Mouse costume

Oogie Boogie Bash With Toddlers and Preschoolers

Is it a good idea to take a child who will most likely sleep in their stroller for a majority of this event? That’s really a decision to be made with what’s going to work best for your family. Preschoolers aged 3 and up will require their own party ticket. However it’s unlikely they’ll be able to stay up till the end.

You’ll need to decide if the full-priced ticket is worth bringing kids who will need to leave early or will fall asleep. Of course if a child needs to leave early, this means at least one adult is missing out on party time as well.

In the case of babies and toddlers aged 2 and under, there is no cost for them to enter and enjoy the Disneyland Halloween party. If you plan on doing the thrill rides, you’ll need someone to stay behind with baby and/or use Rider Swap to take turns.

Mater from Cars Land dressed like a vampire for Halloween

What to Pack for Oogie Boogie Bash with Toddlers & Preschoolers

While it’s nice to pack light, there are definitely some things you’ll need when going to the Disney Halloween party with young kids. 

Stroller – most toddlers and preschoolers will be unable to stay up until the end of the party (11 pm). A stroller that reclines for toddlers and preschoolers to sleep in at the end of the night is a must-have. 

Front carrier – ideal for babies who can sleep inside, you’ll have your hands free. Some rides (without height restrictions) will allow you on even while baby-wearing in a front carrier.

Diaper Bag – if bringing a diapered toddler to the party, pack in a streamlined diaper bag that can be stored in a locker. Then have a separate grab n’ go changing bag in the stroller. This should include a changing pad, a few diapers, wipes and maybe a change of clothes (just in case!)

Little girl dressed like Minnie Mouse at Disneyland

Baby Wipes – good not only for bottoms! Baby wipes are a convenient way of cleaning sticky faces that got into the trick or treat bag.

Glow Sticks – the park is darker and a little spookier than usual. Glow sticks can make it easier to spot toddlers who are walking. Loop a few glow bracelets on the stroller handle to find it easier after night fall.

Healthy Snacks – it can’t be treats all the time, so bring some hearty and healthy snacks for kids to nibble. Good suggestions include crackers, meat sticks or jerky, and cut fruit.

Hoodie or lightweight jacket – Once night falls, it may get chilly.

Pajamas – Keep a pair of pjs in the diaper bag to change your child into once they start getting sleepy. In fact, you might want to make pajamas the costume for babies and young children who will fall asleep early in the night. There are some great one-piece and pajama options for small kids available at ShopDisney.

The morning after…checking out all the party treats!

Capturing Photo Memories at Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids

Once night falls, it can be a challenge to get those perfect photos on your own. Take plenty of photos of your kids in their costumes before dark. Popular spots include the Headless Horseman statue, Cars Land and the Dia de los Muertos themed area in Paradise Gardens.

Complimentary PhotoPass is included with your Oogie Boogie Bash ticket. There are PhotoPass photographers stationed all over the park to take photos. Request a “Magic Shot” and be surprised when you see your images!

Character greetings always have long lines, especially early in the evening. Lines form even before the party begins (during the “mix-in”). I saw consistently long lines even just before the end of the party. If you’re going to meet popular characters (especially ones that don’t make frequent appearances) expect to wait.

Some of the characters greetings, including Mickey & Minnie, had very long queues. I only waited a few minutes to meet with Mr. & Mrs. Incredible (probably because they are frequently seen during meet n’ greets on a regular basis).

Sleeping child with Incredibles at Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party
My Sleeping Beauty with the Incredibles (Photo credit: Disney Photopass)

Best Dining Options at Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids

I highly suggest eating your dinner before the party begins, for the sake of maximizing time. For quick service dining and snacks, be sure to purchase food via the Disneyland app. Mobile ordering means the difference between grab and go or standing in long lines!

Seasonal offerings are available everyday, not just for the Disneyland Halloween party. Grab a guide at the entrance to find out the location of dining highlights. Otherwise you can find the available offerings featured on the Disneyland app.

Not for the kids of course, but Disney California Adventure park does sell alcohol all over the park. Adult guests 21+ can indulge in a Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale draft beer or Spiked Hard Apple Float along with dozens of other seasonal drinks. My husband quite happily sipped his beer while watching the parade!

Sweet Treats at Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids

If you don’t get enough of the sweet-stuff on the treat trails, check out these additional Halloween candy and dessert options.

  • Jack Skellington Cake Pop
  • Fruity Sugar Churro (at Cozy Cone Motel) 
  • Pumpkin fudge
  • Green Apple Spell Lemonade (at Smokejumpers Grill)
  • Mickey-shaped Spider Web Crispy Treat
  • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
  • Coco cake (at Paradise Garden Grill)
Plaza de la Familia Coco Cake
Coco Cake found at Paradise Gardens Grill

Kid-Friendly Souvenirs

Take home some of the Halloween fun with a cool kid-friendly souvenir. Halloween-themed Mouse ears and headbands are a fun accessory. Didn’t bring a costume? There are outfits for kids of all ages in the shops as well as light-up toys and accessories or glow-in-the-dark tees. Consider shopping before you enter the parks at World of Disney in Downtown Disney.

Limited event Oogie Boogie Bash branded merchandise including shirts, sweatshirts and spirit jerseys will be available inside the park.

Minnie Mouse Halloween Loungefly mini-backpack is also available at shopDisney

Best Rides for Kids During the Disney Halloween Party

One of the best parts about the Disney Halloween party is that rides are open and with much lower wait times than on a regular park day. My husband and son were interested in doing as many of the rides as possible so they skipped out on the treat trails to hit the thrill rides!

Guardians of the Galaxy turns into Monsters After Dark during Halloween Time

These are the best ride choices during Oogie Boogie Bash with kids:

  • Toy Story: Midway Mania-no height requirement
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind-no height requirement
  • Jessie’s Critter Carousel-no height requirement
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round-no height requirement
  • Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween (Halloween overlay) -32″
  • Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree (Halloween overlay)– 32″
  • Radiator Springs Racers-40″
  • Soarin’ Around the World-40″
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark (Halloween overlay that only happens after 5 pm) – 40″
  • Goofy’s Sky School-42″
  • Incredicoaster-48″
  • WEBSLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure-no height requirement

What About Avengers Campus?

Get ready to take on Avengers Campus during Oogie Boogie Bash! This newly opened land is sure to be popular during the Halloween party. During the day, WEBSLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure requires a virtual queue in order to ride. During the Disneyland Halloween party, stand-by will be used for this attraction instead. We entered the line a few minutes before closing and waited less than 15 minutes to ride.

Entrance for WEB SLINGERS ride at California Adventure
Stand-by only during Oogie Boogie Bash, no virtual queue reservation required during the party!

With the addition of Agatha from WandaVision in an immersive treat trail it’s to be expected that Avengers Campus will be extremely busy. This will be Agatha’s first appearance in the Disney parks, within the Ancient Sanctum. Consider holding off visiting this treat trail until the end of the night when crowds may lighten. We visited in the final 15 minutes of the party and walked right in!

Additional Tips for Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids

  • Skip visiting the parks during the day. Save up energy for attending the Disney Halloween party at night!
  • Encourage a nap during the day for young kids. Try a late morning swim to tire them out, then retreat to the hotel room for an afternoon rest.
  • Consider renting a locker to store items like the diaper bag and jackets.
  • Small treat bags are given to each guest at the gate. Pack your own larger bag and gallon-sized zip close bags to hold treats.
  • Child with food allergies? No worries, there are allergy-friendly options that can be requested.
  • Little trick-or-treaters will only be able to carry a small amount in their treat bag! Bring a backpack or extra bag to dump candy from your toddler’s treat bag in. Leave extra room in the basket under the stroller for storage.

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