If you love Halloween as much as I do, then I highly recommend attending the Disneyland Resort’s new Oogie Boogie Bash! With a new theme full of villains and family-friendly spookiness, the Disneyland Resort moved their seasonal Halloween party to Disney California Adventure Park this year. This separately ticketed event takes place on select nights throughout the Halloween season.
When I first bought my tickets to the Oogie Boogie Bash, I hadn’t intended on spending much time trick-or-treating. With so many other things to see and do, I figured we could wait to trick-or-treat until it was Halloween at home.
However, our plans quickly changed when I learned that these were not your average candy trails! Instead, many of the trails included interactions with very entertaining villains, such as the hilarious ramblings of the Mad Hatter or the zany greetings of Oogie Boogie. Not only did they keep us entertained as we moved through the candy trails, but it was also fun to see how the characters interacted with different guests.
There was also a lot of candy! Each guest was provided with a small bag to use for trick-or-treating, and we had to dump our goodies into a larger bag a couple of times. For those with allergies, some of the stops did have baskets filled with apple slices, grapes, goldfish crackers/pretzels, apple crisps, or applesauce pouches. It was nice to get some non-candy options that we could snack on throughout the evening!
All of the candy was mixed together and included an assortment of standard candy, such as Starbursts, Skittles, and Snickers. I would have loved to have seen more allergy-friendly candy options. One cast member did tell me that Enjoy Life products were at a couple of candy stops, but we didn’t go to every location and never saw them.
Nevertheless, getting candy was not a priority for our family, and I always come prepared with special treats for my child with allergies.
Wine Country Trattoria Parade Dining Package
If you have read my other articles, you know I’m a huge fan of dining packages! I’m all about maximizing my time when I’m at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” so I was very excited about the new Wine Country Trattoria – Frightfully Fun Parade Dining Package.
The Frightfully Fun Parade is only for guests who purchased tickets to the Oogie Boogie Bash. I had wanted to see the parade without needing to claim a spot early in the evening, so this was perfect!
This dining package is only available for dinner, with dinner starting at 3:00PM. We made reservations a couple of hours before the start of the Oogie Boogie Bash to ensure it didn’t interfere with our evening festivities. I had also heard that the dining packages could sell out early, so we wanted an early dinner time to increase our odds of getting them. The dining package cost $50/adult and $40/child.
It could not be booked online ahead of time. When checking in for your “dinner” reservation, just request to upgrade to the Frightfully Fun Parade Package (I’m not sure I can consider a 3:00PM reservation as dinner…maybe “linner”?? Is that a thing?? If not, it should be, especially at Disney!).
As usual, the food was good at the Wine Country Trattoria with plenty of options for everyone. The Oogie Boogie Dome Cake was a chocolate-lovers dream! My daughter was given their regular allergy menu, and they just applied the price of the package to her meal. Allergy-friendly desserts are usually limited to sorbet, but that’s my daughter’s favorite dessert anyway.
After we paid, we were given Preferred Viewing Tickets for the Frightfully Fun Parade. We checked in across from the entrance of Cars Land about 20 minutes before the Parade began and found a spot with no problems. We were behind a family sitting on the curb, but since everyone was sitting, our kids could easily see the parade.
The Frightfully Fun Parade Package also included a fun, light-up Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket and a bag of kettle corn. It was a bit awkward trying to pour the popcorn into the bucket, so we just ate it separately. Given the popularity of Disneyland popcorn buckets, this was a nice addition to the dining package.
Frightfully Fun Parade
Kicked off by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, the Frightfully Fun Parade featured some of our favorite villains, as well as other Disney characters dressed in colorful Halloween costumes. My favorite float was the replica Haunted Mansion that was joined by a trio of hitchhiking ghosts!
If your family loves to dance or are fans of the World of Color show, then you will enjoy the three shows at the Oogie Boogie Bash!
Mickey’s Trick & Treat dance party is an entertaining, interactive show that younger audiences seem to love! Taking place in the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land, this all-new, music-filled show featured two original Halloween songs, colorful video projections, and lots of family-friendly fun.
Additionally, inspired by the popular Villain Kids who star in the Descendants films, the DescenDANCE performers lead guests in impressive moves set to some of the popular songs from the films. Even guests who aren’t familiar with the Descendants should enjoy the music!
My favorite show at the Oogie Boogie Bash was Villainous!, the all-new World of Color show on Paradise Bay. In Villainous!, Oogie Boogie guides guests through this enthralling tale about nine-year-old Shelley Marie, who is wavering between dressing up for Halloween as a princess or a dragon—and being a little villainous. Villanous! is unlike any other World of Color show that I have seen, so I suggest adding it to your “must-do” list at the Oogie Boogie Bash!
As much as I enjoyed the treat trails and entertainment at the Oogie Boogie Bash, my most favorite part of the Party was the enchanting Villains Grove! Dark magic turned the forest (aka, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail) into a magical grove of light and sound with mystical sights and sounds. With the lights, fog, and sometimes eerie sounds, it was such a unique Disney experience.
It is dark and sometimes a bit spooky, so some young kids may get scared. There aren’t any characters nor does anything jump out at guests, but the dark, dreamlike experience may be a bit much for some kids. However, we had a four and five year old with us who seemed to enjoy it, and I would definitely do it again.
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort
Although the Oogie Boogie Bash is sold out this year, there are still plenty of Halloween entertainment, seasonal attractions, and dining for guests to enjoy through the end of the month! If you would like to attend the Oogie Boogie Bash next year, I suggest booking as soon as the tickets become available, which is usually in the spring.
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