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Disneyland's Halloween Time Wrapping Up, Christmas Decor Begins, DCA Update

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by , 10-27-2011 at 10:54 PM

It's the last weekend of Disneyland Resort's Halloween Time and Christmas decor is already appearing around the parks. Snow has fallen on Sleeping Beauty Castle and New Orleans Square has decked its halls. DCA sees more progress on Buena Vista Street and Cars Land. Over at the Disneyland Hotel, construction of the E-Ticket Pool is coming along. We also give you a final roundup of the best Halloween attractions in Southern California.

Haunted Mansion Holiday is not the only place where "two holidays collide." As Halloween Time heads for its final weekend, Christmas decorations are already starting to appear as the park begins its transformation into "The Merriest Place on Earth."

With the quick turnaround between Halloween Time (ending Oct. 31) and the start of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort (Nov. 14, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012), the resort is already decorating for the Christmas season, starting with the overlay of Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle.

Halloween Times meets the Christmas season in the days leading up to Oct. 31.

Less than a week before Halloween, the Mickey floral has already lost its "mask" from Halloween Time.

During Halloween Time, a costumed Mickey greets guests daily in Town Square, but he'll soon be changing into a winter sweater.

The Dapper Dans are especially popular during Halloween Time with their seasonal melodies, which often include a fun rendition of "This is Halloween" from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

The hundreds of unique jack-o-lanterns on Main Street also include these Dapper Dans-inspired carvings.

It's your final weekend to get a ghost Mickey popcorn bucket.

The ghost Mickey popcorn bucket is also available in select shops (includes a voucher to get popcorn from a cart).

2011 Mickey's Halloween Party T-shirt. Oct. 31 is the final night of this year's Mickey's Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event held throughout October.

Halloween and Christmas collide in the Hub with snow falling on Sleeping Beauty Castle in the week before Halloween.

Netting for Christmas lights has started to appear around trees in the Hub.

The ice spires will soon sparkle and light up the holiday season.

Preparations for the seasonal overlay of "it's a small world" Holiday have begun. Thousands of lights are starting to be installed on the facade.

The attraction is drained of water during installation of the holiday overlay.

"it's a small world" Toy Shop is closed during the overlay transition.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New Orleans Square. Ornate ornaments, wreaths and Christmas decorations with a Mardi Gras twist are filling the streets of Disneyland's French Quarter.

Pirates of the Caribbean's building is still being touched up while the attraction is closed for refurbishment.

A stretch of construction walls block the Pirates of the Caribbean exit and front of Blue Bayou Restaurant, only ending at the door to Club 33.

A giant moon and stars decorate the tree outside French Market.

The area leading up to Court of Angels is especially decorative.

Holiday decor above the entrance to Court of Angels

Court of Angels is used as a merchandise location during the holidays and its staircase is a popular photo spot.

Holiday wreaths have been added to New Orleans Train Station.


The Plaza Pavilion sign has been removed as part of its conversion into Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.

The wait-times board near the entrance to Adventureland is behind construction walls.

The show building for Indiana Jones Adventure, as seen from the tram-loading area, no longer has a camouflage paint scheme.

This is one of the current "Purchase with Purchase" offers at select shops.

With the sun setting sooner in the late fall, early evening performances of Mickey's Soundsational Parade give guests a chance to see this colorful pageant as a nighttime show — in which the floats' lighting really stand out.

Beat 'em drums, Mickey!

Energetic dancers lead the Aladdin float.

The Little Mermaid is perched high above.

Mary Poppins' Pearly Band has been missing from the end float in recent weeks.

Here is an updated look at Disney California Adventure's ongoing construction in Buena Vista Street, Hollywood Pictures Backlot and Cars Land.


More building frames are going outward and upward for DCA's entrance shops.

The former Greetings from California store

Steel frame work in this area expands beyond the former shops of the California Zephyr Train.

The area in front of Carthay Circle Theatre

The area behind Disney California Adventure's entrance gates

New building frame work has been erected in the former lockers/restrooms area.

A current look at Carthay Circle Theatre


Some of DCA's pop-up merchandise stands are starting to sell Christmas items.

This truck was formerly located at the now-gone Bountiful Valley Farm area and has been temporarily parked in Hollywood Pictures Backlot.

Parade lights have been installed near Tower of Terror.

These parade lights are positioned by the Animation Building.

Construction continues on Red Car Trolley tracks by Tower of Terror.

A wigwag crossing signal for the Red Car Trolley has been installed in this area by the back entrance to A Bug's Land.


One of the more distinct rock structures in Cars Land

Rock work as seen from the Pacific Wharf area

Cadillac Mountain Range

Back end of Cadillac Mountain Range

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

Radiator Springs Curios Shop

Luigi's Tires in the back and Flo's V8 Café in the front. Walls are finally being constructed at Flo's.

The Courthouse

Radiator Springs Racers

Disneyland Hotel's new E-Ticket Pool has gone from an area filled with dirt and cement to distinctly appearing like a big pool. Although a lot of work still needs to be done, the former Neverland Pool area is showing much progress each week.

E-Ticket Pool is located in between the main Fantasy Tower (pictured right) and Adventure Tower.

This open area will likely hold pool chairs for lounging.

E-Tickets align the edge of the pool.

The jacuzzi with Mickey colors

Inside the main Fantasy Tower, the entire length of the front desk remains behind construction walls, and temporary check-in counters have been placed on the opposite side.

Victorian art meets Steampunk at new MUZEO exhibit

Take a journey back in time to Victorian England and discover how the Victorian Era has influenced the modern Neo-Victorian movement called Steampunk when MUZEO in Anaheim presents the world premieres of The Queen's Gallery, an exhibition of Victorian art and objects, and Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination.

• THE QUEEN’S GALLERY — Through Jan. 8, 2012
The Queen's Gallery is a comprehensive exhibition on loan from two of California’s most passionate and highly respected collectors, Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl. The exhibition brings together more than 60 paintings by leading artists of the Victorian Era and nearly 400 personal and decorative objects from the British Empire. From walking sticks and weapons to match safes and music boxes, from ivory sculptures and bronze statues to household necessities and fashion accessories, each of the objects offers a window into this significant period in history, and collectively delivers a rich mix of visual stimulation, narrative intrigue and social commentary.

The exhibit features masterpieces by prominent artists of the Victorian Era, including James Sant (official portrait artist to Queen Victoria), Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema (one of the most famous and prolific artists of this period), and William Powell Frith (a favorite of the Royal Family and a good friend of Charles Dickens). For information, visit

Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination examines the relationship between the fantastical worlds and concepts of Victorian "scientific romance" and the imaginative realities created by the inventors and scientists of that time and present day.

The exhibit highlights the connection between science fact and science fiction in the Victorian era while exploring the work of pioneers such as Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace and Nikola Tesla alongside the visionary fiction of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Visitors can explore a collection of replicas and artifacts, including concept art and original props (such as a full size Time Machine from the 1960 film of the same name), vintage books and comics, and a selection of art, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, photography and inventions. Interactive and informational displays will guide guests through various historical "what if" scenarios; learning while imagining "what might have been" had events and technology happened a little differently.

Admission to MUZEO is $13 for adults, $9 for children 12 and under. 3 and under is free. Group tour discounts (for groups of 15 or more) and senior discounts are also available. Admission allows visitors access to both The Queen's Gallery in the main exhibition space and Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination, located in the adjacent Carnegie Building.

MUZEO is located in downtown Anaheim, at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. two miles from the Disneyland Resort. Validated parking is available in the parking structures on Center Street Promenade. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For information and to purchase tickets, go to or call (714) 956-8936.

Knott's Berry Farm has transformed into Knott's Scary Farm for its world-famous Halloween Haunt (they were the first to do a large-scale haunt event in a theme-park setting). Knott’s Halloween Haunt continues to be the leader in theme-park Halloween events offering a whopping 13 mazes, seven hair-raising shows, four horrific scare zones and 1,000 roaming monsters throughout the entire park.

• Dates: Through Oct. 31. Hours are 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

• Tickets: Halloween Haunt is a special ticket event not covered by regular Knott’s Berry Farm admission or a Season Pass. Ticket prices are $34-$51 presale online and $57 day of event. Haunt tickets are available at Guest Relations, by phone at Knott’s Haunt Line (714) 220-5000 or online at (service charges apply).

Pre-Scare Dinner offers Haunt ticket holders a buffet dinner, followed by early entry into Haunt a few minutes before it opens to the public. This VIP dinner is $24 including tax and gratuity (does not include Haunt event tickets). This special offer is available each night to Haunt ticket holders only with advance dinner reservations. For reservations, visit or call (714) 220-5055. Walk-up buffet price is $28.

New for 2011: Fright Lane Pass (front-of-the-line pass) lets guests bypass the regular wait lines for all 13 mazes. Plus, one-time front-of-the-line access for each of the following rides: Xcelerator, GhostRider, Silver Bullet, Sierra Sidewinder, Supreme Scream and Boomerang. The cost of a Fright Lane Pass is extra, and guests still need to purchase Haunt admission tickets separately. Cost: $60 each (when buying 1-2 passes), $55 each (when buying 3-4 passes), $50 each (when buying 5 or more passes).


In the deep recesses of the mind, on the clouded brink of insanity, lies the hellish wasteland of delirium; a place so gruesome that your imagination fails to comprehend the horrors. Illusion and paranoia are your only anchors to reality. Welcome to your worst nightmare!

Invasion Beneath (Calico Mine Train)
"LIVE FROM KNOTT’S BERRY FARM:" Details are sketchy but eyewitnesses report that the Calico Mine Ride has been invaded by creatures of unknown origin through a large fissure in the earth’s core. The creatures posses advanced weaponry and are extremely hostile. The military has just infiltrated the mountain to try and rescue the survivors and combat the violent attacks. Stay tuned.

ENDGAMES: Warriors of the Apocalypse
The world as we know it has ended. The survivors in this barren desert have scavenged to rebuild society. The rich and the powerful have turned all others into slaves for sport. Enter the post apocalyptic arena where gladiators are forced to battle to their deaths for entertainment. Are you game? ENDGAMES also features a live Webcam which can be seen at


Fallout Shelter (in 3D)
Locked in a cement grave for decades, hidden deep below the depths of the lake, an abandoned fallout shelter is crawling with human/genetic hybrids, toxic mutants, and a host of nuclear freaks all hungry for carnage. Grab your Geiger counters and put on your radiation suits, these residents are ravenous.

Sleepy Hollow (Log Ride)
Ghosts and ghouls, witches and goblins, long legged beasts and things that go bump in the night are all at your heels as you travel through Sleepy Hollow. Specters and phantoms and legends of long ago haunt the living. Can you outrun the Headless Horseman? Can you keep your wits, or will you lose your head as well?

Virus Z
Welcome to Pleasanton — Population: Zero. The highly infectious virus Z has turned the entire town into cannibal zombies and you’re this week’s special. Hordes of bloodthirsty corpses roam the small town in search of fresh meat. Help has arrived, but they are not on a rescue mission – they are here to wall off the entire town from civilization.

Lockdown: The Asylum
The inmates really are running the asylum in this nightmare prison, and insanity reigns supreme. The inmates are out of their cells and their minds. And don’t scream for help, this hostile takeover has the authorities running for cover!

Terror of London
Step back in time and into the fog-filled streets of London where a host of infamous characters are on the prowl terrorizing city dwellers. Step lively or you may fall victim to Jack the Ripper’s blade or Dr. Jekyll’s twisted experiments as Big Ben rings out. God save the Queen ... and you!

Día De Los Muertos
Venture into the forbidden jungle of El Chupacabra where sacrificial blood rains down from the sky. The screams of La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, echo around you and the creatures of the night crawl from their crypts, the “Day of the Dead” has arrived!

Uncle Bobo’s Big Top of the Bizarre (3D)
Step right up! Don’t be shy! Welcome to Uncle Bobo’s Big Top of the Bizarre. Inside you will find a villainous variety of vaudevillian visages to vex even the most valiant voyeurs! It’s the greatest slaughter on earth with clown carnage galore!

The Slaughterhouse
Folk’s from near and far come a-runnin for Farmer Willy’s world famous BBQ! You can smell the sizzling meat from miles away. Farmer Willy will think you are prime beef as he sets out to auction you off to the highest bidder, tenderize you with his chainsaw, and grind you into a tasty meat treat. Bon Appétit!

The Doll Factory
A trip to the Doll Factory reveals a twisted museum of death and disfigurement as you are pursued by the Marionette Murderer, a psychotic killer who turns his beautiful victims into life-size porcelain dolls. 2011 will be the last year of this returning maze, so don't miss it.

Corn Stalkers
It’s harvest time and the crop is you in Corn Stalkers. Plunge into rows and rows of rotting corn and try to evade the blood thirsty monstrosities seeking to impale you on their razor sharp scythes.


Gypsy Camp (New)
The backstreets of Ghost Town are shrouded by moonlit darkness, fearsome howl pierce the silence. In a blur of crimson teeth, werewolves stalk the encampment seeking revenge for an ancient gypsy curse.

A vampire world of flesh and machine, of gears and steam. Journey through the streets of this steam punk influenced city of the dead and discover the only truth in town: Blood is power.

Ghost Town
With 39 years of the finest thrills and chills, Ghost Town is home to a whole cast of night stalkers including the notorious Sliders who lurk in every fog-filled corner. You can’t see your hand in front of face as you try and navigate the winding streets that may just lead to the graveyard!

The Boardwalk has taken an evil turn as gruesome carnival characters perform their bizarre side-shows and evil clowns show their true colors.


In the Ghoul Time Theatre, Ed Alonzo offers up his Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem. This self-proclaimed Misfit of Magic brings slight-of-hand, slight-of-mouth and slight of mind to this insane, psycho-sensory production.

The Wagon Camp will see the return of Putz’ Prank Party. Nobody performs prop comedy like Marty Putz does. This show is a serious dose of crazy, zany, frenzied comedy. Over the top funny! Can you say, “Chubby Bunny”?

At Necropolis Theatre guests can watch the ghoulishly great performance of Street Drum Corps presents Blood Drums show. This high-energy drumming quartet is known for their unique blend of amazing percussion skills with ordinary found objects.

Knott’s historic Birdcage Theatre will be the location of a brand new show that takes a look at Haunt past. Haunt Wonders of Technology is a tongue-in-cheek, comedy and special effects show that will spotlight some favorite mechanical and automated friends from past Halloween Haunts.

In the Boardwalk Ballroom, Zamora’s Sideshow of the Horrors returns. Zamora, the King of Torture, amazes audiences with his mind blowing, invasive, self-inflicted pain and torture.

The new Gypsy Camp area will present Cursed featuring the magical and hypnotic powers of the Gypsy dancers.

And of course, no Haunt would be complete without the legendary Hanging in Calico Square. This year’s Hanging "Cowboys & Aliens and Superheroes Oh My!" finds the good citizens of Calico and the Lawman trying to rid the town of the evil that has invaded it.

• KNOTT’S CAMP SNOOPY: Halloween fun for kids

Knott’s invites kids to dress up in your Halloween costumes and come to Snoopy’s Costume Party in Camp Spooky. This daytime, non-scare celebration includes shows, activities and trick-or-treating all geared for kids ages 3-11.

Kids can take part in the Monster Dance Party and Costume Parade and show off their costume as they join the friendliest group of monsters, and the Peanuts characters, in a spirited procession through Camp Spooky.

In the Camp Spooky Theatre the Peanuts Halloween Spooktacular will have you singing and dancing in the aisles to all your favorite Halloween tunes. And for those a little more adventurous, a walk through the Haunted Harvest Maze will take you through a cornfield of mischievous scarecrows and The Great Pumpkin Hay Bale Maze will have you joining Linus as he awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

Kids won’t want to leave before making a stop at the Camp Spooky Craft Depot where they can make some Halloween creations of their very own, and the Creepy Crawly Critter Cave where Knott’s park naturalist will amaze them with her slithery, slimy, creepy, crawly critters.

Dates and Hours: Snoopy’s Costume Party runs weekends through Oct. 30 and is included with regular park admission. Knott’s Berry Farm's regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Universal Studios Hollywood has unleashed "What Fear Fears Most" for Halloween Horror Nights through Oct. 31 from Thursdays to Sundays, plus Halloween's Monday night.
Dates: Through Oct. 31.
Hours: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. on Thursday & Sunday. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. on Friday, Saturday & Monday.
Beside General Admission tickets for this special event (Season Passes not valid), a Front-of-Line Pass option enables guests to enjoy one-time priority entry at each maze and theme park attraction. A VIP Experience is also available, and it includes all-night access to a private lounge for food and drinks, a guided and private tram tour with an on-foot, walk-through of an exclusive backlot area, and unlimited front-of-the-line access to mazes and the Bill & Ted show. Advance purchase for all tickets is recommended as event nights will sell out.

Six mazes bring together star power to create the definitive Hollywood horror "dream team" and craft the ultimate "live" Halloween nightmare. The team, headed by Creative Director John Murdy, includes an encore performance by multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker, Rob Zombie, whose nightmarish 3D world of carnage and chaos, Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision returns.

Legendary rocker Alice Cooper, who single-handedly masterminded the rock-horror genre, will spin a new collection of disturbing horror imagery in the outrageous new maze, Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare.

Director, writer, producer and actor Eli Roth will bring his twisted movie to life in the spine-chilling new maze, Eli Roth's Hostel: Hunting Season, which will feature props cast from Roth's personal collection of original "Hostel" movie props.

In the new maze, La Llorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas ("the weeping woman: Village of Lost Souls"), actor and director Diego Luna, will help re-imagine the fearful legend of melancholy and murder that he was told as a child and has terrified Mexican and Latin American children for generations.

Working in collaboration with the filmmakers and featuring props cast from the original molds used in Universal Pictures' upcoming thriller, The Thing: Assimilation maze will offer guests an unprecedented virtual three-dimensional sneak peek of the movie in advance of Oct. 14 release.

The Wolfman: The Curse of Talbot Hall, inspired by the Academy Award-winning Universal Pictures film, will round out the six new "Halloween Horror Nights" horror mazes.

A frightening new backlot experience, Terror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life, based on the latest installment of Wes Craven's "Scream" film series, will unleash the iconic "Ghostface Killer" on Universal's famed backlot as guests get the chance to walk through backlot areas like Bates Motel, the Psycho house, and "War of the Worlds" (2005) airplane crash scene.

Several scare zones and the popular Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure comedy/music show will add to the nightmare.

Three of the theme park's attractions will also remain open for Halloween Horror Nights: Jurassic Park In the Dark, The Simpsons Ride, and Revenge of the Mummy — The Ride.

Fright Fest 2011 at Six Flags Magic Mountain offers thrills by day, and fright by night with new mazes, scare zones, shows, and extended park hours.

• Dates & Hours: Oct. 28 & 29 - 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Oct. 30 & 31 - 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

You can enjoy the Halloween atmosphere without paying extra, but access to the mazes is just an additional $10 ($8 for Season Passholders or if you purchase in advance online) in addition to park admission. Fright Fest Starts at 7 p.m. so there is plenty of time during the day to see your favorite attractions in the park before going into haunt mode. Below is a full listing of Fearful Frights:

NEW! Chupacabra
Come face to face with this elusive blood-thirsty creature as it terrorizes a local Dia de los Muertos festival.

NEW! The Aftermath
Enter a post apocalyptic city where nomad warriors rule with bone-crushing iron fists and the dead stalk the living.

Jokester’s Hideout 3D
Sneak through an all black light hideout and catch a 3D peek of what funny project the Jokester and his crew are working on.

Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion
Eerie twists await you at the Granddaddy of all mazes….there’s hair raising terror around each nightmarish turn and dreadful screams down the long twisting hallways.

Lecter’s Slaughterhouse
Step on these deadly docks and enter a family run business specializing in tasty human treats.

Warehouse 13
The ultimate test of bravery is at the toxic warehouse where employees are less than happy about seeing visitors. Be forewarned, work is mandatory and escape impossible.

Bite II
The sexy and sinister are out for a BITE in this recently uncovered nest of the undead. Will you be the one bitten?

• MONSTERTAINMENT (Streetmosphere)

NEW! Nightmares – A Twisted Tale
The evil nightmare has never been so edgy as your favorite bedtime stories take on a new and twisted tale.

New! Dr. Fright’s CarnEvil
Join the haunted party with zombie performers, hit songs and red-hot choreography starring the murderous Dr. Fright. The most wicked dance in the west is only recommended for the strong of heart.

New! Off With Your Head
Ghoul Rock has gone pop! Dead or alive, this music spectacular is sure to entertain.

Prepare yourself for a mystical, edge-of-your-seat, comical stage show.

NEW! Gypsy Hollow
A horrible battle between the nomadic gypsies and the local townspeople has continued for years. Visit the one area in the park where there’s always a full moon and werewolves are rumored to hunt for blood.

NEW! The Wastelands
In the darkest wastelands, an ancient beast stalks the night, worshiped by barbarian humanoids and feared by the modern world. Many have entered the darkness, none have returned. Enter the world known as The Wastelands if you dare.

City Under Seige
The insane and unruly run rampant in the streets of DC Universe. Prepare to feel really uncomfortable with these comic-like characters running amuck.

Exile Hill
The dead have risen and are looking for new souls to take on this dark and sinister hill that surrounds Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion.

Hillbilly Massacre
These nomadic hillbillies enter the California area every Halloween. No one knows where they come from or where they go once the holiday’s over. All that’s known is that they’re the most gruesome creatures ever seen by man. A family of demonic, backwards folks hunting the area for human skin.

• Spine-Chilling Adventures (Enhanced attractions)

Foggy Nights (New!)
One of Gotham’s most notorious villains has released fear toxin into the night air at Batman The Ride.

Terror Tracks
Face your fears and experience the world’s greatest thrills, with the lights off! Tatsu, Apocalypse, Viper, The Riddler’s Revenge, and Goliath will all run without track lights, bringing a new dimension to nighttime thrills.

X2: Area 19
Get launched into an extreme high speed, heart-pounding journey through an abandoned facility captured by aliens on the re-themed X2.

Thumper Bumpers
Pulsating sounds and driving bass rock the craziest bumper cars into a totally new and extreme driving experience.

SeaWorld San Diego's kid-friendly and not-so-scary Halloween Spooktacular takes place through Oct. 30 only on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (On Oct. 31, the park will remain decorated and visitors can enjoy "Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure" show and the "Pirates 4-D" movie.) Halloween activities are included with park admission.

Trick-or-Treat Sweets:
Kids are encouraged to come in costume and use their Spooktacular maps to trick or treat among 11 sea-themed stations. Candy and healthy treats will be provided.

Connect With Animals:
Meet a variety of spooky and not-so-spooky animals at Animal Connections near Seaport Marketplace. Trainers will be on hand to dispel myths about animals and why they are misunderstood.

Countdown to Halloween, at Sesame Street’s Bay of Play musical stage, features Count Von Count, Elmo and friends. Kids can also capture photos of their favorite Sesame character and enjoy interactive games.
Pirates 4-D, a wacky film adventure about a pirate captain (played by Leslie Nielsen) and his bumbling crew at the park’s Mission Bay Theater.
Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure, at Sea Lion and Otter Stadium, is a new specially-themed show with a blast to the past. If you remembered the show back in the 1980s, then you’ll want to revisit sea lions Clyde and Seamore and their buddy O.P. Otter for all the kooky fun as they are mysteriously transported back to Uncle Smedley’s Castle.

Main Gate Entertainment:
Guests will be treated to an Octopus Candy Garden with brightly colored tentacles and candy treats; photo ops with Sesame Street characters; and SeaWorld costume characters also will be on hand to get everyone into the Halloween spirit.

Pathway Encounters:
• New for 2011: The Search for Captain Lucky’s Treasure, adjacent to Cirque Stadium, is an island-themed outdoor adventure that leads visitors through various obstacles to Captain Lucky’s treasure, where Halloween enthusiasts receive a special Pirate eye-patch giveaway.

Penelope’s Pumpkinfish Patch, in front of Seaport Marketplace, offers festive fun, including posing for photos among a decorative pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting and meeting Pumpkin Princess and her bouncing stilt-walker court.
• Along the sea-inspired pathways, guests will encounter a variety of fun-loving characters like the new Jay Minnow show host, who will interview guests around the park.

LEGOLAND California is holding Brick-or-Treat Party Nights each Saturday in October from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Free with Admission: Halloween activities are included with paid 1-day admission or a Membership Plus Pass.
$25 Party Nights Hopper Tickets: For those who only want to arrive for the evening activities, this ticket is valid for same day admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Brick-or-Treat Party Nights.
Brick-or-Treat Hopper Plus 2nd Day Free: This ticket offer includes a full-day hopper ticket to both LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. First and second visits are only valid between 10/1/2011 and 12/25/11.

Brick-or-Treat Trail:
Every Saturday and Sunday in October, a Brick-Or-Treat Trail offers candy, healthy snacks and a few surprises along the way. Saturday: Noon-5 p.m., Sunday: Noon-8 p.m.

Several areas of LEGOLAND are open late for Party Nights, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, and the Imagination Zone, along specific rides, like Coastersaurus, Safari Trek and Fairy Tale Brook.

BOO Crew:
A host of characters will entertain guests, including:
• Hubble Bubble, Zany Zelda host a dance party with special guests the BoogieMonSTARS.
• Brickzini the Magnificant fortune teller, Count Brickula, Jester Funny Bones, and Zac the Zombie, along with jugglers, unicyclists, and stilt walkers in the Castle Hill area.
• Wandering werewolf Howlin’ Howlin will hold “Howler of the Hour” contests for kids 12 and under.

LEGO Brick-o-Lantern contest:
Kids can take part in pumpkin-building contests by using orange, yellow and green LEGO bricks.

LEGO Candy Corn Scavenger Hunt:
Make your best guess on the number of LEGO Candy Corns hidden throughout the Haunted Hideaways for a chance to win return tickets to LEGOLAND and LEGO toy products. One scavenger-hunt winner will be selected each weekend of Brick-or-Treat.

A display of fireworks will end Brick-or-Treat Party Nights every Saturday in October at 9 p.m.

Costume Contest:
Prizes will be given for the Best Star Wars, Most LEGO Themed and Most Creative costume. Winners in each category will receive a 4-pack LEGOLAND California Resort Membership Passes and a gift basket. Second and third-place runners up in each category will receive LEGOLAND California tickets and toy product.

Mail Order Monsters show returns to the Courtyard Theatre. Princess Playwright has ordered some delightfully scary monsters for the Brick-or-Treat celebration but the mischievous Jester Funny Bones conjured up a spell to make the monsters as sweet as candy. Guests have to help the Princess retrain her monsters — and break the spell — all in time for the big Halloween celebration.
Spirits-of-Brick or Treat light show shines on the Castle rooftop. It's inspired by new entertainment acts, including Anthony the Magic, Dr. Hyde’s percussion cart, Splash Art, Tap Dancing Skeletons, and Professor Weasley who will wow you with the wacky and eerie sounding Thereminophone.

SEA LIFE Aquarium:
SEA LIFE Aquarium, located next door to LEGOLAND, will feature a bonus Brick-or-Treat station. You’ll find not-too-spooky décor in the aquarium, along with treats while learning about the "monsters" of the deep every Saturday and Sunday in October.

Haunted Attraction at the Queen Mary

According to legend, Dark Harbor is a haunted community populated by the souls ripped from the earth by "Bundara" – the all-powerful sadistic She-demon who controls the sea and the land. This year she is joined by her sisters (Searer and Mattenoot) and their hatchet men, the Barkers. ALL of Dark Harbor’s monsters take great joy in taunting and tormenting the mere mortals – their guests – who dare to wander into the dominion of Dark Harbor.

The Dark Harbor haunt is made up of 5 separate mazes and two central scare zones. Guests enter the event on land, in the parking lot area, through a series of fog shrouded shipping crates. Once inside, you can visit either Hellfire, Submerged or Containment on the ship, or Village of the Damned and The Cage on land.

The general admission tickets are anywhere from $24-$34 and the front of the line add-on (which we highly recommend on the weekends) ranges from $20-$30. It is a good idea to visit the Queen Mary website and take a look at the wide range of options available for the event. There are packages available that include dinners, front of the line access or souvenir t-shirts. CHECK OUT PRICES HERE

Sinister Pointe, an independent haunted attraction and Halloween production studio in Orange County, will bring its latest creation to 195 Arovista Circle, Brea, CA 92821. Over the years, the Sinister Pointe team has helped create the haunted attractions for areas such as Anaheim Hills Center, Irvine Spectrum Center, The Block at Orange, and 2010 Queen Mary's Dark Harbor.

Thursdays to Sundays through Oct. 31, with one Wednesday date (Oct. 26) and Halloween Monday (Oct. 31).

Sunday to Thursday: 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Fridays and Saturday: 7 p.m.-midnight

General: $15
All Night Pass: $28
General Scream Pass (front of the line): $23
All Night Scream Pass (front of the line): $33

The Scream Zone at the San Diego County Fairgrounds (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA) is San Diego County's largest haunted attraction. It features three haunt zones in one location:
House of Horror with rooms filled with terrifying scenes and scares lurking at every turn, a Haunted Hayride through the haunted barns on the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's race track, and The Chamber with the largest spinning tunnel in San Diego.

Entrance and Parking:
Free in the designated Scream Zone parking lot. Enter the San Diego County Fairgrounds at the Solana Gate, which is on the south side of Via de la Valle (between the Coast Highway and Jimmy Durante Blvd.)

Dates: Through Oct. 31

Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m.-midnight
Other days: 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Triple (Combo) Haunt: House of Horror, Haunted Hayride and The Chamber - $27.99
Double Haunt: The Chamber plus House of Horror or Haunted Hayride — $18.99
Single Haunt: House of Horror or Haunted Hayride — $14.99

Fast Track:
Get front-of-the-line privileges by purchasing an additional $10 Fast Track for the House, or an extra $10 Fast Track for the Hayride.

Today's update was edited by Daniel K. Lew (DisneyDaniel) and brought to you by the following members of our fantastic and talented crew of photographers and news contributors: Sir Clinksalot, Fishbulb, and Dustysage. (If you've got breaking news or photos to share, we'd love to hear from you. Contact Dusty today.)

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Updated 10-28-2011 at 06:10 PM by In the Parks



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  1. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Great update!
  2. bamato's Avatar
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    Thanks for the awesome update!
  3. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update!
  4. chechire cat's Avatar
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    Loved the update
    Do you know when the Giant Christmas tree is Going Up????
  5. jaxbistro's Avatar
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    Tremendous. Thanks again for the hard work, it does not go unappreciated!

    BTW...did anyone catch this? Some artist did these portraits of the princesses (plus one) as if they were real humans. It's kinda cool and creepy all at the same time- If Disney princesses were real - Fashion + Beauty on Shine
    Updated 10-28-2011 at 07:58 AM by jaxbistro
  6. In8r's Avatar
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    That "Halloween snow" makes perfect sense to us in Colorado.
  7. Trevor's Avatar
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    Agreed. Whats so weird about snow on Halloween? Sure, it doesn't happen every year, but it certainly has!
  8. BasilofBakerStreet's Avatar
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    Hey I didn't get a discount on my popcorn bucket and I bought it in a store, I even asked the CM! Amazing how Christmas creeps into Halloween even at Disney.
  9. Mr Doodle's Avatar
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    I like the little E-Ticket tiling around the pool. It's a cute touch.
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    I really wish they would at least wait until 11/1 to put up the Christmas decorations....I think it kind of ruins the Halloween experience!!
  11. 4Apples4Disney's Avatar
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    As always, filled with great information! Thanks for working so hard to put this together! Excellent!
  12. TodAZ1's Avatar
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    Do they drain Small World every year when they closed down for the X-mas overlay? Isn't that kind of a waste of time?
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    I tried getting the discount on the Mickey popcorn bucket when I purchased it at Star Trader, and I was told there is no discount on outdoor vending items.
  14. Timekeeper's Avatar
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    Great update.

  15. Asylim's Avatar
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    Great update.

    Thanks for doing this week in and week out. For those of us who are lucky to get down there once every year (or less) we appreciate it.
  16. Director_Guy's Avatar
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    I am quite offended the holiday decorations are going up so early! I understand it takes so long to put them all up, but I'm paying more money for the Halloween party than I would when things are 100% Halloween.
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    Oh my goodness, so darn excited for Christmas! I've attended the Halloween Party so as far as I'm concerned Halloween is over, hehehe. I've already done extensive Christmas shopping! It's definitely the best time of the year! Can't wait until we go again next month! Thanks for the update!
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    Thank you, everyone, for your kind words about the In The Parks updates. Sometimes, it feels like going to work (instead of going to play) when roaming around most of Disneyland Resort simply to take photos for In The Parks, followed by several hours of picking out the best photos and writing the text and captions. But, it beats being stuck in an office, I suppose!

    Also, thanks to those who pointed out Annual Passholder discounts are not accepted when buying the ghost Mickey popcorn bucket at a store. I seem to recall being able to get an AP discount previously, but maybe that was only last year. I've edited out the AP discount in this update.

    Seeing Halloween, snow and and Christmas decorations at the same time seems a bit out of place — with the exception of Haunted Mansion Holiday, of course — but Southern Californians are spoiled, weather wise and proudly, too!

    Thanks again ... until next week!
    — Daniel K. Lew
  19. Director_Guy's Avatar
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    ^Even in Illinois seeing snow on Halloween was just... upsetting.
  20. NetteNutt's Avatar
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    I have been to the parks a handful of times already with all the Halloween stuff up so yes I am so ready for the christmas stuff and the candy canes!!! this is the first year that I've lived close enough to try to go and get them. just waiting for the dates to come out
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