The Frightfully Fun Parade is a frightful fantasy come to life during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. This ghoulish procession debuted in 2016 as the centerpiece entertainment of the after-hours Halloween event. With spirited music and elaborate floats, it brings together a cavalcade of Disney villains, ghosts, and ghouls for the ultimate Halloween spectacle.
A Brief History of Frightfully Fun
The Frightfully Fun Parade continues a long tradition of Halloween entertainment at Disneyland. Special ticketed Halloween parties first came to the park in 1983 with Disneyland’s Halloween Mystery Tour. Guests enjoyed trick-or-treating, costume contests, and decorations. Over the years, the parties evolved with new names like Mickey’s Halloween Treat (1990), Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party (2008), and Mickey’s Halloween Party (2010).
Entertainment like fireworks and stage shows were added in later years. But it wasn’t until 2016 that Disneyland debuted its first full-fledged Halloween parade with the Frightfully Fun Parade. As the premiere event of Mickey’s Halloween Party, it brings together a villainous variety of characters for a spooktacular spectacle down Main Street, U.S.A.
The Spirited Experience
From the moment the parade steps off, guests are immersed in the spirit of Halloween. An ominous version of “Grim Grinning Ghosts” fills the air as the Headless Horseman rides ahead on his ghostly steed to clear the way. Leading the procession is Zero the ghost dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas, followed by the Mayor of Halloween Town himself. Jack Skellington and Sally ride along in their creepy caboose, singing their signature duet “Simply Meant to Be”.
The haunted hijinks continue with a swingin’ graveyard jamboree. Grim grinning ghosts waltz and dance among the tombstones, joined by the Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion ride. Flickering lanterns and the ghostly bride Constance Hatchaway complete the graveyard frolics. Then it’s off to the bayou as Dr. Facilier and his voodoo “friends from the other side” take over with a funky Mardi Gras rhythm.
Shadowy figures loom large as the witch doctor parades down the street waving his cane. The villainy reaches its peak in the final float, led by Hades from Hercules. More classic Disney villains like Cruella de Vil, Jafar, and the Evil Queen appear amidst a sorcerer’s lair of bubbling cauldrons and dark magic. It’s the ultimate Disney Halloween villain party to cap off the parade.
Finding the Best Views
With so many spirited scenes, guests will want to find the perfect spot to see all the action. Here are some tips on finding the best views:
Main Street: Anywhere along Main Street offers great views as the parade travels the full length. For the most comfortable seats, find a curbside spot in front of the Emporium or near Town Square.
Central Plaza Hub: The hub in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle lets you see the parade coming and going. It fills up fast, so arrive early or be prepared to stand.
Small World Mall: For a unique sideways view, watch along the parade route as it turns onto Small World Mall from the hub. See the floats up close as they make the corner.
It’s a Small World Queue: Queue up early, and you can score a front row spot along the parade route. Sit on the concrete wall for unobstructed views.
Paradise Pier: Catch the tail end of the parade along Paradise Bay lagoon for smaller crowds. Arrive 20 minutes early to get prime railing spots.
Dining With a View
Guests looking to combine frightful food with their parade viewing can book one of two dining packages. Both include reserved viewing for the Frightfully Fun Parade:
The Villains Grove Dessert Party takes place inside Stage 17 next to the Monsters Inc ride. The $99 price includes a selection of decadent desserts, sparkling cider, and a keepsake Oogie Boogie popcorn bucket. After enjoying the treats, you’ll head out to a reserved viewing area about 45 minutes before parade time. It fills up a large chunk of party time, but guarantees prime seats for the parade’s opening scenes.
For $55 per adult, you’ll feast on a 3-course meal at Wine Country Trattoria before the party. Choose from pasta, chicken, or fish entrées. Kids’ meals are $40. After dining, pick up your parade voucher with the reserved viewing location. Arrive at least 45 minutes early to claim your spot. It’s pricier but allows time to experience other party offerings.
Event Exclusive Merchandise
Along with entertainment, the Oogie Boogie Bash party offers exclusive event merchandise. Guests will find a frightful assortment of spirited apparel, accessories, souvenirs, and more.
Fashionable guests will love the Halloween touches on spirit jerseys and colorful tie-dye tees. Sweatshirts, jackets, and hats feature artwork of the Headless Horseman, Haunted Mansion, and other creepy characters.
Glow-in-the-dark ear headbands provide a spooky glow while parade viewing. Backpacks, pouches, and novelty headbands also capture the Halloween fun.
Take home a themed popcorn bucket, photo frame, mug, water bottle, or sculpted figurine for lasting memories of the frightful festivities.
Oogie Boogie Merchandise
As the host of the party, Oogie Boogie also gets his own merchandise line. Shop his signature treats, a themed Loungefly purse, embroidered hat, etched glassware, and more.
Oogie Boogie Bash
Oogie Boogie Bash is a separately-ticketed Halloween event held on select nights at Disney California Adventure park. It features exclusive entertainment like the Frightfully Fun Parade, trick-or-treating, character meet-and-greets, and more. The Frightfully Fun Parade is the centerpiece entertainment of Oogie Boogie Bash. It debuted in 2016 and features elaborate floats with Disney villains, characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Haunted Mansion, and more.
The parade floats are specially built by Disney’s creative teams and feature vibrant colors, moving parts, audio elements, and detailed theming. For example, the Nightmare Before Christmas float has a turning Mayor face, Dr. Facilier’s float has towering shadow figures, and the final villain float has bubbling cauldrons.
Final Frightful Facts
While offerings vary year to year, the Frightfully Fun Parade remains the centerpiece entertainment of Mickey’s Halloween Party. Here are some key details for planning your visit:
Party Nights: Select weeknights and weekends from September-October
Duration: Approximately 12 minutes from start to finish
Route: Starts in Paradise Gardens, turns onto Small World Mall, ends on Hollywood Blvd
As you can see, the Frightfully Fun Parade and Mickey’s Halloween Party offer a frightful night of entertainment for Disney fans. With spirited music, elaborate floats, and favorite Disney characters, it brings Halloween magic to life like no other Disney parade before. So bring your ghoulish grin and get ready for some fang-tastic fun!