As anyone who’s ever been to the Disney After Hours Boo Bash, Oogie Boogie Bash or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party can attest, Halloween is kind of a big deal at the Disney Parks. Luckily, with April 28 marking six months to Halloween, you don’t need to wait for October August (because, let’s be honest, spooky season starts real early in the land of pixie dust and Mickey Mouse) to have a hauntingly good time at Disney World, Disneyland or even in your own home.
Making its return for 2022, Halfway to Halloween brings a bit of fang-tastic fun to the Disney theme parks and, if you like, your living room this springtime. So, what can you expect for this short but sweet event that’s all treats and no tricks? Stick around, foolish mortals, and get ready to run amuck, amuck, amuck with these #HalfwaytoHalloween celebrations.
Disney’s Halfway to Halloween 2022: A Spooktacular Celebration
Without a doubt, one of the best times to visit any Disney Park is around a holiday, especially Christmas and Halloween. The park gets decked out in festive attire, restaurant menus get a seasonal revamp and limited-time offerings abound.
For the Halloween season, the holiday brings a bewitching mix of special events, sinister sweets and villainous entertainment whether you’re at Disney World, Disneyland or even out at sea on a Disney cruise. It’s enough to keep guests coming back year after year.
Disney – ever the marketing geniuses – knows this and is here to satisfy your cravings for Halloween candy, the Sanderson Sisters and news on what you can expect this fall with the Halfway to Halloween celebration. At its core, Halfway to Halloween is more of an elaborate announcement and an excuse to watch Hocus Pocus and eat some sweets than anything else.
And our pumpkin spice-loving hearts are completely ok with that! With everything from fa-boo-lous theme park eats to shriek peeks for the Halloween season on social media, you’ll be able to get into the spooky spirit whether you’re visiting the theme parks or celebrating from the comfort of home.
Lucky enough to be heading to Disneyland or Disney World during this frightfully fun time? (Or heck, even if you’re not.) Then consider dressing the part! Disney is asking all Halloween fans visiting on the holiday’s halfway mark, April 28, to don a ghostly DisneyBounding getup especially for the occasion.
Now, since this isn’t actually Halloween at Disney, that doesn’t mean you should show up in a full costume and mask. In fact, unless you’re visiting during one of Disney’s Halloween or Christmas parties, costumes for adults aren’t permitted.
Rather, for those uninitiated in DisneyBounding, you’ll need to get your creative juices flowing and come up with an outfit using “street clothes” styled after your favorite Disney villain or Halloween-themed film or attraction. Think one of those jack-o-lantern t-shirts with a pixie dust twist.
Not sure how to make it happen? Use recognizable elements from your macabre muse like color schemes, patterns or accessories. This will help to evoke the essence of your chosen character or other Halloween inspiration. For example, black and white polka dots with a splash of red are a must for a Cruella Deville Disney Bound à la 101 Dalmatians.
Halfway to Halloween Treats at Disney World & Disneyland
If you’re anything like us, then your favorite part of any seasonal soiree at Disney is all of the yummy things to eat. And while it might only be April, it’s still Halfway to Halloween, and it what better way to celebrate than with a spellbinding spread of ghoulish goodies to enjoy.
Fortunately, both Walt Disney World and Disneyland are conjuring up some fang-tastic eats for a limited time. So, after a spin around the Haunted Mansion, shake those cobwebs off your candy bucket and dig into these devilishly delicious delights.
Exclusive Halfway to Halloween trading cards will also be available, with each four and six-count box of cookies accompanied by one of 16 cards. Cookie fans waiting it out in line will also have access to a special bonus card starring Barnabas Mephistophelittle (while supplies last, limited to one per person).
Frankenstein Cake Slices – Three-Layer Chocolate Cake with Cookies and Cream Buttercream Frosting and M&M’s
Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs (Available April 28 to May 1)
Cheddar Pickle Dog – Pickle Dog sprinkled with Cheddar Cheese
California Churro (Available April 28 to May 4)
Spooky Churro – Churro rolled in Cinnamon Sugar with a Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sauce Drizzle and Peanut Butter Candies
Disney Halfway to Halloween on Twitter, TikTok & Disney+
Not visiting Disneyland or Disney World during the Halfway to Halloween festivities? That’s ok! You can also get in on the fun on social media, particularly Twitter and TikTok, as well as Disney+.
Kicking off Halfway to Halloween on April 27, 2022, @DisneyParks start things off with a Twitter Watch Party of everyone’s favorite Disney Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus. The autumn-inspired antics start at 8:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM PT on Twitter, so get some snacks ready and fire up Disney+ to join the conversation. #HocusPocusWatchParty
Then, on the @DisneyParks TikTok on April 28 at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT, it’s time for Disney to spill the tea with some scream-worthy Halloween announcements. Broadcasting live from several Disney locations on TikTok Live, including Disney Cruise Line, get a sneak peek of what’s coming for in-park Halloween events at Disneyland, Disney World, Disney Cruise Line and select international parks in 2022.
Disney Halfway to Halloween 2022 Predictions
Now, we’re all about saving you time and money, not in the prediction business. But if we had to guess some of the special Halloween-related announcements Disney will likely be sharing on April 28, here’s what we think could happen:
Return of the Sanderson Sisters & Disney World’s Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
From the proliferation of adorable Sanderson Sister swag on Etsy and the enduring popularity of Hocus Pocus reruns, it’s no secret that the tricky trio of witches has a bit of a cult following. And with Hocus Pocus 2 dropping this Halloween on Disney+, we can only imagine that Disney is going to want to capitalize on it as much as possible.
As stage shows and other entertainment are going back to normal following their COVID-19 hiatus, the most obvious way to do this is with the glorious return of the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, possibly updated for the all-new movie. If we’re really lucky, maybe we’ll even see a Sanderson Sister meet-and-greet! Sadly, for all of us in Central Florida, that seems more likely at Disneyland.
Post-COVID Comeback of Disney World’s Boo to You Parade
As we just mentioned, big entertainment offerings are back at the Disney Parks. So, it should go without saying that if the cult-favorite coven is back, then it’s likely the beloved Boo to You Parade will, too. Just remember that if it does return, there’s a good chance that it won’t be in full. Don’t be surprised if sections or elements are cut to shorten the procession.
Disney World’s Halloween Fireworks Dazzle Guests Once More
Let’s keep the revival predictions going! Since the Christmas fireworks made their return last year, it’s no stretch to think that the Halloween nighttime display will this year as well. The question is which one. The Not-So-Spooky Spectacular seems most likely, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for HalloWishes.
Which Specially Ticketed Disney Halloween Parties Will We Get?
We know for sure that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will be returning to Magic Kingdom Theme Park and Oogie Boogie Bash will return to California Adventure Park. While Mickey’s shindigs were relatively reasonably priced in the past, the Disney After Hours events – Boo Bash and Oogie Boogie Bash – were comparatively shorter and offered less but still more expensive. With the return of the original events, we imagine guests will get a bit more but also pay more.
Despite the steeper price tags for the Bash events, guests still paid them. Just be prepared to pay somewhere around $125-$150 per person for each event, depending on the night. Usually the closer it gets to Halloween, the more expensive the parties get. Also weekends are more expensive than mid-week events.
How to Celebrate Halfway to Halloween at Home
Stuck getting in the spirit from the comfort of your own home? No worries! Just arrange your own bewitching bash for family and friends, starting with spookalicious dishes and witch-approved entertainment. For an especially over-the-top event, you can even DIY your own spine-tingling centerpiece inspired by the Sanderson Sisters. Old books, candles, glass bottles and other trinkets make for a boo-tiful vignette.
Next, it’s time to eat. While you can’t sample the scream-worthy sweets at Disney World and Disneyland, you can create some of your very own. Pumpkin dishes are an obvious choice, while a Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired snack board laden with an assortment of creepy candy confections is sure to make an impression.
Oh, and of course, don’t forget something to drink. Straight from the kitchens of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, the Witch’s Flight is a terrifyingly tasty trio of fruity flavors with a Whiskey kick. Or, for a non-alcoholic treat, blend up red and blue Underworld Smoothies representing the many moods of Hades.
You’re probably looking for something to do while you snack. Hocus Pocus is the obvious choice, especially during the Twitter Watch Party. However, there are several other Halloween films on Disney+ that are perfect for a monstrously fun movie night.
Muppets Haunted Mansion is quirky, charming and everything you’d expect from a movie with Gonzo at the helm. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a creepy classic, while Disney Channel movies such as Halloweentown and Z-O-M-B-I-E-S are a lighthearted and nostalgic way to get in touch with your scary side.
Want to do some dancing? There’s even a Disney Halloween playlist perfect for macabre mood music and a surprise dance breaks. Rather keep things mellow? How about a game instead? Creating especially by Disney for Halfway to Halloween, this version of Charades puts a frightful twist on a party classic, with participants acting out a whole cast of strange characters.
Well, boys and ghouls, that’s everything on the schedule for Disney Halfway to Halloween 2022. What do you hope will return for spooky season at Disney World, Disneyland and the Disney Cruise Line this year? Let us know in the comments!
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