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Halloween is Hollow When Missing the Mouse

Our home is noticeably not decorated. That is, there are pieces of art and assorted knickknacks, but there is no seasonal lean to any of it. We are lacking ghosts and gourds, no skeletons in the closet or bats in the belfry. All of the spiderwebs are organic and homespun by artisanal arachnids. We haven’t even discussed Halloween costumes with the boys, despite our being three weeks out from the holiday.

Perhaps it is the state of things, our real world being far scarier than anything Halloween could ever muster, that has kept our holiday boxed in the garage like so many memories. Or it may be the heat that keeps autumn at bay, although October is always too hot, right up until it isn’t.

The other possibility, and this is the one I am favoring, is that this is the first year in a very long time that we haven’t attended Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. Granted, we had an opportunity in September, but I was in Asia and Tricia had to work, so we missed the event, and with it the unofficial launch of the Honeaween™ season.

What exactly did we miss? This:

Honea family Disneyland Halloween


Mickey Pluto Halloween


And from the Disneyland Resort, this:

[This year] Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is also taking over Disney California Adventure Park, with areas such as Buena Vista Street and Cars Land getting all dressed up for holiday fun. The recently-opened Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction gets some additional thrills as it transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark each night.

Along Buena Vista Street, guests will enjoy Halloween decorations in store windows and in Carthay Circle, they’ll see a new 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman himself, holding up his jack-o’-lantern head to the sky. New, themed background music further creates the appropriately eerie, but still fun, mood.

Combined with favorite Halloween traditions at Disneyland Park including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Pumpkin Festival on Main Street, U.S.A., Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is now twice as much fun.

All of that is in addition to Mickey’s Halloween Party (which requires a separate ticket and, unfortunately, is sold out for 2017)!

We will be at the Disneyland Resort a couple of days before Halloween, so even though we didn’t kickoff the season in our favorite frightful(ish) fashion, we will be able to enjoy all of the tricks and treats before the holiday arrives.

Now if only Disney could send someone to decorate our house . . .


Whit Honea is the author of “The Parents’ Phrase Book” and co-founder of the philanthropic organization Dads 4 Change. He is the Social Media Director/Community Manager of the Dad 2.0 Summit. His writing can be found at Fandango, GeekDad, Disney, Today, Good Housekeeping, City Dads Group, Stand Magazine, The Washington Post and several other popular publications. He previously covered travel for Orbitz, CBS and AOL, and served as Editor of Family Travel for UpTake. Deemed “the activist dad” by UpWorthy and one of the “funniest dads on Twitter” by Mashable, Whit has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is the 2015 winner of the Iris Award for Best Writing.


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