Disneyland, Legoland and SeaWorld, all in California, seem to have one thing in common these days – they’ve all embraced Halloween.
From the simple (Legoland) to the spectacular (Disneyland Park), jack-o-lanterns, spiders, cobwebs and ghoulish images adorn their roads, exhibits and buildings, the most decorated being Disneyland Park in Anaheim where the main gate greets visitors with pumpkin Mickeys, Minnies, Goofys – you get the idea.
Meandering through the various exhibits, shops and rides could bring out the inner child among adults and for children to act who they really are – children.
All through October until Halloween itself, Disneyland Park closes its door everyday at 6pm for regular entry ticket holders. This is to accommodate those who have bought US$79 tickets to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Yes, a nightly gig where guests are treated to a Disney villains parade, treat stations for sweet and non-sweet goodies for treat or trick bags, and rides seemingly scarier than they really are. And the stunning fireworks, if approved by the Anaheim Fire Department of course. Many visitors dress up in theme costumes, making them attractions and/or objects of curiosity too.
If you want to stay longer than 6pm, you can always transfer to Disney California Adventure next door for the rides, if you have a ‘hopper’ ticket, that is.
According to Wikipedia, “Halloween, or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve is ... the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
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