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Halloween Time returns at Disneyland, California Adventure

September 8, 2019, 1:42 PM · Halloween Time has started at the Disneyland Resort, as crowds of fans have returned for the annual display of Halloween decorations, attraction overlays, and themed food.

Over at the Haunted Mansion, the Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay has returned for another four-month run. Every year, Disney's team puts together a new gingerbread house for the Ballroom scene, and this year's house celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Mansion itself.

Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house
Photos courtesy Disney

Gingerbread detail

The biggest change for this year at Disneyland, though, is the opening of the Halloween Screams fireworks show to all guests this year. Previously presented exclusively during the old Mickey's Halloween Party, the show now runs nightly thanks to the move of the resort's hard-ticket Halloween event over to Disney's California Adventure as Oogie Boogie Bash this year. Note that only the projection show runs Monday through Thursdays, with the full production with fireworks running on the weekends.

But for many Disneyland fans, the enduring attraction at Halloween Time is the food — a feast of themed meals, snacks, and sweets presented at restaurants throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Here are some of the new Halloween food and drink offerings in the parks this year. (You can find the full list, including returning items, on Disney's website.)

Let's start with the churros.

Let's continue with Disneyland restaurants, followed by California Adventure.

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
Trick-or-Treat Sundae Duo: Sour gummy ice cream with raspberry sauce, gummy treats, and fruit candies; and chocolate ice cream with hot fudge and pieces of chocolate candy bars

Refreshment Corner
Hades Dog: Foot-long hot dog with harissa aioli, lemon-pickled cucumbers, oven-dried tomatoes, sauteed peppers and feta

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Toasted Salsa Roja Chicken Sandwich Combo: Shredded chicken on rustic bread with Jack and cotija cheeses, served with tortilla soup

Plaza Inn
Monster Halloween Cake: Chocolate cake with multi-colored chocolate mousse, green buttercream, royal icing eyes, and Halloween sprinkles
Chocolate-Coffee Yule Log: Chocolate sponge cake wrapped around coffee-flavored chocolate buttercream, with chocolate crispy pearls, chocolate drizzle, and multicolored crispy pearls

Alien Pizza Planet
Supernova Special Delicium 639 Pizza: Spicy marinara topped with sausage, salami, assorted cheeses, onions, olives, and tomatoes, drizzled with pesto
Flavus Tropicus Parfait: Layers of pound cake, caramel pot de crème butter streusel, and pineapple mousse, finished with a drizzle of raspberry sauce, pineapple topping, and gold crispy pearls
Vampire Alien Macaron: With lemon filling

Galactic Grill
Loaded Fleet Fries: Waffle fries topped with pulled pork, cheese, chipotle ranch, and cream cilantro-lime coleslaw
Blood Orange Slush

Red Rose Taverne
Pumpkin Spice Shake, topped with salted caramel and whipped cream

Rancho del Zocalo
The Long-Forgotten Dueling Tacos: Two fry bread tacos with grilled fajita beef and braised butter chicken, served with Mexican rice and pickled vegetables
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Pan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwich

Bengal Barbecue
Lamp Kofta: Lamb with tzatziki sauce, spinach, and pickled onions on grilled pita bread

Royal Street Veranda
Professor Phineas Plump's Cure-All Fritters: Pimento cheese fritters with ghost pepper ranch dressing
Pickwick Ghost Punch: Citrus juices and sherbet

Cafe Orleans
Sarah 'Sally' Slater's Swamp Fries: Crawfish étouffée atop sweet potato fries with chorizo, clams, tomatoes, sweet corn, and green onion
Swinging Wake Cake: Layered chocolate and vanilla sponge cake, caramel-banana filling, caramel buttercream frosting, and sugar candle

Harbour Galley
The Ghost Mariner's Seafood Boil: Cajun buttered shrimp, red potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage

Award Wieners
Oogie’s Worms & Dirt Funnel Fries: Dusted in crushed chocolate cream-filled cookies with cream cheese sauce, cookie pieces, gummy candies, chocolate-coated candies and whipped cream
Rest in Peace-Strami Fries: Filmstrip fries topped with pastrami, caramelized onions, pickles, and mustard sauce

Sonoma Terrace
Snake Eyes Sludge: Edamame hummus with olive tapenade 'bugs' and dragon fruit 'dice,' served with grilled flatbread triangles
De Vil-ishly Delectable Wings: Chicken wings tossed in mildly spicy white sauce, parmesan, and black sesame seeds

Lamplight Lounge
Ghost-ly Pepper Nachos: Topped with ghost pepper-marinated chicken, ghost pepper cheese sauce, black beans, and avocado-tomatillo salsa

We will be at Disneyland later this week to bring you a full recap of this year's offerings, and we will be at California Adventure the week after that with a report from Oogie Boogie Bash, too.

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