This article contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission on purchases. Opinions are my own.
This is Halloween! This is Halloween! The spooky holiday is only right around the corner and both Walt Disney World and Disneyland are already in full Halloween-mode. So why not get into the spirit even more by checking out the spookiest Halloween attractions at Disney World and Disneyland? I’ve made a list of the rides you should be paying attention to at both parks that will help you enjoy the holiday even more!
-The Haunted Mansion
Most obviously, this is the attraction to ride. It’s a haunted house, after all. Between the spooky music, the 999 happy haunts, the creepy graveyard, and the hitchhiking ghosts, it’s perfect for Halloween. Plus, during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP), you just might even see Madame Carlotta sitting outside the mansion!
-Pirates of the Caribbean
It’s one of the classic dark rides at Disney, so, of course, you have to ride it during the Halloween season. There’s no doubt that pirates are sometimes scary, but even more so at MNSSHP. At this year’s event, the attraction includes real-life pirates! To be clear, they aren’t real pirates, but actors interacting with guests in the line queue. Also, be on the lookout for Gunpowder Pete!
-Mad Tea Party
The tea cups aren’t the scariest ride, unless you hate spinning around and around and around and get sick afterward. But, at this year’s MNSSHP there is a special overlay of music and flashing lights that scream Halloween.
Space Mountain is a great thrill ride. What’s better than riding a roller coaster in the dark? And if you think riding Space Mountain is terrifying how it is normally, just wait until you try it at MNSSHP. Not only is there Halloween music, but the ride is in total darkness. That’s right, all of the lights are off and you apparently can’t see anything.
-Tower of Terror
This is one of the best and creepiest rides at Disney World. Between the mist in the line queue, the story, dropping up and down in an elevator, the cobwebs inside the lobby, waiting in line in the boiler room, Hollywood Studios’ Tower of Terror is the perfect Halloween ride.
One word: yeti. At Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest is a great choice for anyone wanting to ride an exciting roller coaster that not only involves a yeti (have you seen it?!), but also goes backwards.
This actually might be the scariest ride at Disney World. If you’ve never ridden it, prepare yourself. It’s quite the thrill, which involves a terrifying prehistoric journey. Seriously, just try it out if you haven’t yet, especially if you love scaring yourself on Halloween.
-Kilimanjaro Safaris — At Night
Finally, hopping on Kilimanjaro Safaris for a nighttime tour is the perfect way to celebrate the spooky holiday. Riding around the savanna in the dark? Seeing and possibly hearing lions roar at night? This has Halloween written all over it.
-The Haunted Mansion
At Disneyland, The Haunted Mansion is another obvious choice. Also, during this year’s Halloween Time at the park, there is the Haunted Mansion Holiday version, where the ride is completely transformed into The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s as amazing as it sounds.
-Guardians Of The Galaxy — Monsters After Dark
It may no longer be Tower of Terror, but at Disney California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy is still said to be an amazing ride. Better yet, there is a “Monsters After Dark” version, which sounds perfect for Halloween. Monsters After Dark only runs during certain hours in the evenings, so be sure to check DCA’s schedule.
-Indiana Jones Adventure
Why did it have to be snakes? Preach, Indiana Jones. This is exactly the type of attraction to ride for Halloween. There are dark and scary moments that definitely make Indiana Jones quite the thrill.
During this year’s Halloween Time, the classic ride has transformed into Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. The ride description even says that “you’ve been recruited to investigate a creepy cosmic phenomenon within the darkest regions of Space Mountain.” Oh, and your starship also becomes “possessed by something sinister.” Yikes.
-Snow White’s Scary Adventures
As lovely as Snow White is and as adorable as the dwarves are, this is legitimately a scary ride, especially for kids. Hello, it has “scary adventures” right in the name. But, there’s no denying it’s a great ride for the spooky season.
-Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
If you’ve ridden Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride before, then you know how it ends. If not, well, let’s just say it’s not the most magical or happiest of endings, which also kind of makes it a great Halloween attraction.
-Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Pinocchio is as cute as can be, but this ride can actually be somewhat scary. If you are afraid of clowns (*raises hand*), then, you may want to avoid this ride at all costs. Like Snow White’s Scary Adventures, kids may consider this ride terrifying.
-Pirates of the Caribbean
Just like at Disney World, Pirates is just one of those rides you have to go on during Halloween. Seriously, you just have to.
-Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
If you head over to Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland, for Halloween it has been transformed into a pirate adventure. It’s inspired by the time Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn ran away to an island to live the carefree lives of pirates.
-Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween
If you can’t get enough of Cars Land at DCA, then you’re probably going to love this. The entire land is decorated for Halloween and so are the rides, including Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. It’s definitely a must for kids.
-Mater’s Graveyard Jamboree
Of course, there is also Mater’s Graveyard Jamboree, which is something kids will enjoy so much. Plus, the decorations are something to be admired and even more so at night.
Disney World and Disneyland are special year-round, but during Halloween, they sure seem to be even more spectacular. Now go hop on some spooky rides!