The BIG Reason Why Oogie Boogie Bash Succeeds at Disneyland Resort

Pull out those costumes and get ready for some spooks — Oogie Boogie Bash is BACK at Disneyland Resort over at Disney California Adventure Park!

Time to Get Spooky!

This Halloween-themed event features all kinds of special offerings including immersive treat trails, unique character appearances, candy (of course), and sooo much more. We attended the very first night of Oogie Boogie Bash and have been taking you along with us for the ride. All of the food and merch are fun, but the real reason why Oogie Boogie Bash succeeds is…its entertainment! So right now we’re taking a special look at ALL of the entertainment and characters you’ll get to see during the party.

The entertainment at Oogie Boogie Bash is next level, particularly when it comes to rare character appearances, photo ops, and the unique Villains Grove. If you want entertainment, Oogie Boogie Bash has got it and it’s often entertainment you can’t find anywhere else. So let’s go over everything you can check out while there.

Characters (Photo Spots and Treat Trails)

Throughout Oogie Boogie Bash, you’ll find some super popular characters (and even some rare friends) decked out in Halloween gear or otherwise just meeting guests. Characters can be found at various places throughout Disney California Adventure Park, including within those immersive Treat Trails, so don’t forget to keep those eyes peeled!

Photo opportunities are marked on the map with a camera, while treat trails are marked with a little cauldron.

A look inside!

Last year we got to see a bunch of friends throughout the party, and this year was no different.

While at the party this year, we actually got to meet THE Bruno from Encanto.


Yes, we sang the song for the rest of the night. Yes, it will now be stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome. 😆

Click here to see more about our interaction with Bruno!

There was also a really special photo op available with Mickey dressed in his Kingdom Hearts attire.

You Are SO Sweet Mickey!

Lines for this photo op were REALLLLLLY long, so be prepared for that.

Over in Cars Land, some cars were getting in on the spooky spirit…

LOVE the Costume

…and we found Remy and Emile at the party too!

Hey Friends!

We also spotted some spectacular villains on the treat trails, including Ernesto De La Cruz (YES, FOR REAL)

He’s seriously impressive!


Well Hello There

…Sid from Toy Story

It’s Sid!

…Dr. Facilier…

What Is He Up To?

Madam Mim(!!)

Madam Mim!

…Agatha Harkness…

It Was Agatha All Along!

…Mother Gothel…

Mother Gothel

…and Cruella!

It’s Cruella!

Lines for characters and treat trails can get LONG though.


Come prepared to wait a bit for those really popular or rare folks.

Click here for more photos and videos of the NEW villains at Oogie Boogie Bash this year

Frightfully Fun Parade

It wouldn’t be a Disney party without a parade, right?! Right! At Oogie Boogie Bash you’ll get to watch the Frightfully Fun Parade! This parade features Mickey, Minnie, and some spelltacular Disney villains!

Parade Time!

The parade starts in Paradise Gardens Park and goes through California Adventure Park to Hollywood Land. It’s available at 7:45PM and 10PM each party night.


This truly is a parade you won’t want to miss. During the parade, we got to see the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow kick off the festivities.


We also spotted Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their very best Halloween outfits…



…Jack Skelltingon, Sally, and other friends from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Hey There Jack!

…the Haunted Mansion’s hitchhiking ghosts…



…Madame Leota…

There She Goes!

…Dr. Facilier…



…and so many MORE baddies!

Villains Galore!

Be sure to stick around to see the Cheshire Cat hanging out, just enjoying all of the spooky mayhem!

Which Way Do We Go?!

Want to make sure you get a good seat for the parade? Don’t forget that you can reserve an Oogie Boogie Bash Dining Package (which features a 3-course meal at Wine Country Trattoria) or an Oogie Boogie Bash Dessert Party, both of which come with some special seating for the parade fun.

Mickey’s Trick and Treat

If it’s a live show you’re looking for, Oogie Boogie Bash has you covered there too! At Mickey’s Trick and Treat you’ll get to watch Mickey and Minnie celebrate Halloween with some not-so-spooky stories.



During the show, you’ll get to see Mickey and Minnie (of course)…

How Cute Are They?!

…as well as their friend who is in a “mad scientist” costume.

What Will Happen Next?

There are appearances by Goofy and Donald Duck.

Donald and Goofy

But things get really interesting when their friend brews up a special potion. Before you know it, there are ghosts and bats to run from!

Oh My!

During the show, you’ll get to hear some original Halloween songs, check out fun projections and special effects, and dance along.

Dance Along!

It’s a great show for the whole family to enjoy together. You’ll find it at Hollywood Land.

Villains Grove

During Oogie Boogie Bash, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail transforms into a sinister, spooky, and honestly pretty gorgeous place called Villains Grove. Within the Grove, there are different areas themed to Disney characters and villains. As you walk through the path you’ll encounter what Disney pretty accurately describes as “hauntingly beautiful” colors, projections, light effects, and more.

Time to Head Inside

This year, just like last year, there were a few different themed areas.

A Look at the Map

At Frollo’s Sanctuary, you’ll find an “otherworldly cathedral of trees” and you may just smell a bit of incense or hear some chanting voices that’ll make a tingle go down your spine!

There Are Lots of Candles All About

Next is Maleficent’s Will. This area has ravens, vines full of thorns, and all kinds of different colors. We have a feeling it’s a place Maleficent would be proud of.

Check Out Those Thorns

Then you’ll stumble into the Queen of Hearts Garden. WATCH OUT and be sure to paint those roses red.



Oh wait…you won’t have to! In this magical garden, you may get to see some roses that paint themselves. Spooky…but also convenient. 😂

Painting the Roses Red

Further into the trail you can visit some friends on the other side with Dr. Facilier. This area has some shadows that may just look like hands reaching out to GRAB YOU along with “colorful spells” meant to lure you deeper and deeper into the grove.


The Wicked Queen’s area is a Lightning Forest so get ready to catch some storm flashes as they jump from branch to branch.

Look Up!

But wait, not everything is evil in this forest. Some friends are helping you escape in the Home of the Wisps section. These little friends can help guide you to safety, so follow their lights out of the grove!

Not Everything Is Bad!

Finally, you reach the last part of the grove, “Dawn.” In this space, you’ll realize that you’ve escaped the evils of the grove just in time! Follow the lanterns and shining light out of the path. And be sure to grab a few extra photos because the fog and lighting effects can make this area especially gorgeous.

You’re on Your Way Out!

While you might not see any “traditional” characters in here, Villains Grove captures the spirit of these Disney baddies in a beautiful and slightly creepy (in a good way) fashion. It’s a spot you won’t want to miss!

The Lighting Is So Nice

And that’s a look at the Oogie Boogie Bash entertainment!

Oogie Boogie Bash will be taking place on select nights from now through October 31st, 2022. Tickets are unfortunately sold out, but if you were lucky enough to score one, you’ve got lots of great entertainment awaiting you!

Oogie Boogie Bash

Not heading to Oogie Boogie Bash this year? That doesn’t mean you can’t have some Disney-themed Halloween fun! Click here to see all of the Disney Halloween merchandise you can get online, and click here to see what Disney Halloween recipes you could make at home for spooky season!

You can also click here to get some couples and duos Halloween costume inspiration or click here for our full thoughts on whether Disney World’s Halloween Party (Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party) is worth the cost.

Halloween Merchandise

We’ll be keeping an eye out for more Halloween news so stay tuned for all the latest updates!

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