Your Complete Guide to Oogie Boogie Bash

by | May 5, 2024 | Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Parks

What can you expect if you’re attending Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure? We’re breaking down the treats, tricks, and delightfully frightful experiences in store.

This Halloween, take your trick-or-treating to the next level and do it at Disneyland Resort! That’s right: You can stroll down Buena Vista Street and collect devilishly delicious treats as you check out your favorite Disney characters in their spooky yet fun Halloween attire. Oogie Boogie Bash is a special seasonal party held during Halloween Time. For a select number of nights, Disney California Adventure Park is transformed into a ghoulish destination filled with Halloween-themed entertainment, attractions, food, and more.

Since the very first party in 2019, Oogie Boogie Bash has been a popular seasonal special event that park goers love – and it’s always a good time! Whether you’re hoping to attend for the first time or simply want to learn what’s in store for this frightfully fun event, here’s everything you need to know.

What is Oogie Boogie Bash?

Oogie Boogie Bash is a special event held on select nights in August, September, and October. The bash takes place at Disney California Adventure Park, which is taken over by Oogie Boogie himself and transformed into a spooky yet thrilling Halloween party. 

This family-friendly event does require a special (and separate) ticket, but it’s filled with unique activities, entertainment, and decor. The party starts at 6 PM and runs until 11 PM, but Oogie Boogie Bash ticket holders can enter California Adventure as early as 3 PM. It’s five full hours of ghoulish, frightful delights that appeal to Guests of all ages.

Oh, and did we mention that Guests of all ages can dress up and attend in costume? It’s one of the most exciting elements! While Guests ages 14 and up are usually not allowed to enter the park in costume, California Adventure welcomes costumes for all ages during this Halloween event (just make sure your costume meets the guidelines before wearing it!). 

California Adventure entrance sign with Oogie Boogie

Oogie Boogie greets guests throughout Halloween at California Adventure. Photo by Abby Richardson

Oogie Boogie 2024 Dates and Tickets

Oogie Boogie Bash will return with more dates than ever for the 2024 Halloween season. Oogie Boogie Bash will return on 27 select nights:

  • Sunday, Aug. 25
  • Tuesday, Aug. 27
  • Thursday, Aug. 29
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10
  • Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Sunday, Sept. 15
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17
  • Thursday, Sept. 19
  • Sunday, Sept. 22
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24
  • Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Sunday, Sept. 29
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Thursday, Oct. 3
  • Sunday, Oct. 6
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8
  • Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Sunday, Oct. 13
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15
  • Thursday, Oct. 17
  • Sunday, Oct. 20
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22
  • Thursday, Oct. 24
  • Sunday, Oct. 27
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29
  • Thursday, Oct. 31

As of now, Disney has not shared a date when tickets will be on sale.

Oogie Boogie Bash Activities, Attractions, and Entertainment

There’s so much to do during Oogie Boogie Bash that it can be tough to pick! In addition to experiencing a number of California Adventure’s usual attractions, there are also plenty of special event-only features you won’t want to miss. What, exactly, is in store? The following are the key hallmarks each year, so you’ll want to make sure you check them out.

Frightfully Fun Parade

You can’t help but get in the Halloween spirit when this seasonal cavalcade winds its way through California Adventure! Guests of all ages absolutely love this parade, as it’s a chance to spot rare characters and see some of your faves (like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse) in adorable Halloween costumes. From the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow to Jack Skellington to Cruella to the Cheshire Cat, it’s as spooky as it is fun to watch.

Mickey’s Trick and Treat

When it comes to family-friendly and interactive fun, you can’t beat this super costume party. Featuring Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and their friends, this wacky stage show features fun Halloween costumes, some silly surprises, colorful video projections, and plenty of special effects. And, of course, there are even exciting surprises! It’s an especially thrilling show for little ones or those who prefer laughing over being spooked.

Oogie Boogie Bash at California Adventure, treat trail with Ernesto de la Cruz

The immersive treat trail with Ernesto de la Cruz from Coco is always a hit. Photo by Jaysen White

Treat Trails

Who doesn’t love trick-or-treating? Guests of every age can collect delicious treats, like M&M’s, Skittles, and Snickers, along the many different treat trails sprinkled throughout California Adventure. Each trail features Halloween-inspired music, special themed decor, and some exciting Disney characters who interact with Guests as you collect your treats. And if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love just how stuffed your bag becomes with candy, snacks, and more!

Villains Grove

During Oogie Boogie Bash, villains take center stage – and you’ll have the chance to see them turn a whole forest into a mystical, magical world of lights and sounds. Both spooky and visually stunning, Villains Grove transforms Redwood Creek Challenge Trail into a misty, bewitching world where popular Disney villains await. It’s like stepping into the worlds of Scar, the Wicked Queen, Frollo, and Dr. Facilier, to name a few. There’s always a long, winding queue for this must-see!

Must-Dos and Must-Sees at Oogie Boogie Bash

In addition to the fun mentioned above, there are a few other key pieces of Oogie Boogie Bash that can take your party experience to the next level. Here are the must-dos and must-sees you’ll want to add to your itinerary, whether it’s your first bash or your third.

Dress Up in Costume

Halloween costumes are where the fun begins at every Oogie Boogie Bash event! Adults and kids alike can get dressed up in costumes, and most do come in their most frightfully fun options. It’s as fun to choose your costume as it is to see how creative other Guests have gotten when you attend. While you don’t have to dress up as your favorite Disney character, many attendees do choose to do so. And you’ll be amazed at just how cool some costumes can be!

Catch Rare Photo Opportunities with Disney Characters

Whether you’re donning a costume or not, you definitely don’t want to miss the chance to get a meet and greet with the rare Disney characters who appear during Oogie Boogie Bash. While you’ll find famous villains hanging out in treat trails, you can wander through California Adventure and snap photos with a whole cast of other characters. In years past, Guests have been able to catch Mulan, Hercules, Robin Hood and Prince John, Smee, and others who aren’t often spotted.

Characters at Oogie Boogie Bash

You can meet plenty of villains and rarely-seen characters during Oogie Boogie Bash. Photo by Adrienne White

See Spooky Decor and Try Themed Treats

California Adventure Park isn’t just home to your average Halloween decor during Oogie Boogie Bash – it’s truly transformed. From brightly-colored projections that feature a spooky array of skeletons, bats, and more illuminating buildings to hauntingly catchy music playing throughout the park to bats circling the top of Carthay Circle, it’s an immersive experience. And best of all, the decor and effects are all designed to be family-friendly, both in their level of spookiness and their volume.

Additionally, you’ll find Halloween-inspired and themed treats available to enjoy during the event. While you’ll be collecting plenty of candy and other treats as you trick-or-treat along the various trails, you’ll also want to make time to pop into quick-service restaurants and shops to try some fun and spooky treats. 

Oogie Boogie Bash FAQs

When Does Oogie Boogie Bash Take Place?

Oogie Boogie Bash takes place in August, September, and October. While the exact event dates vary from year to year, parties typically start in early September and take place each week, concluding on Halloween night.

How Much Do Oogie Boogie Bash Tickets Cost?

The price of Oogie Boogie Bash tickets varies depending on the date you choose. For the 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash dates, prices started at $134 and max out at $189. The dates closest to Halloween tend to be the most expensive.

How Do I Get Tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash?

You can purchase tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash online, either on the Disneyland website or via the Disneyland app. Currently, we don’t know when tickets for the 2024 party dates will go on sale; however, tickets for the 2023 party dates went on sale for the general public on July 11. 

Does Oogie Boogie Bash Sell Out?

Yes! Individual party dates often sell out, and it isn’t uncommon for the entire slate of party dates to sell out as the Halloween season draws closer. Oogie Boogie Bash is a very popular event, so it’s a smart idea to purchase tickets early to avoid any risk of dates selling out.

Do I Need a Theme Park Reservation to Attend Oogie Boogie Bash?

When you purchase a ticket for this event, you’ll be able to enter California Adventure Park three hours before the event officially begins – no reservation needed. However, if you’d like to enter the park earlier in the day, you will need to make a reservation. 

Can I Enter California Adventure or Disneyland With My Oogie Boogie Bash Ticket?

You’ll be able to enter California Adventure up to three hours before the party starts with your ticket. You cannot, however, use that ticket – or those extra three hours – at Disneyland.

Posts by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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