This is Halloween: Get ready for tricks and lots of treats at the Disneyland Resortby Lisa Stiglic, contributing writer
Last Friday marked the first day of the Halloween season at the Disneyland Resort. In Disneyland, lines were long at Haunted Mansion Holiday, the new Oogie Boogie and Mickey pumpkin popcorn buckets were swooped up by eager guests, and pumpkin spice wafted strongly on the air. In neighboring Disney California Adventure, guests steered toward Cars Land to take photos with costumed characters and grab passes for Guardians of the Galaxy ;– Monsters After Dark. While I'm all for the ghosts, goblins, and pumpkin lattes, I'm here for the food, as always; this year, the Disneyland Resort does not disappoint.
The list released by the Disneyland Resort is long and plentiful and as much as I yearned to taste everything available, both my waistline and credit line needed to be in-check. So, I highlighted a few of the more Halloween-themed offerings and off I went.
Oogie Boogie is starting strong this Halloween. Not only has he debuted as a popcorn bucket, but the Boogie Man made his mark in New Orleans Square. The French Market offers up a ghoulish, oozing Oogie dessert—a chocolate-shell cup filled with green pound cake and chocolate mousse. Befitting Oogie, a cap of dirt (chocolate cookie crumbs) and gummy worms tops this confection selection.
Over in Tomorrowland, an appetizing arachnid IS a chocolate lover's dream. This decadent delight is full of moist chocolate cake, vanilla and chocolate puddings, and a thick layer of gooey ganache, all topped with a sweet and sour spider gummy. I would recommend sharing this with your best ghoul or fiend.
If pumpkin is more your Halloween flavor favor, stop by Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe on Main Street where you can savor both a pumpkin muffin and a pumpkin cheesecake. The muffin is actually more of a cupcake but has a delicious cream cheese frosting sprinkled with streusel.
If you decide you want your spooky sweets to go, Main Street's Bakery has gone batty.
The resort is also full of savory spook-tacular fare to counterbalance the sticky, sweet sensations. New Orlean's Square offers up a spicy version of shrimp and grits with a Creole kick, just for Halloween. I stopped in at Bengal Barbecue for the newest menu item—lamb kofta in a pita wrap.
Disney California Adventure
The Halloween spell has also made its way to DCA this year, which means more tricks and treats—much to my delight. With list in hand, I continued with my Halloween-themed food tour.
I ventured to Schmoozies in Hollywoodland for the harvest of Halloween desserts, including a monstermallow donut and a mummy macaron ice cream sandwich. No donuts were available, but the cookies were prepped and ready for any made-to-order ice cream sandwiches.
In Cars Land, the spooky spirit was alive and well so I parked in line at Cozy Cone Cafe. I opted for a taste of the JamBOOree popcorn mix-in, which is a concoction of M&Ms, Boston beans, chocolate-covered pretzels, candy corn, and Halloween sprinkles.
For my savory selection, I ventured to Paradise Pier for the pizza choice of the month at Boardwalk PIzza and Pasta. September's selection is cheeseburger pizza complete with condiments including pickles.
Definitely a treat and not a trick, the cheeseburger pizza is a fun change from traditional pies. Next month's offering is an "anti-vampire" pizza, which I'm guessing comes with a lot of garlic. Photo by Lisa Stiglic.
Next door at Paradise Garden Grill, Dia de los Muertos has taken over the traditional Greek menu with plenty of Mexican-inspired selections, including tamales and Mexican hot chocolate.
My final stop was Boudin Bakery at the Pacific Wharf to inquire about the seasonal themed sourdough loaves. On a daily basis, Mickey and a few other shapes are available for purchase, but during Halloween Boudin offers pumpkin- and cornucopia-shaped loaves. Neither were available at that time, but I found a trendy new loaf perfect for the season.
My list is only partially checked off, which means a return trip to the Disneyland Resort during this Halloween Time. Besides, I still need to visit Oogie Boogie at the Haunted Mansion. Feel free to use this guide or find your own spook-tacular Halloween treats this season. It will be frightfully fun!