A holiday known for free candy has taken on another form at Disneyland this fall, where an onslaught of cookie-dusted churros, sugary spooks, and seasonal musubi will soon blanket the happiest place on earth.
Both Anaheim parks, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, are blowing it out with something special at nearly every restaurant, bakery shop, and food outpost from September 7th — Halloween starts the week of Labor Day around these parts — until the sun sets on All Hallow’s Eve.
They’ll offer plenty character-shaped sweets like Maleficent crispy treats, Jack Skellington cake pop,s and candied apples in the likeness of Snow White’s Evil Queen. But Disneyland is quickly becoming known for churning out worthwhile themed food that’s primed to tempt regular visitors from the classics.
The most anticipated snack might be Bengal Barbecue’s spiced ham musubi, served on lemongrass jasmine rice with pickled daikon and furikake flakes. There’s also the beer cheese and sauerkraut-topped kielbasa Oktoberfest Dog at DCA’s Award Wieners. (Pro tip: both locations offer mobile ordering to skip the lines and get the goods quicker.)
Don’t skip the frozen abuelita horchata at Rancho del Zocalo either, which pairs with the newly beloved horchata milkshake with layers of frozen Mexican hot chocolate. Or the kimchi slaw and sriracha crema-slathered pork belly fire dragon tacos at the food truck back in Hollywood Land. Or garlic sauce-slathered slices of anti vampire pizza sold at the the under-visited Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta.
There’s literally a dozen different kinds of churros for the Halloween season. Take a pick between sour apple, pumpkin spice, or a crazy-looking marshmallow-slathered s’mores one. Or opt for churros alongside cookie butter gelato or in cereal milk anglaise-slathered sundaes. There are kooky options too, like macarons that look like spiders, chocolate “black rose” mousses and sourdough loaves from Disney California Adventure’s on-site Boudin bakery shaped like — what else — vampire Mickey Mouse with fangs and all.
For those hoping to treat the parks as their own personal pumpkin-spiced food court, there’s plenty of that as well, from sugar-dusted Mickey beignets to funnel cake fries along with candy corn cotton candy and macarons, along with a multitude of holiday tipples and non-alcoholic sips.
This stressful onslaught of must-eats will only be available for seven weeks, until actual Halloween ends. Or, as theme parks call it: Christmastime.