The City of Anaheim has so much to offer during the Fall and Halloween season. Disneyland is a must, plus local dining, family fun and more! It’s no secret a visit to the Disneyland Resort during spooky season is on my to do list, but there are many other things to explore let’s check out a few of the local spots.
Full disclosure I was invited and hosted at different places in Anaheim, but the thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means I make a little something when you purchase through the link with no extra cost to you.
Last week Visit Anaheim invited me to come stay at a brand new hotel in Anaheim, visit Disneyland, eat some yummy Mexican food, try out some local treats and do an escape room for the first time with my girlfriends. We had a fantastic weekend laughing, playing and relaxing by the pool. Let me share with you our exciting weekend and give you some ideas for your upcoming visit to Anaheim.
Disneyland at Halloween Time
Come celebrate through October 31st at the Disneyland Resort! The parks are decorated with pumpkins, characters can be seen in their Halloween costumes, the Haunted Mansion changes to Haunted Mansion Holiday plus some new SPOOKY treats to eat! I love the parks during this season. For a complete guide to all things Halloween check out this post. Here are some must do items included with your park ticket.
- Mickey and friends are on Main Street in Town Square dressed up in Halloween costumes.
- Get a photo in front giant pumpkin Mickey on Main Street!
- Haunted Mansion Holiday is celebrating 20 years!
- Halloween Screams a nightly event with projections, music and special effects at 9:00 pm in Disneyland. Then on select nights usually Fri-Sun WITH fireworks.
Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center
There’s a brand new beautiful hotel in Anaheim, the Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center by Marriott. This hotel is just a short 10 minute walk to Disneyland. There are so many reasons why I’d recommend staying here!
- Several room types including rooms with queens or a king, plus bunk beds and a sofa bed. Kitchen in every room, lots of different options and rooms that sleep up to 8 people!
- Hot breakfast served daily with many healthy options included.
- Brand new clean hotel!
- Heated pool with outdoor area for BBQ that guests can use.
- 3rd night free when you book through Get Away Today, check prices here.
- Parking fee $15 for Get Away Today guests. (otherwise $25.78 parking fee)
- Loved the music in the lobby and it smelled so good!
I will definitely stay at this hotel again. I was very impressed with the staff and attention to detail. You need to check out this new chain in town!
Mission Escape Games Anaheim
Have you even done an escape room? Well I had never done one. I was worried it would be too hard, too scary, too intense. And I’m here to say that it was a blast. Located in the Anaheim GardenWalk, which is steps away from the Element hotel, is Mission Escape Games Anaheim. My girlfriends and I did the Bank Heist room. It was challenging with lots of puzzles and so exciting. As soon as we’d solve one puzzle we’d quickly start work on another. I loved working as a team with my friends to complete the tasks and escape. There are 4 room types to choose from. This is a great way to bring a group together for some entertainment while visiting Anaheim. I’d totally do this again!!!
Anaheim Packing House
Next up we took a short five minute drive to the Anaheim Packing House in the heart of Downtown Anaheim. This place is an old citrus packing facility turned stunning food hall with 20+ vendors. Such a cool location and venue to visit. Our first stop was lunch at Urbana. This colorful restaurant specializes in fresh flavors influenced by the authentic offerings of Mexico. The music, decor and vibe was spot on. Our service was excellent and the food was good. We had a yummy quesadilla and nachos.
After our meal for dessert we walked back upstairs to Popbar Anaheim where they serve gelato and sorbet pops. We were able to try the new Halloween pop. Pumpkin and vanilla flavors with white chocolate or drizzled chocolate. So many fun flavor combinations. This was a delicious treat you should definitely try one!
House of Chimney Cakes
Last but not least was our final treat at House of Chimney Cakes located on Center Street in Downtown Anaheim. It’s only a couple blocks north of the Anaheim Packing House. House of Chimney Cakes makes a specialty treat called a Chimney Cake. The treat which is kind of like a churro and a donut is called Kürtőskalács, which is an official dessert of Hungary. This unique treat is handmade to your liking. There are several base flavors to choose from for your cone. Then add soft serve, including Dole Whip my Disney friends and lastly add toppings. I was lucky enough to try the Halloween Jack Skellington cone coming for Halloween in October.When visiting Anaheim you should stop by this unique dessert location and try one of their many options! I will be back!
Book a trip to Anaheim
Ready to book a trip to Anaheim and check out all the fun! Well I’ve got a deal for you. Visit Anaheim and my travel partner Get Away Today have teamed up to give visitors a special offer! Come stay in Anaheim and experience all the Halloween things. Book your trip and receive an Extra Day AND Night Free for travel now through October 31, 2021! All packages include:
- 4-night hotel stay at the listed hotel – with 4th Night Free
- 5-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Tickets for 2 adults and 2 children (ages 3-9) -with 5th Day Free
- Taxes and fees
- Get Away Today Lanyards at Check-in
Check for deals and/or book here!
I hope that this post gives you some ideas on some of the many things to do while visiting Anaheim. You know I love to go to Disneyland and I always recommend a non-park day to rest. On your next rest day plan to eat at one of these local places or play a fun game at Mission Escape Room. I plan to visit more spots at Anaheim GardenWalk and Anaheim Packing House. There are so many places to eat, explore and play at both of those locations. Enjoy your visit to Anaheim there is a lot to offer!
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