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Halloween and Christmas are the new summer at California theme parks

It used to be that you could toss a bowling ball down Main Street USA without hitting a soul on Halloween night or Christmas morning because kids and their families had something better to do on those classic holidays.

Now Disneyland is the thing to do during the Halloween and Christmas seasons that stretch from Labor Day until the New Year.

Summer is no longer the peak season at Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott’s Berry Farm. Halloween and Christmas are king at Southern California theme parks.

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Disneyland is nearly giving tickets away in parts of June, August and September when you can get into a single park for $104 — the lowest price of the year in a multi-tiered ticketing system.

A quick glance at the ticket calendar shows you when the peak season truly is at Disneyland. Prices range from $159 to $179 during the entire month of October, throughout Thanksgiving week and the two weeks around Christmas.

The annual Disneyland Christmas tree stands in Town Square at the foot of Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, November 11, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
The annual Disneyland Christmas tree stands in Town Square at the foot of Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, November 11, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) 

Halloween decorations go up in August at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure before some kids are even back in school after summer vacation.

Disneyland is already touting Halloween Time, Oogie Boogie Bash and Plaza de la Familia specialty food and beverage items that add a spooky twist to the menu. Oogie Boogie Bash is so popular that the annual Halloween event at DCA sold out in less than 12 hours — in July.

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Universal officials refer to Halloween Horror Nights as the “13th month” of the year thanks to all the additional ticket sales and revenue the Halloween season generates. Universal Studios Hollywood keeps the holiday money train rolling until the end of the year with Grinchmas and Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

One of the deep sea spirits jumps up from behind a wall at the Knott's Scary Farm opening night in Buena Park on Thursday, September 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)
One of the deep sea spirits jumps up from behind a wall at the Knott’s Scary Farm opening night in Buena Park on Thursday, September 16, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer) 

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