Halloween Time is here at the Disneyland Resort! For the past several years, Disneyland has been the main feature of the Halloween décor. New this year (2017), Disney California Adventure is also decorated for Halloween Time. Seeing the Happiest Place on Earth all decked out for Halloween is a highlight for many visitors. One of my favorite parts of Halloween Time is seeing Main Street, U.S.A. decorated for the season. The attention to detail and theming for the various shops on Main Street are not to be missed. Let’s take a closer look at the pumpkins of Main Street.
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
The Opera House is home to the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln show. To the left of the Opera House entrance, is a pumpkin that is decorated to look like Abraham Lincoln, including a bow tie and his trademark stovepipe-style top hat.
To the left of the Opera House is the Mad Hatter Hat Shop. On top of the Mad Hatter sign is a group of pumpkins donning hats, which is fitting. If you look closely, you’ll spy a coonskin cap like the one worn by Fess Parker in the Davy Crockett series. The other pumpkins look like they’re ready to set off on some grand adventures!
20th Century Music Company
Continuing up Main Street, beyond the Magic Shop is the 20th Century Music Company Shop. The pumpkin above the music shop’s sign is one of my favorites! A pumpkin version of Elvis is perched on top of the vintage gramophone with horn that is on the sign. The details on this pumpkin are perfect, down to the Elvis-style Pompadour and autumn leaves creating the ruffles on the outfit. In the window to the right of the music shop’s door is a trumpet playing pumpkin. I wonder what Halloween tune this pumpkin is playing as it is blowing on its trumpet?
Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
Crossing over to the other side of Main Street, the pumpkin inside the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor window is a sweet tribute to the Gibson Girl. The pen-and-ink drawings of illustrator Charles Gibson came to represent the spirit of the early twentieth century in America. The “Gibson Girl” became a model for fashion in the early 1900s and is the namesake of the ice cream parlor. When I look at this pumpkin, I am reminded of the original pen-and-ink drawings.
Fortuosity Shop – Emporium
Located across from the Carnation Café patio is a small corner shop of the Emporium also known as the Fortuosity Shop, formerly the watch shop. In the window of this jewelry and gift shop is a pumpkin disguised as a vintage two bell alarm clock.
Crystal Arcade – Emporium
Another entrance to the Emporium is labeled the Crystal Arcade. In the window to the left of the Crystal Arcade entrance is a pumpkin sporting a great mustache and in the process of shaving. The themed decorations behind this pumpkin include bristle shaving brushes, a ceramic shaving mug, and shaving soaps. Perched on top of the Crystal Arcade sign is a group of pumpkins who look ready to go shopping!
The windows of the Emporium feature souvenirs and merchandise for sale, along with seasonal decorations. During Halloween Time, one of the pumpkins is a giant pin cushion surrounded by vintage sewing machines and another pumpkin features a bicycle built for two. Further down, there is a pumpkin covered in sudsy bubbles with laundry supplies and a vintage washer tub with wringer. I like how the Emporium shop’s pumpkins feature early 1900 items that match the time period of Main Street.
Our final stop on Main Street is City Hall. The pumpkins sitting on top of the City Hall sign represent the Honorary Pumpkin Citizens who call Disneyland home each year from mid-September through October 31st.
In addition to the unique pumpkins shared above, Main Street, U.S.A. features the Main Street Pumpkin Festival complete with festive bunting and Halloween décor. Nearly all of the windows and shops on Main Street are decorated in some way for Halloween. Some of the pumpkins are easier to see at night when there isn’t a glare on the windows.
Halloween Time is a festive time to visit the Disneyland Resort and both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are in on the fiendish fun. Returning favorites at Disneyland include Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. A visit to Disneyland during Halloween Time would not be complete without a visit to The Halloween Tree in Frontierland. New for 2017 at Disney California Adventure are spooky décor at every turn and even costumed Cars make appearances in Cars Land. If you have a chance to visit, be sure to check out the costumed characters, witch-worthy snacks, and creepy keepsakes.
Do you carve pumpkins for Halloween? Where do you get your ideas for Halloween décor?
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