Disneyland Resort Details 2011 Halloween Season Beginning September 16

The spirit of Halloween Time will invade Disneyland Resort this fall with Disney villains, Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes, and the seasonal transformations of Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain into Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort begins Friday, Sept. 16, and will continue through Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.

The after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event* which has become an annual highlight of Halloween Time for trick-or-treating families, will take place in Disneyland park on 10 special Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights: Sept. 30 and Oct. 3,7,11,14,18,21, 25, 28 and 31. Tickets are now on sale at Disneyland.com/halloween.

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Disney Imagineer Ric Turner Turns Home into Haunting Rendition of ‘Guitar Hero’ for Halloween

There are few things in life more chilling than early 80s pop music and nobody knows that better than former Walt Disney Imagineer Ric Turner. This year, Turner, who traditionally rigs up his home with lights sync’d to music for both Halloween and the Christmas season, returns with another rendition of Guitar Hero which he first introduced during the 2009 holiday season.

Set to the tune of ‘Freeze Frame’ by the J. Geils Band, the house becomes a fully functioning game of Guitar Hero (there is a console/screen version set up as well which players may opt to use) with the assistance of a smattering of jack o’lanterns who light up in time with the music.

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Disney Online Offers Ways for Families to Celebrate Halloween in the Month of October

Jack Skellington Cupcakes from Disney FamilyFun.comFamilies can now celebrate Halloween through the entire month of October with a diverse line-up of fun Halloween content offered on Disney Online’s Mom and Family Portfolio of Web sites. From Disney-inspired homemade costumes and recipes to loads of unique Halloween games and Halloween crafts for parties, families will be able to find everything they need to enjoy this beloved holiday.

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Disney Living Announces Disney Store Gift Card Video Contest on YouTube

Disney Living, the official YouTube channel of Disney Consumer Products, has announced a new YouTube video contest in which the winners will each receive a $100 gift card good at any Disney Store or DisneyStore.com.

To enter the ‘Happy Halloween from Disney Living Contest,’ create a video up to two minutes in length and submit it as a video response to one of the three new videos from Disney Living spoofing iconic moments from classic horror films, such as this one for The Shining:

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Disney Store Celebrates Halloween with Costume Contest and In-Store Event

Disney Store has announced a contest in which five correct entries will receive a free Halloween/roleplay costume from Disney Store. To enter, watch the video below and identify the 30 different Disney costumes in the order they appear in the video (costumes may appear more than once).

Once you have your list, email it to [email protected] with the subject line of ’30 in 30.’ Entries must be received by the end of October 8 and are limited to one per person/address. For full details and rules, click here.

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ABC Family Details Schedule for 12th Annual ’13 Nights of Halloween’ Programming Event

For the 12th consecutive year, ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN with programming filled with ghosts, ghouls and a few laughs, too! The popular programming event, starting Tuesday, October 19, and concluding on Sunday, October 31, includes the basic cable premiere of “The Spiderwick Chronicles, the ABC Family premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and a special Halloween episode of ABC Family’s hit original series, “Melissa & Joey,” along with the massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing on the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.

The following is a listing of programming thrills and chills taking place October 19-31 during ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween.

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Video: Time-Lapse Installation of Halloween Decor at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has re-released this time-lapse photography video of the Halloween/fall decor being installed along Main Street USA and Mickey’s Toontown Fair at Magic Kingdom. According to the video description, more than 40 cast members are involved in the process which takes places over a period of five nights to install all of the holiday decorations.

The Disneyland Resort also released this video today highlighting some of its Halloween festivities including the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion overlay, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, World of Color, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and character meet & greets.

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Deluxe Limited Edition Belle Dress Now Available from DisneyStore.com; Halloween Booo-tique Opens

Deluxe Limited Edition Belle Dress from Disney StoreA few days ago, we gave you a close-up look at the Disney Store exclusive Limited Edition Belle, the third in the series of collectible Disney Princess dolls. As a result of the phenomenal reception that received, we are pleased to bring you this close-up look at the Deluxe Limited Edition Belle dress that we first told you about during a Disney Store Holiday preview we attended in June.

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Dates for 2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Now Available

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. © Stitch KingdomUp until now, we’ve been holding back releasing what we knew regarding the dates for the 2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party nights at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom because we were awaiting confirmation on dates beyond October 3.

The wait has ended (almost). The dates we have been given are as follows:

September 3, 8, 14, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30

October 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31

November 1

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Former Imagineer Ric Turner Turns Christmas Hero with Lights Display

You can take the boy out of the Osborne Lights, but you can’t take the Osborne Lights out of former Walt Disney Imagineer Ric Turner who has made it a tradition to turn his home into a lights and musical spectacle for the Christmas season as well as Halloween. (Turner now operates as a consultant for WDI).

Below is a video of Ric’s 2009 holiday display which scales up the popular video game Guitar Hero.

Be sure to check out Ric’s other YouTube videos including his 2009 Halloween spectacle in which onlookers were serenaded by a 12 foot tall jack’o’lantern (face).

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