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Lightning McQueen and Friends Celebrate “Haul-O-Ween” at Disneyland Resort

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From September 15 to October 31, Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure will receive a spooky and spirited makeover

It’s not like the Cars franchise has shied away from puns before
Photo: Joshua Sudock

Halloween may still be a month and a half away. However, a certain set of four-wheeled friends at the Disneyland Resort are already getting into the spooky spirit.

Starting today through Halloween, the Cars Land area at Disney’s California Adventure theme park is celebrating Haul-O-Ween.


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Based upon the hit Disney/Pixar film Cars, Cars Land brings the natives of Radiator Springs to life through some highly-immersive theming and storytelling. Part of that storytelling involves explaining how the sentient automobiles from the Cars universe celebrate the holidays.

The Cars Land area will be covered with some clever decorations to celebrate Haul-O-Ween, as Lightning McQueen and his friends call it. Traffic cones, dubbed Jack-Oil-Lanterns, take the place of Jack-O-Lanterns, each sporting frightening visages, while webs adorn Flo’s V8 Café, a popular eatery in Cars Land.

The characters themselves are decked out for the holiday, in what Disney is calling “car-stumes.” Lightning McQueen has seemingly ignored Edna Mode’s advice on capes to dress up as a superhero, and Mater has added a set of fangs next to his large front teeth to adopt the look of a vampire, or a “Van-pire” if you prefer.

Honestly, I’m surprised they didn’t call him a “NOS-feratu”
Photo: Joshua Sudock

Other characters from the Cars films are joining in the fun as well. Newcomer Cruz Ramirez will be dressed as a pirate, and Red the Fire Truck will be wearing a presumably terrifying clown costume.

Lightning and his pals won’t be the only ones to receive holiday overlays. Two of the attractions in Cars Land will adopt Halloween theming throughout September and October.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters will transform into Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree will undergo a similar overlay to become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree!


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2017 marks the first year that the Disneyland Resort is expanding a large part of its Halloween celebrations to Disney’s California Adventure. Other seasonal additions include a special version of the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction, titled Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark.

If you’re a fan of Halloween, the Cars franchise, or an abundance of automotive puns, then Disney’s California Adventure is the best place for you to head to this Halloween.

Trunk-or-Treat!
Photo: Joshua Sudock

News Source: Disney Parks Blog

  • Zachary Berry

    Zachary Berry currently resides in the Dayton, Ohio area. However, he enjoys traveling from place to place, as he was born in Oklahoma City and has also lived in Albuquerque and Orlando (such is the life of a military brat). Zachary graduated from Ohio University with a major in Strategic Communication, which is fancy talk for advertising and public relations. Beginning his career at The News Wheel as a lowly intern, he was able to climb his way to the top, eventually claiming his place within the last cubicle on the left. Other jobs that Zachary has held include driving around a safari truck at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When he’s not putting his nose to the grindstone, Zachary enjoys watching and critiquing movies and television. See more articles by Zachary.