Disneyland California, Halloween, Trip Planning

Oogie Boogie Bash Costume Rules: What You Need to Know!

September 13, 2023

Are you slightly confused about the Oogie Boogie Bash costume rules? Don’t risk being thrown out of the Halloween event of the season! Simply stick with me and I’ll run you through everything you need to know.

Oogie Boogie Bash has been running at Disney’s California Adventure since back in 2019.

Yup – that’s right old-school Disney-goers, it replaced Mickey’s Halloween Party!

It always sells out thanks to the incredible events, the headless horseman, trick-or-treating, and everything in between.

But what makes it super popular is the fact that you can actually dress up as Disney characters.

And you really don’t get to do that often at any Disney Park (in fact, it’s against the general dress code!).

To keep things safe and appropriate, Disney has put Oogie Boogie Bash costume rules in place – and they can be strict.

So, if you’re worried about getting thrown out for your look, stick with me.

I’ll run through everything you need to know about the Oogie Boogie Bash costume rules to keep your visit fun.

Now let’s do this thing!

What Is the Oogie Boogie Bash?

Oogie Boogie Bash is a separate ticketed event at Disney California Adventure Park that’s entirely Halloween-themed.

It runs for select nights through September and October and offers a “Grim, Grinning Good Time” to eligible guests.

If you don’t have a ticket, you won’t be allowed to take part – sorry!

But you can always ride Haunted Mansion Holiday or head to Mater’s Graveyard for a touch of spookiness.

Disney also states that:

“This family-friendly event includes after-hours park access to treat trails, photo opportunities, entertainment, attractions, frightfully fun decor and more.”

Trick or treating? Yup, you read that right!

As well as getting admission to the party events, you’ll also get to explore Disney California Adventure for 3 hours beforehand.

The party itself runs from 6 pm and goes until 11 pm (so, there’s a full 5 hours of fun to be had!).

What Are the Oogie Boogie Bash Costume Rules?

What I love about Oogie Boogie Bash is that it’s one of the only times you can dress up like your favorite characters.

As you might have seen from a few videos on YouTube, parkgoers that get a bit free with the dress code are often booted out.

And it’s not necessarily that they’re being risqué or inappropriate – it’s that they could be mistaken for a Disney character.

To make things fun for guests (and to keep with the spirit of Halloween!), Disney relaxes the rules for Oogie Boogie Bash.

That means you can dress up like the Mandalorian, Tigger, Disney Princesses, Edna Mode, or anyone in between!

You just need to follow the clearly laid-out Oogie Boogie Costume rules.

That’s right folks, there are still a few restrictions that you need to think about.

General Oogie Boogie Bash Costume Rules

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I thought I’d run through the Oogie Boogie Bash costume rules by referring to Disney’s official guidelines.

As realistically, the best place to get information about the House of Mouse is often right at the source.

So, let’s run through everything!

The rules are that:

  • All guests are allowed to dress as their favorite character, but they absolutely CANNOT sign autographs or take pictures with other guests.
  • Costumes must also be totally family-friendly (so, no lewd elements here!) and not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable, or violent. So, you won’t be able to wear anything dripping with blood or with offensive slogans. You know, anything that wouldn’t usually fly at Disney!
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects, or materials that could strike another guest.
  • Costumes shouldn’t contain any weapons or anything that looks like it could be mistaken for an actual weapon. Obviously fake swords are fine, but anything that looks like a gun? Don’t even go there.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged. If you do try and wear these, your costume may be subject to additional screening and you may not be allowed to enter the park.
  • Costumes shouldn’t reach or drag on the floor. That means you won’t be allowed to wear long capes, full-length princess dresses, or anything similar. This applies to adults, by the way – rules for kiddos are slightly different.
  • You won’t be allowed to wear masks that cover the face, but you CAN wear face paint.

Oogie Boogie Bash Costume Rules for Guests Under 13 Years Old

If you’re under 13 years old, you can be slightly freer with the Oogie Boogie Bash costume rules.

Kids below 13 are allowed to wear masks but the mask CANNOT cover the entire face and the eyes must be visible.

So, that makes character costumes slightly easier, but you do need to be conscious of security.

The only other thing that I’ll mention is that lightsabers and swords are fine (if they’re plastic).

But you won’t be allowed to carry anything that looks obviously like a real weapon – the rules here are the same as for adults!

Oogie Boogie Bash Costume Rules for Guests Over 14 Years Old

For guests over 14 years old, there are a few other considerations that largely fall in line with general rules.

And these are that:

  • Capes can’t go below the wait.
  • You’ll be allowed to wearing wings, carry lightsabers and toy swords, and wear fun tutus.
  • Any headgear you wear (think pirate hats, wigs, etc.) will need to be clear of your face. Faces should be visible at all times, just FYI!
  • Costume masks that you might find kids wearing aren’t allowed – this includes helmets (sorry, Mando fans!).
  • Face paint is allowed (including full face paint), but you’ll need to be somewhat recognizable.
  • If you’re dressing up, you need to make sure you have an Oogie Boogie Bash ticket. If you’re a regular guest, you risk being booted from the park. If you’re not sure what to wear, just follow Disney’s usual guidelines for dressing for the park.

Tips and Things to Consider for Your Oogie Boogie Bash Costume

Don’t go full-length

I know it’s tempting to go full Evil Queen and rock an enormous cape and a stunning headpiece.

Trust me, it’s basically my dream.

But if you do this, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be kicked out of the park or be forced to modify your garb.

So, it’s best to stick with shorter costumes that you’re sure will pass security and costume guideline checks.

This way, you can be certain that you’re rocking an awesome but acceptable costume that is in its final form.

As really, there’s nothing worse than being forced to remove something central to your look that ruins the vibe!

Be careful of headpieces

Headpieces are always going to be risky at Oogie Boogie Bash as you need to make sure they’re not obstructive.

If you’re wearing a 3 foot-tall Mad Hatter hat, it’s unlikely that’s going to fly.

If you’re trying to dress like a lost boy and want to wear a bandana, that’s probably going to be fine.

It’s all about weighing up the costume guidelines and erring on the side of caution.

If you take too many risks, it’s highly likely that you’ll be losing your head(piece!).

Keep things fun with Disneybounding (but be careful!)

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I’m a huge fan of Disneybounding, and the Oogie Boogie Bash costume rules give you more freedom than usual here.

You can dress a lot like your favorite characters, but try to be careful of being too convincing.

Not only is being asked for photos by other guests going to get old quickly, but you risk being kicked out.

You may not mean to impersonate a Cast Member, but if someone catches you signing anything or taking photos?

It’s a one-way ticket to being marched out of the gates!

Don’t argue if you’re called out on your costume

Speaking of being marched out, don’t give Cast Members or security a hard time if you’re told what you’re wearing is inappropriate.

Whether it’s something suggestive, obstructive, or just not in line with the rules – accept their final ruling.

Cast Members will often give you a chance to remove the offending item from your costume.

But if it’s central to your look (or you’re wearing it!), then you may just need to accept the loss and head home.

For that reason, it’s key that you take the Oogie Boogie Bash costume rules seriously!

Also, don’t try and fool security by wearing something after you pass the gates – someone’s going to catch you.

Is Disney Strict About the Oogie Boogie Bash Dress Code?

Yes, Disney is strict about the Oogie Boogie Bash dress code as they know many guests will take advantage of the freedom.

It’s a sad truth, but here we are.

Cast Members are there to enforce the rules to make sure everyone’s having fun.

And as much as you might want to be suggestive or funny with a costume – there are kids around, folks!

So, just keep it PG and you’ll be absolutely fine.

If you think about it, the rules are mainly in place to keep people safe.

With the sheer number of people present each day at the Bash, the chances of being injured by someone’s costume increases.


For that reason, it’s best to just follow the Oogie Boogie Bash costume rules.

There you have it: the ultimate guide to the Oogie Boogie Bash costume rules (and how to abide by them!).

Are you planning to go to the Oogie Boogie Bash? I’d love to hear your costume ideas in the comments below! And if you’re not sure whether it’ll be accepted, I can help you figure that out too! Phew.

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