How to Make a Disneyland Halloween House in 2 Minutes and 56 Seconds


Lots of hands helped create the Disneyland Albertson Halloween House!  Take a look at this timelapse video showing how it all came together!

Thanks to everyone who helped!

A Magical Evening


On Halloween, visitors to the Albertson Halloween House found themselves in the midst of a Magic Kingdom—Disneyland!  Trick-or-treaters walked up into the Enchanted Tiki Room to get their treats, snapped a picture next to Star Tours, watched as animated It’s a Small World characters danced in formation, listened to the spiel of a Jungle Cruise boat driver and interacted with costumed characters.  Parents and friends enjoyed free popcorn from Main Street popcorn vendors and Tinkerbell even made her historic flight between the Matterhorn and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle!

In total, 4,200 treats were given out to 1,100 trick-or-treaters and 500 bags of popcorn were handed out to adults.  Fun!  Here are some pictures from the evening:

A view of the Disneyland sign, flags and other attractions

Beware of the dangers on the Jungle Cruise ride

Star Tours prepares for another journey

A familiar face from Radiator Springs

Treats for the adults?  Yes!  Come get your popcorn!

What’s Disneyland without mouse-shaped balloons?

Some of the cast members who helped bring the house to life

The whole house, ready for visitors

Many people contributed to make this year magical.  Thank you one and all!

“To All That Come to This Happy Place, Welcome.”


On Halloween Night, 497 North 16th Street in San Jose, CA will be transformed into the Magic Kingdom—Disneyland—to welcome trick-or-treaters and their families.  Visitors will walk up into the Enchanted Tiki Room to get their treats, listen to the comic spiel of a Jungle Cruise ride operator and pass by animatronic It’s a Small World characters, while taking in other famous Disneyland sights, such as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Space Mountain, the Matterhorn, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Tours and more! On hand to greet guests will be costumed characters from around the park.  The fun starts at 6:00 pm and goes until 9:00 pm.   For directions, follow this link.

We are also a San Jose Safe from the Start distribution location, so come pick up your glow necklace to be safe while you are having fun!  Come on by!

The Story of a Hippo


“For the Jungle Cruise, we should have a hippo!  You know, the one with the wiggly ears?  We could just make the head, as if it were coming out of the water,” we thought.  But how to do it?

We considered several options—pricing chicken wire and saving up newspaper for papier mâché—assuming that we would make a giant paper sculpture.  Eventually we realized that we could just start with a box and build up from there (most of the Halloween House is already made up of cardboard anyway).  Below are some in-process photos from the creation of the Jungle Cruise hippo.

Keith Builds the Cardboard Structure out of Boxes and Duct TapeWe Added Padding from Old Seat Cushions (and More Duct Tape) Then We Glued a Thin Sheet of Plastic to the StructureMichelle and Grace Transport the Hippo to the Park for Kid’s DayThe Kids at Kid’s Day Attack the Hippo and Paint the Whole Thing QuicklyThe Hippo Post-Kid-PaintingThe Hippo with a Few More Details

To see the finished hippo (along with the rest of the attractions), make sure to come on by on Halloween!

It Takes a Village to Build a Kingdom


On Saturday, October 12th, we held our third (for the season) Community Painting Day and boy, what a day it was!  It is fun to be able to say that in one day we painted a castle, the roof of a Jungle Cruise boat, a rock wall and waterfall and an entire Halloween house understructure, not to mention putting finishing touches on Tiki Room signs and building the structure for a hippo!

Check out some shots below:

Bich and Brian Tackle Painting the CastleBethany Paints Big Cardboard That Will Eventually Be a Small WorldShelley Fills in the Details of the Jungle Cruise Boat RoofKids Go to Town on Painting the Halloween House UnderstructureAmy Puts the Finishing Touches on Her Masterpiece

Thanks to all those who came out to help!

A Different Kind of Painting Day


The Albertson Halloween House has been around since 2002, but the actual house was built in 1913.  That’s right, this year the house turns 100 years old!  To celebrate, we treated the house to a much-deserved new paint job!  Though it still retains the green with light trim motif, the new colors tell the world, “I’m ready for 100 more!”



And check out the cool Mission-style house numbers.  Ooohhh.

Though the new paint job will be partially obscured by decorations, come by this Halloween to see its new look!  (How long ’till it shows up on Google Street View?)

Painting with All the Colors…LIKE the Wind


On Sunday, September 1st, 2013, we had our second of three Community Painting Days for the Albertson Halloween House.  Though the day was warm, the painters kept their cool and moved from project to project like the wind!  Jungle Cruise boats, Cars’ eyes and the Sleeping Beauty’s castle all came to life at the hands of the artists, and the structure which supports all the art got a new coat of paint.  Thanks again to all who helped out!  Here are some shots of the action:

Grace singlehandedly paints the bow of the Congo Queen

Michelle cuts out the Small World Façade

Jody gets the starboard side of the Jungle Cruise boat ship shape

Ellie and Mei-Mei team up to make the Camry into a Cars-themed attraction

Emi, Mia, Ellie, Mikayla and Ryan make short work of the structure painting

With the heart of a servant, Garrett cleans brushes like a pro

Ian’s focused artistry yields a perfect Congo Queen Jungle Cruise boat sign

We will have one more Community Painting Day this year.  It will be:

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
9:00 am–12:00 pm

See the How to Help page for more details.  Follow @AlbertsonHH on Twitter for more Halloween House fun!

Painting a Kingdom


On Saturday, August 17th, a worthy crew assembled for the first Community Painting Day for the Albertson Halloween House.  Tackling such projects as the Star Tours sign and gateway, the It’s a Small World façade, the Matterhorn, the Disneyland sign and flags, and even rocks for the Jungle Cruise ride, the group was almost a blur of artistic expression (seeming to whistle while they worked!)  Thanks, everyone who came out!  You do amazing work!  Below are a few pictures from the day.

Bethany, Kaitlyn and Owen make short work of the Star Tours gateway(One time Imagineer) Ian, Michelle and Renee tag-team paint the Star Tours signMikayla, Mia, Kaitlyn and Grace finish up the MatterhornAshley and Matt take on the It’s a Small World façadeAmy tackles the Enchanted Tiki Room Sign

Kelly focuses on the Happiest Place on Earth signage

Bich and Brian finish up the It’s a Small World façade

Want to help?  We have two more upcoming Community Painting Days:

Sunday, September 1st, 2013
2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
9:00 am–12:00 pm

You can find more information here.  We would love to have you!

The Happiest Halloween House on Earth


This year the theme for the Albertson Halloween House is Disneyland!  Experience the wonder of the Magic Kingdom as you listen to the comic antics of a Jungle Cruise operator, walk up into the Enchanted Tiki Room to get your treats, wait in line, experience the power of Thunder Mountain Railroad, and enjoy the animatronic goodness that is It’s a Small World!  Join cast members and special guests for an evening that is sure to be unforgettable.

 Want to help build?  Details about upcoming Community Build/Paint days to be posted soon.  Be on the look out!

How to Make a Mos Eisley Halloween House in 2 Minutes and 41 Seconds


This video documents the creation of the Star Wars: Planet of Tatooine 2012 Albertson Halloween House. As you can see, it was a whole lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who helped bring it to life…and for working so fast. In the video it looks like you are all moving at 30 times normal speed!

The cool music accompanying this video was performed by Charles Laurita ( Thanks, Charles, for adding your talents to the fun!