Haunted Mansion 2016 Gingerbread House

The spooky pastry changes each year; find out this season's "Nightmare" theme.

Paul Hiffmeyer

WHILE HALLOWEEN TIME... at Disneyland Resort offers as many different sights and surprises as a plastic pumpkin holds pieces of candy, there's one particular thing that many visitors look forward to every year: the gingerbread house at the center of the Haunted Mansion. Indeed, the eerie New Orleans Square attraction, which turned 47 in August, takes on a full-scale re-theming built around "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" every September, and the theme lasts into the early part of the new year. And it is just this theme that inspires the towering treat found atop the big table in the Haunted Mansion's ballroom scene.

"NIGHTMARE" NEW: For while you can find your favorite touches year after year in the same places — Zero the dog floating down a long hallway is one charming example — the gingerbread house in the ballroom goes through a transformation. So what did the Imagineers dream up for the 2016 go-around? There's still time to look away, to hum "What's This?" or another favorite "Nightmare" ditty, or to walk from the room before the theme is revealed. If you can't wait to see it in person, then read on below.

THE 2016 GINGERBREAD HOUSE... is themed to Sally, the kind-of-heart, brave-of-disposition heroine of the tale. Stitches, which are a Sally staple, and the hues of her dress figure prominently in the seen-from-above sweet, an edible wonder that includes 200 pounds of gingerbread, four gallons of egg whites, and more ingredients than you can probably pack into a Doom Buggy. If you long to see an illustration, you can click here, or you can make for the Anaheim theme park now. Halloween Time is on at Disneyland through Oct. 31, though Haunted Mansion Holiday will fa, la, la into the beginning of 2017, complete with its Sally-inspired gingerbread house.

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