6 things to do for Halloween and Día de los Muertos in Long Beach

There’s plenty of fright to be had in Long Beach this Halloween and Día de los Muertos for both kids and adults.

In addition to events, there’s also still time to swing by Pa’s Pumpkin Patch, which reopened this fall after COVID-19 closed most events in 2020. And, if you want to drive around and check out Halloween displays, see the Long Beach Post map to find the best decorations (and let us know if you find a few worth including).

In the meantime, put these events on your calendar:

Fairbrook Manor 

The house—decorated all the way to the sidewalk with tombstones, graves, ghosts and more, opens this week from 7 to 10 p.m., including Friday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 31. Entry is free, but the residents will be collecting canned foods to donate to the Long Beach Rescue Mission.

Fairbrook Manor is at 5426 E. Fairbrook St.

Scarium of the Pacific

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting its 22nd annual Halloween event, filled with activities such as a children’s costume contest, magic shows, and storytelling.

Advance reservations are required for attendance, and masks will be required for entry of everyone age 2  and older.

Attendance is included with a general admission ticket, which is $36.95 per adult (ages 12+), $26.95 per child (ages 3-11), $33.95 per senior (ages 62+), and free for Aquarium members and children under age 3.

View more information and reserve your tickets here.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is at 100 Aquarium Way.

Scarium of the Pacific event. Image courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.

Día de los Muertos drive-thru

On Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. community members are invited to attend a “magical drive-thru experience” in honor of Día de los Muertos.

The free, family-friendly event, hosted by Puente Latino Association and Ricardo’s Nursery, will allow attendees to experience a large-scale ofrenda and decorations of flowers, lights and music.

Puente Latino Association will distribute art kits to the first 100 families in attendance. Prerecorded video lessons for each activity will be posted on Puente’s Facebook page beginning Oct. 15.

Ricardo’s Nursery is at 6850 Atlantic Ave. 

Día de los Muertos celebration 

Dara Bruce of Aerial Butterflies waits to perform at the Long Beach 5th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival on Pine Avenue in Long Beach. Photo by Thomas R Cordova.

Residents are invited to remember loved ones who have died at the city’s sixth annual Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Free festivities are planned from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, on Pine Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets.

The event includes live musical performances by headliner Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band as well as a Jenni Rivera Tribute Band and The Como La Flor Band paying tribute to Selena. There also will be a showing of the Disney film “Coco,” plus mariachi music, dance performances, face painting, trick-or-treating, a costume contest for kids and much more.

In accordance with COVID-19 health mandates, regulations require attendees to show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test. Children ages 2 to 11 who are not yet eligible for vaccines are required to show a negative test. Those who are unvaccinated need to take a test within 72 hours of the event (as early as Oct. 27).

For free vaccine and testing details, including schedules and locations, visit the city’s VaxLB website.

Trick or Treat on Second Street  

Kids are welcome to dress up and Trick-Or-Treat on Second Street, with a family fun zone near Chase Bank (5200 Second St.), and many businesses doling out candy from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Face painting, balloon twisting, photo booths, costume contest, food and more will also be available.

For more information, visit the Belmont Shore Business Association

Haute Dog

Ketchup bottle Diane Jacobs gives her hot dog Lizzy Lou a kiss. A crowd of more than 500 showed up in Marina Vista Park for the 19th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

What could be cuter than dogs dressed in costumes?

Justin Rudd’s long-running event will again take place, this year at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Marina Vista Park. More than 500 costumed dogs will parade a few blocks in front of thousands of spectators and a panel of judges.

Cost to enter dogs is $10; there is no charge for humans to walk in the parade. Front-row chairs can be rented on-site for $5 each.

The event will also include a vendor and pet adoption fair from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Marina Vista Park is located at 5355 E. Eliot St. 

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