Five Terrifically Terrifying Events to Haunt Your Halloween Weekend


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Wondering what to do and where to go this Halloween weekend? We’ve got you covered. From bike rides to cemetery tours, here are five things to do—starting tonight.  

Critical Massacre

Five years ago the first ever Critical Mass ride in Long Beach wasn’t so much a ride as it was a fiasco for the city as well as the cyclists involved. Now, half a decade later and with more of a bicycle-friendly reputation to speak of, this evening’s ride through Long Beach is sure to be a safe and spooktacular event. 

Local bicycle-friendly organizations, LBcycology and Pedal Movement will provide bike lights for those in need, while riders will have the chance to show off their most creative costumes. Riders will be encouraged to follow the rules of the road and ride safely in the group. All ages are welcome.

Historical Cemetery Tour

A price of 20 bones (or 15 for members) will get you into the Historical Society of Long Beach’s 20th annual Historical Cemetery Tour “where every plot has a story.” Costumed graveside actors will rise to tell the tales of the dead as you walk among the ominous stones of the city’s expired souls. Learn about the lives of 99-year-old Miss Robinson, the founder of Farmers & Merchants Bank, and many more buried, yet still prominent, individuals.

Sunnyside Cemetery Screening of HALLOWEEN

Not so much into the tiresome traipse of trick-or-treating? Head over to Sunnyside Cemetery on Halloween night to watch a restored and remastered version of John Carpenter’s Halloween, returning by popular demand. Come in costume and enter the contest and kick back and relax for a night of murderous entertainment. Tickets, available on the Facebook page (linked above), are $12 each. 

Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade

This festive parade of Long Beach’s most gussied up and costume-clad pooches has become a city tradition. Hundreds of locals and out-of-towners will gather at Marina Vista Park for the 15th annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade on Sunday to show off their four-legged friends or watch the upbeat chaos that occurs when you throw a daytime Halloween party for people and their dogs. If you’re into both people and pet watching, this is so your thing. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Show up for a raunchy fun time at the Art Theatre for a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Join the LGBTQ-supportive Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast for a night of surprises, costumes and song. Tickets, available through the link above are $11 for adults and $8 for children. 

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.