Halloween events in Long Beach: The definitive list

Halloween is just days away, and whether you’ve got young kids or want to have adult-oriented fun, we’ve got you covered.

Dark Harbor

First, perhaps the most well-known haunt of them all—The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. Explore the ship’s creepy hallways and guest rooms and mazes, where all the ship’s legendary haunted spirits come to life.

General admission is roughly $29, depending on the day, and includes six mazes and options for upgrades.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 2.

Fall Festival at the Pike

Come to the The Pike Outlets and enjoy the Fall Festival from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Come in your costumes and enjoy the craft table, face painting, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. Located in the Main Plaza of the Pike Outlets, 95 S. Pine Ave.

YMCA Haunted Maze

Test your survival skills through a maze of post-apocalyptic thrill for all ages. Located above Shenanigan’s at Shoreline Village, the maze is open select days (Oct. 18-21 and Oct. 25-31) from 5 to 9 p.m.

Cost is $6. All proceeds go to support the YMCA Youth Institute of Long Beach.

Zombie Fest

Zombies will invade the Rainbow Lagoon 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19-21 . For for all ages and stages of decay.

The event will feature mazes, a live alligator, LARP, scavenger hunt, free make-up services, Altervision 3D backlight experience, DJ Ricky Rocks (among others), Thriller Workshop, lightsaber battle arena, Vegas Freakshow, Shock Show, contests and infamous Zombie Walk (all three days).

For more information, visit here.

Zombie Walk

Shoreline Village is also hosting a Zombie Walk (calling all rotting, brain-eating, flesh-dripping citizens!). The public is invited for a “celebration of all things un-dead from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Event includes vendors, movies, music and a ghoulish shuffle down Rainbow Harbor.

The event is free.

Howl-o-ween Festival

El Dorado Nature Center will host a Howl-o-ween Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Trick or Treat along the trails and enjoy story-telling, face-painting and crafts. Food trucks will also be available.

Parking is $7, and a suggested donation of $5 to enjoy the festivities and support Partners of Parks/Friends of El Dorado Nature Center. And don’t forget to dress up!

Haute Dog’s 18th Annual Howl’oween Parade

Sunday, Oct. 28, 12:30–4:30 p.m., near Colorado Lagoon, 5355 Eliot St., Long Beach. Free to spectate; entry registration and seat reservation information available here; full schedule of information available here.

Will you go as a Hound of Baskerville? Or Cujo? Or a poodly princess in a pink petticoat? Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team along with Third District councilwoman Suzie Price will present the huge Halloween pet event. Enjoy a vendor and pet-adoption fair from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and don’t miss the highlight of the day: over 500 costumed dogs (parading a few blocks in front of a few thousand gawkers and a panel of judges).

$10 advance for each dog who enters the parade, but there’s no charge for humans to walk in the parade with or without costumes and with or without pets. Free to spectate.

Celebrate Halloween at local parks

Several parks in Long Beach will be hosting Halloween festivities, including

  • Bixby Park and the Freeman Teen Center will host Monster Mash Dance Contests on Oct. 31.
  • Chavez and Drake parks will host after-school Halloween fun from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29-31.
  • Seaside Park will host a Halloween celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, and Silverado Park will host activities from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31.
Cemetery Tour

The Long Beach Cemetery Tour returns for its 23rd year. Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Historical Society.

Sunnyside and Municipal cemeteries: Where every plot has a story …

Those stories will come to life on Oct. 27, as the Historical Society of Long Beach hosts its 23rd tour of the city’s cemeteries, located at 1151 & 1095 E. Willow Street.

Eight stories will be featured, with the 13 actors playing the parts of those dead and gone. The stories present broad perspectives that range from a former slave to a wing walker, from a police officer to architect, from a naval officer to a city activist. The eras span the mid-1800s to the early 1990s.

Purchase tickets by Oct. 26 and save $5, or visit 4260 Atlantic Ave. Tickets can also be purchased at the event from 8:30 am until noon. On the day of the event, general admission is $25 for HSLB members, $20 for students, kids age 5-18 are $8, and kids under 4 are $1.

Revenge of Frankenstein 200

The Dark Art Emporium is hosting an art show from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Located in Downtown Long Beach, the Dark Art Emporium is “a diverse environment dedicated to showcasing the artists and creators that often fly under the radar of most people’s perception of fine art.”

The studio features everything from real human skulls, creepy dolls, unorthodox taxidermy, low brow and dark fine art.

Posted by The Dark Art Emporium on Friday, October 5, 2018

Trick or Treat on Second Street

Businesses in Belmont Shore will be doling out candy for kids in costume from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Dia De Los Muertos

Come celebrate with live concert, face-painting, mariachis, ballet folklorico, Dia De Los Muertos altar displays, children’s fun zone, arts & crafts, art displays, food and beer garden.  Presented by First District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez.

The event is 5 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 31 in Downtown Long Beach on Pine Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets.

 

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