Things to do in Long Beach this weekend… Halloween edition!

The following is a curated roundup of weekend events in Long Beach published every Wednesday on the Hi-lo/Long Beach Post. Have an event to share? Email [email protected] with “Things to Do” in the subject line.

Not sure what to do this weekend for the Halloween season? We’ve got you covered. From Dia De Los Muertos celebrations to spooky shopping, to trick-or-treating and rollerskating the city is going strong for the season.

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ARTWALK (Saturday)

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Handmade gifts and accessories shop Dainty Disco is hosting an art walk in celebration of Dia De Los Muertos Saturday, Oct. 29 at its storefront in North Long Beach.

The art walk will be outside where visitors can shop themed art and other goods such as jewelry and home decor from local vendors and artists. There will also be coffee, a raffle and the opportunity to participate in a public altar to honor loved ones who have passed.

The art walk is free to attend. Click here for more information.

The Dainty Disco is at 5659 Atlantic Ave.

LAST LAUGH SPOOKTACULAR (Saturday)

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The improv comedy artists from Held2gether, Improv for Life are throwing a special Halloween show at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls Saturday, Oct. 29.

The troupe will work off of “creepy suggestions” and input from the audience to help form the comedy show. Guests can also enjoy Halloween-themed cocktails and games. Guests are highly encouraged to come in costume.

Entry costs $10. Tickets may be purchased online here. Guests must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Expo Arts Center is at 4321 Atlantic Ave.

ZOMBIE WALK (Saturday)

Image courtesy Shoreline Village Zombie Walk.

Creatures of the night will shuffle down the Rainbow Harbor boardwalk at Shoreline Village for this year’s Zombie Walk Halloween Party. This free event is for any and all zombies, no matter the stage of decay.

Festivities kick off at 4 p.m. with live music, trick-or-treating and the grand zombie walk around Rainbow Harbor. Attendees can also expect a variety of costume contests—like “best zombie”—with prizes. There will also be special FX makeup artists on site for those who’d like to get zombie makeup done professionally (for a fee).

Zombie Walk is free to attend and runs until 10 p.m. Click here for more information.

Shoreline Village is at 401-425 Shoreline Village Dr.

“ROLLERWEEN” ROLLER DISCO (Sunday)

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Dress up in your spookiest for the 9th annual “Rollerween” Halloween disco skate session over at the Junipero Basketball Courts at the beach on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Expect lively tunes to skate to for the three-hour session, with a costume contest too. Those who need skates will be able to rent on-site.

The party starts at 4 p.m. Click here for more information.

The Junipero Basketball Courts are next to Saltwater Deck at 2630 E. Ocean Blvd.

MOLAA’S DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION (Sunday)

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The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is hosting its annual Dia De Los Muertos festival at the museum on Sunday, Oct. 30 with live entertainment, dance performances, crafts such as sugar skull painting and more.

The event will also feature a screening of the animation “The Book of Life” with a Q&A from the director, George R. Guitierrez. The event is free to attend. However, parking costs $15 for the day. The celebration is from 11 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Click here for more information.

MOLAA is at 628 Alamitos Ave.

HAUTE DOG HOWL’OWEEN DOG PARADE (Sunday)

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.

The annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Dog Parade is in full tail-swish with more than 450 costume-clad furry friends expected to strut—humans in tow—through Marina Vista Park this year.

Organized by community activist Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T), the parade, now in its 21st year, draws thousands of pet owners and dogless spectators alike. The procession is free to watch, but for ample viewing, you can purchase a front-row seat for $5.

Think you and your pup has what it takes to win best in show? You can enter the parade costume contest for 10 bones (in advance) and vie for your chance to win prizes from Red Barn Premium Pet Products.

The parade commences at 2:30 p.m., though there is a vendor and pet fair that starts at 12:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

Marina Vista Park is at 5355 E. Eliot St.

ALL VEGAN TRICK OR TREAT (Sunday)

The Historic Firehouse Community Farm in North Long Beach is hosting a trick-or-treating event with sweets and goodies that are plant-based and vegan-friendly and some other treats that are gluten-free.

The three-hour event from noon to 3 p.m. will also include games and a tour of the farm. The event is all ages and guests are encouraged to show up in costume. It’s free to attend, but if you have $5 to spare, the farm would appreciate the donation.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

The Historic Firehouse Community Farm is at 6509 Gundry Ave.

CLASSICAL MUSIC HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL (Sunday)

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Infinite Stage, a nonprofit music education organization, is hosting its Classical Music Halloween Carnival at Cesar E. Chavez Park Sunday, Oct. 30 where kids can play music-centric carnival games, win prizes, hang out with professional musicians and even participate in some of the musical performances.

The carnival will also be the site debut of Infinite Stage’s new professional wind quintet they’re calling WindFinite. The quartet will present a live performance of “Peter and the Wolf” alongside local comedian and entertainer Eddie Diaz.

The carnival is free to attend and costumes are highly encouraged. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Cesar E. Chavez Park is at 401 Golden Ave.

“NOSFERATU” SCREENING AND LIVE SCORE (Monday)

The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble performing an original live score to the 1920 silent film “The Mark of Zorro.” The ensemble will be performing an original score to the 1922 German silent film “Nosferatu” at the Art Theatre Monday, Oct. 31. Photo courtesy the Jack Curtis Dubowsky.

Experience “Nosferatu,” the 1922 German silent horror film inspired by the story of Dracula, like never before, with a special screening and a new, original live score performance by the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31 at the Art Theatre.

Composer and conductor Jack Curtis Dubowsky first introduced the experience to Long Beach in 2018 and has performed it during the Halloween season ever since. This year’s show is particularly special, Dubowsky said, because this year the film turned 100.

Tickets for the show cost $18 and may be purchased online here. The show starts at 7 p.m.

The Art Theatre is at 2025 E. Fourth St.

TRICK OR TREAT ON 2ND STREET (Monday)

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Trick-or-treating on Second Street is a longstanding tradition in Belmont Shore, where local businesses hand out candy to children who walk along the popular shopping area.

If you’ve got your route already mapped out, Second Street ought to be an ideal addition to the trek as it’s located near a cluster of beachside homes. Businesses that will be participating will have a jack-o-lantern sign hanging in the windows.

The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

SPONSORED BY THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

SCARIUM OF THE PACIFIC (Saturday & Sunday)

Scarium of the Pacific—a Halloween-themed weekend for the whole family happening Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..

The Aquarium will celebrate its 23rd annual Scarium of the Pacific featuring costume and coloring contests, a vampire magician, underwater pumpkin carving, creepy critters, and more.

The event is free with general admission and advanced reservations are required. Visit aquariumofpacific.org for details and advanced tickets, click here.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is at 100 Aquarium Way.

 

SPONSORED BY THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF LONG BEACH

26TH ANNUAL HISTORICAL CEMETERY TOUR (Saturday)

Historical Society of Long Beach Annual Historical Cemetery Tour, October 30, 2021.

The Historical Society of Long Beach holds its 26th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour on Saturday, October 29th from 9 am to 3 pm at Sunnyside and Municipal cemeteries on Willow Street. The self-guided tour is fun for all ages.

The event features eight new stories about people who shaped the city’s history performed by Long Beach Playhouse community theater actors in period costumes. The performances last 10 minutes and are repeated every 20 minutes.

The Historical Cemetery Tour also includes local authors signing books, the Black Student Union Elders Association collection, the Puente Latino Association host a Dia de los Muertos ofrenda, Councilman Supernaw and Historian Dr. Craig Hendricks give presentations and more.

Observe displays of handmade arts and crafts created by Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII, curated by community oral historian, Karen S. Harper, and community member, Linda Nishida Gager.
Enter the inaugural costume contest co-hosted with LB Living. Prizes go to Best Historical Figure, Best Overall Historical Period, and Best Ensemble or Couple hosted by LB Living.

Purchase tickets in advance at HSLB.org for $25, or at the gate for $30. Ages 5-18 are $8, 4 and under are FREE! Click here to purchase tickets.

Sunnyside and Municipal cemeteries are at 1095 & 1151 E. Willow Street.

 

SPONSORED BY THE PIKE OUTLETS

FALL FEST RETURNS TO PIKE OUTLETS (Saturday)

Photo courtesy Pike Outlets.

The Pike Outlets will be celebrating fall and Halloween at their annual Fall Fest on Saturday, October 29th, in Main Plaza. Join them from 12-3 PM for tons of festive fun.

This free event will feature Halloween character meet & greets including Maleficent and a magic-wielding scarecrow stilt-walker. The kiddos will love their Halloween-inspired balloon artist, and both kids and kids at heart will get to take home a caricature drawing by their talented artist.

Then at 1 PM, “Jam with Jamie” will entertain little ghosts and goblins with an interactive jam session and dance party. Don’t forget to show off your EERIE-sistible costume at the Social Media Costume Contest. Snap a pic in front of their fall-themed backdrop or at any location throughout The Pike Outlets during Fall Fest and tag them on Instagram at @ThePikeOutletsLB and/or on Facebook at @ThePikeOutlets and you could win a $100 gift card to the retailer or restaurant of your choice at The Pike Outlets.

The kids can also show off their creativity with a $2 craft to benefit Human Save and then enjoy center-wide trick-or-treating. You won’t want to miss this afternoon of frightful fall fun at The Pike Outlets! Click here for more information.

The Pike Outlets is at 95 S. Pine Ave.

 

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