Halloween in Long Beach: The Fun Starts This Weekend!
2013-10-24 · By Editor
Are you looking for tricks or treats? Halloween in Long Beach always has plenty of both. Whether you want to dance the night away at a costume ball or prefer more family-friendly entertainment, there are more than enough events to make adults and kids shriek with delight.
We’ve rounded up a list of terrifying Halloween events including Dark Harbor on the Queen Mary, costume contests for people and pups, Halloween festivals in Long Beach, and dramatic Halloween-themed performances from the symphony, HSLB and more.
We’ll add to the list as we find more fun things to do for Halloween in and around Long Beach.
Queen Mary Dark Harbor
The ship’s crew have ensured this Long Beach halloween tradition’s unforgettable and macabre makeover at the hands of fright masters long responsible for some of Southern California’s biggest scare-fests. More than 45,000 scares per hour await, along with 160 monsters and 20-foot tall flames. Three shipboard and two onshore mazes confuse and ensnare visitors, and although visitors will have every opportunity to turn back, the food, drink and entertainment inside will ensure leaving is unthinkable.
Dark Harbor aboard the Queen Mary opened October 5. The event takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 2 from 7pm until midnight. For more information visit the Queen Mary website. Tickets start at $20.
Long Beach Zombie Walk
The Annual Long Beach Zombie Walk continues its legacy of moaning through the streets in search of brains and good times! The event is bigger than ever with the Zombie Music and Arts Festival planned to take over the Downtown Promenade and Pine Avenue on Saturday, October 26, 2013. This year, the Long Beach Zombie Walk Festival continues its tradition of screening a classic zombie film as part of the festivities with its first double-feature — Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. The Festival kicks off at 2pm for a full day of entertainment with art, music, vendors, food, drinks, and surprises. Tickets are $15. More info is available online at http://zombiewalklb.com.
Make-up artists will even be set-up ahead of time for those that need help with their zombiefication — expect to pay around $20 and up.
Orson Welles formed his now famous Mercury Theatre company with John Houseman in 1937. In 1938, they produced this version of the Bram Stoker classic Dracula. October 25-27, 2013 “tune in” for a live radio-style performance. Tickets cost $10. Find additional information about the Dracula broadcast at LBShakespeare.org.
Mars Attacks on Halloween Weekend
Visit the Richard Goad Theatre in Bixby Knolls to relive the theatrical performance that stunned the nation. The 1938 radio broadcast “interviewed” scientists, military personnel and government officials, all following the progress of alien invaders. The terrifying practical joke will be recast October 30 – November 1 at 8pm. Tickets cost $10. Get more details about the War of the Worlds broadcast at LBShakespeare.org.
Historical Society of Long Beach Annual Cemetery Tour
On Saturday, October 26, the dead come to life to tell you about the lives they lived and the way they died at the neighboring Long Beach Municipal and Sunnyside Cemeteries. The event is sponsored by the Historical Society of Long Beach with graveside presentations by actors and costumed volunteers. Tickets for the 18th Annual Cemetery Tour go on sale at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event just inside the entrance to Sunnyside Cemetery. Guests can take either guided or self-guided tours. The tour takes approximately two hours to complete, the last presentation is given at 2:00 p.m. Get more details about the annual cemetery tour on the HSLB website or check out this article about the annual cemetery tour in Long Beach.
Long Beach Symphony Pops Halloween Costume Party
Enjoy an evening of music from the cosmos with selections from Star Wars, Holst’s The Planets, Star Trek, ET, and more and the concert that launches the 2012-2013 Orchestra POPS! season. “To Boldly Go!” is the theme of the concert and also LBSO’s annual Halloween Costume party, and concertgoers are encourage to “Boldly Dress” in their favorite costumes. The LBSO Halloween Party is set for October 27 at 8 p.m. More information is available at the LBSO website.
Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade and Kids Costume Contest
On Sunday, the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade is expected to include a few hundred kids and adults in costumes, followed by more than 550 costumed dogs with handlers. A few thousand human gawkers will line the parade route, including a panel of distinguished judges that will choose the human and canine costume winners.
Costumed kids are invited to lead the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade, which will march two blocks along the bike path in Marina Vista Park starting at 2:25 p.m. Judges will be on the parade route. (See entry below for more information about the parade and festival.)
Haute Dog Howl’oween Pet Fair
The Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade will also include a vendor and pet adoption fair. The annual pooch parade is the world’s largest Halloween pet event. The event takes place at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot Street. The Pet Fair is from noon to 5pm. For more information, visit www.HauteDogs.org or email Justin@JustinRudd.com
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