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Things to do for Spooky Season in Long Beach

Things to do for Spooky Season in Long Beach

Jeanette Lem

Spooky season in Long Beach is a time of wonder and fright, and the city is hosting an abundance of events that leave no shortage of spine-tingling experiences. Families and thrill seekers can embrace the spirit of Halloween and experience the magic and mystery that these festivities have to offer.


Watch Frankenstein at LB Playhouse
Image via lbplayhouse.org

Experience the spine-chilling thrills of the Halloween season with “FRANKENSTEIN 1930” at the Long Beach Playhouse’s Mainstage Theater, running from Sept. 23 to Oct. 21, 2023. Directed by David Scaglione, this stage production pays homage to the classic Universal monster movies of the 1930s. Transporting the audience back in time, the play features iconic elements such as the stone-walled laboratory, the mad scientist, enraged villagers, a resolute yet vulnerable heroine, a tempestuous storm, and the pitiable, enigmatic creature with a mind in turmoil and an unstoppable, unbridled body. The production features special effects, including fog, flashing lights, loud screams, and simulated gunshots, and is a journey into the forbidden realms of science, where life meets death. Act One lasts approximately 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute intermission, and Act Two continues for another thrilling 45 minutes. For tickets and more information, click here.

LB Playhouse is located at 5021 E Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804 


Historical Cemetery Tour 
Flyer for the 27th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour via hslb.org

On Saturday, Oct. 28th, the Historical Society of Long Beach invites you to the Annual Historical Cemetery Tour held at both Long Beach Municipal Cemetery and Sunnyside Cemetery. The tour is self-guided, with first-person performances lasting 10 minutes and repeating every 20 minutes from 9 AM to 2:40 PM. This inclusive event brings history to life with graveside performances by local actors, donning period-appropriate attire, portraying the lives of those at rest. Each year, a diverse array of stories is featured, from influential figures in the city’s political past to the tales of everyday individuals, emphasizing that everyone, regardless of background, has a story worth sharing. Alongside these performances, attendees can explore attractions like Japanese American History, a Dia de los Muertos installation, engaging talks by historians, book signings by local history authors, and displays showcasing Long Beach’s rich history. Presale tickets for adults are $25 and $8 for youth ages 5-18. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Long Beach Municipal Cemetery is located at 1151 E Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90755 

Sunnyside Cemetery is located at 1095 E Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90806 


Shoreline Village Zombie Walk & Halloween Party
Zombie Walk 2012. Image taken by Calvin Flemming via flickr.com

Shoreline Village is hosting its annual Long Beach Zombie Walk & Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 14. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the kids’ area, located in the grassy expanse near the YardHouse, will feature activities like yard games, a Halloween jumper, free face painting, and balloon twisting. The adult area along Shoreline Village’s boardwalk will come alive from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with DJs, meet the monsters photo ops, a free fortune teller, a Revolve 360 photo booth, aerial artistry, roaming scarers, and the highlight of the night: the Zombie Walk at 8 p.m. The event will also feature Halloween retail vendors and costume and pie-eating contests. The Long Beach Zombie Walk & Halloween party is a free event. For more information, click here.

Shoreline Village is located at 429 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA 90802


Halloween Hootenanny at MOLAA
Flyer for Halloween Hootenanny via obscuralbc.com

The Halloween Hootenanny, now in its 3rd year, is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 21st from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (with a 12 p.m. entrance for VIP ticket holders) at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). This event is a creation of Obscura LB, a Long Beach-based event production company specializing in Halloween and macabre-themed experiences. They are known for organizing craft beer festivals and fundraisers that feature carefully selected breweries, wineries, and cideries, as well as local artists and musicians. The Halloween Hootenanny will showcase a thoughtfully curated selection of craft breweries from around the globe, along with local wineries and cideries. Attendees can also explore an array of eerie art vendors, local artists’ works, enjoy live music, and savor delectable treats from food vendors. A portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting MOLAA, a 501c3 charity. Please note that this event is strictly for guests aged 21 and above, with tickets starting at $55. For more information, click here.

MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90802


Pa’s Pumpkin Patch 
Image via paspumpkinpatch.com

Visit Pa’s Pumpkin Patch from now until Oct. 31, to be amongst a parade of people who come together for a day filled with activities, games, rides, and all-around fun in a delightful country fair setting. Here, you’ll step into the spirit of fall while surrounded by pumpkins, haystacks, corn stalks, and charming gourds. Enjoy a petting zoo and pony rides for kids, and savor freshly made treats at the Snack Bar, offering everything from BBQ to funnel cakes. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 3 -12. Reservations made online are required to enter the pumpkin patch, and each reservation is good for a 3.5-hour slot. Pa’s Pumpkin Patch is open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekend. For more information, click here.

Pa’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 6701 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

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Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary
Image via Instagram: @shaqtoberfest

Shaqtoberfest, a Halloween event created by former Los Angeles Lakers all-star Shaquille O’Neal, is making its spine-chilling return to the Queen Mary from now until Oct. 31. This immersive Halloween festival offers haunting trails, live entertainment, themed bars and lounges, carnival rides, delectable eats, and plenty of Instagram-worthy moments. Don’t miss the chance to explore The Grey Ghost, a unique walk-thru haunt aboard the Queen Mary. This is the first haunt since Dark Harbor in 2019, making it an experience not to be missed. This year, with a purchase of a VIP ticket, you can even embark on a self-guided tour below the water line of the Queen Mary and learn more about the ship’s history. On select Sundays, Shaqtoberfest is hosting a ‘Trick or Treat Party’ event that is geared toward children. Families can enjoy trick-or-treating trails, dance parties, bounce houses, scavenger hunts, and more. Tickets for Shaqtoberfest start at $29.99 and can be purchased here.

The Queen Mary is located at 1125 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802


Fright Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Flyer for Fright Dive via aquariumofthepacific.org

Gear up for a spooktacular start to your Halloween weekend at Fright Dive! This thrilling evening features live music performances alongside DJs spinning tunes in the Aquarium’s galleries. Guests can enjoy cocktails, drinks, and a lineup of food trucks on the front plaza. Embrace the spirit of Halloween with your best costumes – they’re highly encouraged! Please note that costumes that are revealing, suggestive, or overly graphic are not permitted in the event. The Aquarium advises securing your tickets in advance, as Night Dive events tend to sell out. Tickets cost $64.95 for general admission and $59.95 for Aquarium Members. Please note that this event is 18+. For more information, click here
The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802


Dia de los Muertos at 2nd & PCH
Flyer for Dia de los Muertos via 2ndandpch.com

The Dia de los Muertos Night Market Festival is celebrating the Mexican tradition of honoring our loved ones who have passed away. This spectacular evening of food, music, and shopping is hosted by Unidos Community Events at 2ND & PCH and will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The free event features live performances, seasonally themed artisanal goods, and even an ofrenda installation. Kids can get creative with themed crafts and meet special characters. Guests are encouraged to embrace the spirit of Dia de los Muertos by dressing up in their best Catrina look with flower crowns and Day of the Dead makeup. For more information, click here.

2nd and PCH is located at 6400 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

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