Family Friendly Halloween Fun

It’s Trick-or-Treat season and, if you have young children, chances are you’re looking to emphasize the Treat when choosing Halloween activities – you know, stuff likely to produce more smiles than screams. Well, Long Beach can offer you Halloween-themed dance parties, scavenger hunts, train rides and craft classes as well as the traditional pumpkin carving, costume wearing and, yes, trick or treating. So many options, it’s scary … but in a good way!

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For the 23rd year, the Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way) will celebrate Halloween for several family-friendly days. Scarium of the Pacific takes place October 29 and 30 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and features the annual children’s costume contest, magic shows with a vampire magician, underwater pumpkin carving – yes, underwater – spooky storytelling, kooky crafts and creepy coloring contest. There will also be a Halloween Family Night on October 21 (6:30-9 p.m.) where families can dress up in their favorite costumes, explore the Aquarium's animal exhibits while on a self-guided scavenger hunt. Oh, and goodie bags. Goodie!

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On every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., one of the most unique spots in the city, the boutique, mini, western theme park, El Dorado Frontier (7550 E. Spring St.) will feature all manner of Halloween-themed activities. Take a ride aboard the Frontier Express Train and learn the origin of the Jack O’ Lantern or do some prospecting at Panning for Goldie’s Treasure where you get to keep what you find. Located inside El Dorado Park, El Dorado Frontier has its own pumpkin patch where you can pick out your next Jack ‘O Lantern.

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With the Queen Mary as a backdrop, Shaqtoberfest (1126 Queensway Hwy.) offers fun Halloween activities for kids and their families during the daytime for the entire month of October. There are multiple attraction areas, including Shaq Diesel’s Pumpkin Patch which not only offers trick-or-treating, but pumpkin sculpture and inflatable play zones. Midway Madness is filled with rides, games, food and a carnival-like feel, while Lost City Boardwalk, located underneath the gangways alongside the Queen Mary, offers larger-than-life characters as well as frozen treats at the Ice Cream Shaq.

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