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 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 24th year, the Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way) will celebrate Halloween for several family-friendly days. Scarium of the Pacific takes place October 28 and 29 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and features the annual children’s costume contest with prizes, magic shows with a vampire magician, and more. Meet creepy critters and watch the aquarium’s divers carve pumpkins underwater! There will also be a Halloween Family Night on October 20 (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 Fridays through Sundays throughout the month of October, the mini amusement park El Dorado Frontier (7550 E. Spring St.) will host its 5th annual Pumpkin Market, featuring a pumpkin patch and live music. 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 also has a carousel and mine buggy ride. Food, like hotdogs and cotton candy, and drinks are available for purchase.

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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 Trick or Treat Party on Sundays, October 15, 22, and 29, from 6 to 8:30 P.M. Admission includes trick or treat trails, a dance party, carnival rides, a giant inflatable slide and obstacle course, a costume contest and parade, and a scavenger hunt. For an additional charge, your little one can enjoy a basketball shaped cookie or other treats, decorate a pumpkin to take home, or get their face painted.

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