Spooktober Events in Long Beach
Halloween seems to get bigger every year, probably because it’s one holiday that really lets you do you. And whether you like your Halloween sweet or spooky–or perhaps a little bit of both–Long Beach is ready and able to help you get ghosted, in a good way. Whether it’s frightful fish, jaywalking zombies or Shaq, Long Beach has everything you need to treat yourself to a great All Hallow’s Eve.
Ever wonder what the Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way) is like at night, you know, do the fish get freaky? Experience the spooky side of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Oct. 28 (7:30 - 11 p.m.) during Fright Dive, a takeoff on the Aquarium’s popular monthly Night Dive adults-only (18-plus) event that features DJs and bands performing amid the Aquarium galleries. There are also food trucks serving unique fare on the front plaza, as well as drinks and cocktails. Fright Dive not only adds the Halloween element with frightful decorations but encourages attendees to wear costumes, especially Aquarium and/or ocean-themed getups!
LONG BEACH ZOMBIE WALK
The Zombie Walk returns to Shoreline Village with scare zones, roaming monsters, live music, food vendors as well as makeup/FX artists, contests and trick or treating. This celebration of pretty much everything undead takes Oct. 29, from 4-9 p.m., and is highlighted at the end with the Zombie Walk itself, which begins at 8 p.m. and will march/stagger down Rainbow Harbor. Perhaps best of all, the walk is free, which is great since zombies are not only well known for devouring brains but are also notoriously cheap.
With the Queen Mary as a backdrop, Shaqtoberfest, happening Sept. 29-Oct. 31–offers Halloween treats and frights for all ages. Shaq Diesel’s Pumpkin Patch offers trick-or-treating, pumpkin sculpture and inflatable play zones during the day. But, once dark, the patch becomes a music pumping, over-the-top light show mixing Halloween with EDM. The same is true for Lost City Boardwalk, located underneath the Queen Mary’s gangways, which hands out candy and frozen treats during the day and screams from ghostly, ghastly characters at night. The same is true for other attractions–Shipwreck Graveyard, Dead Man’s Wharf and Pirates Cove featuring buried treasure, secret lairs and Captain Shaq’s Hideaway.
PRESS-TELEGRAM’S SCARY STORIES CONTEST
The Press-Telegram’s scary story contest is a sure sign Halloween is on its way. As usual, the contest will be split into three divisions for stories and drawings: elementary school (K-5), middle school (6-8) and high school. Stories must be no longer than 650 words. Artwork must be original; no tracings. Submissions are due by 5 p.m.Oct. 10–that’s your deadline. The scariest stories and drawings will appear in the Sunday, Oct. 30 edition of the Press-Telegram. In addition to publication, top finishers for stories and artwork in each age category will also receive a $20 gift card to In-N-Out. That stuff is scary good.
HISTORICAL CEMETERY TOUR
For more than a quarter century, the Historical Society of Long Beach has conducted these annual living history tours of the city’s two oldest cemeteries: Long Beach Municipal Cemetery and Sunnyside Cemetery. This year’s tour takes place on Oct. 29 and, as in the past, it will feature stories of famous and ordinary Long Beach residents, acted out by actors–usually from the Long Beach Playhouse–in period costume. They know their subjects well, and are eager to take your questions. Though the tour is in a cemetery, it’s important to note that the purpose of the tour is not to frighten but enlighten folks about the people who helped shape Long Beach.