Halloween festivities this week in Long Beach and Orange County October 23 – 26, 2013
Halloween Fun this week in Orange County and Long Beach
There are so many Halloween activities this weekend – from Haunted Houses to Festivals to Zombie Walks – there’s something for everyone. Here are a few ideas to celebrate Halloween in style.
Long Beach Zombie Walk
Without a doubt, one of the most popular Halloween events in Long Beach is the Long Beach Zombie Walk. On October 26, 2013, the Promenade and surrounding Downtown Long Beach areas will become a zombie infested party. The event has become so large, there is no longer a single, scheduled walk, but instead has evolved into a festival with live music, food, and a bevy of zombies shambling at their leisure. There will be over a dozen live bands, such as The Radioactive Chicken Heads and The Maxies; and outdoor screenings of classic zombie movies “Dawn of the Dead” and “Night of the Living Dead”.
This is an all-ages event (apparently Zombies like children), and general admission tickets are $15. They expect a long line at the gate, so we recommend you purchase your tickets online.
Sunnyside Cemetery Historical Tour
Every year, Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach (the really old one with the cool headstones on Willow) hosts a Historical Tour with the Long Beach Historical Society. The tour is interesting, with actors portraying notable “residents” of Sunnyside Cemetery, with many colorful characters and local historical figures.
Tickets are $20 – sold only on the day of the tour at the main gate on Willow from 8:30 am to noon. Performances run continually from 9am to 2:30, and guided tours depart at 9, 10, 11, and noon. (Free hot dog lunch from 11:30 – 1:30pm)
Treats in the Streets in Old Towne Orange
Thursday, October 24th is the 17th Annual Treats in the Streets in Old Towne Orange – a FREE event from 4-7pm in Old Towne Orange Plaza (Chapman and Glassell). There will be trick-or-treating at participating merchants until 5:30, followed by a costume parade, games, entertainment, and food vendors. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume (no masks on adults please).
Laguna Niguel Haunted Trails
The city of Laguna Niguel has an interesting Halloween event – Haunted Trails – October 24-26, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This year has a twisted fairy tale theme with Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and other characters out to haunt you. Groups of 10-13 guests are escorted through tents, mazes, and a graveyard. This is supposed to be a scary event – not suitable for children under 8. Admission is $10, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Pacific Symphony Halloween Masquerade
October 26th at 10am, the Pacific Symphony is performing a Halloween Masquerade at Segerstrom Concert hall. From the Pacific Symphony website:
“Pacific Symphony spooky favorites like “Harry Potter” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” are paired with Latin American symphonic hits for a cross-cultural celebration! Enjoy music and traditions from “Dia de los Muertos” alongside Halloween tunes and spine-chilling fun. Don’t forget to wear your costume and mask!
Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings are fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts designed especially for children 5-11. Enjoy family fun time together while enhancing your child’s (or grandchild’s) love of music.
During the Musical Carnival, enjoy free hands-on activities for children, who can meet Symphony musicians, sing, dance, play, color, try musical instruments and enjoy themselves in thematic activities related to the concert. 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers; 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.”
Tickets are available on the Pacific Symphony website.
We hope you have a “Spooktacular” weekend! (I couldn’t resist)