Southern California may not get much in the way of fall weather, but the number of things you can do to celebrate the spirit of the season are in abundance. Halloween in Long Beach is both high drama and family friendly depending on where you choose to go. Recurring festivals and events from year to year make certain that you’ll always have options in every budget and age group.
Pier Pressure Long Beach Halloween Cruise
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Where: Catalina King Yacht
Website: California Nightlife ‘Pier Pressure’
Age Group: 21+ Adults
What’s In Store: Pier Pressure is the party for the adults, placed on a yacht in the Long Beach Harbor and set to float through the night. Happening on the Saturday before Halloween, this boat party encourages dancing with 5 DJs, three decks, and two rooms of music so that you have plenty of room to enjoy your evening. Tickets for this go quickly, so be sure to check out their website for availability and details. Parking for this is in the Catalina King’s parking lot, which is close to our next venue…
The Queen Mary’s ‘Dark Harbor’
Date: September 29th through October 31st, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: The Queen Mary
Age Group: Incredibly Brave Children and Adults
What’s In Store: Mazes, nighttime entertainment, and a series of ghosts and ghouls await you on the Queen Mary, where Halloween in Long Beach lasts the entire month of October. The day of Halloween also includes a Costumed Ball, where guests are invited to come dressed in their festive best for prizes. For those wanting to live a little more richly, spooky cabanas can be purchased to spend time in and enjoy a good cocktail at one of Long Beach’s oldest establishments.
Note: Costumes are only permitted on Halloween. Guests will be followed and encounter costumed monstrosities around and in the mazes, so it’s important to note that this is one you can take the kids to if they’re old enough to handle it. If you think it might be a little too much, then go ahead and skip this one just in case.
MOLAA’s Dia De Los Muertos 2016
Date: Saturday, October 22nd from 8:00PM to 12:00AM
Where: The Museum of Latin American Art
Website: MOLAA’s Event Landing Page
Age Group: 21+ Adults
What’s In Store: This is the Halloween event that you’ll get to enjoy a more culture centric look at October. Described as a celebration of women past and present, this event will focus on Latina influencers in art and culture. The theme of Dia De Los Muertos offers guests the opportunity to enjoy traditional displays, food vendors, and an artisan marketplace.
Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
Date: Sunday, October 30th at 2:30 PM (Pet Adoptions and Vendors from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM)
Where: Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803
Website: Haute Dog’s Website
Age Group: All Ages
What’s In Store: Presented by Haute Dog, the Howl’oween Parade is an event for dog lovers and owners. With hundreds of kids, adults, and dogs in costume, this is one of the best community events you’ll see in Long Beach. Bring your own folding chair and be ready to queue up for a space to watch; this event draws in quite the crowd.
Pumpkin Parade Halloween Party at Gymboree Play & Music
Date: Friday, October 21st from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and Saturday, October 22nd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: 4148 North Viking Way, Long Beach, CA 90808
Website: Eventbrite Page with Details
Age Group: Toddlers with Parents
What’s In Store: It’s often hard to find something that’s good for the smallest members of the family who aren’t quite ready for scares. Gymboree Play & Music is opening the floor to small children with this little festival, encouraging parents to bring their children in costume, make small crafts like a trick-or-treat bag and many others, and enjoy “spooky snacks” while your kids enjoy a little trick-or-treating of their own.
Regardless of who you’re spending your Halloween with, Long Beach always has something close by for everyone. We look forward to seeing you out there for the fun!