Fright Night in Long Beach
Cemetery Walks, Creature Crawls, RollerWeen Skating and Dark Harbor on the Queen Mary
As the second-largest commercial holiday in America, Halloween is when inhibitions are discarded or hidden under a secret persona of your own making. Even for those who don’t reinvent themselves for Fright Night, there are plenty of other-worldly ways to haunt the hallowed halls and harbors of Long Beach in October.
Historical Cemetery Tour
Who better to lead a sojourn into the past than the Historical Society of Long Beach? On October 28, that journey happens to be a tromp through two of the city’s oldest cemeteries. The adjacent Sunnyside and Long Beach Memorial Cemeteries host at least 20,000 departed souls on Willow Street, and guides from the HSLB tell their stories while huddled graveside on the Saturday before Halloween. Period costumes recreate the aura of time and place, suspending reality for about three hours of deliciously ethereal time travel.
Creature Crawl on 4th Street
Fourth Fridays have become a tradition at Retro Row, and October personifies the term “retro” in a creatively creepy way. On October 27, the vintage-centric district dances into the moonlight with a Creature Crawl, welcoming everyone to stomp the darkness in full costume. Macabre music fuels “fiendish food” and “devilish drink” accompanied by “spooktacular art shows.” The free community get-together takes place on Fourth Street between Temple and Hermosa Avenues.
5th Annual Rollerween Sk8-N-Scare
All ages roll into the revelry of Halloween at the Rollerween Sk8-N-Scare hosted by the Bayshore Rink Party, which encourages you to join the undead fun and “bring your mumm.” Get ready for haunting music, games and prizes while whizzing through the night. You’ll also be entered in Mimi Masher’s 5th Annual Rollerween Costume Contest.
The two-hour party rages from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. inside Bayshore Sports Rink at 54th and Ocean Avenue. Get there early for gearing up with rental skates or bring your own at no additional charge.
Tip: The Bayshore Roller Rink also hosts two Thursday night Beach Front Roller Rink events in October, one on the 10th and another on the 17th.
Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary
In what may be the most authentic haunted venue in Southern California, the month-long Dark Harbor attraction occupies the Queen Mary ship at the Port of Long Beach in October. The Captain and Scary Mary reign supreme over more than 200 monsters who haunt, tromp, scream and scare visitors through six mazes, thrilling rides and live on-deck entertainment. With a warning of “Fear Lives Here,” the theme imagines a rogue wave hitting the Queen Mary and tipping it on its side. Passengers’ fates are curled in the hands of the Captain as he fights to keep from capsizing and sending all to their watery graves.
There’s nothing to fear when safely tucked into your own Long Beach apartment. Call Pinnacle today for a personal tour and to secure your place in one of our Long Beach apartment communities.