Saturday, Oct. 27
Run from the dead
Long Beach Boot Camp and ZeroPoint Performance will team up to host their first Long Beach Zombie 5K Walk/Shuffle/Run to take place at Bluff Park, Ocean Boulevard and Junipero Avenue, at 10:30am. The run will benefit Long Beach Cinematheque, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the celebration and study of classic and independent cinema. The 5K run will commence at Bluff Park and follow the beach path along the ocean towards the Marina Green and wind up at Edsel Park on 4th Street and Cherry Avenue in the 4th Street/Retro Row business district. After the 5K, participants are encouraged to gather at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, 2030 East 4th St., for a discounted meal and celebration that will include a zombie-themed costume contest. Each registered participant will receive a Zombie 5K Shuffle/Walk/Run T-shirt and a Zombie passport, good for use at this year’s Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival. Registration is $50. To register, visit longbeachzombie5k.com .
Walk with the dead
The Downtown Long Beach Associates has partnered with the Long Beach Zombie Walk to present ZombieTown from 3pm to 11pm.
Zombies are invited to explore downtown Long Beach, where more than 20 participating businesses will be offering food, drink and merchandise specials to Zombie passport (event ticket) holders. The ZombieTown map, which lists all participating businesses and their specials, and the form to purchase the passport are available at downtownlongbeach.org . For more information about the Zombie Walk, visit zombiewalklb.com or call (562) 436-4259.
Carnival on the court
The City of Signal Hill will host its annual Halloween carnival from 4pm to 7pm at the Signal Hill Park basketball courts located at 1780 E. Hill St. The event will feature activities such as games, a petting zoo, a toddler area, food, and live music. Admission is $3 per child (13 and under), and adults are free with children. The event will be cancelled in inclement weather. For more information or to sponsor or volunteer at the event, contact the Signal Hill Community Services Department at (562) 989-7330.
Party with spirits
The 49rs Tavern, 5660 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Suites A and B, will host a 54th anniversary and 2nd anniversary of its rebirth with a Halloween celebration from 5pm to 8pm. There will be specials on beer, wine and food, as well as a costume contest (no masks allowed). Doug Drummond, former Long Beach councilmember and vice mayor, will guest-bartend. Jeff Severson, former L.A. Ram and 49er, will perform country and western music with his Singing Safeties. For more information, call (562) 494-4449. (The bar has a reputation for famous patrons, including some of the L.A. Rams and the author Charles Bukowski, who wrote the novel Barfly.)
To explore strange new worlds
The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) will launch its 2012-2013 Orchestra POPS! series by taking audiences on a musical journey into space with To Boldly Go! at The Long Beach Arena, 300 East Ocean Blvd., at 8pm. The concert will present music of the cosmos, accompanied by spectacular photos taken through NASA telescopes. Musical selections will include Holst’s The Planets, plus the themes from Star Wars, Star Trek, ET, and more. The event will also serve as LBSO’s annual Halloween costume party. Concertgoers are encouraged to “boldly dress” in their favorite costumes. Doors will open at 6:30pm for picnicking. Tickets start at $21. Student rush tickets are available for $10 with valid ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (562) 436-3203 or visit LBSO.org .
Sunday, Oct. 28
fun for all
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd., will present a Children’s Fall Harvest Festival entitled “Traveling Tales: California on the Move” from noon to 4:30pm. Admission is free, and the event will include: a costume parade at 2pm; the Jumbo Shrimp Circus Harvest Hullabaloo, with their extravaganza of juggling, plate-spinning and slapstick antics; games in the barnyard; crafts and decoration-building; an exhibit of antique bicycles; a bike rodeo; and the Long Beach Firefighters Museum’s vintage rig and Model-T pick-up trucks on display. This year, the festival will also include a series of lectures entitled “Transportation Talks and Tales” which will take place in the new classroom at the Rancho. At 12:30pm, Beth Werling, collections manager for the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum will discuss “Los Angeles’ Impact on the Automobile.” At 1:30pm, Glen Creason, map librarian with the Los Angeles Public Library will present “A Cartographic History of the City of Los Angeles,” illustrated by 70 essential maps from 1849 to the present. At 2:45pm, Michael Sanborn, director of the Banning Residence Museum in Wilmington, will speak on “Phineas Banning: Forging a Southern California Staging and Trading Empire.” Free car parking and valet bicycle parking will be available at CSULB Lot #11 on Palo Verde Avenue at Rendina Street with continuous, handicap accessible shuttle service to the Rancho. To find out more, visit rancholosalamitos.org or call (562) 431-3541.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Bixby Knolls Christian Church, 1240 E. Carson St., will host a pre-trick-or-treating pizza dinner for the community from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Pizza is free to everyone in costume and $1 per slice for those not in costume. For more info, visit bixbyknollschurch.org or call (562) 426-0428.
Quite a spook-tacle
California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., will host trick-or-treating at its “Halloween Spooktacular” from 5:30pm to 8pm, with candy and games. For more information, visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996.
Pumpkins and candy and games. . . .oh, my!
Grace Brethren Church will host its 17th annual community carnival from 6pm to 9pm in its back parking lot located at Linden Avenue and 36th Street. According to its press release about the event, the expected attendance is 3,500 people and more than one ton of free candy will be given away to children from Long Beach and its surrounding areas. The carnival has no admission fees and boasts free carnival games, as well as large-scale attractions such as a giant slide, a bungee run, a mega obstacle course, game booths, a skate park and a live DJ. For the younger trick-or-treaters, the event will offer free balloon animals, bounce houses, and a pumpkin patch area which caters to the younger children and their parents. Traditional carnival food such as hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy and other treats will be available for purchase, along with cornbread and chili from Bake N’ Broil, coffee from Rose Park Roasters, and Mexican food from Baja Sonora. For more on the event, call (562) 595-6881 or email email@example.com .
A “Green” Halloween
The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance will host its “Halloween on the Green” on at 20th Street and Daisy Avenue. Costume contest registration will start at 6:30pm with the Costume Contest at 7pm sharp. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in each age group: 2 to 6 years old and 7 to 10 years old. Also included will be: a ring toss, bean-bag games and treats. The event is co-sponsored by the Long Beach Municipal Airport. For more information, contact Maria at (562) 427-5021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thursday, Nov. 1
An “altared” reality
California State University, Dominguez Hills’s University Art Gallery, A-107 in LaCorte Hall, 1000 E. Victoria St., in Carson, will open two shows entitled El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art and Day of the Dead Altars from 10am to 4pm. A special Day of the Dead celebration, featuring luminarias, folk music, costumes and food, will take place from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Participants are invited to dress up in calavera, or skull make-up. Traditional sugar skulls, Day of the Dead bread and hot chocolate will be served. Find out more by visiting cah.csudh.edu/art_gallery or calling (310)243-3334.
Friday, Nov. 2
Night of the Dead
Picture This Gallery & Custom Framing, 4130 Norse Way, will host an artist reception for its first Día de los Muertos exhibit. The free event, which includes pieces in a variety of media as well as commemorative altars, will run from 6pm to 10pm and will include a dance performance by Alma Latina Long Beach at 7pm, followed by a musical performance by Donde Son. Dia de los Muertos attire is encouraged, and there will be a free gift for the first 25 people in costume. Find out more by calling (562) 425-4861.