A DEVIL OF A GOOD TIME
The Signal Hill Public Library will screen The Exorcist on Friday, Oct. 29 at 6pm at the Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St., as part of its “Final Friday Film Night.” Children under 18 not permitted, since the R-rated film contains strong language and disturbing images. Call (562) 989-7323.
FRIGHTENING FAMILY FUN
Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring St., will offer a “haunted” book signing with Claudine Burnett, author of Haunted Long Beach 2, during a free book-signing party with family-friendly scary stories on Friday, Oct. 29, beginning at 7pm. Refreshments will be provided, and costumes are welcome. Call (562) 208-9783 or email email@example.com.
IT’S NOT FOR REAL!
On October 30, 1938, radio listeners tuned in to CBS, expecting a dramatic adaptation of a literary classic, and heard what sounded like an actual news bulletin announcing the landing of a Martian spacecraft. People panicked across America as they listened to the fictional War of the Worlds. The Long Beach Shakespeare Company, 4250 Atlantic Ave., will perform this dramatic adaptation before a live audience at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30, and at 7pm on Sunday, Oct. 31. The production is directed by Helen Borgers, with music and sound effects from the original broadcast. General admission is $15, and $10 for students. Visit lbshakespeare.org or call (562) 997-1494.
A GHOULISH GOOD TIME
Bixby Park Preservation will host its first “Bixby Park Halloween Carnival” from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Bixby Park, located on the corner of 1st Street and Junipero Avenue. This family event will include prizes for carnival games, a Halloween costume contest, ghoulish activities, an Edgar Allen Poe-try Contest, a best home-decorated/home-carved pumpkin contest and scary arts and crafts. Tickets are 50 cents each, contest entries are $2 and bouncer is $1. Proceeds from the event will be used for a new playground and improved landscaping. Contact (562) 983-8139.
ZOMBIES ON PARADE
The Greater Long Beach Arts Lab (GLOBAL) will host the 3rd annual 4th Street Zombie Walk celebration on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5pm to midnight, with live music, ghoulish food & drinks, maniacal make-up stations, a zombie flash-mob dance performance, and more. The event culminates with the Zombie Walk down 4th Street (starting at 8:30pm from Portfolio Coffeehouse) and ending at the Art Theatre for the screening of Shaun of the Dead at 9:30pm. More info at mondocelluloid.com/zombiewalk.
The Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., will present a free Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Festival on Sunday, Oct. 31 from noon to 4pm, with a variety of activities for the whole family, such as art workshops, face painting, an altar display, live music and folkloric dancing. Call (562) 437-1689 or go to molaa.org.
HAVE A BALL
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, 6400 E. Bixby Hills Rd., will be the site of an afternoon of international fun on Sunday, Oct. 31, from noon to 4:30pm. Kids and adults will be entertained by the Jumbo Shrimp Circus and the Southern California Band Organs. Participants can win prizes by playing international ball games and competitions throughout the gardens. Kids will have the chance to create crafts representing harvest lore from around the globe. Visit rancholosalamitos.org or call (562) 431-3541.
LIVING TOUR WITH THE DEAD
Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 N. Virginia Rd., invites the public to its “Living History Tour” on Sunday, Oct. 31, with free tours offered on the half-hour between 1pm and 4pm. “Ghosts from the past” (costumed living history characters from the 1840s, 1870s or 1930s) will entertain visitors with stories of their lives, as visitors tour the two-story adobe home and grounds. Visit rancholoscerritos.org or call (562) 570-1755.
The Community Action Team will host what it describes as “the biggest Halloween pet event in the world” with its 10th annual “Haute Dog Howl’oween” Parade on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2:30pm on the sidewalks of 2nd Street. The cost is $15 per dog for advance registration, but it’s free to spectate (front-row chair rentals available for $5 each along the route). The pre-parade entertainment, vendors, adoption fair and the “SoCal Kids Halloween Contest” will take place at Livingston Park, at East Livingston Drive. Kids will meet before 2:20pm in the Tot Lot at Livingston Park and then walk the Howl’oween Parade route in advance of the dogs. Judges will be stationed along the route and cash prizes will be awarded at 3pm inside the Tot Lot. Visit hautedogs.org.
MUSIC IN THE SCARE
At the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA), 12700 Center Court Dr., the Pacific Symphony will present a “Halloween Family Concert” on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 3pm. In this family-friendly celebration promoting music appreciation and exploration, the symphony will play frightfully fun movie music, including selections from Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costumes. Tickets, which are $30, are available at the CCPA ticket office, at cerritoscenter.com, or by calling (562) 467-8818. Tickets are $18 each if four or more tickets are purchased.
TRUNK OR TREAT
The California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., will offer its “Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular” event on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5pm to 7pm. The event will include trick-or-treating from decorated cars in the parking lot, activities, and games. More info at calheightsumc.org or (562) 595-1996.
GOBLINS ON THE GREEN?
The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) will have its 4th Annual Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 31 on the Green at 20th Street and Daisy Avenue from 6pm to 8:30pm. The costume contest will begin at 7pm and offers prizes for the best costume in the age categories of: 1 to 4, 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. Call (562) 427-5021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.