Long Beach Historical Cemetery Tour
Hollywood Gothique Says:
Though not billed as a Halloween event, the Historical Society of Long Beach’s annual cemetery tour features actors portraying the souls of the dead, resurrected to relate their tales to the living. The result is a combination of cemetery tour and theatrical event, with the emphasis on history rather than horror. Solid scripting and amazing actors bring the past to life, though audiences are more likely to shed tears than emit screams. Recommended.
Long Beach Municipal Cemetery & Sunnyside Cemetery
1095 E. Willow Avenue, Long Beach 90806
2021 Date: After the 2020 pandemic, the annual Historical Cemetery Tour returns on Saturday, October 30.
Hours: 9am-3pm. Tours take three hours to complete, with the last presentations beginning at 2:40pm.
Tickets (presale): $25 for non-members, $20 for members, $8 for ages 5-18, $1 for ages 4 and under. Tickets are on sale at the gate from 8:30am till noon.
Long Beach Historical Cemetery Tour General Information
The Historical Society of Long Beach conducts its annual living history tour at the city’s two oldest – and conveniently adjacent – cemeteries, located on Willow Street between Orange and California. The 2-hour tours recount the stories of the lives and deaths of people from Long Beach’s past, through graveside performances by actors in period costume. The Historical Cemetery Tour is appropriate for all ages – this is not a scary Halloween event. Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing (mornings are chilly but the day heats up by afternoon).
Tours typically take place on the the final Saturday of October. Performances run continuously from 9am to 2:30pm. Free hot-dog lunch from 11:30am to 1:30pm. General Admission $20, Members $15, Students ages 8-18 $5, and children 7 and under are free. Tickets are sold at the cemetery on the day of the event only, from 8:30am-noon.
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