Halloween is less than a week away and festivities are already underway. Here are some events to help ghosts, goblins and regular people enjoy the day.

The YMCA Haunted Maze is open from 5 to 9 p.m. through Oct. 31 at Shoreline Village downtown.  Admission is $6. 

Treasures 'n Treats from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Cornerstone Church, is a family-friendly event with candy, games, prizes and a gospel message. It's free, and there is a hot dog dinner available for purchase. Cornerstone Church is at 1000 N. Studebaker Rd. www.cclbkids.org.

It' a Creature Crawl and Halloween Festival from 6 to 9 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 26 as part of Fourth Fridays on Fourth Street between Temple and Hermosa.

There's a Harvest Festival/Old Fashioned Halloween Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at California United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave.

The Khmer Girls in Action are joining in the fun with Hotel of Horrors featuring a maze, a photo booth, music and more. It's open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at 1355 Redondo Ave. 

Long Beach Shakespeare continues its Halloween tradition with performances of Orson Wells's classic radio play that scared the nation, "War of the Worlds" Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $12.50 and the shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Helen Borgers Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave. Call (562) 997-1494 or go to www.lbshakespeare.org.

The Historical Cemetery Tour begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Sunnyside and Municipal cemeteries. There will be stops at eight graves, with costumed actors portraying people buried in the cemetery. The last performance start at 2:40 p.m. In advance, tickets are $20 with discounts available for members and children. Add $5 for tickets at the door. Visit www.hslb.org. The event is a fundraiser for the Historical Society of Long Beach.

There's a Halloween story time and activities for children starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Barnes & Noble in Marina Pacifica, 6326 E. PCH, (562) 431-2253.

The Healthy Halloween Festival comes to Farm Lot 59 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Organizers say no tricks, only healthy treats and fun. It's $5 per person. Go to www.farmlot59.org.

International City Theatre presents "We Tell Scary Stories!", a child-friendly show at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the O'Neill Theater in the Convention Center at 330 E. Seaside Way. Costumes are welcome. The show is free and last an hour. 

They'll mix science and Halloween fun at Spooky Science and Halloween Slime between noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Los Altos Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. There are two sessions for the free event: 11 a.m and 2 p.m.

The Nature Center Howl-oween has trick or treating along its trails from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St.

We Love Long Beach is organizing a citywide Pumpkin Carving Party at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. For details, send an email to info@welovelb.org.

It's "Trunk or Treat," that's at car trunks, from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the First Congregational Church, 241 Cedar Ave. 

The Aquarium of the Pacific turns into the "Scarium of the Pacific" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28. There will be a costume contest, a creepy coloring contest, magic shows and more. The party is included in regular aquarium admission, which is $29.95 for adults, $26.95 seniors, $17.95 ages 3-11, (562) 590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org.

Later that night, the aquarium becomes "Haunted Atlantis." It's a Halloween DJ party of the whole family from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way. Tickets are $28. Go to www.aquariumofpacific.org.

Children can Trick or Treat from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Farmers Marketplace of Long Beach, 5000 E. Spring St. Costumes are encouraged and all children will get a free trick or treat bag at the information booth.

Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade

The Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade returns at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Marine Vista Park, 5349 Colorado St. It's free to watch, although seats are available for $5 cash at the event. It's $10 per dog to participate in the parade. The dog parade will be preceded by a costume contest for children and adults. Check in at 2 p.m. Visit www.JustinRudd.com/howloween.

It's a night of culinary witchcraft and wizardry with a Hogwarts' feast starting at 5 p.m .Sunday, Oct. 28, at Lasher's Kitchen, 5295 E. Second St. Dishes include Romanian Ridgeback Braised Shortrib, Mrs. Weasley's Fried Witches Chicken and more.  Costumes are welcome. It's $44 for adults and $18 for 12 and younger. Call (562) 343-7228.

A screening of the classic 1922 horror film "Nosferatu" accompanied by a live orchestra at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St. The Jack Curtis Dubrowsky Ensemble will perform an all new original score during the film. Tickets are $11.50. Visit www.arthteatrelongbeach.com 

Los Altos Library welcomes Trick or Treaters from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The library is at 5614 E. Britton Dr.

Halloween Belmont Shore

Trick or treating for children return to Second Street on Belmont Shore from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Children can trick or treat from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Shoreline Village downtown.

Set sail Halloween night at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on an adults-only Halloween Boo Cruise with Harbor Breeze Cruises. Costumes are welcome and there will be complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and a DJ. Tickets are $5. Visit https://tickets.harbor-cruises.com.

Kurt comes to the Gazettes with 30 years experience in broadcasting and journalism. He has produced and/or directed hundreds of television programs, including news, sports, entertainment, election coverage, town meetings and telethons.

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