Halloween in the 50’s

Smilin’ Jack turns 67.

I remember the year we piled in the 39 Ford and drove all the way from Artesia to Wilmington to see “the largest pumpkin in the world. At least that’s what we were told. I can’t believe it was 67 years ago or that the Phillips refinery still carries on the tradition.

My parents made every holiday something to look forward to. They made life fun. And, in the 50’s simple things like a drive to Wilmington to see Smilin’ Jack was special.

Cemetary Tour: Historical Society of Long Beach

You can tell a lot about a city’s history from its cemetaries. 8 stories, each taking about 20 minutes. Only $15 if you are a member of the Historical Society of Long Beach (not of the cemetary… in that case, your admission is free! Bahhhhhaaahhaaa!)

For non members, the cost is only $20. Youth aged 5-18 only $8. 4 and under, free! Learn more and purchase tickets at the HSLB site.