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The Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary

The Dark Harbor Halloween experience has returned with new spirits, mazes, freaks and frights inspired by the real-life hauntings on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

The Queen Mary is located in the Port of Long Beach and features a rich history of Art Deco going back to her maiden voyage back in 1936. She was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built at the time and people come from all around the world come to visit her. One of the many tours given to guest around the year is the ghost tour of the ship.

Inside of The Queen Mary

Every Halloween, the ship is transformed into Dark Harbor a very unique and spooky Halloween experience. Where other theme parks set up a spooky atmosphere, Dark Harbor has history on its side. Queen Mary has been voted one of the most haunted places in the world. Walking through it alone is already a scary experience. Add mazes, people jumping out at you and you got one of the best halloween experiences in Southern California. Their haunted mazes take you through the boiling room and pool of the old ship.

Monster at The Dark Harbor

This years newest spirit character is The Ringmaster. She orchestrates the freaks and ghouls through the nightmare of evil, which is Dark Harbor. The Ringmaster, The Captain and their gaggle of ghosts including Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry and Scary Mary have conjured up an all-new bloodcurdling vintage circus under the big top tent inside the deadly dome. There is a also new freak and sideshow experience inspired by some of the ship’s most infamously haunted spirits and tales.

The overall vibe is quite different from other theme-park Halloween events. The main area resembles a fair-like ambiance, with a variety of dining and “entertainment” booths, all Halloween themed. There was entertainment as well as ziplining, adding an additional layer of activities beyond the mazes. The ghouls and goblins are highly skilled in appearing out of nowhere and scaring the hell out of you. Sometimes they’re a little predictable, but this was easily one of the spookiest events I’ve attended in regard to the skill of the scarers.

Zipline at Dark Harbor

Dark Harbor has one of the best value in town with tickets only $20 dollars. You can also upgrade to Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and go one step further to get lodging package where you can spend the night with the ghosts on the ship.

This event is intended for adults and is not recommended for children 13. Dark Harbor will be open October 3-5; 11-13; 17-20, 24-27 and Oct 31 – November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.

A self-proclaimed social media addict, Debbie Miller spends much of her time sharing photos of her dogs on Instagram and drinking copious amounts of tea. She is the Founder of Social Hospitality, an Orange County marketing firm that focuses on social media, blogging, and SEO. She also writes for many other publications including OC Metro and OC Menus, and will be launching a new blog, Drink Play Grub, on her OC Adventures in the near future.
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