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. Every Halloween time, the ship is transformed into Dark Harbor a very unique and spooky Halloween experience. Where other theme parks try and 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.
Your friendly ghouls return with the Ringmaster, The Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary and introducing The Voodoo Priestess. Encounter the priestess at the brand new VooDoo Village haunted maze, which had me jumping and screaming. When I walked through the maze I encountered voodoo spirits, tombstone monsters, and witnessed horrifying sacrifices on the murky bayou. I really loved the sets they designed for this maze. There is a also a freakshow experience and a brand new interactive maze called called Encounter, where you join an exclusive ghost hunt aboard the Queen Mary. Watch out, you might be the one who gets sacrificed on the ship. Another random surprise was that they have a swing ride, which was once owned by Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch. So you can get your thriller on as you swing around and around.
Dark Harbor has one of the best value in town with tickets only 20 dollars online. You can also upgrade to Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and go one step further to get lodging package. Thats right you can spend the night with the ghosts on the ship. Dark Harbor will be open October 9-12; 16-19;23-26 and Oct.29 – Nov. 2. from 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.