With summer in the books, the inflatable orange pumpkins proudly displayed on lawns across the suburbs only mean one thing: Halloween. The local theme parks have pulled out their big guns for this year’s ‘fright fests’ and each year the bar is raised with only one champ being crowned. The north has Six Flags while the south has Disney and Knott’s. By the bay, Long Beach is one of the top contenders as they host their annual Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary.
It was two hours before opening night at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor the press had a sneak peek at the new installations this year and the bounty of mazes that promised to terrorize. The ghouls and monsters had fantastic special effects makeup at various points in the park. The speedy characters slid across the guests causing sparks to shoot from their enhanced hand and knee pads. The creatures mingled with the media and posed for pictures before returning to their usual haunts around the ship’s mazes. The scariest, Scary Mary, lead a group through a maze, “Lullaby,” that had multiple Mary characters that would pop out randomly throughout the tour. It sent nerves jumped off the ship as the nightmare was only the beginning.
Some of the attractions returned including “B340,” “Soulmate” with the all-new “Lullaby” and “The Curse of Anubis: Paintball Adventure” making their debut. The “Sideshow” included freaks and oddities with a stage for vaudevillian-era performances. An important fact note about the ship is it’s tales of real hauntings reported by guests and staff. This adds to the hellish scenarios the park is known for every Halloween. As the media snapped the last remaining shots, the doors opened to the public where the guests were immediately greeted by this year’s creatures.
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is definitely one of the top Halloween attractions in Los Angeles to see this year. The location by the beach is on the money and sure to scare even the toughest of thrill seekers. The Dark Harbor goes on between Oct. 1st through Nov. 1st. Tickets start at $24 for general admission with certain dates and specific shows. The last day “Dia De Los Muertos” will have a costume contest with cash rewards. Hotel accommodates are also available on the ship with general admissions packages.
More info @: http://www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor/