Face Your Fears and Frights at the Queen Mary’s 10th Annual Dark Harbor
Written By: Audrey Kemp
Photography Provided By: The Queen Mary Dark Harbor
Hey, thrill-seekers—are you in search of a real-deal haunting this Halloween season? If so, then the historic ocean liner, the Queen Mary, welcomes you aboard for her 10th annual Dark Harbor extravaganza. Here are five unearthly delights that will surely send shivers down your spine.
1 | A Real Ghost Ship Queen Mary Dark Harbor
Hailed as one of the most haunted places in America, the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor event is perfect for the authentic thrill-seeker and history buff alike. For the entire month of October, Dark Harbor retells the ship’s storied past through a labyrinth of mazes, a mob of monsters and a world of spooky wonders.
Native Knowledge: For the first time in Dark Harbor history, guests can now excavate the ship’s deepest, darkest quarters and walk through her infamous Door 13, dubbed one of the vessel’s most haunted areas; according to lore, an 18-year-old crewman was tragically crushed to death by the door in 1967.
If you can look past their eerie exteriors, the spirits on board can give you a wooden token that will guide you to one of Dark Harbor’s four secret bars: The SideBar, Overboard, The Line Up and Fathom 6, each located within the mazes. We promise you’ll find libations so delicious, you’ll wish you could drink them for all eternity.
Native Knowledge: The early ghost gets the most. Arrive at Dark Harbor’s Village before the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. for a specialty cocktail at The Last Drop Bar or $15 whiskey flights next door at The Barrel Tasting Room. You can also get a discounted admission ticket during this Happy Haunting Hour.
3 | Rogue in Vogue Queen Mary Dark Harbor
During the Second World War, a rogue wave towering at 92 feet struck the Queen Mary, causing her to tip 52 degrees. Had she rolled just three degrees further, she would have capsized. Now you can relive the horror of that night at Dark Harbor’s newest attraction, Rogue—a maze so dark and disorienting that you’ll be calling, “Mayday, Mayday!”
Step aboard the ship on October 11, 18, 25 and 31 only to attend “Dark Hour: A Look Behind the Screams.” This is a VIP event that allows guests a glimpse at the black magic behind the curtain. Here, guests can attend a Q&A with Dark Harbor’s producer, take frightening photos with the cast and indulge in spooky food and drink. Limited tickets are available on the Queen Mary’s website.
5 | Those Who Plod the Plank Queen Mary Dark Harbor
Some lurk and creep about amid darkness; others dart on stilts and skid before you. Every night, Dark Harbor is teeming with spectral spirits on stage and in the streets, some resembling real people who once roamed the vessel’s deck—like Scary Mary, the little girl who haunts the swimming pool. Plus, from the aerialists, fire shows and sliders, to undead DJs and magicians galore, these ghouls put on a real freak show.
Native Knowledge: Charity Hill, the Co-Executive producer for Dark Harbor, recommends taking a break from the chaos and letting all your fears go up in smoke. “Grab a seat and enjoy a plethora of flavors at the Hookah Lounge and enjoy the screams from a distance,” she says.
Queen Mary Dark Harbor
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802