Her House Sinks Down to Death: Halloween at the Haunted Queen Mary

RMS QUEEN MARY docks at Cherbourg 1957

30 minutes south of Los Angeles sits a grey ghost, a towering ocean liner permanently docked at Long Beach harbor that was voted one of the top 10 most haunted places in America in 2008. Since its launch in 1936, the RMS Queen Mary has served as a transatlantic luxury liner carrying over two million passengers, a wartime transport ship known for her speed and stealth, and most recently as a museum and hotel rumored to hold more than one hundred permanent ghostly residents. As Halloween approaches every year, the Queen Mary is transformed into Dark Harbor, a collection of spooky rides and haunted mazes designed to give even the most hardened horror lover pause.

Opening night for Dark Harbor 2014 will be Thursday, October 2 at the site of the gray lady herself. Admission gets you access to all six chill-inducing mazes, some of which are actually located inside the areas of the ship most rumored to be haunted, like the dark, long-dormant engine room where young sailor John Pedder was crushed to death in 1966, or the now-empty swimming pool said to ring with the phantom laughter of ghostly children. The event also includes a macabre carnival of the unusual and bizarre, midway rides, and food and drink usually reserved for the most wickedly gluttonous of summer fairs, reimagined for the Halloween crowd. If you’re not sure this event is for you, peruse this video of 2013’s highlights and the gallery below of the best of Dark Harbor and the RMS Queen Mary.

For more on the fascinating history of the RMS Queen Mary, read up on the ship’s background by Steven Ujifusa, and check out the Queen Mary photo collection on Queen Mary Story.

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2 replies

  1. Wished I lived there! Would so go!

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