Reasons To Visit L.A. For Halloween (Part 2): Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor And The Purge: Fear The Night

By September 27, 2013

QueenMaryDarkHarborLogo_BlkWelcome back to our ongoing series showcasing the best things to do in Los Angeles for Halloween. If you missed the first installment from last week, don’t fret! Here’s the link wherein I discussed Halloween Horror Nights and Knotts Scary Farm. If I were you, I’d be getting excited right about now. September is almost over, pumpkin patches are starting to pop up around the city, and your local Target should be selling the seasonal selection of classic monster cereals. Halloween is a mere 34 days away! So let’s cut the small talk and get down to it.

The two events I’m going to discuss in this article at Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor and The Purge: Fear The Night. If you didn’t gather that by the title, then I don’t know what to do with you. First up…


Queen-Mary-monsters1Every year, this haunt event exceeds that of many others throughout the Los Angeles area (okay, this is Long Beach, whatever) and what makes Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor so cool is that the six original mazes featured here are on an actual ship (hello, Queen Mary!). Not to mention, the production value is top notch and The Queen Mary has been known to have an actual ghost or two (if you believe in that sort of thing).

Mazes And Featured Attractions:


circusCome experience the horror under The Queen Mary’s very own big top tent inside the deadly dome, the heart of The Captain’s Carnival. Face your greatest fears as you find your way through disorienting illusions, fatally horrific magic and circus wonders never before imagined. Just watch your step – the Ringmaster is on the loose and could trap you eternally inside the circus of the dead.


captain_mazeThe wreckage of Deadrise has once again been called into service by The Captain to escort him and his army of super ghosts and monsters into a battle against the living to reclaim Dark Harbor. As you walk through the carnage of the maze, beware – the undead are ready to fight for your soul.


henry_mazeEnter if you dare, but consider yourself warned – once you enter this haunted inferno you’ll be dying to get out. And be sure to keep an eye out for Henry, who took the dare of a lifetime aboard the Queen Mary and never disembarked. His soul is trapped here at Dark Harbor, so he passes his time by playing tricks on the living, and just when you think you know what to expect, Henry will show up to turn things upside down.


gale_mazeSubmerged will take your fears to a whole new level. As you try to escape from the sinking ship, you will find out that there’s more to be afraid of than just going to your watery grave. Graceful Gale has claimed the depths of submerged. Her beauty in life and in death keep the men lined up for a dance. But be warned – she not only captivates, she also captures souls. And be on the look out for Mary, who has haunted the Queen Mary ever since her horrible drowning in the poolroom over 50 years ago. Now she is passing her time in her playroom in our maze Submerged, just waiting for an eternal playmate…


samuel_mazeOn a 1948 Atlantic voyage, Samuel was locked away in room B340 after a violent outburst. When the crew went to check on him, they found the room in disrepair and Samuel himself violently ripped apart and dead. Now his soul is held in Containment and he is fighting to escape. Sometimes it’s what you can’t see that you should be most afraid of. In Containment, your fear of the unknown will take you to the edge of terror and back.


Just because you’re not on the ship doesn’t mean that you’re not in harm’s way. One walk through Village of the Damned will have you running for your life. And be on the look out for the Captain; though he calls Deadrise home, he tends to wander about haunting all of Dark Harbor and The Queen Mary.

Queen-Mary-Dark-Harbor-2013-monstersAside from the featured mazes and monsters lurking throughout the ship, there are a few other nifty little attractions that round out Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor rather well. Please note, however, that these attractions below require additional tickets to gain entry.


freak_showYou will never guess what’s waiting for you inside the containers of freaks: Headless Hannah, Human Crab, Sparky, The White Spirit and the Shadow Spirit. But be on look out for the Twins and The Beast, who roam freely among the Freak Shows. Step right up!

Two new rides are featured in this year’s Dark Harbor as well. The “Mechanical Monster” challenges visitors to survive 8 seconds on Dark Harbor’s Wild Bucking Monster. The “Zipline” promises you a little escape from the madness of the monsters and maxes of the ship as you can literally take a leap off of the ship into the terrors below as you rush through the event on Dark Harbor’s high-speed zip line. 

Tickets for Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor are on sale now and the event kicks off on Thursday October 3rd for select dates through November 2nd. Click here for the dates and tickets which start at just $20!

And now let’s move on to discuss…


1683618-poster-p-the-purge-haunted-houseLast year found Jason Blum even more success, aside from the highly successful horror film hits under The Blumhouse Productions umbrella (Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge) as Blumhouse of Horrors proved a fantastic addition to the horror events happening around town through the Halloween season.

This year, Blum is partnering with directors Josh Randall and Kristjan Thor, the founders and creators of the batsh*t crazy sounding Blackout haunted houses featured in both New York and Los Angeles. And why not team up? This year, both Blackout and The Purge: Fear The Night will be taking place in the same location: The Historic Valley Arts Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.

For six weeks, visitors can experience the backstory behind the recent Blumhouse hit The Purge. Guests will become “delegates” to the annual convention of the New Founding Fathers in this near-future dystopian reality where all crime is legal once a year for a 12 hour period. Not all Americans subscribe to the belief that The Purge works and that will supply some intense opposition which will have frightening and even deadly ramifications while visitors wander throughout the attraction. Audience members will inhabit this world for roughly 2 hours, embarking on their own discovery of the total of six floors and 70,000 square feet of immersive horror-theater.

Fear-the-NightThe Purge: Fear the Night starts Sept. 27 (that’s tonight!) and will run every week Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with expanded showtimes during Halloween week. The event is open to anyone 18 years of age or older (alcoholic beverages are sold here, people!). There will be eight arrival times per evening: 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:15 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. The experience lasts between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours, depending on guests’ own pace.

Ticket price for admission is $65. Click here for more information and ticket availability!

That does it for this week. There is still so much to cover in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more spine tingling, blood curdling and…uh…face-meltingly awesome things to do for Halloween in Los Angeles. Stay spooky!

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