The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is some terrific Halloween fun

I sent my Halloween-fanatic husband to go check out The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor and report back.  He texted that he was going on their new Encounters experience, which takes you on a ghost tour of the back areas of the ship and requires a signed waiver.  He managed to send a few pics over before the last text. Apparently, he’s been swept into some vortex.  When you attend Dark Harbor this month, can you see if you can find him?



Queen Mary Dark Harbor is very unique in the world of big Halloween events around Southern California, as this ship is renown for being haunted anyway. Add in cramped and tight walkways full of spooks and eerie sounds and you’ve got yourself a real scary experience!


Honestly, the event has evolved tremendously over the years and stands up wonderfully against Knott’s Scary Farm and Universal Halloween Horror Nights. Like the others, Dark Harbor is recommended for children over 12 but it is not nearly as gory as the other two parks and the monsters are a bit more fun and friendly here.  There is a lot of entertainment and many food choices, similar to what you find at the fair, but themed to Halloween!


The Captain of the Grey Ghost

Queen Mary Dark Harbor runs most Thursdays through Sunday nights in October.  Admission pricing begins at $24 and VIP admission, which is highly recommended and gives you front of line access and a bunch of other premiums, starts at $76 on select nights if purchased 24 hours ahead of the event.  This year the event features 3 new attractions as well and the spinning swing ride that used to be part of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. I know, creepy right??

Port of Long Beach Green Port Fest and it’s FREE!

Have you heard of the Port of Long Beach Green Port Fest? If you haven’t, here is the scoop. Green Port Fest is the Port of Long Beach’s annual open house. It’s a chance to educate the community about the port’s vital role in the economy and ground-breaking environmental programs. There will be more than 70 booths and exhibits, children’s activities, entertainment, food, boat and rail tours and much more. The best part is that the Fest is FREE!
Some of the activities featured at the festival will be a children’s playground with face painting, eyes under the sea – spotlighting underwater robots, big machines-checking out the yard hostlers that move the heavy containers under the sea and what lives in the harbor spotlighting the wildlife that calls the Port of Long Beach home.
When I first read about the Festival last year, I couldn’t wait to share this with you. The Long Beach Green Port Fest will be held on Saturday, October 3rd from 1oAM to 3PM. Green Port Fest is held at the Port Administration Building, but there is no on-site parking. Instead, park at the Long Beach Convention Center and hop on one of the free shuttles.
Make sure to arrive there early to reserve a spot on one of the many boat tours. It’s going to be so fun!
Port of Long Beach Green Port Fest
Saturday October 3rd
10am to 3pm
There will be a limited amount of free parking at the Long Beach Convention Center. If you are coming from the 710 South Freeway, be sure to use the “Downtown” exit. Enter the convention center parking lot at Shoreline Drive and South Linden Avenue and look for our Green Port Fest shuttles. See the map for more details.
For additional information head on over here

Shark Lagoon Nights are back & FREE at the Aquarium of the Pacific!

If you are looking for something to do with your family that is FREE and absolutely fun, look no further! The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting Shark Lagoon Nights, every Friday night, from 6pm to 9pm.
The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks such as sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon. There will also be live entertainment and fun for the entire family.
This is the perfect outing for a fun Friday night. For additional information head on over here.