In 1934, the RMS Queen Mary was launched as a state-of-the-art cruise liner. The majestic Queen Mary catered to elite travelers wishing to experience the pinnacle of luxury. However, when World War II began in the 1940s, the Queen Mary was painted grey and repurposed to transport Allied soldiers and weapons to various battlefronts.
Once the war ended, the RMS Queen Mary was restored to its original status as a luxury cruise liner. In 1967, it found its final resting place in Long Beach Harbor, transitioning into a tourist attraction that offers visitors a glimpse into the early days of the 20th century.
It’s unsurprising that numerous crew members and visitors have claimed the RMS Queen Mary is a hub for paranormal activity. To celebrate the ship’s ghostly history, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal decided to host an annual Halloween celebration dubbed Shaqtoberfest.
Shaqtoberfest boasts sea creatures writhing on a haunted wharf, pirates reveling in a chilling fishing village, and eerie clowns shadowing the Wacky Shack Funhouse. The event also features thrilling rides like the Giant Gondola Wheel, themed bars serving Tiki cocktails such as the Zombie, and a pumpkin patch.
Those intrigued by the RMS Queen Mary’s haunted past can join the Haunted Encounters Tour, available year-round. This tour delves into tales of paranormal sightings, including a departed captain, an engineer who met a tragic end, and various ghostly children who seem to make regular appearances.
The RMS Queen Mary presents the ideal setting to celebrate the most haunting season of the year. The phantom you encounter in the Haunted Fishing Village might be an actor in disguise, or perhaps it’s the spirit of a sailor lost at sea, rising from the abyss to wish you a chilling Halloween.
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