A Ghost Ship Launches for Halloween in Southern California

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As a full-blown haunted attraction junkie, I’ve spent years covering every October-themed event Los Angeles has to offer. One of the best of the bunch was last year’s “LA Haunted Hayride”, and the twisted minds behind it are returning with an attraction that, truth be told, even I’m a little scared to go on.

This fall GHOST SHIP will kick the usual trend of haunted mazes by taking guests off the mainland for a 75-minute night cruise that promises all sorts of demented sights. October can’t come soon enough! Read on for full details!

From the Press Release
From the creators of the popular Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Ghost Ship is the first haunted attraction in the country to take place on a ship that sets sail into the dark, open ocean at night.

Departing from Newport Beach, California, and comprised of three levels of highly interactive content, Ghost Ship will send guests on a 75-minute ride of pure terror where not one corner of this ship is off limits.

The plot behind Ghost Ship starts in the early 1930’s when the State of California became responsible for the residents of Psych Ward 7. These were the most dangerous inmates in the country, so dangerous that no walls on land were considered adequate to keep society safe. It was decided that these inmates were to be housed on a ship anchored over 100 miles off shore that was to become the country’s first floating asylum. One fall night in 1939, without so much as a cloud in the sky or a ripple in the water, the ship disappeared off the Coast Guard’s radar and has never been found…until now.

The gut of the ship will bring guests through the abandoned hallways of what once was the treatment deck for those in need of Electro Shock Therapy, Hydrotherapy, and Sleep Disorder Rehabilitation as well as the old examination rooms and morgue. The middle floor will appear to provide a moment of calm where patrons can grab a cocktail and take in the old ballroom vibe of the 1930’s. However, appearances can be incredibly deceiving as this may just be the most disturbing floor of the ship with some severely twisted surprises that guests will never see coming. Lastly, the top deck will bring gluttons for punishment through an interactive execution experience that just may make them wonder “who” is actually getting executed. This will be an experience you will not want to miss if you are someone with a high tolerance for fear. And we must warn you that once you have stepped onto Ghost Ship, you are fair game.

Once guests enter the ship, they are able to move through the floors at their own pace. Melissa Carbone, Executive Producer of Ghost Ship, states that “obviously, content is very important to haunted attractions, but I believe that of equal importance is the environment in which you place that content. That’s what makes Ghost Ship special. It’s another exercise in isolation…this time in the ocean. And that to our knowledge has not been done before.”

Ghost Ship has also adopted a “Fur Free” policy prohibiting guests from bringing garments made of fur onto the ship with an apropos slogan for the season of “We have enough blood and guts inside, NO FUR PLEASE.”

Parent company, Ten Thirty One Productions, owns, produces, and promotes attractions internationally, including the successful Southern California based “Los Angeles Haunted Hayride,” while using them as a vehicle to create social awareness and fundraising for Animal and Wildlife Preservation as well as Environmental Conservation. Additionally, Ghost Ship will be a presenting sponsor at the “Stan Lee and Comikaze Expo’s” Comic-Con Private After-Party event on Thursday, July 21st, at the Bristol Hotel in Downtown San Diego.

Ghost Ship’s maiden voyage is October 14th and operates every Friday and Saturday through October 29th. There will be three voyages per night at 6:30pm, 8:15pm, and 10:00pm. General Admission is $59. Only 400 tickets are sold for each voyage so space is very limited.

Tickets are currently available for purchase online at Ghost Ship!

A Ghost Ship Launches for Halloween in Southern California

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