Halloween Booze Cruise Perks Interest, Nostalgia

If there’s one holiday I consistently fail at, it’s Halloween.

The trick-or-treat classic has always been elusive to me – to be honest I’m still surprised I remembered to write this post.

In theory, I’ve always been a big fan of Halloween. It makes for outstanding people watching – and seeing all the creative people and funny/impressive costumes inspires me.

Every year on the day after Halloween, I promise myself I’ll do better next year, put more thought into my costume.

It’s never worked, though. The date inevitably creeps up on me, and I never get around to coming up with an idea (the people watching is enough for me, I suppose).

Here’s a log of my costumes over the past few years:

2003: John Elway (sweat pants and an Elway jersey)
2004: Jailbird (wore a one-piece orange jumpsuit)
2005: Same as 2004
2006: Same as 2005
2007: Same as 2006 (4-year streak!)
2008: 80s gangster (I wore a sky-blue velvet sweatsuit with a big chain around my neck).
2009: White Rapper/Denver Nuggets Basketball Player (I wore the aforementioned sky-blue velvet sweatsuit with sunglasses and yellow sweatbands. Those were the most common interpretations by people).
2010: Same as 2009
2011: ???

Pathetic, right?

I have a few weeks to make something happen this year, but I have the strangest feeling that I’ll be wearing blue this coming Halloween.

All right – let’s forget the costumes – there’s another aspect of Halloween: experiencing spookiness.

I used to go on hayrides and walk-throughs when I was younger, and during grade school I was an actor in a haunted house. One year I played a man who was chained to the wall, and the next I wore a monkey mask and ran about the entire arena, scaring my peers as they came around corners.

Most recently, I attended “Terror Behind the Walls” in 2008 at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. It had a good amount of fright, but the treat was being inside the penitentiary, seeing and feeling the history of the place.

That’s what I usually go for – fear intertwined with history – but something caught my eye the other day that I thought worth mentioning: a “ghost ship” is leaving port this month from Los Angeles.

It’s a Shutter Island concept on the water – this ship supposedly housed the “most dangerous” inmates or whatever – but they also serve booze.

I’ve got to be honest: I can picture a lot of funny moments involving someone getting scared with a drink in their hand.

From the GHOST SHIP website:

GHOST SHIP is the first haunted attraction in the country that actually sets sail into the dark, open ocean…at night.

The Attraction is comprised of three floors of highly interactive content. The gut of the ship will bring the poor souls 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 even 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. 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 and there is no spot on the ship that is off limits!

Sounds pretty entertaining, no? Tickets are $59 and each voyage lasts 75 minutes. Check out the schedule – they are only open for three weekends and the ship leaves from Newport Beach.

No mention of whether the booze is included – I’m guessing it’s not.

I unfortunately won’t be able to attend this year – I’ll be traveling – but if any readers in Los Angeles investigate, please report back!

I don’t know about you, but I find scare pranks to be pretty funny:


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