October 1 Brings More Halloween Horror!

Queen Mary Dark Harbor, Old Town Haunt, and The Empty Grave open this weekend.

At long last, October has arrived, and this means even more Halloween horror haunting Los Angeles and the surrounding environs. The weekend sees three major attractions: The Queen Mary Dark Harbor in Long Beach, The Old Town Haunt in Pasadena, and The Empty Grave in Anaheim; plus two family friendly events, Snoopy's Costume Party at Knott's Berry Farm and Brick or Treat party Nights at Legoland.

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Queen Mary Dark Harbor 2011 Preview

The venerable Queen Mary has been in the spooky seasonal business for long enough to make it one of the most popular Halloween events in Los Angeles, and yet is reputation among fans has often placed it in the "also ran" category behind the big theme park attractions Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and the Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt. In this interview, the crustaceous crew of the Queen Mary Dark Harbor muse over their long-term plans for sailing full-steam ahead and into the future, hopefully overtaking the competition in the process.

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Review: Queen Mary Dark Harbor 2011 - The Remastered Edition

Dates: October 7-9, 14-16, 20-23, 27-31
Does Dark Harbor 2011 boldly voyage into darkly haunted seas never charted before? Not quite: much is the same as last year, the old barnacles scraped away and replaced with fresh paint, the cabins aired out and redecorated, the crew primed and ready for another cruise into terror. In fact, the best way to describe this year's Queen Mary Dark Harbor is to switch metaphors from the bounding main to music: Dark Harbor 2011 is like a remastered CD - basically the same music, with perhaps one or two bonus tracks, but with improved clarity of sound that brings out details you might have missed before, making the result seem new.

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Hollywood Gothique's Halloween Haunt Awards 2011

Drum roll, please - or should that be a funeral dirge? Whatever soundtrack you choose to play in your mind

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