Dark Harbor is cancelled this year—but this resident recreated it in his front yard

If Halloween is your favorite time of year, there is a chance the Queen Mary was one of your favorite places to visit during October. For 23 nights, ghouls, goblins and witches haunted the halls of the Queen Mary, intent on getting terrifying yet joyous screams from all who attended.

Now, the annual Dark Harbor event seems like a distant past after its cancellation last year and this year. Instagram serves as a time capsule, showing a picture of dozens of creatures of the night on the ship’s 10th anniversary of Dark Harbor on Nov. 3, 2019. Facing an onslaught of hurdles and repairs, if and when the next Dark Harbor will take place remains to be seen.

But, it is possible to still get a taste of the Dark Harbor. Ernie Veloz worked at the Queen Mary and helped set up the Dark Harbor during the anniversary year. And, rather than let the love for Dark Harbor die, he decided to build a replica in his front yard and is inviting everyone to attend.

The tribute called Grey Phantom will be open Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. It is located at 14338 Funston Ave. The best part—it’s free.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.
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